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PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
July, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 07
Truth: The Golden Thread, Part Two
By John Upledger, DO, OMM
Editor's Note: Part One of "Truth: The Golden Thread" appeared in the June 2006 issue of Massage Today. Visit www.massagetoday.com/archives/2006/07.html.
My primary goal in every therapeutic session is to be a clear facilitator for the patient's self-discovery.As I wrote in my column in the last issue of Massage Today, truthful self-discovery is the Golden Thread that runs through all therapies designed to help patients achieve permanent recovery as well as spiritual growth.
My own therapeutic style involves using physical touch to establish a connection with my patient's nonconscious mind. Other types of therapists might facilitate this connection by other means, but for me it's the act of physically contacting my patient that allows me to establish this connection.
As I blend with a patient through touch, I make every effort to remain open to any perceptions, sensations or insights that might penetrate my conscious awareness. I believe every organ, tissue and cell has its own consciousness, yet their "voices" are usually not within the scope of the patient's conscious awareness. When I remain open as the facilitator, I often receive information from these parts. Their messages might enter my conscious mind as pain in my own body, as visual images, as verbal messages, or sometimes just as a sense of knowing that seems to circumvent usual channels of communication.
For example, our patient with the liver problem from alcohol abuse in part one of this column might cause me to experience discomfort in my own liver. Or, I might see a visual image of a damaged liver, or hear his nonconscious voice telling me his liver is damaged. Then again, I just might inexplicably "know" this patient is a problem drinker due to parent-instilled guilt.
In whatever way I receive the information, my goal is to help the patient through the process of self-discovery. Because what's important here is that he knows what originated the symptoms, why they came about and why these symptoms continue to exist.
However, I don't feel it's in the best interest of the therapeutic process to simply disclose the information as I receive it. If I disclose it prematurely, the patient probably will become defensive, which can impair and even halt the therapeutic process. The possibility also exists that I'm coloring the information with my own biases, prejudices, experiences and projections. On the other hand, if I wait for the process to unfold from the patient, error usually can be avoided. After all, the goal is for the patient to paint his own truthful self-portrait.
So again, I stimulate this process of therapist-patient communication by the act of touching with the sole intent to assist in the healing process. This communication, initially on a nonconscious level, usually emerges into my conscious awareness. Then it's my job to help the patient develop his own awareness of the information received. When the patient is consciously informed, then he can do something about the source problem.
That's why in my own practice, I work hard to reflect a true picture and to be an honest, yet sensitive mirror. Instead of blurting out something like, "I'm getting a message from your liver," I would simply follow the bodily cues that lead me to that area with my hands. Then I might say something like, "Hmm, I feel drawn to this area. I wonder why." If the patient doesn't respond, I might even take it a step further and say, "What do you think this is about?" or "Do you have any thoughts about what might be going on in this part of your body?"
Wherever our dialogue takes us, I never want to lead the conversation or make the patient feel compelled to please me by giving the answers he thinks I want. And he doesn't have to see the truth all at once. But I also don't help perpetuate the illusion, unless it's a rare case in which it seems vital that the patient maintain the illusion. Even then, I only do it for the time necessary for adaptation and growth to occur.
Now, here is another critical point to keep in mind. Even when self-discovery has resulted in genuine self-healing, it may or may not produce a cure or complete elimination of symptoms. True healing goes deeper than symptoms; it involves getting clear about your real identity and your purpose in life.
For this reason, healing sometimes might mean spending the rest of your life in a wheelchair if that is how you can best perform your life task. The important thing is for the patient to recognize this is how it's supposed to be, so he can learn whatever he needs to learn about himself in the process. Similarly, healing might mean recognizing that it's okay to die. It might mean the conflicts and problems posed to the patient have been resolved so he is now free to leave this environment.
Thus, the successful therapeutic process does not necessarily produce comfort, ease, muscular strength, prolonged life, or any of the other things our Western medical tradition holds as evidence of healing. Effective therapy does, however, give the individual patient a clear vision of what it is he or she needs to do, as well as the strength of mind, body and spirit to do it.
Eliminating delusion and self-pity and helping patients prioritize and refocus their lives so they can grow are the ultimate goals of CranioSacral therapy. That's why your most important role in the therapeutic process is your ability to reflect the Golden Thread of truth to your patients. For it truly is the truth that sets us free.
Click here for previous articles by John Upledger, DO, OMM.
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