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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.
Knee Pain From the Kinetic Chain
As practitioners of manual medicine, chiropractors often treat patients suffering from knee pain.
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!
Remembering Clarence Gonstead and 50 Years of the Gonstead Clinic
Dr. Clarence Selmer Gonstead (1898-1978) took chiropractic practice from back-alley bone setting to an understandable biomechanical science. His life was dedicated to clinical competency.
By the Numbers: 3 Common Financial Mistakes With Major Consequences
Warren Buffett is on record for sharing the hidden art of becoming wealthy and making it simple enough for anyone to grasp.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
Vaccines and Chiropractic: Evidence-Based Medicine or Medical Dogma?
Right or wrong, the chiropractic profession has historically been against vaccinations. However, a growing trend within the profession is seeking to reverse this position.
Immunizations by Colorado DCs: Really?
You probably didn't hear about it, but back on Nov. 21, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Colorado Chiropractic Association (CCA) adopted "immunization authority" for Colorado DCs as its No. 2 legislative goal.
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.
Physical Exam 101: The Hands
I am sure you are familiar with the old adage: "When the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail."
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.
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.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part III
Part 1 and Part II of this series focused on the physical aspect of the Heart and mental emotional aspects of the Heart respectively. Now, I would like to focus on the spiritual aspect of the Heart.
Why You Should Include the Single-Leg Stance Test in Every Patient Assessment
The single-leg stance (SLS) test, also known as the single-limb stance test, unipedal stance test or one-legged stance / balance test, is often used in the geriatric population to assess static postural and balance control.
Are You a Bad Chiropractic Patient?
My father was a great DC. In fact, as you might expect, he was the doctor of chiropractic I measured all other doctors against. Sadly, he died at age 61 when I was in my early 30s.
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.
Curbing Label Overwhelm
For the average consumer, reading a food package can be overwhelming: natural, organic, non-GMO, gluten free, free range ... you get the picture.
Coding for the Subluxation: ICD-9 vs. ICD-10
When I attended chiropractic school, I was taught that chiropractors approach health care differently than the traditional medical establishment.
Fibromyalgia: Put the Pain in Its Place
While some fibromyalgia patients respond favorably to regular chiropractic care, others experience minimal relief. Unfortunately, many of these patients must rely on pharmacological management to relieve their constant pain.
June, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 06
The Amazing Fascial Web, Part II
By Leon Chaitow, ND, DO
Editor's note: Part I of Dr. Chaitow's article appeared in the May 2005 issue and can be accessed online at www.massagetoday.com/archives/2005/05/03.html.
Author's note: Research information summarized in this article has been drawn from content in the 2nd edition of my book, Clinical Applications of Neuromuscular Techniques: Volume 1[Churchill Livingstone, 2001], due for publication early in 2006.
To understand how this signaling system works we need to be aware of the role of integrins - tiny projections emerging from each cell, that act like mini-transmitters and receivers.To continue with the story we now need to travel into space. Ingber conducted research (1989, 1993), much of it for NASA, into why astronauts lose bone density after a few months in space. He showed that as cells deform, when gravity is removed or reduced, the behavior of cells changes to the extent that, irrespective of how good the overall nutritional state is or how much exercise (static cycling in space) is taking place, individual cells cannot process nutrients normally, and problems such as decalcification emerge. The cell's communication systems, via integrins, also diminish in efficiency when the cells distort.
What Helene Langevin and her colleagues are now showing is that when deformation of cells and tissues occurs - such as that which happens to all of us when areas of the body are chronically shortened, crowded, compressed, stretched or twisted due to age, disease, trauma or progressive adaptation - the cells cannot function or communicate normally, or even demonstrate normal gene expression.
And consider, from the bodyworker's point of view, the reverse of that scenario. When we normalize tissues that are tense/tight/deformed/compressed by means of massage, stretching, mobilizing, etc., we are not just normalizing the biomechanical aspects of the function of those tissues - so that, for example, the shoulder or elbow or neck or whatever, "feels" better - we are also improving internal cellular function, enhancing cellular communication and gene expression. If that's not a "wow" I don't know what is!
The observation of Langevin et al, (2005) is: "The dynamic, cytoskeleton-dependent responses of fibroblasts to changes in tissue length demonstrated in this study have important implications for our understanding of normal movement and posture, as well as therapies using mechanical stimulation of connective tissue including physical therapy, massage and acupuncture." (Langevin et al, 2005)
Consider the connections I have attempted to put together in this brief communication regarding different elements of our understanding of how the body works:
Our work can really change the way the body works, and not just on the mechanical level. We influence emotion, the mind, the nervous system, immune function, and now we know that we also influence the way cells communicate and nourish themselves.
In a future article for Massage Today, I will highlight another recent "wow" (for me) relating to the presence in fascia of contractile (smooth muscle) cells. The sites where these have now been identified include cartilage, ligaments, spinal discs and the lumbodorsal fascia. (Ahluwalia et al, 2001; Hastreite et al, 2001; Murray & Spector 1999; Meiss 1993). The implications are enormous. For example, Yahia & Pigeon (1993) have observed that: "Histologic studies indicate that the posterior layer of the (lumbodorsal) fascia is able to contract as if it were infiltrated with muscular tissue."
If you are one of the many readers who have had the good sense to read Tom Myers wonderful book, Anatomy Trains, my guess is that the implications of a contractile potential in fascia will be another "wow" for you.
And there's more. One more piece of the jigsaw puzzle has recently fallen into place. German research (not yet complete, on which I will report in a future article) has shown that fascia acts in a sponge-like manner, so that when stretched it loses a great deal of its water content, and afterwards, if the stretch has been long enough and strong enough, and if no more activity occurs over a period of 30 minutes or so, it reabsorbs more water than it lost in the stretch, and becomes stiffer than previously.
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