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A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Help Update the LBP Practice Guideline
The Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters has announced the release of an updated Clinical Practice Guideline for Chiropractic Management of Low Back Pain for stakeholder review and comment.
Primary Spine Care: Addressing Concerns & Criticisms
The Dec. 1, 2013 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic included an article describing the implementation of a training program for primary spine practitioners (PSP) within a metropolitan region and supported by a large BC/BS plan.
Impacting Chiropractic's Future With Technology
When it comes to electronic health records (EHR), Robert Moberg and Dr. Steven Kraus are two of the leading industry experts on the topic.
A Reality Check – and a Chance to Educate
Imagine working in the public relations department of nutrition retailer General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) and reading the The New York Times announce...
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
Interpersonal Skills 101: Enhancing the Value of Our Patient Interactions
Recently, I read an interesting article in our local newspaper titled "The Value of Human Interaction." The article presented comments from a senior editor for Fortune magazine who discussed "Civility in the Business World."
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
Atypical Femoral Fractures and Bisphosphonate Use: What to Watch For
Bisphosphonates (BP) are popular drugs, with more than 8 billion in sales in 2008; however, profits have declined as patents began expiring. Nonetheless, BP remain the most commonly prescribed drugs for patients at risk of osteoporotic fractures, with several million prescriptions written every year.
Avoid Random Treatment of Trigger Points (Part 2)
We must acknowledge that the fascia, which surrounds literally everything in our bodies, including every muscle fiber, is more than just a covering.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
Low Back Pain: Posture and Movement Analysis
When performing static and dynamic movement analysis of the lumbopelvic hip area, begin with standing visual posture analysis of the pelvis, and then perform lumbar range of motion and assess what you might see during normal versus abnormal lumbar flexion motion.
B Vitamins Improve Memory, Prevent Brain Atrophy
The 2010 OPTIMA study showed that the accelerated rate of brain atrophy in elderly with mild cognitive impairment could be slowed via supplementation with homocysteine-lowering B vitamins, which included folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
Expanding Access, Branch by Branch
The big news coming from Capitol Hill isn't merely the recent introduction of a pair of bills designed to expand chiropractic services in the Veterans Affairs and military health care systems; after all, similar legislation has made its way through Congress before, never reaching the Oval Office for presidential signature.
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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