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Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
May, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 05
The Heart's Evolution
By David Lauterstein, RMT
The current war in Iraq and the events of 9/11 continue to be a clarion call. Perhaps the most important message to be gleaned is that the world has reached a new limit of how far it can progress by relying solely on the education of the mind.While we may be advancing in intelligence, we are lacking in emotional development, and as long as mental prowess stays the primary focus of education, the heart will remain comparatively barbaric.
We are in ever-increasing danger: Prejudice and genocide are rampant in the world, fueling vengeful and violent counterattacks; hypocrisy between the truth of religious doctrine and the failure to live according those values is prevalent; corporate greed, with little regard for ethics or social impact, is one of the taproots of heartless action; and people suffer every day from political allegiances to the self-interests of corporate profiteers, and the failure to take action to ensure a livable world for our descendants.
These atrocities indicate stunted hearts! What need is more desperate than education of the human heart? It has been said that, "To be [a blues singer], you don't have to play the guitar brilliantly or have a beautiful singing voice - blues singers don't, as a rule - you have to be open enough about your emotions to make them important to whomever happens to be listening. The more direct the path from your heart to your fingers and throat, the better you are." This corollary holds true for the types of education and touch we need. The more direct the path from one heart to another, the deeper the learning.
How Do We Educate Our Hearts?
In my experience, massage is possibly the best way to educate our hearts. The experience of receiving and giving high-quality touch is an experience that largely bypasses the thinking mind. Touch is direct and loving, and reminds us to reconnect with our internal and external worlds. We are alive! This fundamental miracle should give cause for reflection and wonder each day. Of all the particles and waves in the universe, how unlikely that they should coalesce in planetary life, and in our living, breathing, conscious selves! At the heart of massage therapy and teaching is the embodiment of skill and kindness. When students encounter the kindness and skill of teachers, and learn to touch with clarity and compassion, they begin to evolve. Convincing the hard-hearted (those with contrary opinions) can seem impossible; but try touching the hard-hearted and watch what happens almost at once: They begin to relax. Their nervous systems become more balanced and drop out of the "fight or flight" response. They become kinder to each other as a result of being treated more kindly. They remember that the greatest gift is simply to be alive. They stop focusing on external gratification and the acquisition of material goods; they stop fixating on rage, envy, and hopelessness; they stop emphasizing mental development; and they regain their health and wholeness in a single hour of massage that seems to last an eternity, realizing that they had somehow lost touch with their inner worth and health. There is a renewed dedication to remembering the wholeness that lives within each of us.
Reason plays a secondary role in the heart's evolution. Science, reason's handmaiden, does not recognize the existence of spirit and art, but sends a more general message; however, massage is both an art based on the science of the body, and a spiritual exercise. Massage does not utilize a medium of tones or strokes of paint, but the very substance of life itself: human beings, with their unique tissues, thoughts and feelings.
Massage is manual evolution. The art truly and desperately needed now is the evolution of the heart. Can we make as much progress in the human heart as we have with, say, computers? Isn't the necessity of this next evolutionary step obvious?
As students and clients explore anatomy, massage, and the psychophysiology of stress, they come to appreciate the deep, original meaning of kindness. Beyond our differences, we are the same "kind"; we are "kin." This lesson is communicated to some extent in every massage: The enlivened heart knows the kinship of life.
We can no longer proceed as a civilization without committing ourselves to advanced kindness, including the awareness that humans share the same feelings: Virulent hatred, the hunger for power, and uncontainable lust are not just the property of our villains, any more than great love, courage, ferocious loyalty and compassion are reserved for heroes.
The key to advanced kindness is enabling both reason and feeling to inform our responses: having total compassion toward the feelings we have, tempered with a vast, measured thoughtfulness that precedes our actions. These advances should be incorporated into the everyday challenges faced in elementary, secondary and college education. Currently, the only educational context in which I see this happening is in a few holistically-oriented massage or psychotherapy training programs - programs that are exploring a model for future education.
Receiving, giving and learning about skilled, compassionate touch is one of the keys to a healthy world. In such a world, the heart is given a chance to catch up to the mind, and we recognize that what we know "by heart" is equal to or greater than what we know with our heads alone. The idea that "What the world needs now is love, sweet love," has changed from being a subcultural sentiment to a sociopolitical fact. Touch is the most direct way to actualize love in the physical world; it is the key that opens the door to the next step in human evolution.
David Lauterstein is Co-Director of Lauterstein-Conway Massage School in Austin, Texas. He is author of "The Deep Massage Book" and "Putting the Soul Back in the Body." David has been inducted into the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame, received AMTA's Jerome Perlinski Teacher of the Year Award, and in 2013, was recognized as "Educator of the Year" by the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education. For more info, visit www.TLCschool.com.
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