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The X Factor in Clinical Research: The Patient
It was the great baseball legend, former New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra – he of countless aphorisms, each with a mind-bending twist – who once declared, "You can observe a lot by watching."
To The Finish Line With the Help of TCM
When acupuncturist Eddy De Smedt pursued a career in Traditional Chinese Medicine, he knew he wanted to make a difference.
Lime Jello on Morphine
Taste is in the eyes... actually the mouth... of the beholder. My food preferences have changed, lightening from the food of my youth. My parents loved heavy eastern European cuisine and I loved it as a child. Now I enjoy leaner, healthier whole foods.
Simple Ways To Find True Happiness
Patients in our clinics are always seeking happiness. As their health advocate, we need to ensure we inform them that in order to find happiness, they have to make sure to identify what makes them happy in the first place.
5 Ways to Occupy Occupational Health
Despite the progress that has been made to better protect workers, occupational health and safety remains a priority area for many national governmental organizations due to the widespread problem of occupationally related morbidity and mortality.
Web Marketing: Content Is King
Google's sweeping updates to its search algorithms over the past few years have brought a paradigm shift in how you can optimize your chiropractic website to gain maximum marketing leverage.
Saying No to Medicine
An interesting article recently appeared in Men's Journal titled "When to Say No to Your Doctor." The article begins with the summary statement above and effectively arms readers with information that will help them "take more responsibility for your own health care, because you can't be sure anyone else is.
Talking to Patients About Healthy Aging
I've noticed that a particular category of patients seems to make up more and more of my practice – they work out, but still experience lots of degenerative joint disease (DJD) issues.
The Heart Protector
On the physical level, the Pericardium is a double-layered sac of fibrous tissue that envelops the Heart. The space between the layers is filled with serous fluid that protects the Heart from external shock or trauma and lubricates to allow for normal Heart movement.
Managing Today's Fertility Patient
I recently received an email from one of my fertility patients: "Got my lab results back. FSH is 11, AMH is 0.7. My doctor said these numbers aren't good. I guess I'm infertile. Just as a thought. Just set up an appointment to speak with an adoption agency."
Managing Patient Expectations About Acupuncture
Last year, I attended the Pacific Symposium in San Diego for the first time in six or seven years. It was the 25th anniversary of this event, and on one evening there was a panel discussion with the title; "What is Qi?."
Help Patients Achieve Optimal Vitamin D Levels
Much research has been done on vitamin D levels and their impact on health; optimal levels have been correlated with a reduced risk of developing numerous conditions.
Pulse Diagnosis: What We Know
I am still finding pearls of wisdom from the books and papers that I inherited from my pulse diagnosis mentor Jim Ramholz.
Blaming the Gluteus Medius, Overlooking the Deltoid
The gluteus medius (Gmed) is commonly written about, strengthened and blamed for many conditions, and rightfully so. After all, the Gmed plays a role in pelvic stability, hip motor control and lower-quarter dynamic movements.
AOMA Strengthens Leadership Team
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, a leading college of acupuncture & herbal medicine, announced the appointment of Donna LaPoint Hurta, MBA as the new VP of Finance & Operations this Fall.
The Wonders of Light Therapy: An Interview with Wes Burwell
I first met Wes Burwell in 2011 when he was teaching a class on light. Since then, every time I hear him speak, his understanding of the benefits, function and capacity of light has evolved.
Healing With TCM at San Quentin State Prison
For the prisoners at San Quentin State Prison, life-sentences are the reality of every day life. It is not often that prisoners get the opportunity to use alternative medicine to deal with common ailments they encounter behind bars such as, depression, anxiety and pain.
The Tao of Gender
If you think gender is as simple as having a new client check off the "male" or "female" box on your intake form, we hope this article will expand your understanding and thus the reach of your health care.
Calcium Helps Prevent Colorectal Cancer
Over the past 25 to 30 years, studies have suggested calcium may confer protection against colorectal cancer.
Jingei Diagnosis: An Effective and Powerful Diagnostic
I graduated from the Kotatama Institute under the direction of Drs. Masahilo and Katsuharu Nakazono in 1984. As a student, I was exposed to the practice of most of the various theories and modalites of Oriental Medicine.
Understanding and Identifying Pediatric Growth-Plate Fractures
In general, fractures in children heal well with little intervention as long as the alignment is good. Fractures involving the growth plate, however, are a different issue. In fact, growth-plate injuries are the primary reason for the subspecialty of pediatric orthopedics.
Transparency and Accountability: Q&A With the CCE
Every profession needs an organization dedicated to upholding the quality and integrity of its degree programs and educational institutions.
April, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 04
Touch and Rapport
By Keith Eric Grant, PhD, NCTMB
There go my people. I must hurry and catch them, for I am their leader
- Mahatma Ghandi.
The Path of Touch Unfolding
Facilitation, like true leadership, is paradoxical in that it often requires us to chase after those supposedly being led.Within such facilitation, there is a deep appreciation for the abilities and resources of the client, and an acknowledgement that the full outgrowth of the interaction will only become apparent as it unfolds. It is an orientation that obliges us to be flexible in our attitudes and approaches.
Depending on our therapeutic orientation, we may approach a client from a sensory-driven perspective of finding and gently releasing areas of unconscious holding and restriction. More formally, we might take the orthopedic perspective of assessing painful lesions stemming from structural and functional dysfunctions, then proceeding to systematically alleviate them. In any approach, having our interventions take hold often requires a change in body perceptions and use from our clients. I am particularly struck by Deane Juhan's (Job's Body) comments about massage opening a window for the client toward a new, less strained way of experiencing their body, and by his repeated emphasis on the importance of bodywork as client re-education:
Beyond what Juhan provides, there are several paths along which we can delve into underlying mechanisms and clinical experience. Pain researcher Ron Melzack continues on from the gate theory of pain (Melzack and Wall) in considering the neurological basis and implications of phantom limb pain. He conjectures that we possess an inherent neurological analog of our physical bodies . This analog system, he theorizes, can independently generate perceptions of pain until it is reorganized by new coherent sensory input, such as that provided by bodywork.
A second perspective is provided by psychologist E. L. Rossi's review of the new field of psychoneuroimmunology. In The Psychobiology of Mind-Body Healing, Rossi discusses research indicating that stress on the nervous system produces chemical messengers that have profound effects on immune system functioning. In providing a supportive emotional environment and nurturing touch, we address the effects these neurochemical systems have on perceptions of pain and quality of embodiment.
Choreographer Eric Franklin (Dynamic Alignment through Imagery) is one of a line of dance movement instructors who have achieved their results working with the interrelations of imagery, body use, and neuromuscular patterning. These dance educators have noted the role our mental imagery plays in organizing the neuromuscular patterns that facilitate the ease or strain of our posture and conscious movements. We have only to think of movement or conflict and our body has responded, beyond the speed of our conscious thoughts. Just imagining a movement or a posture causes the body to activate muscles and to integrate optimal pathways towards that vision. Our positive body images can act to alleviate tension that results in unnecessary limitations and wear as equally as our negative body images can limit our effective use of space and increase the effort of our movements. We begin to understand the wisdom behind Juhan's assertions that bodywork can add new possibilities to a client's world of embodiment.
The Dance of Rapport
Psychiatrist Milton H. Erickson was notable for his abiding faith that, apart from unnecessarily limiting beliefs and lack of experience, clients possess all the resources they need to live full and rewarding lives. Starting from an attitude of accepting and utilizing the client's worldview and abilities, Erickson was a master at providing the needed experience and flexibility that allowed positive changes to evolve naturally for his clients. Neuro-Linguistic Programming originators John Grinder and Richard Bandler similarly stress the importance of pacing and leading. Pacing is a process of acknowledging and matching a client's current experience in a manner to establish rapport. If we attempt to lead without rapport, our efforts will fall short. Likewise, if we limit ourselves just to pacing, we lose the opportunity to effect positive change.
Part of the skill of pacing is simply to be fully present with our clients. To promote this skill, I teach my students a simple yet unexpectedly profound exercise; actively pacing a supine client's breathing with a hand on their anterior torso while staying conscious and present to observe subtle changes in their appearance and position. It is hard to over emphasize the emotional impact of such quiet presence and support in a culture in which it is so rarely encountered. This exercise draws on our skill at pacing and leading our clients in their perception and use of space, effort, and time. These are ways of organizing our embodiment that are used by dance instructors such as Constance Schrader (A Sense of Dance). I find they provide useful frameworks for understanding a client's body image and use. Each can be further refined, such as dividing time into tempo, beat and rhythm.
When we work on people, we act to increase the ease and comfort with which they inhabit their body. Amid the gentle stretching of fascia and facilitation of muscles, we send countless sensory signals throughout their nervous system. We focus intently on them, pacing, nurturing and supporting their emotional needs. In so doing, we provide them with a new sense of themselves as embodied human beings.
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