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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
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.
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