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The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
Avoid Random Treatment of Trigger Points (Part 2)
We must acknowledge that the fascia, which surrounds literally everything in our bodies, including every muscle fiber, is more than just a covering.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
A Reality Check – and a Chance to Educate
Imagine working in the public relations department of nutrition retailer General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) and reading the The New York Times announce...
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
Impacting Chiropractic's Future With Technology
When it comes to electronic health records (EHR), Robert Moberg and Dr. Steven Kraus are two of the leading industry experts on the topic.
Help Update the LBP Practice Guideline
The Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters has announced the release of an updated Clinical Practice Guideline for Chiropractic Management of Low Back Pain for stakeholder review and comment.
Expanding Access, Branch by Branch
The big news coming from Capitol Hill isn't merely the recent introduction of a pair of bills designed to expand chiropractic services in the Veterans Affairs and military health care systems; after all, similar legislation has made its way through Congress before, never reaching the Oval Office for presidential signature.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
Low Back Pain: Posture and Movement Analysis
When performing static and dynamic movement analysis of the lumbopelvic hip area, begin with standing visual posture analysis of the pelvis, and then perform lumbar range of motion and assess what you might see during normal versus abnormal lumbar flexion motion.
B Vitamins Improve Memory, Prevent Brain Atrophy
The 2010 OPTIMA study showed that the accelerated rate of brain atrophy in elderly with mild cognitive impairment could be slowed via supplementation with homocysteine-lowering B vitamins, which included folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6.
Primary Spine Care: Addressing Concerns & Criticisms
The Dec. 1, 2013 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic included an article describing the implementation of a training program for primary spine practitioners (PSP) within a metropolitan region and supported by a large BC/BS plan.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
Interpersonal Skills 101: Enhancing the Value of Our Patient Interactions
Recently, I read an interesting article in our local newspaper titled "The Value of Human Interaction." The article presented comments from a senior editor for Fortune magazine who discussed "Civility in the Business World."
Atypical Femoral Fractures and Bisphosphonate Use: What to Watch For
Bisphosphonates (BP) are popular drugs, with more than 8 billion in sales in 2008; however, profits have declined as patents began expiring. Nonetheless, BP remain the most commonly prescribed drugs for patients at risk of osteoporotic fractures, with several million prescriptions written every year.
August, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 08
By John Upledger, DO, OMM
To many health care practitioners, seizures are a particularly puzzling phenomenon. They occur when hyperexcitable nerve cells in the brain fire abnormally. No one knows quite why this happens, and the types of seizures vary.Epilepsy generally is considered the condition when seizures reoccur, even if they stem from any number of chronic processes that disturb normal neuronal activity. If the seizure occurs once or is correctable, then it's considered non-epileptic.
Whatever the source, seizures in some people respond very well to the gentle approach of CranioSacral Therapy. Here are two letters from therapists that highlight this beautifully.
A Mother Cares for Her Son
Dear Dr. John,
I've started this letter at least once a year for the last 10 years. Rather than give you a long history of my son and me, let me share with you briefly what I have discovered.
A still point* will stop a seizure. My son "Brian" has benign rolandic seizures. He seizes only in his sleep. By bringing him to a still point, I can stop a seizure in two minutes. Yes, I've timed it. In the 10 years I've been using it, it has never failed.
It is absolutely amazing to watch a seizure unwind. My son goes from arms ridged, legs kicking and head pounding on the floor to near-normal sleep. At first, I used a technique I learned from the Holistic Nurses Association to soothe his pulse and breathing. Since it's energy work, I had to go on faith that it was really doing something.
Shortly after I began using this technique on Brian, he was taken to the ER in seizure. I began to work on him while he was hooked up to the monitors and watched his pulse drop from 120 to 95 in under five minutes. This happened before I discovered that the still point would stop a seizure more efficiently.
There is only one negative aspect of using the still point: The person performing it comes away feeling like they have just been hit by lightning. You have to understand, Brian's seizures generally start after 1:30 a.m., so you jump out of a sound sleep and put your hand on a body wildly discharging energy. It seems as if there is a backwash of energy, and you're lucky to get back to sleep three hours after the event.
Last spring, Brian fainted on a bus going to school (he's a university student) and went into a seizure. The bus driver panicked and called EMS, who rushed him to the hospital. The treatment he received in the hospital almost bordered on barbaric.
Sorry, this is my soapbox. I had stumbled onto something so profoundly simple that it really is unbelievable. But do you know what surprises me even more? Not one doctor has asked me how I do it. They just give me a blank stare. Your work is so important. Your still-point technique has changed the lives of my family. Before I made the connection, I felt totally helpless watching my then 11-year-old son as his seizures got worse.
You know what they say, no prayer goes unanswered. I went from Henry Ford Community College to Irene's School of Myomassalogy in Michigan, where your book jumped off the shelf at me. I began my coursework with The Upledger Institute before I started massage school. It took me almost a year to make the connection between the still point and seizures. That was my prayer answered.
You can do the still point anyplace on the body that is socially acceptable, but I have found the breastbone or the center of the back to be the safest. Brian almost kicked my head off one night, so I stay away from his feet and legs. When the seizure has stopped, the breathing will still be fast and the pulse very high. Then the energy work will restore the breathing and pulse to near normal within a few minutes.
S.K., Myomassage Therapist
P.S. Since I first penned this letter, my son has been back in the ER. Now, thankfully, his doctors are asking me point-blank how I stop his seizures. Of course, I'm more than happy to demonstrate. I look forward to the day when I can take my soapbox apart and toss it out for good.
Editor's note: In CranioSacral Therapy, a "still point" refers to an extended pause in the rhythmical activity of the craniosacral system, which can occur either spontaneously or be induced by the therapist. To induce a still point, the practitioner uses very delicate tissue techniques to restrict the flow of cerebrospinal fluid through the craniosacral system until it stops completely. This interruption causes a momentary buildup of fluid. When the tissues are released and the fluid begins to flow again, it gently "flushes" the system, causing the membranes to stretch a bit more to release any inherent restrictions or adhesions.
Case of Mystery Seizures Solved
Dear Dr. John,
About a year ago, a mother brought her 2-and-a-half-year-old son to me to be evaluated. He had suffered seven epileptic-like seizures in the previous month - almost two per week. The concerned parents had taken their son to specialists, but tests found no cause for these terrible seizures. The last seizure, worse than the previous ones, had resulted in the boy losing control of his bladder functions. The only recommendation was to put the child on anti-seizure medication. The parents did not want to do this.
In town from Georgia, the couple asked a relative for someone in the alternative field who might help their son. They were told to call me and see what I could do. An evaluation of the sphenoid bone movement showed a strong side-bending motion. I worked to correct this imbalance. This was very difficult to do on a young child who did not want to stay still.
What worked was for the mother to lie on the table and put the child face down on her stomach. In an hour, we probably got in about 15 minutes of actual movement therapy. Working on him during his regular nap time helped, since he went to sleep. Though I had just three days to work with him, it was apparently enough to stop the seizures.
This was a child who had not experienced any big falls. His birth had not been difficult. There had been no forceps or suction delivery. There was no obvious reason for an incident of this severity to occur. What worked was plain CranioSacral Therapy.
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