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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
May, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 05
CranioSacral Therapy: Who Shall Do It?
By John Upledger, DO, OMM
In 1977, while I was preparing to conduct a research project involving the use of CranioSacral Therapy (CST) with learning-disabled children, a superintendent of special education suggested that one in 20 children (5 percent) in the Michigan public school system suffered from some form of brain dysfunction.I found this statement utterly astonishing, and very sobering.
This educator was only guessing, but he had been in the school system for over 25 years, so his "guess" carried a lot of observation, experience and wisdom. Even if he was more than 100 percent pessimistic in his estimate, how would we ever be able to offer quality CST to even one in every 100 (1 percent) of the millions of public-school children in Michigan and the rest of the country?
My initial hypothesis suggested that about 50 percent of brain-dysfunctional children could receive significant benefits from CST. (By "brain dysfunction" I mean a wide spectrum of problems, ranging from attention deficit disorder and hyperkinesis to debilitating seizure disorders and cerebral palsy, as well as dyslexia, dyscalcula, speech and motor function disorders, autism and childhood schizophrenia.) However, the children would all have to be CranioSacrally evaluated to determine who would benefit from a full course of treatment.
In Michigan in 1977, there were fewer than 10 osteopathic physicians who were functionally familiar with cranial osteopathy. There were only three or four who were familiar with our brand of CST, which is quite different from the osteopathic and chiropractic versions of cranial manipulation. CST focuses on the membrane as the most common source of craniosacral system dysfunction, and hydraulics (dictating the flow of cerebrospinal fluid through the system) as the means of evaluation and treatment.
A few months earlier, I had presented the second of a series of five-day CST seminars to a group of clinical staff members at the Menninger Foundation in Topeka, Kan. My purpose had been to introduce the pediatric group to CST as an expansion of its program for the treatment of dysfunctional children. It was during this second seminar that I devised the "10-Step Protocol," which could be used by nonphysician clinical staff members. This protocol was essentially a "cookbook" method that, if carried out by a therapist on a patient, would serve several purposes:
The rest was taken care of in the design of the 10-Step Protocol. We introduced the underlying anatomy and physiology during the CST seminars we presented at Menninger, but it was not necessary to have extensive knowledge of these principles in order to practice the protocol on a patient. This practice is safe and beneficial to the patient, and instructional to the student therapist.
I also developed the 10-Step Protocol because it was clear to me that the psychiatrists and other physicians at the Menninger Foundation would not (and probably could not) take time to do 30 or 40 minutes of concentrated hands-on therapy with a patient one-on-one, in addition to their psychotherapeutic talk sessions and psychopharmacologic-management responsibilities. Also, some expressed the opinion that "touching the patient" in the way we prescribed in CST would interfere with their objectivity as attending psychiatrists.
My second Menninger seminar was, therefore, largely attended by nonphysician therapists whom would do the hands-on work with pediatric patients. It was my first attempt to teach CST techniques to nurses, physical therapists and psychologists; it seemed successful. The interest was high and the work they were doing in the seminar was of good quality. During the following weeks, I received several telephone calls from nonphysician therapists who reported exciting successes with a variety of patients through the use of CST.
With this recent experience in mind, I saw a possible solution to the problem of how to provide CST evaluation and therapy to such a large number of Michigan public-school children. If the special-education superintendent was correct, we needed to be able to evaluate 5 percent of all public-school children enrolled in Michigan. If I was right, 2.5 percent of those enrolled in public school needed in-depth CST.
I discussed the problem of the lack of CST-qualified physicians with the dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University (MSU), where I was then a full-time faculty member. I described my positive experience teaching CST to nonphysician therapists at the Menninger Foundation, and obtained permission to explore the possibility in Michigan. As things have a way of happening, there was a school for multi-disabled children in Lansing, Michigan; CST, and my use of it, had become a major topic of conversation among its staff, because there was 4-year-old boy enrolled there whom I had treated in France earlier that year. During the series of CST sessions in France he had progressed rather dramatically - from hemiplegic to slightly motor impaired. He and his mother followed me back to Michigan for further treatment. By "coincidence," one of the physical therapists at this school had seen this little boy a year earlier at the Bobath Center in England. At that time the child was hemiplegic; now he wasn't.
My reception at the school was warm. The mother and therapist had both described the boy's progress to the staff members, who were waiting with open arms when I came in, and suggested that I teach them CST. We worked through the university. I initially taught the course one night a week for one university quarter. MSU provided the enrollees with postgraduate credit for course completion. Soon, we expanded the CST curriculum to two quarters.
The course enrollment began to include therapists of varied backgrounds from other centers for disabled children around the state, and from Ohio and Indiana nearby. (I discovered news travels very fast on the disabled-child network.) The enrollees were physical therapists, occupational therapists, nurses, special-education teachers, school psychologists and the like. Within a short time, there were a few physicians and chiropractors, as well.
At the same time I was teaching these open-enrollment courses, I was also teaching CST to full-time osteopathic and medical students within their respective colleges. This dual activity offered me an excellent chance to compare progress in the use of CST between the two groups. I taught essentially the same material to both.
In general, I found the nonphy-sician therapists a little better at learning and applying the evaluation and therapy techniques than the osteopathic and medical students. I think this was largely due to the differences in actual hands-on work experience, and the dedication of practicing therapists that develops as they see disabled children improving under their hands. The osteopathic and medical students did not have these experiences and motivating factors available to them. I also found a higher level of manual sensitivity in the majority of experienced therapists that the student physicians did not possess. This manual sensitivity is extremely necessary for the high-quality practice of CST.
The results obtained with patients (which is what it should be all about) of nonphysician therapists from a wide variety of disciplines were excellent. Since those first experiences, I've gone on to train thousands of massage therapists and other professional health care providers, who have done very well with CST. Now, we often teach the parents of disabled children to do this work on their children. After all, our goal is to help those in need.
So the question remains: Who can do CranioSacral Therapy? The answer is simple. Anyone who is motivated, compassionate, sensitive, and willing to subordinate his or her ego so that the patient is the most important factor.
Click here for previous articles by John Upledger, DO, OMM.
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