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Expanding Access, Branch by Branch
The big news coming from Capitol Hill isn't merely the recent introduction of a pair of bills designed to expand chiropractic services in the Veterans Affairs and military health care systems; after all, similar legislation has made its way through Congress before, never reaching the Oval Office for presidential signature.
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!
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.
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.
Avoid Random Treatment of Trigger Points (Part 2)
We must acknowledge that the fascia, which surrounds literally everything in our bodies, including every muscle fiber, is more than just a covering.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
Low Back Pain: Posture and Movement Analysis
When performing static and dynamic movement analysis of the lumbopelvic hip area, begin with standing visual posture analysis of the pelvis, and then perform lumbar range of motion and assess what you might see during normal versus abnormal lumbar flexion motion.
A Reality Check – and a Chance to Educate
Imagine working in the public relations department of nutrition retailer General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) and reading the The New York Times announce...
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
Primary Spine Care: Addressing Concerns & Criticisms
The Dec. 1, 2013 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic included an article describing the implementation of a training program for primary spine practitioners (PSP) within a metropolitan region and supported by a large BC/BS plan.
Help Update the LBP Practice Guideline
The Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters has announced the release of an updated Clinical Practice Guideline for Chiropractic Management of Low Back Pain for stakeholder review and comment.
Atypical Femoral Fractures and Bisphosphonate Use: What to Watch For
Bisphosphonates (BP) are popular drugs, with more than 8 billion in sales in 2008; however, profits have declined as patents began expiring. Nonetheless, BP remain the most commonly prescribed drugs for patients at risk of osteoporotic fractures, with several million prescriptions written every year.
Interpersonal Skills 101: Enhancing the Value of Our Patient Interactions
Recently, I read an interesting article in our local newspaper titled "The Value of Human Interaction." The article presented comments from a senior editor for Fortune magazine who discussed "Civility in the Business World."
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.
Impacting Chiropractic's Future With Technology
When it comes to electronic health records (EHR), Robert Moberg and Dr. Steven Kraus are two of the leading industry experts on the topic.
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.
September, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 09
Stay in Touch With ... Energy Medicine
By K.G. Stiles
"Stay in Touch With..." is a periodic column designed to provide an overview of a particular technique or modality. If you would like to contribute to this column, please e-mail .
This installment of "Stay in Touch With..." features an article on "Energy Medicine," by K.G.Stiles.
One of the simplest definitions of energy medicine I've come across is, "Something that affects well-being at the deepest level of our being." Since the advent of Einstein's unified field theory, ongoing research has shown the exquisite interconnectedness between body, mind and spirit. Scientific discoveries reveal that all life is made up of networks of matrixes (Latin for womb). We have entered an energetic era, one in which we are redefining our understanding about our world and ourselves. We are residing in an age when energetics, not just of the body, but of all of life, are reshaping our world.
Developing an awareness of and learning to manage and integrate one's energy systems are primary skills to develop in order to experience well-being in life. The following is a helpful exercise for those wishing to initiate an awareness of working with the energetic realm of experience.
Exercise: As you are falling asleep tonight, repeat 20-30 times to yourself, "I will wake up feeling great!" Combine a mental picture with the feeling you would enjoy experiencing feeling great. Upon waking in the morning, repeat the affirmation to yourself, "I feel great!" Over the next three weeks, use this same affirmation before going to sleep and upon waking. You will begin to notice a shift in your level of energy at the start of your day, which you can maintain throughout your day simply by reaffirming, "I feel great." You are taking steps to reprogram and reinforce your subconscious mind (one of your most powerful resources) with positive habit patterns.
How does energy medicine work? Applied quantum physics. The science of quantum physics views us as incredible multidimensional networks of vibrating waves that intersect in points of light, to be seen as a quantum particle when in focus - an idea, or image in matter - and when unfocused, as a moving wave of infinite possibility.
The truth quantum physics reveals is that we can choose our perception of reality. Problems arise when we get stuck in our perceptions. We become addicted to seeing life in a particular way, repeatedly creating the same experiences for ourselves. Simply put, our bodies, minds and emotions don't heal because we forget to let go and allow the particle to become the wave once again. How do we free ourselves from this situation and help our clients to do so as well?
The importance of intention and focus. Intention refers to one's motivation; it in no way implies force, or involving your will in the outcome of a session. It must be noted that a practitioner is not responsible for how a client responds to treatment. There are many variables influencing a client's response ability. Two important variables are attitude and life force (the capacity for healing).
Focus refers to a practitioner fully engaging in the present moment, opening to serve the client's needs and allowing for the possibility of healing to occur. The greatest skill a practitioner can develop is the ability to observe without attachment to outcome. In quantum physics, we know nothing happens that isn't first observed. So, your focus should be observing your client without judgment. This act creates the space for healing to occur.
Exercise: Over the next three weeks, practice attuning and being fully present with your client, observing without judgment, allowing the free flow of information to guide you in a session. Notice changes in the quality of results and ask clients for feedback about their experience. Notice how energized you feel at the end of your workday.
Fundamentals of practice. From both the metaphysical, traditional literature and current scientific hypotheses, we understand that the physical form has an underlying energetic crystaline form or template, and that this template can be identified, measured and mapped. We also know that certain vibrational patterns correspond to particular areas of the body. Vibrational or energetic forms of bodywork, like homeopathy, require minimal amounts of stimulus for optimal results.
The body, like any intricate musical instrument, requires adequate tuning for correct function. When tuned properly, the body will resonate to create a distinctive tone and vibrational pattern that correlates with its own unique frequency. All musicians know locating the exact pitch at which a note is to be held is critical. Any small deviation creates a totally different frequency or tone. Also, the quality of the tone is affected by the way an instrument is played. The body is as sensitive to touch as a fine Stradivarius.
The message of touch with clear intention is basic to energy medicine. A two-way channel, or loop of communication, occurs between the energy medicine practitioner and the client; musical alchemy, if you will. To work effectively with the body, a depth of sensitivity to the subtle dimensions of a client's being must be developed. Mastery in the field of energy medicine requires the practitioner to develop the art and skill of an accomplished musician; subtlty of feeling and touch is essential for creating the safe space required for facilitating powerful shifts within the client. The client will respond and fully process energetic shifts over varying amounts of time. This wise way of working adds depth and dimension to the quality of healing possible for our clients.
Exercise: At the start of a session, place your left hand on your client's solar plexus/diaphragm and visualize a shimmering light or energy surrounding you both. Allow the energetic contact between you to vibrate. Notice any sensations. Instruct your client to breathe deeply and relax, allow yourself to naturally synchronize with your client's energies.
Through exploring some of the philosophical concepts related to the body, we begin to see how the physical form represents a reflection of all levels of the human energy fields. An understanding of these subtle fields also provides a theoretical basis for understanding how and why energy medicine works. Just as one studies anatomy and physiology of the gross human form, so too can we explore the anatomy of the subtle dimensions that link the human form. In terms of a "human energy system," the body is a well-ordered technical structure of emotional responses. Our emotional anatomy is as real and organized as our physical anatomy. Through the revelations of quantum physics, we now know our thoughts and emotions have creative authority within our cell tissues; this realization is fast becoming a central governing principle in our lives. Energy medicine recognizes the power of our thoughts and emotions. Our perceptions about the way things work are undergoing a profound shift. We can, through the intention and focus of our thougts and emotions, co-create our days and influence the future we experience. The science of quantum physics teaches us we can access and change our past through a shift in our perceptions.
Developing a 15-minute daily practice of envisioning - clearing your energies and concentrating your mind - can enhance your ability to focus your energies. You will release stress and reprogram your habits of mind, or attitudes. Engaging your body in some way through various forms of movement and exercise will further enhance your ability to focus and help establish new, healthier emotional patterns. There are many techniques you can employ; the following are only a few suggestions:
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