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The Future of Functional Neurology
Functional is the hot buzzword in health care these days; witness the rising popularity of functional medicine, functional testing and yes, functional neurology.
The Roots of Insomnia
One of the most common clinical presentations is insomnia. Next to digestive disorders, sleep disorders are one of the most common complaints the clinician will encounter in daily practice.
Yo San University Helps Make LA Communities Healthier
An element of healthcare training often overlooked is the residual benefit to communities served by Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) schools nationwide.
Ethics: The Glue That Holds Us Together
Kudos to the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) for creating a code of ethics for the nationwide profession and for deciding to make courses in ethics a requirement for certification renewal.
Osteoporosis Isn't Always the Case
What is your diagnosis? The patient is a 58-year-old female with back pain. I am sure all of you see the compression fracture at L2; however, there are some findings that suggest this is not a compression fracture due to osteoporosis.
The Amazing Clinical Versatility of Milk Thistle (Part 1)
Most of us know that the standardized extract from the seeds of milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is probably the best-proven herb for protecting the liver from chemical and inflammatory damage.
Window of the Sky Points
The acupuncture points known as Window of the Sky are a modern creation. There is no reference in Chinese medical texts for an acupuncture point category called Window of the Sky.
Interprofessionalism: What it Means and Why You Should Care
Interprofessionalism in education and in practice is a growing trend across health care in the United States. The idea that team-based care and collaborative practice can improve health care has been around more than 50 years.
How to Humanize Your Content to Create Stronger Relationships
Content marketing is about building relationships, whether that is through updates on social media, offers on your website, blog posts, email campaigns, or even printed material. Now days a business needs to make a human connection.
Integrative Medicine Can Shape the Profession
As the AOM profession struggles to define the role of "integrative" medicine within their practices their schools and organizations, students, faculty, alumni and administrators at schools wrestle with discussions of how much, where, how, and what to "integrate."
Forgotten Options for Musculoskeletal Health
Challenges with musculoskeletal health are of tremendous concern for many people today.
Percussion Therapy: An Experiment
My study of qi began more than 20 years ago — long before my study of TCM, points or pathways. It all started with an awareness in my hands and physical manifestations in the way of blockages while working on clients.
The MRI: When and Why to Order One
As I lecture around the country to both chiropractors and medical specialists, it's clear one of the main disconnects between the two professions is that of an accurate diagnosis.
Changing the Cultural View of Medicine
Many hospitals in the U.S. are incorporating integrative clinics that include Traditional Chinese Medicine. Cleveland Clinic has led the charge for adding a traditional Chinese herbal medicine clinic to their existing acupuncture program.
News in Brief
A Winner in and Out of the Office; Ready for the "Have-A-Heart" Campaign? New Integrative Medicine Journal.
Asking the Insurance Rep the Right Questions
One of the first or last questions a potential patient often asks is: "Do you take insurance?" An ill-informed or optimistic, "yes" can result in delayed or non-payment. Instead, just say: "Let me check if you are eligible first."
Spine Surgery: A Tale of Greed and Corruption
All too often, where there's substantial money to be made, greed and corruption inevitably follow.
Elevated Shoulder? Check the QL
As you know, posture reveals a great deal about the body. Posture is a unique mental and physical landscape revealing compensations and adaptations to life. It's a classic mind-and-body story.
We Get Letters & Email
In the Dec. 1, 2015 issue, we have Donald Petersen reporting on "the adapting chiropractic practice," which includes multidisciplinary practice as an option; a ChiroPoll indicating 59 percent of DCs are seeing at least 21 patients per day and 27 percent are seeing more than 40.
Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2016
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) published its annual fitness trend forecast in the November / December 2015 issue of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal.
Do You Teach Patients How to Breathe Properly?
Spinal manipulation often produces quick results in terms of pain alleviation and improved range of motion. Unfortunately, once the patient is no longer in pain, they may discontinue therapy, only to be plagued by the same complaint at a future date.
Billing and Coding for Moxibustion
Q: I am trying to locate a code for cupping and moxibustion, and have had various fellow acupuncturists indicate that they bill using the existing codes for heat, 97010 hot packs or 97026 infra-red for moxa and 97016 vasopneumatic device for cupping.
Sell Out: Using Research for the Wrong Reasons
The above chorus is from the ska band Reel Big Fish's 1997 hit song, "Sell Out," from their album, "Turn the Radio Off." In the song, the singer sarcastically relates the plight of a musician who is tired of "flipping burgers" and is willing to get "lots of money" by playing "what they want you to hear" in order to get a recording contract.
From Antiquity to Modernity: Huang Qin Tang at Yale Medical School, Part 1
Traditional Chinese medicine is a coherent medical system with several unique characteristics: it originated almost 3,000 years ago; in its area of origin, it has been practiced without interruption since its inception.
East Meets West
Gung Hay Fat Choi. Welcome to the year of the Monkey. There will be fireworks for both January and February this year. What great celebrations.
December, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 12
Consciousness and Its Therapeutic Applications
By John Upledger, DO, OMM
The dictionary describes consciousness as "the state of being characterized by sensation, emotion, volition and thought." We are the subjects of our experiences. We are the interpreters of sensations and perceptions.We think and act in response to that which we perceive; we create both by thought and action.
Despite all this, one of our greatest mysteries lies in how physical bodies seem to have the ability to appreciate, think and act beyond pure neurosynaptic responses. Consider the possibility that all things between the sizes of subatomic particles and the cosmos have consciousness. Consider, too, that all of these segments of consciousnesses are interconnected such that they influence one another.
That concept has fascinated me since I was a teen working as a jazz pianist at nightclubs. It became clear to me early on that most jazz players had some sort of "magic" together. Quite often, without a word being spoken, we would begin a song - all at the same time and in full harmony and synchrony.
Certainly this could be explained in terms of familiarity. Yet I worked as a jazz pianist for more than 25 years, and was amazed at how often this sort of shared consciousness happened between musicians who had met each other only minutes before the music began.
We seemed to share a common (musical) consciousness. Years later, when a man named Crafton walked into my office, I discovered just how deep that connection is.
It was 1996,and Crafton had just accepted the position as conductor of a local pops orchestra. A young man of 38 years, he had endured severe pain in his back almost every day of his life. He was referred to me by a physical therapist who had been working with him for a couple of years. While Crafton had received temporary relief, he felt no permanent improvement.
I first saw Crafton for only one session in May of 1996. He called and said he felt great for a couple weeks, but within a month the pain returned in full force. I wasn't sure I had done any good because he hadn't come back. Then in December, he called and offered me tickets to the orchestra, so I took my wife, Lisa.
During intermission, we visited Crafton backstage. As we talked, an idea came into my head. I had done some experimenting once with a doctor in Amsterdam where I had been teaching. My Dutch friend, Jan, was a cardiologist who also played classical cello.
Being the curious type, I had long pondered the potential resonance of tissues to certain sound waves and their frequencies.
Now my intuition told me that a cello had just the right quality and range to investigate the concept. With Jan's help, we experimented on several friends and volunteers. Sure enough, as Jan played the scales chromatically, I could feel changes in tissue tensions and energy patterns in the subject's body. I also felt the effects of certain notes on the amplitude and quality of the rhythmical activity of the craniosacral system. Now I realized this same concept might work well on Crafton's puzzling back pain. So several weeks later, Crafton came to our home with a wonderful cellist from his orchestra. The sounds she produced from her instrument were absolutely beautiful and pure.
As she ascended and descended the scales, I monitored the tissues of Crafton's back with my hands. I also did an "arcing" procedure for confirmation. Arcing is done from a distance on the body, usually at the feet. With practice, the evaluator is able to detect the vibrational energy outputs throughout the body and tell which areas are out of synchrony. When these tissues realign energetically, the arcing pattern disappears.
Both direct palpation and arcing confirmed the positive effects on Crafton's muscle relaxation when both open G and B were played. Interestingly, the open G was the most effective on both his upper and lower back problems. The B was effective only in the upper back.
As our cellist continued to play the notes, Crafton felt the muscle tissues relaxing and the pain going away. That's when we decided to have a cellist play his "therapeutic" notes for him on a daily basis. We wanted to see whether we could achieve a more acceptable repatterning of his back-muscle tensions. In the meantime, we discovered the note "concert A" caused Crafton's back muscles to tighten. His pain would begin and continually increase as long as the A was played. Interestingly, A is also the note the whole orchestra plays when they tune up.
I suspect Crafton may now have his orchestra tune to a different note. It certainly opens some doors for investigation, doesn't it?
Click here for previous articles by John Upledger, DO, OMM.
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