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Acupuncture and the Pulse
In 1991, I attended a martial arts workshop hosted coincidentally by Sung Baek, a martial artist and the head of his lineage as a Korean trained acupuncturist. I was enamored by the details Sung could attain from the pulse, as told to me by some of his apprentices.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 2
A talented young woman presented herself with emotional mood swings, which included being nervous, anxious and jittery.
The Nectar of Plants: Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine
Essential oils are a very hot topic these days, especially with the likes of the Ebola virus and the resurgence of measles lurking in our awareness, but when I first became interested in Chinese medicine, essential oils weren't on the radar screen for acupuncturists.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
The Modern Acupuncturist
You studied ancient Chinese medicine, but I'll bet you don't practice it! Contrary to popular belief, our medicine has evolved A LOT over the years. Let's take a brief walk through history and discover the differences between ancient and modern acupuncturists.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
The Year to Make Things Happen
It is hard to believe that the Year of the Ram – 2015 is half over. Time seems to be moving especially fast. This is the year for things to happen for the acupuncture profession.
Use Technology to Gain New Patients and Improve Efficiency
From the smartphone in your pocket to your microwave oven, advancements in technology have made almost every aspect of our lives easier.
What Does Success Mean to You?
Recently, I was asked to speak to young, budding businesswomen about running a successful business — and at first I thought, "Me? You want me to speak to others about success?!"
Acupuncture in the U.K. Today: A Personal View
When asked to write a short piece on the current state of the U.K. acupuncture profession, my first response was to say it has all been relatively quiet.
TMF 2015 Scholarships
The Trudy McAlister Foundation (TMF), a nonprofit organization established to support students who are on track to make contributions either to clinical practice and/or to the understanding of the role of Traditional Oriental Medicine, has announced the 2015 scholarship recipients.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
The Source-Luo Point Combination
The luo collaterals are part of the acupuncture channel system presented in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu (The Nei Jing). The function and clinical application of the luo mai are primarily presented in chapter 10 of the Ling Shu, however, they are also found in others chapters in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
Calculating Billable Units
I recently learned of an office that was audited based on the number of acupuncture sessions performed in one day. Is there a maximum number of sessions that can be performed in one day?
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
How One Little Symbol (#) Gets You More Patients
Are you struggling to get more fans or followers for your acupuncture practice? Or are looking for ways to simply connect with your patients? Or do you just want to know how to keep them engaged (comments, retweeting, liking and sharing)?
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients, in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2 to 4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
Breath: The Movement of Oxygen and Energy
I remember with surprising clarity the first time a patient started crying during an acupuncture treatment I was giving. This is now quite a long time ago, back in 1999, when I was a student.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
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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