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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.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
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.
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.
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.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
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.
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.
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.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
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.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
March, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 03
Connective Tissue Leads to the Core of Good Health
By John Upledger, DO, OMM
The use of connective tissue, most often in the form of fascia, is integral to both the evaluation and therapeutic processes of CranioSacral Therapy (CST). One can travel from the most peripheral aspects of the body to its core without ever leaving fascial tissue; hence, it is clear that restrictions in normal fascial mobility anywhere in the body can potentially compromise the functioning of the craniosacral system, the boundaries of which surround the brain and spinal cord with fascia in the form of dura mater.Indeed, any restriction to the normal mobility of dural fascia taxes the function of the craniosacral system to some degree. Such a restriction may be broadcast to the dura from any body fascia, or it may originate in the dura itself. Extradural restrictions may arise from muscle or visceral fascia envelopes from superficial fascias just deep to the skin or from any of the other fascial layers.
Quite often, abnormal tension from peripheral fascias enters via the dural sleeves that accompany spinal nerve roots from/to the spinal cord and to/from the transverse foramina of the vertebral spine. When this occurs, the subsequent restrictions not only impair the function of the craniosacral system but may often contribute to the development of facilitated spinal cord segments that ultimately devitalize segmentally related viscera. This, in turn, can create neuromusculoskeletal problems that self-perpetuate.
In CST, the practitioner continually evaluates the craniosacral system and all body fascias, searching for areas of compromised mobility. This ongoing search allows the therapist to assess the degree of free mobility that may or may not be present. It also involves a whole-body evaluation of energies in search of abnormal energy patterns and cysts. Once such abnormal patterns are located, the therapist may eclectically employ any and all techniques that may be useful in re-establishing optimal freedom of motion to any restricted areas that are found.
Energy cysts are essentially regions of foreign energy that are disorganized, obstructing the normal conduction of microelectric currents through these regions. These disorganized energies may be thought of as entropic. They are usually from nonphysiological sources such as external trauma, pathogenic organisms or severe emotional shock. The body, unable to discharge these foreign energies, alternatively minimizes their effects by compressing them into the smallest possible volume. The CST practitioner's goal is to discharge all discovered energy cysts.
It is my belief that motion is health, and stasis results in disease. Such motion can range from the movement of interstitial fluids and transmembrane ionic and molecular transport, to gross joint motion and even energy flow. It is the CST practitioner's job to continually work toward restoring freedom of motion to all body tissues. In this way, the therapist makes wise use of body tissues to naturally restore health and inner balance.
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