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The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
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.)
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.
March, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 03
Massage Therapists Take Center Stage at Beyond the Dura 2005
By John Upledger, DO, OMM
Anyone who has followed my career knows how I feel about massage therapists practicing CranioSacral Therapy (CST). The ability to evaluate and address dysfunctions of the craniosacral system require proprioceptive sensitivity, a willingness to work hands-on with a client for up to 90 minutes, and a strong sense of the artistic qualities of body function.All this combined makes massage therapists better trained and more prepared than some physicians to apply such sensitive skills, which is why I'm always happy to put massage therapists center stage at our biennial Beyond the Dura (BTD) research conference, sponsored by the Upledger Foundation.
Every two years, we gather a list of leaders in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to explore new therapeutic trends, applications and insights. Following are some of the massage therapy experts and the topics they'll present at BTD 2005 on April 27-May 1 in Jupiter Beach, Fla.
"Cellular Joy" with Melanie Hayden, LMT
Many massage therapists deal with clients who have unconsciously stored traumatic memories in their bodies that later manifest as serious physical conditions. "Understanding the body's inherent ability to store memories allows us to explore the possibility of bringing consciousness to the process," says Melanie. "Then we can work at a cellular level to store positive, loving, blissful memories of the joyful moments in our lives."
Melanie's interactive presentation will encourage therapists to recognize moments in which they can fill their cells with joy. Then they can discover creative ways to tap into this joy to manifest physical, mental and spiritual well-being.
Leaving the high-tech corporate world behind, Melanie became a licensed and certified massage therapist more than eight years ago. She currently practices in an integrative health care clinic in Calgary, Alberta, and serves as president of the Association of Massage Therapists and Wholistic Practitioners, a national Canadian association CAM practitioners.
"Welcome to This World: An Overview of the Benefits of CranioSacral Therapy Applied to Childbirth" with Carol McLellan, CMT, CST-D
Carol will join Dr. Jonathan Cayle for the keynote presentation on the value of incorporating CST into the childbirth process. "It allows newborns to do what they came to do and become who they came to be without being restricted by events in utero or during the peripartum period," Carol says. She and Jonathan will relate stories of patients whose labors and deliveries they have facilitated with CST. They'll also include data demonstrating the effects of their program and their vision for the future of childbirth.
Carol has a 20-year background in health education and bodywork. She is a certified Upledger Institute (UI) CST instructor, a professional doula (labor coach), and instructor for prenatal classes. She owns and directs a wellness center in Visalia, Calif., and co-developed a UI CranioSacral Applications to Obstetrics workshop.
"Developing a Strong Therapeutic Presence in All Areas of Your Life" with Suzanne Scurlock-Durana, CMT, CST-D
How do we as therapists practice contacting and trusting our "deeper knowing" in our daily lives? That's the topic Suzanne will explore at BTD. "We may have felt that resonance after a particularly powerful therapeutic session or course. But we really need to understand the underlying principles in order to maintain this connected state of grace as life continues with its joys and stresses."
Suzanne's presentation will focus on the skills of being grounded and connecting deeply with the resources that surround us and support us every day. "Therapists are often stuck in 'giving' mode but locked out of 'receiving' mode. That's why these skills are so vital to facilitating the healing process in others. The truth is, the facilitation process itself can become a source of deep nurturing when we're fully connected and grounded." Suzanne will explore the practical and foundational "how to" of holding a healing space for another.
Suzanne has instructed and mentored on the subject of conscious awareness and the healing process for more than 20 years. She developed the UI Healing From the Core curriculum after years of helping fellow practitioners hold healing spaces for themselves and others.
"Why Is It We Don't Think Anymore?" with Tim Hutton, PhD, LMP, CST-D
To many, science is the only appropriate yardstick by which to judge the validity and effectiveness of medical approaches. Unfortunately, relying on scientific evidence has almost come to replace reason as a way of understanding the world. "But what if you don't have much background in science?" asks Tim. "You're forced to rely on the pronouncements of 'experts' when making decisions about your own health." What really constitutes scientific evidence for the validity of medical treatments? Is science the best foundation to use as a basis for medicine? What role should reasoning take in science, medicine and society? These are a few questions Tim will explore at BTD.
Now in private practice in Bellingham, Wash., Tim holds a PhD in physics from Rice University and briefly spent time in a research role at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A CST practitioner since 1994, he is certified at the Diplomate level and serves as an examiner for the UI certification program. He is also a UI-certified CranioSacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release instructor.
"CranioSacral Dissection: New Discoveries and Validations" with Roy Desjarlais, LMT, CST-D
After taking my first CranioSacral Dissection workshop in 1999, Roy became fascinated with the potential for making firsthand craniosacral system discoveries and receiving immediate validation when working with un-embalmed human tissue. Now after teaching nearly a dozen dissection classes himself, his fascination continues to grow.
"The discoveries we make [in the dissection class] are as unique as the way in which the cadavers lived their lives," Roy says. "The students experience hand positions and feel releases from both external and internal body tissues." This three-dimensional process leads to immediate validations - those "aha" moments that only come with hands-on understanding. At the BTD presentation he'll make along with Don Ash, PT, CST-D, Roy will share some of the more significant images and experiences he's encountered in his ongoing exploration of the human condition and how our bodies can hold onto restrictions and compensations even into death.
Roy is a certified UI instructor and staff clinician at UI HealthPlex Clinical Services in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. He serves as UI's CST-I Program Director, conducts teacher-training tutorials in the US and Europe, and is a certified examiner for the CST certification program.
The massage therapists introduced here will join 14 other presenters and panelists from professions ranging from cardiology to chiropractic at Beyond the Dura 2005. For more information call 1-800-233-5880 (ask for priority code R64) or visit www.upledger.com.
Click here for previous articles by John Upledger, DO, OMM.
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