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Modernization of Chinese Medicine
Language – written, spoken, signed, or otherwise is learned as a means to express our individualized perceptions about the world around us. Language is designed to communicate our personal experiences.
Practice Policy (Gone Bad): The Sign
Every once in a while, you see something and think to yourself, That's a really bad idea. Case in point: I went to see my medical doctor the other day. Just after being "roomed," as they say, the nurse checked my vital signs. Then she left.
Help: A Need at Every Level
One of the great gifts of training in acupuncture is the ability to take good care of oneself. I recently had a bout of frozen shoulder — an inflammatory syndrome which can be debilitatingly painful and take years to resolve.
Improving Communication Between AOM and Biomedical Providers
How comfortable do you feel talking to Western medical providers? If you are like me, you may not feel as comfortable as you would like. Some of my interactions with MD's haven't been the fruitful steps toward integrative medicine for which I had hoped.
Practicing with Authenticity
To extrapolate from the above quote, patients love healthcare providers they can trust. One way to earn the trust of your patients is by practicing with authenticity. What does that mean, exactly?
The Short Leg Dilemma
When evaluating a new patient, it is common to note a relative shortening of one leg to the other. Some patients will even tell you they have one, and then pull out the store-bought heel lift they read about online.
Fertility and Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Starting or expanding one's family is a major milestone. It's something that more and more people seek out health care advice and support for.
Change Lives by Supporting Chiropractic Research: Are You In?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fund-raising campaign to support chiropractic research.
An Acupuncturist's View of Medicinal Marijuana
The use of cannabis for medical purposes is very controversial. Use as a panacea by physicians uninitiated to the proper application of herbal medicine, as well as an excuse for recreational use have greatly confused the issue.
A Chiropractor's Guide to Yoga
"Doctor, can I continue to do yoga while undergoing your care?" "Is it OK for me to go back to yoga while I'm getting my back treated?" "It is safe to start my yoga classes again after my neck pain improves?"
Harvard Health References Flawed AHA Position Paper
In its special health report, "Stroke: Diagnosing, Treating, and Recovering From a 'Brain Attack,'" Harvard Health Publications includes information from the American Heart Association's 2014 position statement on cervical manipulation and cervical dissection – a statement the American Chiropractic Association emphasized in a letter to Harvard Health mixes "scientific facts with half-truths."
The Zen Art of "One Point"
We were always told in our Zen Shiatsu training (by Japanese and Japanese American instructors) that our ultimate aim was to to find that "One Point." To be so focused we could touch just one point to transform Qi throughout a client's body.
The New Age of Communication
In the age of technology, everyone, including the patient, is seeking faster, easier ways to communicate. With a wealth of social media, blogs, websites and videos, we are constantly barraged with information – to the point of overload.
Nuts Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer and Other Health Problems
Several recent studies suggest regular consumption of nuts may provide a significant degree of protection against certain types of cancer, heart disease, possibly type 2 diabetes and some neurodegenerative diseases.
Getting a YES: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Patient Objections
Patients make more excuses for declining care from an acupuncturist than perhaps any other type of doctor. Various reasons hold them back from making a commitment to care.
Do Some Good and Grow Your Business with Cause Marketing
Cause marketing is truly one of the best ways that you can promote your services as a acupuncture professional. Cause marketing refers to a type of marketing where a business partners with a non-profit organization to help bring awareness to a charitable cause.
Patient-Centered Care vs. Payer Restrictions: Your Ethical Obligation
Do you have an ethical obligation to evaluate your patients, make a diagnosis and provide evidence-based, patient-centered health care, irrelevant to the payer restrictions?
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 2
In the last issue of Acupuncture Today, the first part of this article introduced the topic of trauma and resilience, and their relationship to the autonomic nervous system response and the concept of the spirit being grounded in the body, and suggested the importance of mindfulness as a tool for healing.
What's Chiropractic Research Worth to You?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fundraising campaign to support chiropractic research.
Oriental Medicine on the World Stage
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This simple, yet powerful statement was lived out time and time again by so many of the athletes from around the world during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
Dorsiflexion Dysfunction: Evaluation & Manipulation Techniques
Almost every condition from the foot to the hip can be attributed to the inability to dorsiflex the ankle mortice and other joints that participate in dorsiflexion. Let's start by understanding normal versus abnormal dorsiflexion.
Surprising Reasons for Orthotic Efficacy
Clinical outcome studies show orthotics are effective in the management of a wide range of injuries, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and patellofemoral pain syndrome.
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 1
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
Fish Oil: A Key Component of Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
The Food Conversation: Nutrition and Your Practice
It's morning and your first patient rolls in with a triple espresso steaming in one hand and a frazzled, desperate look in her eye. "You gotta help me, doc, I am constipated unless I drink one of these, and I am exhausted and anxious all the time."
July, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 07
Cutting Through Chaos
By Keith Eric Grant, PhD, NCTMB
We all benefit at times from retreating to a place in which the input to our nervous system is less chaotic than that of the normal pace of life. In doing so, we provide a space for regrouping our own energy and direction so that we may better meet creative opportunities. As I sit down to write this month's column, I have just returned from such a time; five days at the Esalen Institute, taking a workshop on Thai massage facilitated by Richard Gold.2 One of the impressions I have taken away with me is that of an interleaving dance of gentle rhythms.
Esalen is located on a sliver of land along the rugged Big Sur coast of California. At the western edge of the institute, the land sweeps precipitously down to the sea. Immediately to the east, the Santa Lucia range rises steeply. Within this sliver of land bathed by alternating sun and cloud, the ever-present rhythmic surge of waves breaks against the rocky shore. Joining these natural rhythms are the predictable human rhythms of the meal and workshop schedules. To these general rhythms, my own experience added the slow palm presses and stretches of Thai massage. Richard, both conscientious of time and material and possessing an ever-present twinkle of eye, marked the session boundaries with the soft tones of a meditation bowl/bell struck three times and with the chanting of the traditional homage to Father-Doctor Shivago.2 Day by day, we worked together through the slow, well-organized protocols of touch.
I dwell on these descriptions of rhythmic tempo and organization because I believe that we can learn much about the power of massage to center and heal from looking at situations in which chaos overwhelms and sensory integration fails. It is in these venues that the tools used to cut through chaos become most needed and most obvious.
Carol Kranowitz describes children who become overloaded with sensory information and cannot integrate the world around them to respond appropriately.4 Many individuals with pervasive developmental disorders (PDD) have difficulty attending to tasks and learning new skills because they operate at high levels of arousal and anxiety due to over-reactivity to sensory stimuli.6 For these individuals, stimuli that for most of us would be barely noticeable evoke sensory defensiveness and flight-or-fight responses. What's interesting from a massage perspective is that rhythmic brushing of their skin with soft surgical brushes and rhythmic joint compression often seems to help children with deficiencies in sensory integration deal better with their surroundings and achieve a state of calm alertness. The patterned stimulus appears at least partly to counteract the sensory chaos.
While those with PDD form the outlying edge of those having difficulty with sensory input, they are not alone in struggling with sensory overload. Elaine Aron estimates that about 15-20 percent of the population is composed of what she terms highly sensitive persons (HSPs).1 Aron describes HSPs as having both greater sensitivity to subtle sensory inputs and a much higher susceptibility to experiencing sensory overload and fatigue from intense or sustained stimulation. While discussing the use of anti-anxiety medications for crisis intervention, Aron recommends more lifestyle-oriented methods for ongoing care:
These lifestyle methods combine to create a space of sanctuary, seeking emotional support, and immersing ourselves in repetitive rhythmic motions. In applying rhythmic movements and pressure, we perhaps intuitively act on the physics observation that nearby systems with similar resonant frequencies will synchronize, a phenomenon that can produce entire trees filled with synchronously pulsing fireflies.8 We pace so that we may subsequently lead. Behind the slow rhythmic patterns of a dance, such as Ma Avarech 7 or the gentle repetitive patterns of caring touch, there is great power for integrating our bodies and minds and cutting through chaos.
Click here for previous articles by Keith Eric Grant, PhD, NCTMB.
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