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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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?"
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Abdominal Acupuncture for Eye Healing: The Sacred Turtle and Ba Gua Map
Our ideas about western medicine have shifted in recent decades, while the public is asking more from health care providers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 02
Move Your Mind and Engage Your Brain
By Dale G. Alexander, LMT, MA, PhD and Lansing Barrett Gresham
This article describes a distinction between the mind and the brain. The unique proposal made here unravels the cobbled linguistic milestone of history which Rene Descarte postulated hundreds of years of ago, with his inference that the "mind" was the seat of rationality and intelligence.His construct was useful to the evolution of civilization within his context and the timing of history. This article offers a bridge specifically relevant to our collective humanity in its struggle to heal itself now.
To live fully in the present moment, you need to learn to move your mind into the past. Your brain has the ability to select for satisfaction and enjoyment. Your mind does not. It's limited to avoiding negatives by seeking them out!
The mind is a sliver of our human consciousness, only a piece of the pie. Your brain, your psyche, your physical body, your emotional, energetic and spiritual selves each contribute far more to the experience of your life, as they all directly process sensory information. The mind does not.
It's similar to a junior curator in a world-class art museum, spending his time silently criticizing the creativity all around, rearranging the pieces, switching some for others, storing and then losing many altogether, according not to their intrinsic value or meaning, but to manipulate the apparent importance between the creative examples.
Our collective human dilemma is that physical survival is no longer our sole objective. The mind did, and does, serve this end in the short term by assisting us to "fit in" as children. A baby not cared for dies.
The mind must live in the future in order to create predictive models and rules related to a broad range of stimuli to which the meaning of possible threat has been assigned. Inevitably, this morphs into an axis of black and white, assigning "right" and "wrong" values to all our feelings and behaviors. Under the guise of protecting you, the mind prompts you to avoid all that it has labeled as bad or wrong by inhibiting your movements and feelings.
The mind's orientation to prediction and avoidance is what displaces it in time and space. This splinters our capacity for present-time, adult congruence between intention and behavior. Intentions always are oriented toward the future. Behavior always is a present-time reality. No wonder we so often feel a lack of connection with one another and within ourselves!
The mind's inability to directly access sensory input also prevents it from distinguishing between what is symbolic and what is real. You can't have a relationship with a photograph. Minds do!
The mind's models exaggerate and distort the significance of stimuli such that codes of behavior are intensified to a point where noncompliance with them is interpreted as life-threatening. The mind's models produce rules which we subconsciously live by. Thus, a scolding by a parent for adventurous behavior might echo into one's adult life as an aversion to risk-taking in all venues of life.
The mind is organized to filter data by recognition of both sensations and images/symbols. Its models, translated as "beliefs about reality," eventually become substituted for reality. They are based on a past that no longer exists, yet which the mind insists is re-occurring. As a result, all of us in varying degrees, struggle with repeating negative patterns of attitude, behavior and relationships.
The mind designs its models both from information it has gathered and in response to what has been required by our caretakers. All rules inhibit spontaneity and thus creativity. When we hear, "children are to be seen and not heard," we are less likely to sing; when repeatedly admonished to be physically still, we are less likely to dance.
The models and rules become a self-stimulating, self-perpetuating and self-fulfilling labyrinth of prophecies. The mind shifts easily between compartments of ideas about the very experience from which its nature requires it to remain always aloof.
The mind's inherent limitation is that it distorts present-time information that would allow one to update its models, because it lives in its prediction of what's going to happen rather than in the unfolding of moment-to-moment direct experience. Remember, its primary function in our childhood was to assist us to conform, so that we would be included.
As just described, the mind is the source of our anticipatory anxiety and our disabling inhibitions, which escalates the degenerating effects of stress or trauma upon human physiology and the quality of our lives.
Now, the good news. The mind can be trained. When shown how, the mind does tend to prefer to notice what has just happened! Thus, it becomes consistently right in the moment and far more accurate in its predictions about the future. Such an orientation allows it to review its models in view of real-time data without conflict internal to itself or with the other levels of human consciousness. When dominance by the incessant predictions of the mind diminishes, it becomes possible for you to experience surprise, discovery and vulnerability without threat. That which seemed impossible or unattainable becomes tantalizing, interesting, and an open question. Your capacity for creativity and self-trust naturally is stimulated.
Creativity engages your brain! It's the single greatest preserver of intelligence and our guardian against dementia. Trusting your capacity to create what you actually desire for your life engages your brain! Allowing yourself to explore what you truly want and inviting success engages your brain! This includes developing an adult sensory and attitudinal preference for satisfaction and contentment in the present moment. The phrase "good enough for now" is particularly helpful to this cultivation.
You know you have engaged your brain when you find yourself behaving in novel ways and enjoying it. Curiosity becomes your attitude, replacing judgment and criticism. Appreciation and gratitude are felt more often. Your body moves with more positive anticipation toward others and a feeling of belonging within yourself.
The junior art curator is transformed into an individual who now begins to relate to art as an active expression of human awareness, trusting his sense of what will amuse, delight and inspire those who come to the museum. He now can deepen an experience of relationship within himself and with others as he seeks for ways to contribute to the world.
This article is the first of many which will introduce you to the concepts and principals of Integrated Awareness®. I am honored to be co-authoring these with the founder of the approach, Lansing Barrett Gresham. I will continue to write articles pertaining to the Inside-Out Paradigm as they flow from my heart. In this New Year, it feels as though my best contribution to our profession is to get the word out to you of this amazing and effective healing approach - one which I have been studying for 17 years, and which has added so much to the transformation and healing within my clients.
Integrated Awareness® recruits all the levels of consciousness. It's an expanding set of learning processes that directly engages your nervous system through movement, touch and higher perceptual states of consciousness. From these experiences, permission to explore and experiment might begin to flower. New sets of reference points can be created that transform your ability to make conscious choices to include more of who you are, resolve personal conflicts, and participate in the creation of a life and a world you prefer. To learn more about Integrated Awareness®, visit www.inawareness.com.
Click here for more information about Dale G. Alexander, LMT, MA, PhD.
Lansing Barrett Gresham, founder of Integrated Awareness®, has more than 30 years of touch and movement work utilizing enhanced perception. He has co-authored two books, Ask Anything and Your Body Will Answer and The Body's Map of Consciousness®. For more information please visit www.inawareness.com.
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