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Communication 101: Please Explain Yourself!
Twice this past week, I overheard conversations about chiropractic. As you can imagine, it is a topic my ears naturally pick up. In both cases, a patient was talking to a friend about their experience with a chiropractor.
Correcting Pelvic Rotation Around the Long Axis: Adjustment Protocol
The pelvis can be considered a ring that can misalign on the sacrum rotating around the long axis. The following is a description of an adjustment that helps to correct sacroiliac rotation around the long axis.
To The Finish Line With the Help of TCM
When acupuncturist Eddy De Smedt pursued a career in Traditional Chinese Medicine, he knew he wanted to make a difference.
Healing With TCM at San Quentin State Prison
For the prisoners at San Quentin State Prison, life-sentences are the reality of every day life. It is not often that prisoners get the opportunity to use alternative medicine to deal with common ailments they encounter behind bars such as, depression, anxiety and pain.
Jingei Diagnosis: An Effective and Powerful Diagnostic
I graduated from the Kotatama Institute under the direction of Drs. Masahilo and Katsuharu Nakazono in 1984. As a student, I was exposed to the practice of most of the various theories and modalites of Oriental Medicine.
Essential Orthopedic Testing: Tests That Involve Standing on One Leg
Since these tests have a common mechanism of performance (standing on one leg), there are differential diagnostic concerns during testing. The tests cannot be completely isolated from each other for performance.
Uncle Sam Needs You (Part 2)
Where chiropractic care has been used in the military health services, it has been deemed very successful.
Managing Today's Fertility Patient
I recently received an email from one of my fertility patients: "Got my lab results back. FSH is 11, AMH is 0.7. My doctor said these numbers aren't good. I guess I'm infertile. Just as a thought. Just set up an appointment to speak with an adoption agency."
The Tao of Gender
If you think gender is as simple as having a new client check off the "male" or "female" box on your intake form, we hope this article will expand your understanding and thus the reach of your health care.
The Case for Immunization
As long as I have been a chiropractor, I have seen many in this profession oppose vaccinations. Indeed, it has often been taken as a "given" that to be a principled chiropractor requires a curmudgeon's willingness to hold aloft that banner of opposition.
Lime Jello on Morphine
Taste is in the eyes... actually the mouth... of the beholder. My food preferences have changed, lightening from the food of my youth. My parents loved heavy eastern European cuisine and I loved it as a child. Now I enjoy leaner, healthier whole foods.
The Wonders of Light Therapy: An Interview with Wes Burwell
I first met Wes Burwell in 2011 when he was teaching a class on light. Since then, every time I hear him speak, his understanding of the benefits, function and capacity of light has evolved.
CMT & Stroke Risk: Myth vs. Fact
By now, most of you have probably heard that the American Heart Association recently published a statement regarding the association between cervical dissection (CD) and cervical manipulative therapy (CMT).
Chiropractic Research in Review
Predicting Pain With Disability in Office Workers; Traction Approaches for Discogenic Cervical Radiculopathy; Intra-Articular Gas Bubbles Following Manipulation; Nonresponsive Chronic Ankle Sprains: Think Tendon Rupture.
Commingling Money: 12 Questions for the ACA About the CHAMP / NCLAF Merger
The American Chiropractic Association recently announced it was merging the National Chiropractic Legal Action Fund and the Chiropractic Health Advocacy and Mobilization Project into a single entity that will support both legal and legislative actions.
The Heart Protector
On the physical level, the Pericardium is a double-layered sac of fibrous tissue that envelops the Heart. The space between the layers is filled with serous fluid that protects the Heart from external shock or trauma and lubricates to allow for normal Heart movement.
Dr. George Goodman and His Legacy to Logan University
Those who knew him called him a revered leader, a visionary and one of chiropractic's biggest advocates. George A. Goodman, DC, Logan University's sixth and longest-serving president, passed away on Sept. 9. He was 70 years old.
AOMA Strengthens Leadership Team
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, a leading college of acupuncture & herbal medicine, announced the appointment of Donna LaPoint Hurta, MBA as the new VP of Finance & Operations this Fall.
Sports Science: What's in That Drink?
Athletes frequently ask me what the best liquid is to drink during exercise – water or a sports drink? Water provides the necessary hydration, but unfortunately, it lacks the key nutrients to aid in performance and recovery.
Managing Patient Expectations About Acupuncture
Last year, I attended the Pacific Symposium in San Diego for the first time in six or seven years. It was the 25th anniversary of this event, and on one evening there was a panel discussion with the title; "What is Qi?."
Simple Ways To Find True Happiness
Patients in our clinics are always seeking happiness. As their health advocate, we need to ensure we inform them that in order to find happiness, they have to make sure to identify what makes them happy in the first place.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 2)
As mentioned in part 1, using a flexion-distraction table is a great way to unlock this particular fixation. You have found the stuck segment. You have determined whether it is unilateral, midline or bilateral.
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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