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The Science of Stretching
In 1986, Rob DeCastella set a course record by running the Boston Marathon in 2:07:51, just 39 seconds off the world record.
Building From the Bottom Up
I caught up with my dear friend Honora Wolfe, in her Colorado painting studio where, if she is not praying in Bhutan or doing charitable work in a Nepali free clinic, she spends most of her time now.
Peer Points: Always Seeking To Grow
Ellen "Kiki" Geary has spent the last decade honing her craft. As a specialist in integrative holistic care, she went straight from completing her master's degree in acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine from Bastyr University to building a successful and thriving practice in the small community of Anacortes, Washington.
Finders Keepers: The Secret to Relationship-Based Marketing
Becoming a successful practitioner has less to do with what you learned in school, and more to do with your ability to find new patients and keep them!
A Guide for Talking to Doctors about Acupuncture and Brain Chemistry
Before I begin any discussion of how to talk about the effects of acupuncture on brain chemistry, nervous and endocrine function, it is essential to understand just what physicians most need help with.
A Chinese Medicine Story: An Interview with Mazin Al-Khafaji
Mazin Al-Khafaji's work has interested me for years. In February 2014, we invited him for the second time to speak at the Southwest Symposium in Austin, Texas.
Remembering Clarence Gonstead and 50 Years of the Gonstead Clinic
Dr. Clarence Selmer Gonstead (1898-1978) took chiropractic practice from back-alley bone setting to an understandable biomechanical science. His life was dedicated to clinical competency.
Immunizations by Colorado DCs: Really?
You probably didn't hear about it, but back on Nov. 21, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Colorado Chiropractic Association (CCA) adopted "immunization authority" for Colorado DCs as its No. 2 legislative goal.
Are You a Bad Chiropractic Patient?
My father was a great DC. In fact, as you might expect, he was the doctor of chiropractic I measured all other doctors against. Sadly, he died at age 61 when I was in my early 30s.
Coding for the Subluxation: ICD-9 vs. ICD-10
When I attended chiropractic school, I was taught that chiropractors approach health care differently than the traditional medical establishment.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part III
Part 1 and Part II of this series focused on the physical aspect of the Heart and mental emotional aspects of the Heart respectively. Now, I would like to focus on the spiritual aspect of the Heart.
Curbing Label Overwhelm
For the average consumer, reading a food package can be overwhelming: natural, organic, non-GMO, gluten free, free range ... you get the picture.
Knee Pain From the Kinetic Chain
As practitioners of manual medicine, chiropractors often treat patients suffering from knee pain.
Fibromyalgia: Put the Pain in Its Place
While some fibromyalgia patients respond favorably to regular chiropractic care, others experience minimal relief. Unfortunately, many of these patients must rely on pharmacological management to relieve their constant pain.
Physical Exam 101: The Hands
I am sure you are familiar with the old adage: "When the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail."
By the Numbers: 3 Common Financial Mistakes With Major Consequences
Warren Buffett is on record for sharing the hidden art of becoming wealthy and making it simple enough for anyone to grasp.
Vaccines and Chiropractic: Evidence-Based Medicine or Medical Dogma?
Right or wrong, the chiropractic profession has historically been against vaccinations. However, a growing trend within the profession is seeking to reverse this position.
New Medical Technologies You Need to Know
We're all familiar with how fast computers become obsolete, as well as the rapid pace of development in the field of cell phone technology. The latest smart phones are far more powerful than desktop computers were only a few years ago.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
Why You Should Include the Single-Leg Stance Test in Every Patient Assessment
The single-leg stance (SLS) test, also known as the single-limb stance test, unipedal stance test or one-legged stance / balance test, is often used in the geriatric population to assess static postural and balance control.
July, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 07
Health Care as a State of Self-Defense
By John Upledger, DO, OMM
I have a friend who was in a car accident not long ago. Brenda* was cruising down the road at 45 mph when another car suddenly crossed her path. By the time both vehicles crashed to a stop, Brenda's face had been slashed by an exploding air bag and her knees had slammed into the dashboard.She was quickly taken by ambulance to the emergency room of a local hospital.
When she arrived, her face was so swollen you couldn't quite tell what she looked like, and her knees resembled small cantaloupes. The doctors took x-rays, found no broken bones, and promptly sent her home with a prescription for painkillers and advice on how to wash her wounded face.
Fortunately, Brenda is married to a cranioSacral therapist who understood the full effect of such a serious impact to the soft tissues. He immediately began icing his wife's knees by the hour to help bring down the swelling. He gave her warm Epsom salt baths to decrease systemic muscle soreness, and he used his hands to gently release the tissues that had recoiled from such a strong blow.
By addressing the soft-tissue injuries as soon as possible, his chances of helping his wife avoid long-term, debilitating pain multiplied exponentially. Still, they were both sure they'd get even more advice when they visited their family doctor two days later.
Indeed, the doctor gave Brenda one more prescription for inflammation - but that was about it. Surprisingly, there was no mention of the most obvious and least expensive courses of treatment: ice; hot baths; massage therapy; and craniosacral therapy. Instead, Brenda was given one more drug and told to wait it out. If the pain didn't subside, she was told, an MRI might be next. After that, who knew?
Thankfully, Brenda had armed herself with a full spectrum of healthcare information. Rather than remain passive, she chose to seek out other options she knew were available to her. She received neuromuscular therapy to release the muscles that had convulsed in an effort to protect her joints and bones. She received myofascial therapy to relieve the trauma to the tissues that ran like a web throughout her body. And she received more craniosacral therapy to alleviate any pressure on her brain and spinal cord, and help ensure that her central nervous system was free to facilitate a full recovery.
It's possible none of that may have happened if Brenda had simply taken her doctor's advice at face value. Unfortunately, it seems that health care these days has become a matter of self-defense. We have moved so far away from the wise family physician who cared for us from the time we were babies, approaching each malady with concern and common sense. Instead, the medical industry appears to be sliced up into small slivers, with each professional tending to focus on his or her own small segment.
In this case, the ER doctors were there to see that no bones were broken. The primary care physician was there to dispense the medication. And (thank goodness) Brenda's family was there to help her address the problem from the point of whole-body wellness. Now, after a series of simple, inexpensive measures, Brenda is well on her way to a full recovery. If she had taken the advice of only her allopathic doctors, she might still be in bed.
All this is to say that no one will ever tend to your health the way you can. As both practitioners and patients, it remains up to you to know what your choices are and demand them. This may seem obvious to you as holistic healthcare practitioners, yet I'm continually surprised at how many people are "stuck" in the general health care system without fully appreciating this point.
Yes, there are many good doctors out there who do everything they can to take care of their patients. (And believe me, insurance companies aren't making it easy for them.) But as I've said in the past, it's the patient's needs that should dictate the course of therapy. You play a crucial role in this state of self-defense.
By the way, by Brenda's third doctor visit, she finally asked if some type of massage therapy wouldn't help her heal faster. "It certainly could," came the reply, "but insurance probably won't pay for it." That may or may not be true, but that's a topic for another column altogether.
*Name has been changed to protect patient confidentiality.
Click here for previous articles by John Upledger, DO, OMM.
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