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A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
December, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 12
Performing the Initial CranioSacral Evaluation
By John Upledger, DO, OMM
In my last few columns, I've discussed several specific CranioSacral Therapy (CST) techniques. Now I'd like to venture into the "anatomy" of an initial CST evaluation, which is often conducted before a more complete and thorough examination takes place.
In the initial evaluation, the therapist gently palpates the body to sense subtle motions while looking for any restrictions impeding the free motion of the craniosacral system and other body regions, tissues, organs and energies.Similar evaluations are conducted on the vascular and respiratory systems. This evaluation is vital, as the whole body responds to the rhythmical activity of the craniosacral system, which is evaluated for symmetry, quality, amplitude and rate of response. The bodily responses to these systemic activities are significant factors in the search for the patient's primary dysfunction.
Another integral part of the initial CST evaluation involves the myofascial system. Fascia runs like a continuous web of tissue throughout the body and remains somewhat mobile under normal circumstances. Gentle traction applied on the fascia in arbitrary directions from various positions helps localize restricted areas. These areas of restricted mobility are then interpreted to be sites of current problems or residue from previous lesions. Active lesions/problems are differentiated from inactive residual effects by a technique known as "arcing" (pronounced "ark-ing"), which I developed along with biophysicist Zvi Karni at Michigan State University.
Through using mechano-electrical monitoring, we discovered that energies both within and off the body are palpable to the skilled therapist. Arcing requires the therapist to sense the energetic waves of interference produced by an active lesion, which tend to be superimposed over the normal subtle physiological motions of the body, organs, tissues and energies. Practitioners then trace these waves to their source by manually sensing the arcs they form.
When arcing is used, the source of the waves is considered to be the core site of the underlying problem or lesion, which may actually be some distance from the location of the patient's symptoms. Usually the active lesion is disruptive to gross physiological activities, as well as to more subtle energy functions and patterns, such as acupuncture meridians. As sites of dysfunction and disruption are discovered in this way, the therapist may attempt to restore mobility to the involved tissues and energy fields. More often than not, these attempts will be partially, if not completely, successful. In either case, the result is often the appearance of a deeper problem or lesion for which the dysfunction just treated has served as an adaptation.
The therapist then follows these clues, layer by layer, until the primary problem is disclosed. This may occur during the first evaluation, or it may require more than one visit to bring the deepest underlying problems to the surface. The ultimate goal is to clear the entire body of mobility restrictions to achieve the highest level of craniosacral system function.
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