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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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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.
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.
September, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 09
Healing From the Core: A New Paradigm, Part I
By Dale G. Alexander, LMT, MA, PhD
Since ancient times, we have endeavored to describe the essential elements of how the body and psyche dance together in the healing process. Inherent in my life's purpose is the desire to contribute to this momentum and to ideas that illuminate the many dimensions of healing.Sometimes ideas come together into simple, obvious paradigms that have not been clearly defined. In this spirit, I invite you to consider a new paradigm that reflects my learning over the past 23 years.
Conceive of working with the body from the "inside-out." Imagine a quality of touch that accesses the body's core and assists the discharge of its tensions more effectively. Consider an approach that helps to unravel the body's sophisticated capacity for distributing strain, thus bringing to the surface physiological problems that have been degrading your clients' quality of life for years. Appreciate your sense of satisfaction when clients, whom you have sensed needed additional medical intervention, actually receive this care. Feel confidence in your competence when clients make steady progress in healing from chronic problems. This article serves as an introduction to this "inside-out" paradigm. The short form has four basic tenets:
When a client comes to your office with an acute or chronic muscle spasm, or other problem without evidence of recent injury or illness, the sequence described above has predated its occurrence. Thus, when our attention is focused principally on the extrinsic musculature, we are only working with the tip of the iceberg.
All touch techniques assist the body to "feel" itself, enhancing the feedback loops, which stimulate the body's self-corrective capacities; however, I propose that the models that govern most technique applications are incomplete.
The premise of this new paradigm, which advocates working from the "inside-out" postulates that "healing from the core" involves enhancing the suspension and function of the visceral organs. Their improved efficiency represents the "tipping point" in building momentum toward healing. Without the appropriate absorption of nutrients, oxygen and the timely elimination of wastes, one cannot help but lose ground in the face of traumatic incidents, immunological challenges or the grinding effects of daily stress.
The visceral organs are central to our ability to survive as infants. They are composed of smooth muscle, the first kid on the neocortical block, since the job of a baby is to ingest, digest and excrete during the phenomenal growth of infancy. The functioning of visceral organs is key to an infant's capacity to thrive. Infants have no psychological sense of separation between self and other. They are physically dependent and vulnerable, yet they experience everything around them as an extension of themselves.
Consider how an infant reacts to family tension and conflict. It becomes upset, its body contracts and writhes, it cries and screams. What is happening to the visceral tissues? They are contracting -- it is the smooth muscles that initiate those movements. This does not suggest that the baby's extrinsic musculature has no tone or function; rather, the visceral smooth muscle is predominant.
In my opinion, this is what has been overlooked in our focus on the musculoskeletal system and on structural models that view the human body from the "outside-in," rather than developmentally from the "inside-out." Contracting visceral smooth muscle predisposes the eventual capacity for gross-motor movement.1 It is a simple idea with many implications related to human development.
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