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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.
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.
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.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
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.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
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.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
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.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
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.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
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.)
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
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.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
September, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 09
Direction of Energy
By John Upledger, DO, OMM
Direction of Energy is a technique that has proven very helpful in CranioSacral Therapy (CST). It is so simple that it is almost hard to believe. It is performed by "intending" or imagining energy passing from one of your hands to the other through a part of a client's body.
Dr.William G. Sutherland, the "father cranial osteopathy," first wrote about the concept in the 1930s. He was using it to release the joints (sutures) between cranial bones that were "stuck" for one reason or another. He would use his hands to direct energy from one side of the skull to the other through the suture. He believed the energy was somehow recruited from the patient's cerebrospinal fluid and directed into the suture by his hand positions. The suture that was stuck was then mobilized by this energy, and skull bone motion was restored.
In the 1970s I began advocating this technique for any part of the body that was injured, dysfunctional or painful. We found that you do not need the presence of cerebrospinal fluid between your hands in order to direct this healing energy. We have also seen that Direction of Energy can be used effectively anywhere on the body.
We have taught mothers to use it on their children and spouses to use it on each other. We are even successfully teaching this technique to elementary school children who are using it to ease the pain of minor injuries, such as skinned knees. In turn, the children are exhibiting a heightened sense of accomplishment and self-esteem that I believe could go a long way toward helping us reduce childhood violence.
One of the best examples of Direction of Energy I can give you is a personal one I experienced years ago while on the faculty at Michigan State University. It was a Saturday morning and I was pruning some bushes in our yard. As I cut one branch, another snapped back and hit me in the left eye. The pain was excruciating. I tried hard to see out of the eye but all I got was light and blurred images. I controlled my tendency to panic, made my way back to the house, and asked my wife to look at the eye and tell me what she saw. She described an indentation across the pupil.
Fearing the possibility of permanent damage, I went to rest on my bed. After a minute or so of feeling the pain and realizing my vision wasn't improving, I thought, "Okay Upledger, you teach this Direction of Energy stuff all the time. Don't you believe what you teach? Don't you practice what you preach?" I embarrassed myself by my poor demonstration of belief in my own doctrine.
I looked at the clock with my good eye; the time was 11:22 a.m. I put my right hand on the back of my head. The fingers of this hand would be the "sending fingers." Then I cupped my left hand over my left eye so that if I could have seen with that eye, I would have been looking at my left palm.
I started concentrating on sending energy from my right hand at the back of my head to my left hand in front of my eye. It took a few minutes to get started. I had to detach myself in order to focus my attention on sending energy, rather than on fantasies of what life would be like without a left eye. Would I wear a patch? Would I get a false eyeball? All these things were running through my head. And man, did that thing hurt.
After I got my concentration and focus working for me, the eyeball began to pulsate. As the pulse reached its crescendo, I became aware of heat radiating out into the palm of my left hand. I allowed my fingers to reposition themselves on the back of my head any way they wanted to. As the pulse amplitude built and the heat increased, the pain in the eye got worse. I considered stopping a few times because it hurt so much. Suddenly, there was a "pop" in my eyeball that I was sure could be heard from the living room. The pain went away immediately. All of my panic and fear dissipated, and I could clearly see the palm of my hand with my left eye. I went out into the living room smiling. I wanted to jump for joy. I had no pain; I could see. I asked my wife to look at my eye again. She couldn't find the dent across the pupil, and I had no after-effect from the injury.
In the years since then, I've seen this technique used successfully by therapists in hundreds of different cases. Those of us who have studied CST and learned the technique are helping others and themselves by the use of Direction of Energy.
Years ago I was teaching this technique at the Menninger Foundation in Topeka, Kan. They suggested it was a form of hypnosis, so they had me do it on babies and animals. It worked, which ruled out hypnotic suggestion. Why not try it for yourself? The worst thing that can happen is nothing. The best thing is that you facilitate healing. That is the power of intentioned touch.
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