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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 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.
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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.
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.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
January, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 01
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Cell Patterns
By Tad Wanveer, LMT, CST-D; guest author for John Upledger, DO, OMM
Editor's note: Tad Wanveer, author of this month's CranioSacrally Speaking column, has been the guest author for several previous CranioSacrally Speaking columns.
The Veterans Administration currently reports almost 50,000 cases of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) occurring in Afghanistan and Iraq veterans. Another stunning statistic, PTSD affects about 7.7 million Americans. Craniosacral therapy has effectively helped those afflicted with PTSD regain levels of normalcy within themselves and in relationship to their family, community and work.
PTSD is caused by a traumatic event. PTSD is an anxiety disorder caused by a terrifying event that involved physical harm or the threat of physical harm. The person who develops PTSD may be the one harmed or someone who has witnessed a traumatic event happen to another person. It can be caused by a variety of incidents such as war, rape, mugging, torture, child abuse, car accident, plane crash or natural disasters. These events may cause intense fear, helplessness or horror that can become imbedded in a person's body tissue.
An inner feeling of trauma may persist long after the traumatic event has passed. When a portion of the body, perhaps even a single cell, maintains a pattern of trauma, it can create an inner feeling of the traumatic event. Highly stressful cellular patterns may cause chronic, abnormal and intense biomechanical and biochemical strain, even long after the actual trauma has ended. This, in turn, can evoke perpetual stimulation of the stress response, causing non-stop chaos and alarm within the autonomic nervous system.
Traumatic cellular patterns can continually send debilitating signals. Traumatic stress is felt and remembered, consciously and unconsciously, through sensory processing. It is through our senses that we continuously experience our inner self, as well as the environment outside of ourselves. The inner-sensed experience of traumatic cellular patterns can feel life-threatening and evoke life-saving measures. In essence, one is living moment to moment in a state of never-ending threat and horror as an unremitting condition of fight, flight or freeze that governs physical and emotional processes. These traumatic arousal patterns can encode deeper and deeper into the circuitry of the nervous system and the body as a whole, causing a cascade of overwhelming and terrifying feelings.
Traumatic cell vibration can entrain the whole person. The tissue of the body is created by a vast diversity of cells oscillating at varied frequencies. This forms an interrelated matrix in which each part of the body - each cell - has an effect upon the whole. Generally, any local event within the body has some type of full-body effect. So cells that have formed into a state of trauma can cause adverse consequences within the whole person. These cells are like metronomes ticking and vibrating non-stop oscillations of fear, terror or dread that can surge through the whole person.
Craniosacral therapy can help by facilitating optimal cell shape. Craniosacral therapy can help the body change cell shape through gentle techniques that improve inherent pathways of self-correction. As cells change and correct their shapes, the trauma imbedded within the cells can be processed with greater efficiency. It's as though the traumatic energy trapped within cells can move, respond and synchronize with body systems that oscillate in frequencies of correction, integration and balance rather than trauma. As this occurs, the challenging effects of PTSD can decrease, thus leading to greater ease within oneself and one's surroundings.
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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