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The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
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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