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A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
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.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
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.
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.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
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.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
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.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
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.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
June 16, 2004
TA'ing: A Therapy of Its Own
By Donna Snow-Spears, LMT, NMT, CST
"All right, partner up!" The familiar words ring out from the Upledger instructor.
The first hours of the CranioSacral Therapy (CST) lecture are over and the hands-on practice begins.Dimming light prepares the room for the 50 practitioners as they begin digitally "listening" for the nearly imperceptible CranioSacral rhythm in their prone partners.
Minutes slide by. A raised hand catches my attention. I ghost over to the face with the furrowed brow that whispers in exasperation, "I can't feel it!"
Ripples of anticipation of helping make someone's learning process easier made my soul dance! I love being here in this incredulous learning environment, and I am helping as I had once received help from priceless, patient and precise teacher assistants, or TAs. Here is a wonderful learning environment for we are all students!
"Imagine that your hands are feathers and weigh no more than a nickel, like this." I lightly place my hands on theirs and follow the rhythm for several cycles. "Very soon you will begin to trust your hands. Feel it?"
"Uh-huh!" An expression of concentration has replaced the furrowed brow.
TAs come from diverse health care backgrounds and arrive from all over the globe. Our desire to perfect the art and skill of CST has led us to help in ways that are positive and reassuring.
A strong base in CST is important, and "TA'ing" is a great way to review classes. Each time I repeat a workshop, I hear information that I missed before and find that I am entering as many notes in my study-guide as I did the previous time. I have a better chance to become savvy in techniques that undergo metamorphoses. In addition, I get to experience various instructors. Even though the information is consistent, each personality offers a different flavor. What better chance is there to catch up on new trends and add polish to the old, reliable ones than assisting in this way?
Old friends, new friends! TA'ing proffers a bountiful way to form invaluable connections that not only help increase my clientele base, but my friend base as well!
I had been shy about traveling; however, I have grown and the fledgling leaves the nest on occasion. There was hardly a better chance to incorporate traveling into my business than becoming a TA. The Upledger Institute is global, so the possibilities are abundant! And I can call the Upledger Institute to see if my favorite spot on the map has a workshop soon. Hmmm...where to? France? Italy? Scotland? Germany? Australia? Hawaii? How about a place in the U.S. I've always wanted to go? Now, I go with a purpose! (Sedona, here I come!)
Most importantly, is the deepening of connection to what I think is my life's path as I work with people in the realm of CST. I sense that teaching might be a part of it. Assisting may bring me a little closer to my life's work but, in the meanwhile, I'm enjoying being a massage therapist.
"I don't feel the rhythm. Can you check me out?" Another student frets.
"Gladly!" I say, as I touch the patient. "Your hands were right! Their rhythm has stopped! Your gentle touch has already allowed your partner to move into still-point (a gentle stop in the CST rhythm).
"Okay!" The instructor's voice rings. "How many need a break?
Hands fly into the air.
"None of us represent a perfect model to work on," the instructor continues. "Because of this, you sense restrictions, injuries, traumas and such in your first few hours as CST practitioners. What's more, even with the gentle 5-gram touch used to conduct a CST evaluation there will already be favorable changes in your bodies.
"How many feel their body has changed?" (Lots of hands!) "Good! Be back in ten minutes!"
I want to be just like the quiet and supportive TAs that took care of me. Intuitively sensing my need, they would always be nearby. Angels!
Review and improve skills! Glean the latest in applications! Reconnect with old friends! Make new friends! Travel! Business expansion! Opportunities of all descript! Could I ask for more? Well, yes! An additional perk -- perhaps, I'll meet Dr. Upledger in person!
There are many rewards for me in TA'ing, but the best part comes at the end of class as I and the other TAs receive gratifying hugs from students (and future friends) for our assistance. It just doesn't get any better.
Oops! Class is starting! Got to go! See you soon?
Donna Snow-Spears is a massage therapist in Ormond Beach, Fla. She specializes in neuromuscular therapy and has been studying CranioSacral Therapy at the Upledger Institute for the past four years. In her spare time, she volunteers as a teaching assistant at the Upledger Institute.
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