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Medicine as Metaphor
The practice of medicine is both an art and a science. We study and learn the system so that when the time comes to apply it, there is a greater possibility of successfully helping others.
The Roots of TCM in Depression Treatment
In traditional Chinese medicine, there is historical precedent for the treatment of so-called "Shen" (Heart-Mind) disorder, or disorder/dysregulation of the spirit, which is also considered as distinct but not separate from the cognitive function of the brain.
Making Public Health a Chiropractic Priority
As highlighted in this edition's News in Brief, Rand Baird, DC, MPH, FICA, FICC, editor and occasional author of our long-running column, "Chiropractic in the American Public Health Association", was recognized by the organization recently for 40 years of membership.
A War You Can Help Patients Win
The average American consumes approximately 60 percent of calories from sugar, flour and refined oils. A donut is a good example of a so-called "food" that represents these calorie sources.
Lower-Extremity Overuse Injuries: Primer on Causes and Corrections
From ankle sprains to stress fractures, shin splints to plantar fasciitis, the research is clear: These common overuse injuries of the lower extremities – among dozens of others – may be related to abnormal foot function in your patients.
The Source-Luo Point Combination, Part 3
Dr. Nguyen Nghi (NVN) was born in Vietnam and is one of the most important scholars, writers, teachers and practitioners of modern time. Many of his theories and applications are the source of modern teachers from Europe and the United States.
Online Marketing Basics: Google Ranking, Part 1
We all know there is so much opportunity with online marketing. And, let's face it, if you don't have a presence online with a website and social media, you are probably not where you want to be.
Adding Microneedling to Your Clinic for Results and Profit
Microneedling has taken the beauty world by storm over the last 10 years. Under the names dermaroller, microneedling or skin needling you will see these treatments listed in the services of nearly every fashionable beauty salon and day spa in the country.
Treating LBP in Golfers: Beyond Basic Assessment
The drive to master the most efficient swing demands a tremendous amount from the lower back. Maintaining stability in a flexed posture, supporting torso rotation and repetitively supporting the golf swing all put the lower back in a vulnerable position.
Merger Creates New Model of Care
Two San Francisco powerhouses of holistic healing, the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) and California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), are merging. Together they are building a visionary approach to applied integral health.
Data: The New Frontier in Health Care
Your practice is empowered with the data you need to improve patient health, run a more efficient (read: profitable) practice, get paid in timely fashion and help show the efficacy of chiropractic on the national stage in the midst of sweeping changes in health care!
Can Acupuncture Treat Knee Pain?
Recently, an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that, "neither laser nor needle acupuncture conferred benefit over sham for pain or function" among older chronic knee pain patients.
Treat Every Patient as an Athlete
Frontal-plane movement pattern dysfunction can set the stage for musculoskeletal injury. Frontal-plane stabilization is essential during the normal activities of daily living: think single-leg stance and gait cycle.
Aetna Updates 97140 Policy
In a development the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors is calling "a resounding victory for chiropractors nationwide," Aetna Insurance Company has updated its national reimbursement policy regarding 97140 (manual therapy), reaching an agreement two years after the association filed a declaratory judgment suit in federal court against the insurer.
The Integrative Medicine Puzzle: Putting the Pieces Together
The conversation is changing in the broader healthcare community with patients actually moving the discussion toward more integrative topics. Patients today want to know their options.
Technology Meets Practice: Chiropractic Every Day
About a year ago, I had an interesting conversation with a DC who made house calls. When I asked why, she was quick to explain she learns much more about her patients when she sees them at home than she could ever observe in the office.
Melatonin: A Promising Natural Agent in the Prevention of ALS
A number of years ago, experimental studies suggested melatonin could block key steps in the development of Alzheimer's disease, primarily by acting as a brain antioxidant and inhibiting the build-up of beta-amyloid plaque in the brain.
The Art of Creating a Healing Space
I always advise my graduates to examine their group practice or treatment rooms with fresh eyes after they leave my CE workshops. I tell them, "Ask yourselves - is your space qi filled, welcoming and healing? Or is it cold and clinical?"
News in Brief
Support of F4CP Continues With Latest Donations; Walter Reed Honors Dr. William Morgan; Recognizing 40 Years of Public-Health Activism; Allstate Decision Reversed.
Colon Health and TCM
I still remember many years ago, the loud "Yuck" from my wife at the time when we were together watching the Chinese movie "Last Emperor."
ICD-10 Is Not Scary (and Not About Billing)
In my 13 years of consulting with doctors on billing and coding matters, ICD-10 has aroused the biggest combination of misguided fear and ignorance I can remember.
Exploring and Learning from the Gift of Life
I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to teach cadaver dissection classes and workshops with Stephen Cina at the New England School of Acupuncture over the past seven years, first through the Sports Medicine Acupuncture Program and later as a NESA elective course.
November, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 11
By John Upledger, DO, OMM
Osteoporosis has become a "popular" problem over the last decade or so. While it's traditionally discussed in terms of post-menopausal women, more recently it's been showing up in increasing numbers of men.It commonly manifests as compression fractures in the spinal vertebrae in the elderly, and seems to relate to declining sex hormones and the inability to exercise the musculoskeletal system at least moderately.
In osteoporosis, we see a demineralization of bone and a reduction of bone mass. The bone itself has a negative calcium balance thought to be caused by hormonal imbalances, inadequate dietary intake of calcium and faulty metabolism of protein, which might be secondary to inadequate protein in the diet. Osteoporosis also might be secondary to the prolonged use of therapeutic steroids or heparin.
While many other causes have been considered, I believe a considerable number of osteoporosis cases fall within an etiologic model that can be effectively treated with CranioSacral Therapy and related techniques.
Osseous tissue constantly is reabsorbed by cells called osteoclasts. In turn, the boney tissue that's reabsorbed continually is replaced by osseous tissues synthesized by cells called osteoblasts. It's estimated that under normal circumstances, our skeletons are totally renewed every 10 years or so, and maybe even remodeled a bit to adapt to the demands of our evolving lifestyles.
However, when osteoclasts reabsorb more bone than osteoblasts replace, we see bone thinning and demineralization known as osteoporosis. If the balance shifts in the opposite direction - if osteoblasts outperform osteoclasts - we see the formation of bone spurs, spinal stenosis, malignant and benign bone tumors and more.
How do osteoclast and osteoblast activities relate to CranioSacral Therapy?
First, CST is aimed at generally mobilizing body fluids, neuronal-impulse conductions, cellular communication and the like. More recently, I've seen CST favorably interact with the immune system and many of its activities.
For instance, a cytokine named interferon beta is produced by a wide variety of immune cells. Interferon beta also inhibits the activity of osteoclasts. So an increased flow of interferon beta gives osteoblasts an opportunity to produce more osseous tissue than what can be reabsorbed in any given time period. This makes the CST approach to enhancing the production of interferon beta a valid treatment for osteoporosis.
The communication between the immune cells and you, the therapeutic facilitator, takes place not only through hands-on work and blending, but also by actually dialoguing with cells and tissues. Remember, intention is everything.
If the problem is overproduction of osseous tissue, the therapeutic approach simply is reversed. I have asked immune cells to reduce the production of interferon beta. I also have asked osteoclasts to reabsorb or liquify abnormal osseous structures that are interfering with the body's health and well-being. The results were well worth the conversation.
It seems almost too simple, I know. But I've seen it work. And why should we discount something just because it's simple?
Click here for previous articles by John Upledger, DO, OMM.
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