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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.).
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.
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?
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.
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.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
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.
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.
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.
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!
November, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 11
The Long Path of Healing
By Keith Eric Grant, PhD, NCTMB
The recent tragedies in New York and Washington, D.C.have brought both great sadness and, paradoxically, a new spirit of working together to heal our wounds. Even as the sense of crisis and shock begins to abate slightly for many of us, the long-term efforts of coping with loss and moving onward toward integration and healing are only beginning for those directly affected. The full impact of the losses will be years in its unwinding. Many will need understanding and nurturing touch, now and into the future. There will be many opportunities in which our skills of touch and caring can help.
The effects of the tragedy go far beyond our first thoughts of those lost. Washington Post columnist Avram Goldstein wrote that, since the tragedy, doctors have been reporting an increase in pain problems.5 Peter Staats, chief of pain medicine at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, is quoted as saying that the reactions leave no doubt about the strength of the mind-body connection. "Pain more than any other area of medicine has the mind and the body interlinked," said Staats. When our sense of safety and our perception of a reliable future are upended, the resulting tension and anxiety take root in our bodies until we can restore a positive framework of deep interconnection, support, and social cohesion.7
The effects of the tragedy also extend deeply into the next generation. Amy Waldman of the New York Times wrote about the unprecedented number of young children who simultaneously lost a parent, sometimes their only active parent, in the destruction.8
Waldman goes on to comment on the magnitude of the load placed on surviving parents and on social workers in caring for and counseling the affected children. Thousand of those lost were young parents with correspondingly young children. Having lost my own father in a civil aviation crash when I was four, I well appreciate that these losses plow an emotional furrow that extends into the bedrock of a child's personality. Maxine Harris 6 is correct in characterizing such a loss as being "forever." She notes the tendency of children who have suffered the early loss of a parent to become overly and prematurely responsible and independent. There will be much to do in reteaching affected children how to play and how to trust and rely on the world of friends around them.
In assisting the healing of trauma and stress, we are practitioners of touch, not psychologists. Yet, in bringing people back to the inner awareness and subtle sensations of their body, what Eugene Gendlin4 calls the felt sense, we can do much to initiate a healing response. It is on this foundation that the body-oriented trauma-healing therapies of Carolyn Braddock,2 Clyde Ford3 and Peter Levine7 find the basis for their success. It is also on this foundation and level of body and touch that we can work to move our world society and culture toward the sanctuary and sane society envisioned by Sandra Bloom.1
In 1995, my friend and fellow massage instructor, Maureen Manley, journeyed to Croatia with a troop of dancers and musicians. Their declared goal was to work with the children and women in the refugee camps; to use their music and dance to bring some small sense of joy and play to lives overturned by war and chaos. While there, she worked with the women, providing and teaching to them the basics of massage, so that they could begin to help each other to heal. Manley observed that:
In practicing and teaching bodywork, I have noted that sometimes the most profound interventions appear superficially simple. It takes little in kinesthetic practice to lay a hand gently upon someone's chest or abdomen in a manner to actively pace their pattern of breathing. It also is not particularly difficult to ask a client to experience their sense of breathing and the sensation of the area in which your hand is upon him or her. Yet the result can be both profound for the client and difficult for the touch practitioner. The profoundness comes from the simple acts of encouraging sensate awareness and in pacing the essential life rhythm of breathing. 2,3 The difficulty comes not in the technique itself, but in the focus and awareness required in staying present and sensing the series of slight physical transitions a client may experience - shifts in the felt sense.4 Even starting from such profound simplicity, there is much to be done, and much that we can accomplish together.
Click here for previous articles by Keith Eric Grant, PhD, NCTMB.
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