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Watch Out for Red Herrings
In clinical practice, when one condition mimics another, it makes it difficult to obtain an accurate and timely diagnosis.
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.
News in Brief
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (a medical doctor, no less) proclaimed October 2014 "Oregon Chiropractic Health and Wellness Month" in an official proclamation signed Aug. 25, 2014.
How to Find Your Ideal Patient – and Help Your Ideal Patient Find You
Just imagine: You're at the front desk looking at the scheduler and a smile creeps across your face. Row after row, name after name, hour after hour; you're blessed with an entire day of ideal patients. Every day should be like this, you whisper. Exactly!
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.
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.
Take Care of Your Skin: Tips to Pass on to Your Patients
Many of our patients are not aware that the largest organ in the human body is actually the skin. Accounting for 16 percent of total body weight and covering up to 22 square feet of surface area, the skin is more than just a "covering," as originally thought.
From the Other Side of the Table
People come to us to gain freedom from pain, to feel better, to live better. As D.D. Palmer stated, "We Chiropractors work with the subtle substance of the soul." Therein also lies the rub.
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?
Your Patients' Best Health Resource
There is nothing as powerful as information. The right information has won wars, saved lives and changed hearts; lack of information has led to hesitation, poor decisions and unintended consequences.
Detoxification for Athletes: The Key to Winning Performance
One of the most dangerous culprits that affects an athlete's ability to perform at an optimum level also happens to be one of the most elusive.
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.
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!
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 Life & Legacy of James Sigafoose, DC (1933-2014)
Surrounded by his family and closest friends, Dr. James M. Sigafoose passed away quietly on Thursday, July 3, 2014. With his wife of 60 years, Patsy, along with his children, Tina, Daun, Kieth, Selina and Carey – all chiropractors – at his side.
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.
Don't Forget About the Performers
Donald Petersen Jr.'s recent article, "Your Chance to Go Back to High School" [May 1, 2014 DC], focused on the injuries incurred by high-school athletes and the subsequent opportunities for the chiropractic profession.
Building the DC-MD Bridge
From MDs practicing integrative holistic medicine to the family internist, many DCs are enjoying unprecedented attention from their allopathic colleagues.
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.
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.
Decompression-Traction: A Core Treatment Method in Chiropractic's Future
We're all competing for new patients. We're competing for new patients with physical therapists, massage therapists, medical specialists and hospital fitness centers. We're even competing with side-effect-ridden medications that quit working every four hours.
Ringing in a Fiscal New Year With a Recommitment to Cost-Effectiveness
Back when the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research was in its heyday, I used to send out New Year's greetings and virtual noisemakers to some close friends on July 1 – the beginning of our new fiscal year – wishing for prosperity in the year ahead.
February, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 02
CranioSacral Dissection Sheds New Light on Effects of Palpation
By John Upledger, DO, OMM
In early April 1999, a small group of us had the privilege of working with a human cadaver that had been neither embalmed nor frozen. It had only been kept in a cooler to inhibit the deteriorative processes.It was the body of an 80-year-old male who had died only 34 hours earlier. The cause of death was lung cancer.
This particular dissection echoed back to others I had participated. By studying unembalmed cadaveric skull samples - skulls that had not been calcified from the effects of chemical agents - we were able to demonstrate the potential for movement between cranial bones. That fact that would become the underlying basis for what I would later name CranioSacral Therapy. Now, some 20 years later, this new round of cadaver dissections would allow us to understand the effects of this therapy in ways we could only have imagined.
To preserve the intracranial membrane system, we performed a parietal window dissection. Carefully, we removed brain tissue with no instruments but our gloved fingers. We also fully exposed the spinal dura mater to explore the interrelationships of the intracranial and spinal dural membranes, as well as their effects upon each other.
Those interactions in such a fresh cadaver were remarkable. We could see and feel the tensions developed in the falx and tentorium as we gently tractioned the dural tube from points between the occiput and the sacrococcygeal complex. The reverse, we found, was also true. As we lifted the frontal, parietal or sphenoid bones, we could see and feel the effects upon the spinal dura mater. It was all very exciting.
Now I'd like to describe our findings as we explored the effects of various activities upon the palatine bones. As you may know, a "stuck" palatine bone can be very difficult to release. It can also cause major problems, from severe headaches to visual disturbances and even seizures.
First we evaluated the resistance of motions induced by our fingertips on the palatine bones. The resistance was quite high - it required a push of at least half an ounce (15 grams +/-) to move either palatine in a cephalad direction. Pressing on the eyeball did not cause any movement in an inferior direction. This wasn't surprising, considering there was no "life" in this body. (We questioned the concept of "life," however, when we noticed the dural membrane stretched at about five grams of traction, yet eemed to contract against us as we increased the traction.)
We then dissected the right eyeball and its surrounding fat pads, which were copious even though the cadaver was lean and muscular. The fat pads clearly occupied at least 40 to 50% of the volumetric space in the orbit. We exposed the superior aspect of the vertical pillar of the right palatine bone. We were careful not to disrupt the fascial lining of the orbit, so we couldn't be accused of liberating fascial restrictions attached to the intraorbital aspect of the palatine bone.
We proceeded to induce palatine bone motion, with one finger upon its orbital surface and another finger upon its horizontal contribution to the hard palate in the mouth. The vertical and transverse mobilities of the palatine bone were still quite restricted. That's when another therapist placed a finger in the mouth, contacting the internal aspect of the right zygoma. The zygoma was decompressed laterally. This technique broadened the floor of the orbit and dramatically freed the palatine bone so that its responses to even slight finger-induced motions were extremely smooth and easy.
I had been using this technique on my patients for some time, based on the theory that a stuck palatine bone might often result from abnormal medial compression of the zygoma. It seemed effective to move the zygoma laterally to release the bone. It was most gratifying to see and feel how well the technique worked from the inside. The principle is simply to widen the floor of the orbit using the zygoma as your "handle." As the floor widens transversely, the trapped palatine bone is released and can move vertically up or down. Usually it's caught in a cephalad (upward) position.
Having witnessed the amount of fat in this orbit and the small area the palatine bone contributes to the intraorbital surface, it would seem to take an inordinate amount of pressure upon the eyeball to significantly facilitate palatine motion in a caudad (downward) direction. I much prefer to use the zygoma bone as the recipient of my force. After all, the eyeball is a delicate and intricately designed bag of fluid with subcompartments that can be much more easily damaged than the zygomatic bone.
Even with my level of experience in dissection and treatment, I found this type of dissection both enlightening and confirming. Since then we have continued to conduct similar dissection classes on a regular basis through the Institute. These classes focus on fresh, unembalmed cadavers, highlighting functional explorations rather than static observations. After all, no matter what anyone teaches you, there's nothing like discovering it with your own hands.
Click here for previous articles by John Upledger, DO, OMM.
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