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Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
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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