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The Food Conversation: Nutrition and Your Practice
It's morning and your first patient rolls in with a triple espresso steaming in one hand and a frazzled, desperate look in her eye. "You gotta help me, doc, I am constipated unless I drink one of these, and I am exhausted and anxious all the time."
What's Chiropractic Research Worth to You?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fundraising campaign to support chiropractic research.
Surprising Reasons for Orthotic Efficacy
Clinical outcome studies show orthotics are effective in the management of a wide range of injuries, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and patellofemoral pain syndrome.
Fertility and Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Starting or expanding one's family is a major milestone. It's something that more and more people seek out health care advice and support for.
Oriental Medicine on the World Stage
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This simple, yet powerful statement was lived out time and time again by so many of the athletes from around the world during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
Patient-Centered Care vs. Payer Restrictions: Your Ethical Obligation
Do you have an ethical obligation to evaluate your patients, make a diagnosis and provide evidence-based, patient-centered health care, irrelevant to the payer restrictions?
An Acupuncturist's View of Medicinal Marijuana
The use of cannabis for medical purposes is very controversial. Use as a panacea by physicians uninitiated to the proper application of herbal medicine, as well as an excuse for recreational use have greatly confused the issue.
Change Lives by Supporting Chiropractic Research: Are You In?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fund-raising campaign to support chiropractic research.
Help: A Need at Every Level
One of the great gifts of training in acupuncture is the ability to take good care of oneself. I recently had a bout of frozen shoulder — an inflammatory syndrome which can be debilitatingly painful and take years to resolve.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 1
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
The Zen Art of "One Point"
We were always told in our Zen Shiatsu training (by Japanese and Japanese American instructors) that our ultimate aim was to to find that "One Point." To be so focused we could touch just one point to transform Qi throughout a client's body.
The Short Leg Dilemma
When evaluating a new patient, it is common to note a relative shortening of one leg to the other. Some patients will even tell you they have one, and then pull out the store-bought heel lift they read about online.
Do Some Good and Grow Your Business with Cause Marketing
Cause marketing is truly one of the best ways that you can promote your services as a acupuncture professional. Cause marketing refers to a type of marketing where a business partners with a non-profit organization to help bring awareness to a charitable cause.
Fish Oil: A Key Component of Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 2
In the last issue of Acupuncture Today, the first part of this article introduced the topic of trauma and resilience, and their relationship to the autonomic nervous system response and the concept of the spirit being grounded in the body, and suggested the importance of mindfulness as a tool for healing.
Practicing with Authenticity
To extrapolate from the above quote, patients love healthcare providers they can trust. One way to earn the trust of your patients is by practicing with authenticity. What does that mean, exactly?
A Chiropractor's Guide to Yoga
"Doctor, can I continue to do yoga while undergoing your care?" "Is it OK for me to go back to yoga while I'm getting my back treated?" "It is safe to start my yoga classes again after my neck pain improves?"
Improving Communication Between AOM and Biomedical Providers
How comfortable do you feel talking to Western medical providers? If you are like me, you may not feel as comfortable as you would like. Some of my interactions with MD's haven't been the fruitful steps toward integrative medicine for which I had hoped.
Practice Policy (Gone Bad): The Sign
Every once in a while, you see something and think to yourself, That's a really bad idea. Case in point: I went to see my medical doctor the other day. Just after being "roomed," as they say, the nurse checked my vital signs. Then she left.
More Chiropractors Required
An intriguing study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine examines how "chiropractic care affects use of primary care physician (PCP) services."
Dorsiflexion Dysfunction: Evaluation & Manipulation Techniques
Almost every condition from the foot to the hip can be attributed to the inability to dorsiflex the ankle mortice and other joints that participate in dorsiflexion. Let's start by understanding normal versus abnormal dorsiflexion.
Getting a YES: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Patient Objections
Patients make more excuses for declining care from an acupuncturist than perhaps any other type of doctor. Various reasons hold them back from making a commitment to care.
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
Harvard Health References Flawed AHA Position Paper
In its special health report, "Stroke: Diagnosing, Treating, and Recovering From a 'Brain Attack,'" Harvard Health Publications includes information from the American Heart Association's 2014 position statement on cervical manipulation and cervical dissection – a statement the American Chiropractic Association emphasized in a letter to Harvard Health mixes "scientific facts with half-truths."
Modernization of Chinese Medicine
Language – written, spoken, signed, or otherwise is learned as a means to express our individualized perceptions about the world around us. Language is designed to communicate our personal experiences.
Nuts Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer and Other Health Problems
Several recent studies suggest regular consumption of nuts may provide a significant degree of protection against certain types of cancer, heart disease, possibly type 2 diabetes and some neurodegenerative diseases.
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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