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A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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