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Waking Up the Gluteus Maximus
In previous articles in this series, we expounded on the importance of the gluteus maximus (GM) in athletic performance and protecting the knee from injury. We also know there is a link between iliotibial band syndrome and GM weakness.
Chiropractic Research in Review
Chiropractic Treatment of Lateral Epicondylitis; Cost / Benefit Analysis: Different Doses of SMT for Low Back Pain; Imaging for Occult Rib and Costal Cartilage Fractures; Treating Neck Pain: Thoracic Thrust Manipulation vs. Non-Thrust Mobilization.
CCE Finally Takes a "Baby Step" Toward Reform
During a 16-month period from October 2010 to February 2012, I devoted four separate columns to the heavy-handed attempt by the Council on Chiropractic Education to radically change the chiropractic profession through the accreditation process.
MPA Media Wins 7 Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Dynamic Chiropractic and DC Practice Insights, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecedented seven publishing awards by the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE), the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
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.
Don't Turn a 2 Into a 10
The Wong-Baker FACES Pain Rating Scale1 is so useful because it can be used by almost anyone. Patients can use the numbers associated with the faces depicted on the scale or select the face that demonstrates their current level of pain from 0-10.
A Vibrating Capsule for Constipation? Relevance to Your Chiropractic Practice
The relationship between gastrointestinal (GI) complaints and back pain is not typically written about or discussed.
News in Brief
National Chiropractic Health Month: Be Proactive; Collegiate Roundup: Academic Appointments at Parker, Logan.
Pain Underfoot: Metatarsalgia
Foot pain can interfere significantly with normal activities and severely limit participation in sports. Metatarsalgia is foot pain involving the metatarsal bones in the forefoot – the complaint of pain on the bottom of the ball of the foot.
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.
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.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
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.
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.
Why Young People Need Chiropractic Now More Than Ever
According to a recent study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, "It is now widely acknowledged that neck pain (NP), mid back pain (MBP), and low back pain (LBP) (spinal pain) start early in life and that the lifetime prevalence increases rapidly during adolescence to reach adult levels at the age of 18."
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!
9 Common Causes of Thyroid Imbalance and How You Can Help
How you sleep, how easily you wake up, and how much energy and stamina you have during the day are directly related to levels of the thyroid hormones.
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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