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Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
January, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 01
The Will to Persevere
By John Upledger, DO, OMM
This past year I met a remarkable young man named Will Wright who was helped with CranioSacral Therapy (CST) and Lymph Drainage Therapy (LDT). His philosophy is simple: "Everything that has happened has made me a better person." Impressive, considering he is only 28 years-old, and his transition into adulthood has been anything but smooth
At 19, an altercation left Will in a coma with swelling in the brain and fractures to his face.About a year later he started having seizures and left-sided paralysis that left him with a learning disability; yet all this was minor compared to what happened next.
Five years later in June 2001, Will was run over by a road grader - a machine about 30 feet long and 38,000 pounds. Will remembers the day well. He had been part of a paving crew working in a parking lot. As usual, he was partnered with a guy whose basic function was to watch him and the grader.
"In a split instant, I heard faint hollering over the grader's loud motor," Will said. "I knew exactly what was happening. "I was trying to straighten up and run from its path when it caught my right foot. It basically turned me over and came up my side. When it got to my stomach area, the driver rotated in the opposite direction and it threw me out."
When the paramedics arrived, they found blood coming from Will's nose, ears and eyes. Amazingly, his vitals were normal. He spent the next 12 days in the hospital, more than a month at home on bed rest, and weeks in rehab.
By February 2002, Will was ready for light duty at the paving company. All went well until the heat of summer set in. "That's when I started to see some recourse from the accident in 2001," he said. "I had a lot of problems with my eyes."
A trip to the doctor left him with a diagnosis of depression. Normally calm, Will's voice rose as he told the doctor, "I am not in a state of depression. I understand that I've been through a lot. I know I can never be what I was before. I'm not worried about that. I just want answers. I just want to know what I need to do to get better."
Still, he ended up on a succession of antidepressants, pain medication for his right heel, and other drugs to calm his stomach from all the medications he was taking.
Finally, in a visit to his optometrist, Will was encouraged to see Phyllis Thomas, LMT, who practices CST and LDT. "My eye doctor's into alternative ways of healing the body," Will said. "She told me, 'I don't know what it'll do, but it might help you.' At that point I was willing to do anything to get my life back together. All the medicine they had me on wasn't correcting the problem. It was just making me get by day to day."
Phyllis focused extensively on Will's lymphatic system. "She worked on me probably every week once a week and sometimes twice a week for a year," Will said. "It took about three or four months for me to see what she was doing. Once I saw that, it was astonishing all the way around. I had so much fluid built up inside my body that I could literally feel it coming out of me."
Yet as good as Will was beginning to feel, he was still having problems with his eyes. Ultimately, a neuro-ophthalmologist discovered extensive nerve damage and a midline shift in Will's vision. "Since my accident I see everything to the right," he said. "He put me in glasses that move everything about six inches back to center."
That's when Phyllis urged Will to come to The Upledger Institute (UI) HealthPlex clinic in South Florida. "We've got your lymphatic system where it's working," she told Will, "but it's not where it needs to be. Once they do CranioSacral Therapy on you, all of your systems will start to work together instead of working against one another.'"
In February 2004, Will came to UI for two weeks of intensive therapy. "My experience was unreal," he said. "I could really tell that I was releasing something. They explained how the body has a memory and how energy is released when something has been damaged. I could definitely feel the energy coming out of me. They also pointed out how off-kilter I was. As they worked on me it felt like all my systems, bones and organs went back to as close to their original spots as they're supposed to be."
According to Kevin Rose, LMT, CST-D, a UI staff clinician, "The main emphasis in Will's treatment was to increase fluid flow in the lymphatic and craniosacral systems. Being crushed by a 38,000 pound machine can certainly lessen the body's ability to exchange fluids efficiently and effectively." To Kevin, an equally important factor in Will's progress was his outlook. "He came in with a strong intention to solve the challenges that no one else could help him with. This attitude of perseverance is, in my opinion, the core of strengthening the self-healing process. Will's incredible focus was the foundation that supported his steps closer to a full recovery."
Will was so excited by what he experienced at UI that he signed up for a CST class. He said he has no aspirations of becoming a therapist, but took the class "because I know CranioSacral works, and I wanted to understand more about it."
He added, "Here you've got a young man who's been almost killed in an altercation, then a year later is pretty well paralyzed on the left side of his body, can't talk, can't do anything. My level of concentration was out the door. At that time I was a sophomore in college and was put at an eighth-grade education level. Then five years later I had a worse accident than the first two. Nobody before this really considered that I had multiple problems that were already there, and that they were still coexisting inside my body. The lymphatic and CranioSacral work released everything."
Will also said he hopes his ordeal will serve others, both as encouragement and as a wake-up call. "People need to learn their own bodies," he said. "They need to understand that if they'll just give their bodies what they need, their bodies will heal themselves.
"I'm aware of my body now and what it needs to make it work, or help make it work. At 28-years-old, I feel better than I have ever felt. I see clearer; I'm more responsive. Have I conquered the world? No. But have I conquered something that nobody thought I could? Yes, I have."
Click here for previous articles by John Upledger, DO, OMM.
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