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Desert: A Metaphor from the Study of Genetics
In most of the human lives I know about, there are stretches of time which feel stagnant, or worse. We can feel adrift, or wounded and sidelined, and these times don't seem to carry much usefulness while they are unfolding.
Chinese Doctors Poke Holes in Australian Study
A recent Australian clinical trial, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in 2014 by Rana Hinman, et el., evaluating the effectiveness of both needle and laser acupuncture for chronic knee pain.
Integrative Medicine for the Underserved: A Seat at the Table
Numerous organizations have risen to the challenge of providing care to medically-underserved populations and here we feature one such group.
The Three Heater Official
This Official, belonging to the element Fire, is responsible for maintaining and regulating the heating system of the body, mind, and spirit. It is named for its function. The trunk is divided into three "burning spaces" or "jiaos."
News in Brief
Investigating the Cellular Impact of Mechanical Force; National Board Seats (Not-So) New Officers at Annual Meeting.
Marketing with a Microphone
When given an option, it stands to reason that people prefer to do business with those they know, like, and trust.
Treatment of PTSD: An Opportunity for the Practice of Integrated Medicine
PTSD is widespread across America today. Not only do many of our honored men and women in uniform bring it home with them from the war zones they have been active in, but it often follows any life-threatening event people go through when their lives have been in danger.
Creating Relationships at Southwest Symposium
The month of May brought many interesting activities. As I have said in many previous columns this year, this profession is moving in a very exciting direction. Make sure you are getting involved. If you're not, you just might get left behind.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 3)
A patient with sacroiliac fixation and dysfunction ordinarily demonstrates a noticeable leg-length inequality when placed in the prone position on the adjusting table.
The Source-Luo Point Combination, Part 2
The Da Cheng includes symptoms for the source-luo points that indicate when to use them for treatment. Yang defines the method as the guest-host (it is one of a variety of acupuncture point combinations called guest-host).
Sports Medicine 101: Surgery or No Surgery?
In the world of sports medicine, many careers are saved by surgeries that correct traumatic damage to the body. Muscle tears, ligament damage, fractures, spinal disc herniations, and joint instabilities are a few of the issues frequently addressed with surgical intervention.
I was sitting in a Pizza Hut in Peoria, Ill., with my friend Reggie, sometime in the spring of my senior year in college, when he started doodling on his paper placemat. In those days, the company had a picture of U.S. on the mats, showing all the locations of the "Huts" in the country.
NCCAOM Video Contest
The NCCAOM is excited to announce the launch of the second annual video contest "Because it Works!" 2015.
An International Life: An Interview with Mary Elizabeth Wakefield
I met Mary Elizabeth Wakefield during her class last summer in Seneca Falls, New York at the Finger Lakes School of Chinese Medicine.
Meet Cheyenne: Your Future Colleague
Allow me to introduce you to Cheyenne (Chey), the daughter of some of our family's closest friends. We attend and serve at the same church together, and have known each other for many years.
Q&A With the First VA Chiropractic Residents
As you may have read previously, a major step forward for the profession occurred in July 2014 when the Department of Veterans Affairs began piloting a chiropractic residency program at five locations.
Nomenclature and Classification of Lumbar Disc Pathology: Version 2.0
The Nomenclature and Classification of Lumbar Disc Pathology consensus, published in 2001 by the collaborative efforts of the North American Spine Society, the American Society of Spine Radiology and the American Society of Neuroradiology, has guided radiologists, clinicians and the public for more than a decade.
Should You Change an Athlete's Natural Running Form?
Once past the ankle, impact forces travel at about 200 mph into the knee. In addition to allowing the quad to absorb force, bending the knee (E) prevents the hip and pelvis from moving up and down too much (F), which is important for injury prevention and efficiency.
Key Changes and Updates to the 7th Edition CNT Manual
Acupuncture Today recently interviewed Jennifer Brett, ND, L.Ac. regarding the updates to the CNT manaul.
Going On-Site With Chiropractic Care
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released a position paper highlighting the financial, clinical and patient-satisfaction benefits of providing chiropractic care at on-site corporate health clinics.
The Risks I Took
We all take risks when we choose this profession. For some, it is not knowing if you can make a living practicing TCM. For others, it is parental or cultural disapproval.
April, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 04
Landing on the Edge
By Keith Eric Grant, PhD, NCTMB
We all have pivotal times in life when we strive toward achievement and then, whatever the result, must regroup and move ahead to the next step. We often can't control the results or even our own exact input. What we can choose is our preparation, focus, and attitude. In the recent Olympics, there were stories in which such choices were compressed into the span of seconds.
Despite competing at the limits of their physical skill, there are times for elite athletes when their mental focus and physical coordination come together in striking fashion. Figure skater Sarah Hughes had started out her long performance in fourth place, seemingly out of the medal competition. Not having to hold onto a medal position, she was able to focus entirely on her performance. "I didn't want to skate for a gold medal," she said. "I went out and had a great time. I said, 'This is the Olympics. I want to do the best.' " What she created was a technically flawless performance that radiated a poise and joy of life that brought her the gold medal.
Norwegian skier Kjetil Andre Aamodt finessed the difficult course set for the men's Super-G, a course on which many of his competitors missed a gate and didn't finish. Whether it was the combination of experience and strength or just the right timing of practice and training, on that crisp bright morning in the Wasatch Mountains, it all came together for him.
These two stories are about entering flow, a term Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi uses to describe a state of focus and ease obtained "when a person's skills are fully involved in overcoming a challenge that is just about manageable":
Accepting the Risk of Failure
Using duct tape to bind together a broken boot buckle for his final race, snowboarder Chris Klug persevered and won the bronze medal in parallel giant slalom. Glad simply to be alive, liver transplant survivor Klug didn't have time to replace the snapped buckle in the interval between his two runs. At the starting gate, he felt the looseness in the boot, and briefly wondered if he could make it down the hill. "I just said, 'To heck with it,'" Klug said. "If this thing's going to work out, it's going to work out. If not, so be it. I just made the best of it."
Eric Bergoust, the defending Olympic gold medalist in freestyle aerials, engaged the risks to spectacularly win or lose, getting the latter when he was unable to hold the landing of a stunningly aerobatic high-speed jump. "I'm glad I didn't go out there and go conservative and finish fourth," he said. "I wanted to get the gold or last, and I got last." Within any "at the edge" accomplishment, there is both the opportunity for success and the risk of failure. Being unwilling to accept the risk of failure can be the greatest obstacle to success.3
Persevering with Tenacity
Brian Shimer, a five-time Olympian, finally won a bronze medal as the driver of one of tw o U.S. four-man bobsled teams, ending a 46-year medal drought in the event for the U.S. Bothered by creaky knees and calf injuries, Shimer almost didn't get to compete. "I did it on my last run in my last Olympics", said Shimer. This is a fairy-tale ending. Who doesn't like that?"
Croatian Janica Kostelic became a World Cup phenomenon in 1999 when she won two consecutive events. Later that season, she injured her right knee so severely that it was uncertain whether she would ever ski competitively again. In Salt Lake City, she set a record for the most alpine medals (four) ever won during a single Olympics.
Both Shimer and Kostelic succeeded through their tenacity against disappointment and physical obstacles.
Accepting Transitions with Grace
Whether we gain our goals or fall short of them, there is an art to letting go and moving on. All competitors eventually face the challenge of becoming ex-competitors. It can be harder to escape our spectacular successes than to leave behind our disappointments; harder to conceive of something new that seems as satisfying. Yet, deep within us, there is always the ability to find new challenges and to extend our connections and capabilities.
There comes a time, whether in starting a new practice, teaching a class, or just in beginning the next massage, that we must bring together our experience, accept the risks of performance, and tenaciously seek the zone of flow. Every massage has a beginning and an ending. For me, each new massage has that element of standing in the sunlight at the top of a hill, watching the snow sparkle before me. One last centering breath, and it's time to commit to my unconsciously stored practice and experience, landing on my edges as they carve the unknown slope.
Click here for previous articles by Keith Eric Grant, PhD, NCTMB.
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