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Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
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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