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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.
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.
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.
Knee Pain From the Kinetic Chain
As practitioners of manual medicine, chiropractors often treat patients suffering from knee pain.
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.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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