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NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
The Science Behind Happiness
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When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
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A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
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Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
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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