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A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
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.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
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.
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.
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 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
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.
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.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
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.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
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First Do No Harm?
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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.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
January, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 01
The Gift of Therapeutic Presence
By Suzanne Scurlock-Durana; guest author for John Upledger, DO, OMM
Editor's note: Dr. John Upledger has asked Suzanne Scurlock-Durana to share her insights in this month's "CranioSacrally Speaking" column.
As a therapist, wouldn't you love to have as much energy for the last client of the day as you do for the very first? Do you ever wonder what it would feel like to be so centered in your sessions that when a client's emotional issues come up, you're able to stay calm and balanced and fully deliver your therapy? Can you imagine how much more effective you'd be if you could more easily feel the subtleties of the craniosacral, lymphatic and visceral systems?
These are just a few of the gifts waiting for you when you strengthen your therapeutic presence.You see, no matter what type of therapy you perform, the outcome of any session is influenced profoundly by your ability to hold a strong healing presence - that unseen, unspoken connection you have with every single client. To be therapeutically effective as a clinician, your energetic bank account needs to stay in the black. However, many therapists often "overgive" their energy to clients because of their commitment to help others. In their enthusiasm, they end up paying more attention to other people's needs than to their own.
That's why learning to build and maintain your own reservoir of healthy inner resources has to become your first priority. This means learning how to be in touch with and nurture yourself so your presence can catalyze and foster the healing process for others. Developing your therapeutic presence in this way is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself and your clients. The benefits in such a healing partnership are profound. Think about it. Don't you find it easier to release tension in the company of someone who's energetically full and steady? In that same way, your clients can sense when you're fully grounded and present. That's when the bond of trust forms, the walls come down, and your clients can relax much more quickly.
As you become aware of what nurtures and feeds you, you become more stable and grounded. This allows you to more accurately honor your client's internal pace of healing as well. It also sharpens your ability to feel what's going on with your clients. Your energetic connection becomes a palpable resource; a reliable source of information that can help guide your work, moment by moment, and dramatically increase your effectiveness.
Developing greater therapeutic presence also is a potent antidote to burnout. As you learn to continually fill yourself with nourishing, healthy resources, you avoid becoming depleted when you hold a healing space for another. Finally, your own inner confidence naturally increases as you embody these skills in your practice. Therapists who apply these principles develop a deeper trust in their feelings, intuition and wisdom.
Here are some practical guidelines for increasing the steadiness and strength of your therapeutic presence before, during and after each bodywork session.
Before the Session
During the Session
After the Session
Practicing the art of therapeutic presence takes patience and ongoing commitment. But it's well worth the effort. Our work is richest when we can be in each moment with our clients - in that space of compassion that enables us to receive and give in every session. That's when we move beyond offering a collection of techniques and become a complete conduit for healing.
The ability to be a container for someone else's healing brings each of us into a deeper state of grace and resonance. In this paradigm, to give is indeed to receive.
Click here for previous articles by John Upledger, DO, OMM.
Suzanne Scurlock-Durana is a 20-year veteran in the field of conscious awareness and its relationship to the healing process. An expert at integrating right- and left-brain understanding, she teaches therapists around the world how to develop their therapeutic presence through her Healing From the Core training series offered by The Upledger Institute.
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