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Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
If Your Pro-Chiropractic Governor Resigned, Would You Be Prepared?
John Kitzhaber, MD, recently re-elected to a historic fourth term as Oregon governor, has resigned among alleged ethics violations by his fiancée' and first lady, Cylvia Hayes. I developed a personal friendship with John and consider him a good friend.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Trouble in the Wellness Waters?
Call me old-fashioned, paranoid or just old, but I do remember graduating from chiropractic college in the late '70s in the midst of the Wilk v AMA lawsuit.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
Talking to Patients About Medial Branch Neurotomy (Part 2)
Even when lumbar facet denervation (medial branch neurotomy) is successful, relief is rarely complete or permanent. Smuck, et al., reviewed 16 articles and found the average duration of >50 percent pain relief for an initial procedure was nine months.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Apple Takes a Bite Out of Research
The more than 700 million iPhone users have just been given the opportunity to "do their part to advance medical research."
Functional Impingement of the Hip (Part 2): Rehab Exercises
I find functionally impinged hips that don't move properly on so many of my patients. (See part 1 of this article for a description of the condition.)
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Applauding a Legacy of Leadership
Founding Palmer West President, John Miller, DC, HCD (Hon.), FICA (Hon.), a 1954 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, passed away March 8, 2015 at age 83.
News in Brief
Dr. Frank Nicchi Receives Award at ACC-RAC; Sherman College Expands International Influence.
Teach Your Patients About External Healing Applications
Since the skin is the body's largest organ, and is able to respond to both internal and external stimulations, communicate sensations to the brain, protect the body, breathe and even excrete toxins, it can be an excellent source of healing.
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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