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2016: A Year in the Life of Acupuncture
Happy Holidays, may you, your family and friends have peace, joy and blessings throughout this special time of year. As 2016 comes to a close, we can look back and celebrate the many events and accomplishments for the profession of acupuncture.
Dedicated to Defending Chiropractic
Whether you're a veteran DC or a first-trimester student, the name George McAndrews should be part and parcel of your professional vernacular, as familiar as the word chiropractic.
Southwest Acupuncture College Brings It to Division 1 Athletes
When Michael Phelps' photograph with the distinctive round marks left by cupping went viral, the Division 1 student athletes treated through the Dal Ward Athletic Center at the University of Colorado (CU) could relate.
Little Sticker, Big Impact
It's the end of an election year. Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump were the subject of conversation for everyone, everywhere for the entire 2016 calendar year. I don't think any of us can deny that this election affected us all very deeply on a personal level.
Branding: Set Your Practice Apart
Dr. Brad started his practice seven years ago on a shoestring budget. He created his generic logo in five minutes using a website because he didn't have the time to figure out how to make something special.
A Letter to the Profession from the New President at AAAOM
Volunteering for a national, nonprofit organization brings with it such highs, lows, and accomplishments, as well as a steep learning curve.
End of an Era Looms at NYCC
New York Chiropractic College recently announced that Dr. Frank Nicchi will retire in August 2017 after 36 years with the college, the past 17 as president.
Molecular Motors: Tiny Machines Behind the Rhythm of Life
In the clinic, we aim to restore healthy patterns of movement for qi that has gotten trapped or misdirected, or may have even collapsed. We may be focused on freeing stagnation, releasing heat or redirecting counterflow qi, but it often comes down to helping re-establish a flow of sorts.
Assessing Core Stability and ROM: 5 Basic Checks
One of the first steps in addressing core stability is assessing static posture, ranges of motion, and motion of the pelvic bones, sacrum, femurs, lumbar spine and thoracic spine.
All Fiber Is Not Created Equal
Sometimes the best place to start is at the end. So, the conclusion of this article is that all fiber is good ... but some fiber is better. Let's break it down. There are two main types of fiber: soluble fiber and insoluble fiber.
A Simple Protocol for Holiday Stress
It's winter, a time when we should be deep in reflection, eating warming foods and sleeping long hours. Following nature's rhythms, we restore our bodies and minds in preparation for the renewal of spring.
What We Can Learn From Spine Surgery
Patients with lumbar stenosis presumably present for conservative care to improve their quality of life and avoid surgery. However, providing clear guidance to these patients can be difficult for a number of reasons.
6 Steps to Make 2017 Your Best Year Yet
People often ask me what defines success. Success, for me, is simple: doing exactly what you want to do in life. Whether it's the kind of practice you run, your life at home, your hobbies or something else, it's achieving anything you put your mind to.
A Q & A About Updated Codes
Yes, indeed there was an update to ICD-10 on Oct.1, 2016. This is a regular update to the diagnosis coding system and this type of update will occur every Oct. 1, just as it did when the ICD-9 system was in place.
Another Chance to Make a Difference
Just a few months ago, "the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Hurricane Sandy" hit Louisiana. During this storm, one area experienced 31 inches of rain in 15 hours as almost 7 trillion gallons of water rained down in just one week across the state.
Chiro School Reunion: Whatever Happened to...?
I opened the door to the closet slowly, carefully, since I knew it contained a large number of precariously stacked file boxes. It also held numerous outdated gizmos with electrical cords of various lengths that could trip or strangle a person.
Meshing TCM With Environmental Pediatrics: Where's the Overlap?
Pediatrics has a long history within Chinese medicine dating back to the late Han dynasty (i.e., the late 200s CE), with the two primary areas of emphasis being herbal medicine and xiao er tui na (pediatric massage).
DVT: Know the Signs and You Could Save a Life
I lost a friend several months ago. He died from a pulmonary embolism (PE) secondary to a deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) that originated in his lower leg. Bobby was in his mid-60s, soft-spoken and had a big heart.
News in Brief
New President / CEO Takes Office at Yo San University. Electroacupuncture for Constipation?
Overuse Injuries in Young Athletes (Pt. 2)
Most overuse injuries are benign, but there are some high-risk injuries that, if unrecognized or inappropriately treated, can result in significant loss in time from the sport or even require leaving the sport.
Can a Multivitamin Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence?
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multivitamin supplements in cancer prevention. However, with respect to preventing breast cancer recurrence, an important study was published in the Journal of Breast Cancer Research and Treatment in 2011 by Kwan ML, et al.
A First for the Profession: CCE Accredits First Chiropractic Residencies
The Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) has awarded accreditation to all five chiropractic residency programs currently administered at Veterans Administration facilities, "the first residency programs in the nation ever to be awarded this distinction, a significant advancement in the evolution of chiropractic education," according to a VA press release announcing the milestone.
Herbs for Digestion: The Power of Bitter
Many cultures (and indeed herbal clinicians) around the world have long respected the role of bitter herbs and foods for promoting digestion. For example, aperitifs – drinks consumed before a meal to stimulate appetite and digestion – were originally derived from bitter herbs.
April, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 04
Why Incorporate CranioSacral Therapy Into an Existing Manual Therapy Practice?
By Tad Wanveer, LMT, CST-D; guest author for John Upledger, DO, OMM
Editor's note: Dr. John Upledger has asked Tad Wanveer, LMT, CST-D, to share his insights in this month's column. Tad has been the guest author for previous "CranioSacrally Speaking" columns.
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a light-touch modality that is remarkable on its own, yet it also is easily and effectively combined with many other forms of therapy.Indeed, tapping into the craniosacral rhythm can add a great deal of insight and precision to any therapeutic process.
Each person's body is unique, and CST can help determine where the individual core issues reside. Feeling the body move in synchrony with the craniosacral rhythm can be used to efficiently locate areas of abnormal motion response. These areas usually require treatment and can be primary to the client's symptoms. With practice, it can take only minutes of light palpation to map the body's restrictive patterns.
Addressing Fascial Restrictions Decreases Abnormal Tissue Patterns
Fascial restrictions often can be the principal source of structural distortion. If not addressed, they may remain as the pattern around which the body organizes and functions. Fascia forms a continuous weblike structure in the body as it surrounds and interconnects each cell. In so doing, it is the substance through which biomechanical and biochemical exchange occurs.
Whether therapy is focused on bone, muscle, joint, organ vessel or nerve, the fascia will be involved. Incorporating CST techniques, which enhance fascia mobility and balance, has been shown to increase the corrective response within the tissue. These CST techniques can be used effectively before, during or after other therapeutic techniques.
Dysfunctional Tissue Can Cause Chaos Within the Body
Traumatic impact, infection and highly stressful situations are some of the causes of energetically chaotic areas within the body that create turmoil in the tissue and exhaust the body's energy reserves.
The CST technique of arcing is used to locate turbulent areas. Regional tissue release (noticing change in the craniosacral rhythm while following the tissue into positions of release) and the direction of energy technique are used to dispel disordered energy. These techniques can be added into an existing protocol, thus freeing the tissue of the constraints of chaos and depletion.
Imbalance and Abnormal Strain of the Central and Autonomic Nervous Systems Often Contribute to Dysfunction
Disorders such as Parkinson's disease, spinal cord trauma, cerebral palsy and stroke bring to searing light the effects that nervous system dysfunction can create. Less obvious abnormal nervous system strain patterns can be at the center of other issues such as repetitive strain injuries, pain syndromes, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, wryneck and headache.
Central and autonomic nervous system functions are pivotal forces that organize the body's trillions of cells and processes to flow in an integrated, purposeful, balanced and graceful manner. The cells of the central nervous system and the pre-ganglionic cells of the autonomic nervous system are found within the craniosacral system. Thus, adverse strain of the craniosacral system can cause nervous system dysfunction.
There are specific CST techniques used to address the cranial and spinal components of the craniosacral system. These techniques utilize gentle traction to increase the mobility and harmony of the craniosacral system that may lead to the correction of nervous system dysfunction. The techniques can be added into an existing practice either as an adjunct to the existing treatment regimen or as the primary form of treatment.
Following the Direction of Ease Is a Key to Self-Correction
When a practitioner follows the tissue into the direction of ease (the direction the tissue moves most easily), it allows the client's individual healing process to arise. Assisting and following the tissue while using minimal force enables it to move into unique patterns of balanced tension.
Since the practitioner is supporting this balance, the tissue can release itself from adverse strain and reorganize into a more harmonious state. This is a key element of CST and is an approach that can be used in many manual techniques.
There Are Times When It Is Necessary for the Tissue to Speak
There are times when it is necessary for the tissue to express itself. Some examples of this are trembling of the jaw, utterance of sounds, words spoken aloud, rapid breathing, sweating, moving, shaking and tears. This is a natural and often-observed occurrence in most manual therapy.
It can be a powerful and illuminating corrective process when words are used to help release adverse patterns. CST techniques can aid the process in a delicate and empowering manner.
Elevating the Client's Ability to Self-Correct
CST has few contraindications. It can address an enormous range of dysfunctions in a gentle, time-efficient and multifaceted way. Bringing CST techniques into an existing practice can help open the doors more fully into the realm of client self-correction and healing.
Click here for previous articles by John Upledger, DO, OMM.
Tad Wanveer, LMT, CST-D, is a certified instructor for The Upledger Institute, where he was a staff clinician for more than five years. He earned his diploma in massage therapy in 1987 from the Swedish Institute of Massage and Allied Health Sciences in New York City. He currently runs a private practice in North Carolina’s Raleigh-Durham area specializing in CranioSacral Therapy.
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