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Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
May, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 05
Using Space, Time and Energy
By Keith Eric Grant, PhD, NCTMB
If you can walk, you can dance; if you can talk, you can sing
- Dinka Sudan proverb
As a physicist, this title tempts me to lead you into a discussion of the origin and development of the universe.Instead, I will delve into the ways we perceive and use the personal universes we create. Understanding more about how our clients occupy, move and perceive their bodies can help us to better facilitate their well-being and achievement of their embodied potential.
Cultural Perceptions of Space and Time
From the multicultural perspective of anthropologist Edward T. Hall (The Hidden Dimension, The Silent Language, The Dance of Life), there is great diversity in how we create our reality and communicate it nonverbally. Within the range of these cultural differences lie differences of our family backgrounds and personal temperaments. These differences shape our expectations for the use of space, time and energy/effort.
Hall explores the cultural differences in how we surround ourselves with bubbles of individual space. We have distinct separations that we find comfortable for the increasingly close categories of public, social, personal, and intimate contact. Our bubbles can range from being substantial in the United States and northern Europe to being much smaller to almost nonexistent in Mediterranean, Latin American, and Arab cultures. Not surprisingly, frequency of casual touch often varies inversely to the perceived need for separation. Interactions that mix different cultural definitions of personal space can leave one party feeling invaded, while the other feels unexpectedly rebuffed and dismissed. Respecting boundaries can be far from a simple matter, because the unwritten rules of nonverbal coexistence vary from person to person and culture to culture. Vigilant awareness and the flexibility to respond quickly to nonverbal feedback are often required of us.
Hall also focuses on cultural differences in our use of time. Monochronic time is linear, tangible, and divisible. In monochronic time, events are scheduled one item at a time and this schedule takes precedence over interpersonal relationships. In contrast, polychronic time supports the simultaneous occurrence of many things, intense involvement with people, and an emphasis on completing interpersonal transactions that supercedes fixed schedules. People in polychronic cultures often conduct business in the middle of a central room with multiple interactions intertwined, rather than in private offices. The different views of time and context between monochronic and polychronic cultures create major differences in the steps to establishing rapport and in expectations for how it will subsequently be reinforced - important considerations as the new census reveals the diversity of our potential clients.
Personal Embodiment in Space, Time, and Energy
Now I want to return to a theme that I brushed briefly across last month. Dance instructors Constance Schrader (A Sense of Dance) and Sandra Cerny Minton (Body & Self: Partners in Movement) both look at the body and movement in terms of space, time, and energy/effort. Schrader illuminates why understanding these concepts is important to our massage work:
Let's consider working with a partner on the table (female, in this example). What are her feelings and awareness of the space she occupies? (Ask her). How does that differ from what she might like to feel? How can you pace her current sense of space, and how could you, via your touch and movements, lead her toward a new sense of body and space?
Now consider time. What is your partner feeling about time? What tempo and rhythm is she displaying in her breathing and small, unconscious movements. How smoothly does she transition from one movement to the next? How can you convey to her a sense of your understanding and pacing of her current relationship to time? How might you then lead her to a better equilibrium? What tempo do you want to initially approach her with? In the continuum of movement, does her current relationship with time feel chaotic or coherent to you?
As your partner "rests on the table," what is her feeling of energy and effort in lying there? What was the quality of effort in her movements before lying down? How would you communicate your awareness, understanding, and empathy for where she is in her relationship to effort or energy? How might you then lead her, via your touch and nonverbal communication, toward a state of relaxed and focused ease?
None of these questions has a "right" answer, yet they are important parts of how we interact with a client. By such exercises, we focus kinesthetically and interpersonally in our bodies to develop both awareness and skills. It's a process of moving away from our verbal-visual minds into that kinesthetic world of vulnerability, empathy, and ultimately, connection and humanity.
Click here for previous articles by Keith Eric Grant, PhD, NCTMB.
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