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It's Time to Create a Strong Acupuncture Footprint
Footprints in the sand. Footprints in the snow. Where do these footprints go? Some are big, some are small, but footprints are made by all.
Leaving Footprints on Capitol Hill: Tribute to Dr. Kenneth Luedtke (1930-2014)
It was with great sadness that I heard of the passing of Dr. Ken Luedtke.
News in Brief
An Encouraging Sign at Palmer; NBCE Announces Retirement of Longtime Director of Testing.
Acupuncture and Homeopathy: Bioenergetic Brothers
Acupuncture and homeopathy share an important healing principle: bioenergetics. "Bio" means "life," so bioenergetics is literally "life energy."
Finding Balance in the Clinic
This past December, I celebrated 11 years in practice. I seriously don't know where the time went. I feel beyond blessed and grateful to be practicing our profound and beautiful medicine and to be helping guide my patients restore a state of optimal health.
Case Histories from Bali: Treating Balinese Chidren with TCB and Shonishin
When I moved to the island of Bali in 2005, I offered my services in Bumi Sehat, which means Healthy Mother Earth, a free birthing center for poor and disadvantaged local women located in Ubud.
Reflections: The Art of Teaching Asian Medicine
Over the past three decades, my global workshops have been translated into German, Swiss German, French, Romansch, Spanish, Lithuanian and Xhosa. Time to offer you new teachers a few tips!
The Top Seven Website Mistakes Clinics Make
The majority of acupuncture clinics finally have a website for their business. Having a website is crucial for being found online through Google, Facebook and review sites like Yelp.
Let's Speak With One Voice in 2015
For the longest time, the chiropractic profession has attempted to achieve some form of unity. On a political level, this was characterized by an ultimately unsuccessful two-year merger effort between ACA and ICA leadership from 1986-1988.
Neuroscience: Where Western Medicine and Chinese Medicine Can Come Together
The recent advances in neuroscience are truly incredible. With this expansion of scientific knowledge, I would like to see even more research into the neuroscientific basic of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
Mind-Body in Motion
A central goal of low back pain treatment involves the correction of dysfunctional movement patterns believed to be responsible for spinal overload.
Are You Really a Healthy Eater?
I always giggle a little bit (to myself) when someone comes into my office and informs me that they are a healthy eater. What exactly does that mean? Does that mean they eat sugar in moderation? And what's that, exactly?
Old TCM Sayings: Treat the Front to Treat the Back
Chinese medicine college was, and always will be, a memorable time. It was a time of massive personal and professional growth.
Cell Health (Part 2)
Dr. Barsten, your book is about restoring "cell vitality." Can you briefly define the term? Cell vitality is more than the mere absence of symptoms or pathology, but optimum structural, physiological and energetic health.
Unlevel Pelvis in the High-School Athlete: Exploring Causes and Effects
The unlevel pelvis is all too common in the high-school athlete and if not detected, will likely cause a lifetime of musculoskeletal issues. Any provider who doesn't look for this common finding is missing critical information.
The CDC came out with a report in March 2013 that suggests 1 in 50 children will be diagnosed somewhere on the autism spectrum – significantly higher than the 1 in 86 figure that came out in 2007. What does this mean moving forward, particularly for children?
Help Your Parents Stay Engaged
As much as parents may wish it were so, children do not come with an instruction manual. There's no "how to" that can be followed and no two children are alike, so what works with one generally won't work with the next.
It might have been a miserable start to the day in the heart of downtown San Diego. A heavy rain had soaked the large homeless population congregating near the intersection of Third Avenue and Ash Street as they waited for a free breakfast to be served at the First Lutheran Church on the corner.
The Conscious Evolution of Healing, Part 2
The idea of transmission is very important in the Chinese medical classics. According to author Claude Larre, the ancient Chinese were highly interested in the connection between things. Nothing was looked at as an isolated entity.
Put the Social Back Into Social Media
Social media is more than a passing fad, it is definitely here to stay. Social media apps and channels of distribution may evolve, but the concept of social media is now big business and a part of all our lives.
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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