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Reflections: The Art of Teaching Asian Medicine
Over the past three decades, my global workshops have been translated into German, Swiss German, French, Romansch, Spanish, Lithuanian and Xhosa. Time to offer you new teachers a few tips!
Case Histories from Bali: Treating Balinese Chidren with TCB and Shonishin
When I moved to the island of Bali in 2005, I offered my services in Bumi Sehat, which means Healthy Mother Earth, a free birthing center for poor and disadvantaged local women located in Ubud.
The Top Seven Website Mistakes Clinics Make
The majority of acupuncture clinics finally have a website for their business. Having a website is crucial for being found online through Google, Facebook and review sites like Yelp.
It's Time to Create a Strong Acupuncture Footprint
Footprints in the sand. Footprints in the snow. Where do these footprints go? Some are big, some are small, but footprints are made by all.
Leg Length and Pelvic Fixations
A common component of low back pain is sacroiliac joint dysfunction. Signs of SIJ dysfunction can include fixation with reduced range of motion, and localized pain or joint laxity and inflammation.
Are You Really a Healthy Eater?
I always giggle a little bit (to myself) when someone comes into my office and informs me that they are a healthy eater. What exactly does that mean? Does that mean they eat sugar in moderation? And what's that, exactly?
Joint Supplements for Athletes (Part 1)
Maintaining joint health should be a daily focus for athletes. Joint health is a complex issue for everyone, but for athletes it poses a greater concern.
Put the Social Back Into Social Media
Social media is more than a passing fad, it is definitely here to stay. Social media apps and channels of distribution may evolve, but the concept of social media is now big business and a part of all our lives.
Adjusting the Occiput on the Atlas
You may never see a particular set of patients in your office – the ones who are either afraid of neck adjustments or have had a bad experience. A vast majority of those who had a bad experience did not have a life-threatening vascular event.
We Get Letters & E-Mail
We Have Come a Long Way – But There's a Long Way to Go; Grounded and Connected.
The Conscious Evolution of Healing, Part 2
The idea of transmission is very important in the Chinese medical classics. According to author Claude Larre, the ancient Chinese were highly interested in the connection between things. Nothing was looked at as an isolated entity.
Finding Balance in the Clinic
This past December, I celebrated 11 years in practice. I seriously don't know where the time went. I feel beyond blessed and grateful to be practicing our profound and beautiful medicine and to be helping guide my patients restore a state of optimal health.
What's Triggering That Point?
An orthopedic friend recently saw a patient of mine. He felt an injection of a trigger point (TP) at the upper trapezius and surrounding areas was necessary, since that was the patient's area of chief complaint and there was a tender, radiating nodule.
Acupuncture and Homeopathy: Bioenergetic Brothers
Acupuncture and homeopathy share an important healing principle: bioenergetics. "Bio" means "life," so bioenergetics is literally "life energy."
Connections Worth Making
"If most doctors are like me, [they are] isolated physically and professionally. I do not make the time to connect with other doctors and also a lot of doctors do not want to be connected for a lot of reasons. Dynamic Chiropractic keeps me grounded and connected.
Online Efforts That Convert Traffic Into Patients
Most chiropractors are using "dinner with the doc," "refer a friend," customer appreciation days, grand openings, health fairs, chamber of commerce meetings, and other networking events to get new patients.
Neuroscience: Where Western Medicine and Chinese Medicine Can Come Together
The recent advances in neuroscience are truly incredible. With this expansion of scientific knowledge, I would like to see even more research into the neuroscientific basic of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
A New Era of Injury Awareness Means a New Focus on Prevention
Despite a dramatic Super Bowl last month, the National Football League has taken quite a few hits lately concerning player injuries, particularly concussions.
Old TCM Sayings: Treat the Front to Treat the Back
Chinese medicine college was, and always will be, a memorable time. It was a time of massive personal and professional growth.
It might have been a miserable start to the day in the heart of downtown San Diego. A heavy rain had soaked the large homeless population congregating near the intersection of Third Avenue and Ash Street as they waited for a free breakfast to be served at the First Lutheran Church on the corner.
The Easy Way to Learn How to Document ICD-10
The 2015 Work Plan for the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) includes a focus on chiropractic services. This means chiropractors can expect to see more audits and reviews in the coming year because private payers pay attention to the OIG's focus as well.
December, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 12
Movement Awareness: Connecting Self with Client, Part I
By Josef Dellagrotte, PhD, LMHC, CFP, RMT
Every massage session is a movement relationship between practitioner and client. Because clients are passive receivers, we tend to ignore their awareness of and responses to what may be happening to their own body image perceptions.We consider our role in this interaction as body use, contact, and application of technique.
Movement organization differentiates between massage as therapy and improvement vs. massage as treatment only, whether as a relaxing or as a myofascial relieving experience. The root of massage practice is in movement itself. The practitioner must move his/her own body in harmony with the inexorable laws of gravity and biomechanics. Massage is not generally considered a movement modality; in reality, it is, and it grows in public significance when it is consciously practiced with self-movement awareness and skill. Sooner or later, the client picks up on whether the message in the massage carries something more. Consider the following:
First, picture a standard massage treatment. The practitioner's actions reveal well-organized movements, or compromised, imbalanced, stressful postures during the application of treatment. There appears to be little client movement, and little equivalent or commensurate response. The client's body absorbs the potentially beneficial forces applied by the practitioner. The neglected, significant question is this: Is the practitioner benefiting? Is he or she getting better or worse?
The general protocol and expectations of a massage session have been shaped by tradition, experience and habit. The passive client comes to a session for the purpose of experiencing relaxation, without movement, or without any self-induced motion except to lie down, remain motionless, and then to get up and leave. The client feels the positive effects, but is minimally conscious of the process. The reality is that the practitioner does most of the moving; the client's body is moved. The effort is distinctly disproportional.
Second, the practitioner's actions reveal active mobilization that resembled work or effort. Any kind of hands-on work must affect one's own body. Physics dictates that any force generated must travel freely, without resistance or torque. To do otherwise is to generate turbulence affecting one or more components: muscle, nerves, myofascia, joints or bones. Whatever the modality used, the body must experience some effect, and this effect must be registered in the nervous system.
Third, the practitioner is moving his/her own body -- but how? The very act of movement involves using vectors of force, direction of force, body tensioning along myofascial planes, and an entire dimension of sensory-motor stimulation through touch. Some of these myofascial pathways of movement have been anatomically described (for example, see Thomas Myers' Anatomy Trains). No matter the technique or style used, the practitioner has to begin with self-organization, in the field of gravity. Technique is secondary to the greater principle: well-organized and efficient direction of movement energy in motion. This can be further broken down into components, such as the core functional movement based on the actions and planes of movement. In essence, every practitioner, either intuitively or by sheer behavioral learning, must use the basic functional components of human biological and biomechanical motion.
When working on a client, a practitioner intuitively recognizes a fundamental need for postural stability; for balance; for transmission of forces from the ground through oneself; for a certain amount of strength; for lengthening of one's own body; for relaxation, and for satisfaction while one works. This means that the practitioner, like the musician, has only natural, core functional motion possibilities: notes, then chords, then melodies or compositions. The notes are single actions of one part. The chords are combinations of notes that form core functional actions of extension, flexion, rotation and lateral bending of the opposite segments. These core functional movements, or colors of the body spectrum, allow joints to perform different actions.
As a functional movement, that action is precise and ideally effortless, not forced. If the articulation, with its corresponding muscle contraction, muscle lengthening, connective tissue or fascial spread, and internal sensory feel, are not resonant and syntonic, trouble ensues. If the movements go well, they combine to form patterns of action, or primary functional actions, the practitioner and the client benefit. As the practitioner moves, so does the client. Where the practitioner is struggling in her/his body, the client absorbs the manual forces, not having a clue (until later, perhaps) as to why a negative reaction was felt. It is rationalized often as: "I felt good, but then the pain came back."
Josef DellaGrotte is a certified Feldenkrais trainer, registered muscular therapist, integrative somatic practitioner and body-centered psychotherapist. He began training with Ida Rolf, then with Moshe Feldenkrais, who named Josef as a training assistant. His interest and practice is in combining therapy with somatic education, taking the client beyond passive experience and dependency into learning and self-care.
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