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Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
July, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 07
To Breathe Again
By John Upledger, DO, OMM
In September 2002, I received a letter from Marilyn Thomas, a physical therapist from Cincinnati, who asked me if I would consider taking a look at her son, Matthew. Before I even got to the end of the letter, I was irreversibly hooked.Born November 15, 1991, Matthew Geier has spent his life struggling with the little things most of us take for granted. Delivered by emergency Caesarean section, Mathew was floppy and blue; his Apgar scores - a quick test performed right after birth to determine the newborn's physical condition - were alarmingly low. Within a few short hours he was intubated and placed on a respirator to help him breathe.
Fifteen days later Matthew was diagnosed with congenital central hypoventilation syndrome (CCHS), a rare breathing disorder characterized by apnea and right-sided heart failure. When he was 18-months old he received a pacemaker, but it didn't help. The doctors told Marilyn her son would be dependent on a ventilator for the rest of his life.
Years later, Matthew's breathing difficulties were compounded by symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which made it extremely hard for him to learn. According to Marilyn, Matthew would constantly snap his fingers; flap his hands; walk on his tiptoes; and experience a great deal of anxiety and "racing" thoughts.
Having taken a Cranio-Sacral Therapy (CST) class some years earlier, Marilyn began using CST on Matthew at bedtime to help him sleep. She soon noticed his symptoms improve, so she began working with another therapist to co-treat Matthew every week. Still, being his mother, she wisely recognized that she was too emotionally involved to treat him the way he really needed; that's when she wrote to me.
I first saw Matthew on February 20, 2003, at The Upledger Institute HealthPlex Clinical Services in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. My evaluation led me to believe that his breathing difficulties were secondary to dysfunctions of his autonomic nervous system and his thoracic and diaphragmatic peripheral nerves. So we set about applying therapy to normalize these neurological dysfunctions.
During his time here, Matthew had a total of about a dozen sessions between me and staff therapists Roy Desjarlais, LMT, CST-D, and Rebecca Flowers Giles, OTR, SCP, CST-D. Together, we "opened up" his fourth ventricle and respiratory diaphragm, giving his body "permission" to do this on its own. Matthew's response was remarkable - even to those of us who are used to seeing the remarkable. For the first time since the day he was born, Matthew began breathing on his own without the ventilator.
Since returning to Cincinnati, Marilyn reports that ongoing CranioSacral Therapy has continued to help. She says Matthew was off the vent for five hours one day and four the next. His attitude has also undergone a dramatic change. I'll let Marilyn tell you about it in her own words:
Thank you, Matthew, for the inspiration you have provided to all of us to continue pursuing the impossible.
Click here for previous articles by John Upledger, DO, OMM.
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