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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.
9 Common Causes of Thyroid Imbalance and How You Can Help
How you sleep, how easily you wake up, and how much energy and stamina you have during the day are directly related to levels of the thyroid hormones.
CCE Finally Takes a "Baby Step" Toward Reform
During a 16-month period from October 2010 to February 2012, I devoted four separate columns to the heavy-handed attempt by the Council on Chiropractic Education to radically change the chiropractic profession through the accreditation process.
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.
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.
A Vibrating Capsule for Constipation? Relevance to Your Chiropractic Practice
The relationship between gastrointestinal (GI) complaints and back pain is not typically written about or discussed.
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!
Pain Underfoot: Metatarsalgia
Foot pain can interfere significantly with normal activities and severely limit participation in sports. Metatarsalgia is foot pain involving the metatarsal bones in the forefoot – the complaint of pain on the bottom of the ball of the foot.
MPA Media Wins 7 Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Dynamic Chiropractic and DC Practice Insights, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecedented seven publishing awards by the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE), the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
Waking Up the Gluteus Maximus
In previous articles in this series, we expounded on the importance of the gluteus maximus (GM) in athletic performance and protecting the knee from injury. We also know there is a link between iliotibial band syndrome and GM weakness.
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.
Chiropractic Research in Review
Chiropractic Treatment of Lateral Epicondylitis; Cost / Benefit Analysis: Different Doses of SMT for Low Back Pain; Imaging for Occult Rib and Costal Cartilage Fractures; Treating Neck Pain: Thoracic Thrust Manipulation vs. Non-Thrust Mobilization.
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.
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.
Don't Turn a 2 Into a 10
The Wong-Baker FACES Pain Rating Scale1 is so useful because it can be used by almost anyone. Patients can use the numbers associated with the faces depicted on the scale or select the face that demonstrates their current level of pain from 0-10.
News in Brief
National Chiropractic Health Month: Be Proactive; Collegiate Roundup: Academic Appointments at Parker, Logan.
Why Young People Need Chiropractic Now More Than Ever
According to a recent study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, "It is now widely acknowledged that neck pain (NP), mid back pain (MBP), and low back pain (LBP) (spinal pain) start early in life and that the lifetime prevalence increases rapidly during adolescence to reach adult levels at the age of 18."
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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