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NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
April, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 04
For Better Client Outcomes, Just Add Water
By John Upledger, DO, OMM
If you have been following this column since I first began writing it back in 2001, you probably already know how passionate I am about working with dolphins. Since 1954, when I was in the Coast Guard and first had the opportunity to swim with wild dolphins, I have had a deep inner urge to do more with these wonderful creatures.
In an article called "The Magic of Dolphins" (from London's Sunday Express, April 2, 2000), Jane Phillimore said, "After swimming with dolphins, many people report not just a sense of well-being, but also improved learning and cognitive abilities, concentration, communication and social skills - which seems to last for weeks, even months." We explored this potential firsthand in 1996, when The Upledger Institute set up a pilot therapy program treating clients with CranioSacral Therapy at the Dolphin Research Center in Grassy Key, Fla.We were so encouraged by the results that we now hold Dolphin-Assisted Therapy intensive programs every summer in the Bahamas.
Yet for those practitioners not near dolphins, we have found equally dramatic results when we simply work with clients in water. "The relative weightlessness of the body in water lets you tap into an environment that can boost the effects of CranioSacral Therapy," said Upledger Institute Vice President Roy Desjarlais, LMT, CST-D.
David Dolan, LMT, who developed Ocean Therapy, a four-day experiential UI workshop also held in the Bahamas, agrees. "What the ocean water adds to light-touch, subtle-energy techniques is multifaceted. Water in itself is a healing medium that reduces gravity and friction, making three-dimensional movement almost effortless. As joint range of motion increases, the nervous system is able to move into a parasympathetic response (relaxed state). Muscles lengthen, tensions release, and internal natural healing processes begin to work more effectively."
"Everything we do in the treatment room is multiplied when working in the water," said UI staff clinician Sheryl McGavin, MBA, OTR/L. "For clients who have hit a plateau in their progress or have particular body issues hampered by the confines of the massage table, the water adds that extra element that can gently urge them to their next stage of healing."
Sheryl said she was first attracted to this aspect of therapy when working with Bob, a client who had fallen 40 feet off the stack of a tugboat onto the deck below. He had multiple cranial fractures, a ruptured kidney that was later removed, and numerous extensive injuries. He also had been in a coma for quite a while. Sheryl found the treatment table simply wouldn't allow for the movements Bob's body seemed to want to make in an effort to release his tissue' restrictions. But in the water, all that changed. When his body had the freedom to move wherever it wanted, the results started coming much more quickly.
"Bob had a lot of back and neck pain and stiffness that severely affected his gait and sleep patterns," Sheryl said. "This area improved tremendously for him after our work in the water, making walking much more effortless." Secondary to his original injuries, Bob also had lost most of his vision and was considered legally blind. "Surprisingly, his eyes started to track together after each water session," Sheryl said. "Now we're seeing great improvements in his vision. That was something none of us expected."
If you feel inspired to add the benefits of water to your therapeutic repertoire, I offer you these tips:
Whether you choose to work alongside dolphins or simply to add the benefits of water to your therapeutic sessions, I encourage you to follow your instincts. The more we learn, the more our clients benefit in sometimes surprising yet always welcome ways.
Click here for previous articles by John Upledger, DO, OMM.
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