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Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
December, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 12
Tales From the Cranial Frontier
By John Upledger, DO, OMM
While CranioSacral Therapy is a relatively young modality when viewed through the history of medicine, it owes its roots to concepts developed by a Civil War surgeon named Andrew Taylor Still, MD.Dr. Still was a highly respected physician trained primarily by his father, who also was a well-known surgeon. When the war ended, Dr. Still returned home to his own personal devastation of epidemic proportions. Spinal meningitis had swept through his hometown earlier that year, killing three of his children.
Dr. Still returned to his private practice, which was affiliated with Washington University Medical School and hospital. By this time, between the Civil War and his own losses, he was greatly disillusioned by the state of medicine. As he began to search for new and better ways of treating people, he started to suspect that the potentially toxic medicines that had been prescribed to his family to combat the meningitis may have actually contributed to their deaths. Of course, as he began expressing these thoughts, he also became less and less popular with the Washington University medical group.
Word has it that Dr. Still then went to extreme measures to test his theory. He began to remove bodies from their graves in order to determine the actual causes of death. He discovered that in every case, one organ invariably contributed a great deal to the death of each body. While the particular organ varied from person to person, it appeared that organ failure likely was due to compromised blood and nerve support in every case. That is, the organ that failed may have been starved of blood and nerve contributions by the abnormal compression of arteries, which interfered with blood delivery.
The nerves going to the failing organs also were compressed or kinked, which meant the nerve energy that was supposed to go to the organ couldn't get there. Thus, the organ couldn't do its job and finally, it died. From these experiences, Dr. Still learned that all organs require adequate supplies of blood and nerve energy to survive. And if an organ doesn't survive, the body may not survive, either.
Dr. Still also discovered that the spinal columns in these bodies were malformed for different reasons, such as injuries, birth defects and arthritic effects. These structural abnormalities seemed to interfere with the outflow of nerve energy through the nerve roots that come out of the spinal cord through the spaces afforded by the bones of the spine.
With all this in mind, Dr. Still founded the field of osteopathy in the late 1800s. He also established the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (the college from which I graduated in 1963).
From Still's personal adventures in medicine came a huge body of work that can be highlighted by its four main principles. These also happen to be some of the primary reasons CranioSacral Therapy has emerged as such an effective natural therapy:
During my last few years at Kirksville, I became friendly with an elderly man who told me he used to drive Dr. Still's stagecoach. They would travel around to the local farmhouses, stopping at each one. Dr. Still would simply walk up to the door, knock and ask if there was a sick person inside. If there was, he would begin treatment right there. If the illness was too serious, he would have the driver take the patient back to his clinic in Kirksville. Then he would simply untie his horse at the back of the carriage and continue alone along his planned route. After the patient was dropped off at the clinic, the driver caught up with Dr. Still and they continued on together.
It was great fun listening to this old man tell me his stories until late into the night. Today, it reminds me of the noble cause we all hold in our hearts as we reach out to touch more people with gentle, healing hands.
Click here for previous articles by John Upledger, DO, OMM.
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