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Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
Take Care of Your Skin: Tips to Pass on to Your Patients
Many of our patients are not aware that the largest organ in the human body is actually the skin. Accounting for 16 percent of total body weight and covering up to 22 square feet of surface area, the skin is more than just a "covering," as originally thought.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
Your Patients' Best Health Resource
There is nothing as powerful as information. The right information has won wars, saved lives and changed hearts; lack of information has led to hesitation, poor decisions and unintended consequences.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Watch Out for Red Herrings
In clinical practice, when one condition mimics another, it makes it difficult to obtain an accurate and timely diagnosis.
The Life & Legacy of James Sigafoose, DC (1933-2014)
Surrounded by his family and closest friends, Dr. James M. Sigafoose passed away quietly on Thursday, July 3, 2014. With his wife of 60 years, Patsy, along with his children, Tina, Daun, Kieth, Selina and Carey – all chiropractors – at his side.
News in Brief
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (a medical doctor, no less) proclaimed October 2014 "Oregon Chiropractic Health and Wellness Month" in an official proclamation signed Aug. 25, 2014.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
From the Other Side of the Table
People come to us to gain freedom from pain, to feel better, to live better. As D.D. Palmer stated, "We Chiropractors work with the subtle substance of the soul." Therein also lies the rub.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
Decompression-Traction: A Core Treatment Method in Chiropractic's Future
We're all competing for new patients. We're competing for new patients with physical therapists, massage therapists, medical specialists and hospital fitness centers. We're even competing with side-effect-ridden medications that quit working every four hours.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
Don't Forget About the Performers
Donald Petersen Jr.'s recent article, "Your Chance to Go Back to High School" [May 1, 2014 DC], focused on the injuries incurred by high-school athletes and the subsequent opportunities for the chiropractic profession.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
Ringing in a Fiscal New Year With a Recommitment to Cost-Effectiveness
Back when the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research was in its heyday, I used to send out New Year's greetings and virtual noisemakers to some close friends on July 1 – the beginning of our new fiscal year – wishing for prosperity in the year ahead.
Building the DC-MD Bridge
From MDs practicing integrative holistic medicine to the family internist, many DCs are enjoying unprecedented attention from their allopathic colleagues.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
How to Find Your Ideal Patient – and Help Your Ideal Patient Find You
Just imagine: You're at the front desk looking at the scheduler and a smile creeps across your face. Row after row, name after name, hour after hour; you're blessed with an entire day of ideal patients. Every day should be like this, you whisper. Exactly!
October, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 10
Connor Opens the Door
By Judy Pszyk, CST
Beautiful, slightly wavy brown-haired Connor came to the door for his first treatment one month before he turned 3 years old. His parents, Brad and Raylene, were apprehensive about whether I would be able to treat him, because he usually objected to anyone other than his parents touching him.
They had taken him to specialists, who thought he had suffered a stroke in utero or during birth, which is why his left hand was clenched to the extent it left marks in his little palm.He carried his left arm against his chest, holding it up with his right hand whenever he could.
I looked at his twinkly brown eyes; they said it all. I loved him and I felt as if he knew it immediately. He walked with a pronounced limp of his left leg toward the treatment room until he got to the door, which fascinated him. He opened and shut it many times. Later, we discovered that putting a towel over the door so it wouldn't make noise ended the delight.
He was too active to treat on the massage table, so I treated him wherever he went, mostly inducing still points. Thankfully, I got into this field by treating horses, so I was accustomed to connecting with clients where they were, at their pace, not on my terms.
He spoke not at all, only screeched. I could not tell by the tone what was wrong, if anything. Eventually, he settled in his mother's arms and I did what I could of the 10-step protocol. He actually fell sound asleep. His mother remarked that she had never seen him so settled. He usually woke up screaming every 20 minutes or so, and she would have to lie with him. He was like a videotape on pause, rather than one where you pushed the stop and eject button on the VCR and it was done for the night. The first treatment ended with everyone pleased.
Connor Waves Goodbye
The next two appointments saw him relax more, making it easier to treat him; his hand actually opened and relaxed. He was able to wave goodbye with it.
A course on CranioSacral Therapy for Pediatrics was being taught in Edmonton and his parents agreed to bring him the three hours further than the usual three hours it took for him to get to Bonnyville from a small town in Saskatchewan. The opportunity to have Connor treated by experienced people and his treatment coached was the motivation.
At the course, it came time for the children to come in and I could hear him before the doors opened. I didn't know how he would handle the huge room full of people and the commotion. Angela Vetra, a therapist who had not yet treated children, put a mattress on the floor off in a corner, and that seemed to work well to define his area. We proceeded with the treatment and it went well, except he fell asleep in Raylene's arms with her in a very uncomfortable position again. We now make sure she is comfortable before he settles. His arm was becoming more and more extended.
New Doors Open
One day, I got an excited phone call from Raylene - Connor had spoken his first word. They had been at the door of someone's place and while he was waving goodbye with his poor hand he said "bye, bye, bye, bye, bye." Later that evening, he had said "Dylan," his younger brother's name. Indeed, a new door had opened for Connor.
Now, after six treatments, he lies on the floor for his treatment, speaks more and more words with a variance of sounds, uses and extends his arm more and more, responds to physical therapy treatments, sleeps through the night, is more interactive and goes to play school. His mother says that as wonderful as these things are, the thing she notices the most is that he has much more tolerance.
After the last treatment, he reached up his arm to me and just looked at me. His eyes told how the door had now opened for him and this bright and beautiful boy with the delightful giggle, would go through it and many more. It's all the thanks I need.
A CST practitioner who specializes in the care of children, Judy Pszyk also has completed coursework in somatoemotional release, visceral manipulation, zero balancing, lymph drainage, and heart-centered therapy. Judy is in the process of creating "Take Care Therapy," a place of healing and wholeness that will feature at least 14 different complementary therapies and classes for Pilates, tai chi, meditation, yoga, etc.
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