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The Science of Stretching
In 1986, Rob DeCastella set a course record by running the Boston Marathon in 2:07:51, just 39 seconds off the world record.
Building From the Bottom Up
I caught up with my dear friend Honora Wolfe, in her Colorado painting studio where, if she is not praying in Bhutan or doing charitable work in a Nepali free clinic, she spends most of her time now.
Peer Points: Always Seeking To Grow
Ellen "Kiki" Geary has spent the last decade honing her craft. As a specialist in integrative holistic care, she went straight from completing her master's degree in acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine from Bastyr University to building a successful and thriving practice in the small community of Anacortes, Washington.
Finders Keepers: The Secret to Relationship-Based Marketing
Becoming a successful practitioner has less to do with what you learned in school, and more to do with your ability to find new patients and keep them!
A Guide for Talking to Doctors about Acupuncture and Brain Chemistry
Before I begin any discussion of how to talk about the effects of acupuncture on brain chemistry, nervous and endocrine function, it is essential to understand just what physicians most need help with.
A Chinese Medicine Story: An Interview with Mazin Al-Khafaji
Mazin Al-Khafaji's work has interested me for years. In February 2014, we invited him for the second time to speak at the Southwest Symposium in Austin, Texas.
Remembering Clarence Gonstead and 50 Years of the Gonstead Clinic
Dr. Clarence Selmer Gonstead (1898-1978) took chiropractic practice from back-alley bone setting to an understandable biomechanical science. His life was dedicated to clinical competency.
Immunizations by Colorado DCs: Really?
You probably didn't hear about it, but back on Nov. 21, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Colorado Chiropractic Association (CCA) adopted "immunization authority" for Colorado DCs as its No. 2 legislative goal.
Are You a Bad Chiropractic Patient?
My father was a great DC. In fact, as you might expect, he was the doctor of chiropractic I measured all other doctors against. Sadly, he died at age 61 when I was in my early 30s.
Coding for the Subluxation: ICD-9 vs. ICD-10
When I attended chiropractic school, I was taught that chiropractors approach health care differently than the traditional medical establishment.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part III
Part 1 and Part II of this series focused on the physical aspect of the Heart and mental emotional aspects of the Heart respectively. Now, I would like to focus on the spiritual aspect of the Heart.
Curbing Label Overwhelm
For the average consumer, reading a food package can be overwhelming: natural, organic, non-GMO, gluten free, free range ... you get the picture.
Knee Pain From the Kinetic Chain
As practitioners of manual medicine, chiropractors often treat patients suffering from knee pain.
Fibromyalgia: Put the Pain in Its Place
While some fibromyalgia patients respond favorably to regular chiropractic care, others experience minimal relief. Unfortunately, many of these patients must rely on pharmacological management to relieve their constant pain.
Physical Exam 101: The Hands
I am sure you are familiar with the old adage: "When the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail."
By the Numbers: 3 Common Financial Mistakes With Major Consequences
Warren Buffett is on record for sharing the hidden art of becoming wealthy and making it simple enough for anyone to grasp.
Vaccines and Chiropractic: Evidence-Based Medicine or Medical Dogma?
Right or wrong, the chiropractic profession has historically been against vaccinations. However, a growing trend within the profession is seeking to reverse this position.
New Medical Technologies You Need to Know
We're all familiar with how fast computers become obsolete, as well as the rapid pace of development in the field of cell phone technology. The latest smart phones are far more powerful than desktop computers were only a few years ago.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
Why You Should Include the Single-Leg Stance Test in Every Patient Assessment
The single-leg stance (SLS) test, also known as the single-limb stance test, unipedal stance test or one-legged stance / balance test, is often used in the geriatric population to assess static postural and balance control.
July, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 07
Mind and Body
By Keith Eric Grant, PhD, NCTMB
Science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke stated, "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." Increasingly, our technological abilities to create multi sensory virtual realities approac h such magic. On a recent family trip to Disney's California Adventure, I was provided the visual, auditory, kinesthetic and olfactory illusion of soaring over multiple areas of California. Other virtual reality research has created the three-dimensional image of a cat that could be palpated with a special pen to feel bones and muscles.7
As fantastic as these accomplishments are, they still pale before the moment-by-moment magic of our own mind and body in creating our sensory experience of embodiment and presence. If ever you have doubted, even for a moment, how important the touch and human connection you provide can be to others, consider the lessons recently learned from neurological research.
Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), researchers have been able to track changes in blood oxygen flow to areas of the brain while different cognitive tasks are performed or emotional stimuli is processed. This has provided a window deep into the functional structures of our brain. Other studies of cognitive or emotional losses with brain injuries have yielded clues to the multiple paths by which emotional reactions result from stimuli passed to the amygdala structure of our brain.2,3 Research has shown that we learn to respond to situations, particularly those that are stressful or fearful, in both conscious and unconscious ways. According to Joseph LeDoux, our unconscious memories affect our actions and the way we experience our body:2
Our emotions and senses of having emotional support are shown to have profound effects on our health. Bruce McEwen and his associates have coined the term allostasis for our ability to adapt to the total stress in our lives.4,5 They note the extreme importance of the psychosocial context of our lives on our biological responses:5
David Spiegel has reported a significant relationship between mental attitudes, social support and the progression of cancer.8,9 Similarly, the crucial importance of the mind and emotions on physical health has been extensively discussed by Esther Sternberg and Philip Gold:10
For instance, studies have shown that persons exposed to chronic social stresses for more than two months have increased susceptibility to the common cold. On the other hand, a positive supportive environment of extensive social networks or group psychotherapy can enhance immune response and resistance to disease-even cancer. Women with breast cancer, for instance, who receive strong, positive social support during their illness, have significantly longer life spans than women without such support.
Beyond the process of learning to react to stress, and beyond the effects of our reactions on our health, the mind can integrate all of our sensory input and responses into our sense of self. We are able to build within us a consistency over time and a synthesis of all of our felt input that we identify with - a sense of self that may have been negatively impacted by abuse or trauma, and that can be positively affected by support and caring sensory input. Antonio Damasio hypothesizes how we build this magical sense of self.1
Dr. Vilayanur Ramachandran notes both the construction of our sense of body and that, even as adults, the image that the mind has built remains malleable.6
Given the above, the simple act of reaching out with your touch and presence may reach far deeper than we could have previously imagined. Few come to us unwounded in soul or unstressed by life. In reaching out to give of ourselves, we may well reach the core of each other's being to help reunite mind and body. What we are learning on the forefronts of science says that we have a unique opportunity to make a difference.
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