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Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
November, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 11
By Barbra Esher, AOBTA CI. Dipl. ABT & Ac. (NCCAOM), LAc
Yin/yang theory is the foundation of shiatsu and all other forms of Asian bodywork. It's definitely a "cool" symbol, as it appears on surfboards, notebooks, pendants, etc., but many are unaware of its meaning beyond that.Simply, yin and yang reflect all phenomena in the universe. First mentioned in texts dating back to 700 BC, the theory of yin/yang was developed from observing the ebb and flow of the cycles of nature. Yin and yang are not only opposing forces, they also are mutually dependant on each other: neither can exist in isolation. They are contained in one another, change into each other, and consume one another. When the yin of the night becomes the darkest, it transforms into the yang of dawn.
In a future article, I'll talk about how important it is to consider all aspects of yin and yang in your practice; today, it seems more appropriate to discuss the transformative aspect of yin/yang-the fact that extremes create their opposites. If we move into the greatest part of the yin/yang orb, it starts to flip over into the opposing energy. For example, particularly during winter, what happens to individuals who "go and go," paying no attention to their hibernation-slow-down cues, staying up late, getting up early, etc. (yang yang yang)? They get sick and collapse into a big, phlegmy ball of yin. But it's kind of nice because they can finally stop and rest (because they can't move!) It's peaceful, and they take care of themselves and rebuild.
September 11th -- if there was ever an extreme, we saw it then, in the sheer hatred, destruction and horror of those planes hitting the World Trade Center and the subsequent attacks. It was so extreme, it seemed to flip into an opposing energy: an outpouring of love, generosity and a determination to rebuild. Even Hollywood found it appropriate to be more quiet and release only "yin" films!
I have been so struck with the compassion pouring from people, and the deep self-reflection that this event seems to have initiated. The eye contact and smiles from people in the street suggest an appreciation for each moment of the life we have here together. The most powerful metaphor for me is the mass blood donations across the U.S. Do people realize, at least on some level, what we know in Chinese medicine: that the Spirit/shen is housed in the Blood? And do they realize that we are giving our Spirit to circulate as one? I truly believe that people have become more sensitive to and aware of the web that connects us all.
A simple technique for soothing the Spirit is a mu-shu combo. Do you remember my column in the September issue? (Editor's note: See "I'll Have a Mu-Shu Combo" on line at www.massagetoday.com/archives/2001/09/14.html.) Hold Bl 14 (Pericardium shu point) with Ren 17 (Pericardium mu point). You can do this at the end of a bodywork session, with the client face-up. Stand at the side of your client and reach under his or her back with one hand, cupping your hand beside the spine at the level of T-4 (Bl 14). At the same time, use your other hand to hold the point directly between the nipples in the center of the sternum (Ren 17). Hold for a couple of minutes until you feel the points soften and pulsate. Have your client breath into the points. Make sure to have some tissues ready for tears; this can be a very powerful release!
If you work on the floor, the best way to perform this soothing technique is with your client face-up again, but with you standing above their head. Take your feet and slide them under your client's back, alongside the spine. When you are between the client's shoulder blades, turn them sole-to-sole so that the medial aspect of the balls of your feet press into Bl 14 bilaterally. Hold the point directly between the eyebrows with one hand (Yintang) and place your other hand on the point in the middle of the client's sternum (Ren 17). This position gives you the added advantage of adding another point to the combination used to calm the Mind/Spirit (Yintang). In addition, your client's chest is lifted, opened and relaxed, allowing for deep breaths into life, connecting with one's own Corporeal Soul (po).
Again, I'm so grateful for this work we do. It feels so right to touch people at a deep level, where they are supported through the array of emotions surfacing. They might feel fragmented and broken, their shen scattered, but we can remind them of a space in themselves that has always been completely, forever whole; a place where we are one.
Click here for previous articles by Barbra Esher, AOBTA CI. Dipl. ABT & Ac. (NCCAOM), LAc.
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