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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!
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
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.
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.
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.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
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.
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.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
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?
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
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
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
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.
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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