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Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
News in Brief
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September, 2009, Vol. 9, Issue 09
How a Child's Drawing May Enhance Hands-on Comprehension
By John Upledger, DO, OMM
Can a simple picture of a person, a house and a tree help you become a better CranioSacral Therapist for kids? Amy Lewis, LMT, CST, is exploring that concept by using an exercise drawn from the fields of psychology and Waldorf education to gain a better understanding of where her youngest clients may be physically restricted.
Amy frequently works with children who are struggling with a spectrum of conditions, from anxiety and ADHD to school transitions and developmental delays."The cranial work helps them let go of whatever they're holding on to from the inside so they can become calm, focused and grounded," she says. Before she ever puts her hands on a child, she gives them a set of crayons and asks them to draw a picture of a person, a house and a tree.
"I want to get an imaginative imprint of the child's relationship with his body and the space around him," Amy explains. "I start by having him do a clapping exercise that elevates the heart rate just a bit. After the clapping, even if the child is usually good at drawing, you'll get a great snapshot of what the non-conscious mind wants to bring forth about where he's stuck in his body."
Adding to the Therapeutic Picture
According to Amy, everything in the drawing, from the colors to the shapes, has meaning. "The tree trunk and limbs can represent the nervous system, the lungs or breathing. The foliage is the life force and how the child is bringing that in.
"And the person tells me where he's physically blocked. If there's no neck, he may be in compression. If one arm is shorter, longer or smaller, it may not be innervated or something there may be blocked. If there are no arms, hands or feet at all, that tells me something, too. And the house indicates the relationship between the child and his environment."
Amy first learned about the person-house-tree exercise from the Waldorf schools her two daughters attended in Hawaii and California. Developed by Rudolf Steiner in 1919, Waldorf education relies on a deep understanding of human development to better address the needs of children as they grow. Out of this educational model grew a concept called "The Extra Lesson," which is designed to aid children who may have physical blocks that are compromising their ability to learn.
"In this Waldorf environment, teachers use the person-house-tree drawing to see where the child is developmentally," Amy says. "To me it's a tool, an indicator that's just like tapping into the cranial rhythm. The picture gives me information that comes from the child's non-conscious mind, where the truth resides."
A Young Boy Gets Stuck in His Head
Recently, Amy has been working with a 5-year-old boy. "He colored his whole picture in green," she says. "That tells me he's probably too intellectual, especially at age 5. He drew his body floating in the air like a cloud. His tree wasn't in the ground and its limbs were chaotic, giving me an indication of what might be going on in his nervous system. His house had no door, no windows, and a roof with four dots in it but no chimney."
Amy combined all these indicators with what she was picking up from his cranial rhythm, and she went to work. "After a few sessions, I asked his parents for a new picture so I could get the child's impression of where he was going with all this. In the new drawing he has one foot touching the ground, but his hair is barely attached. In our sessions now, he doesn't want me to touch his head.
"His tree, his nervous system, looks better. And he has a window in his house now, but still no door. The door shows me how he's bringing in and filtering information from his surroundings. So this is telling me he still feels like he has no filter. But he did draw grass, a sky and a rainbow across the top. That tells he's getting some symmetry above and below, and he's bringing in more life force."
A Teenage Girl Finds Balance
Another one of Amy's clients, a 15-year-old girl, drew herself on a swing in her picture. "In real life she was having trouble standing up," Amy says. "Her parents brought her to see me because she was always bumping into things. It was all on her left side.
"It turns out that when she was in utero, the doctor did amniocentesis and she kicked the needle with her foot. She still has tiny white lines on her left foot from the needle. It affected her L4 and L5, and there's a break in her vortex. But she's been working through it. Her balance is starting to come back in."
Amy says she likes to begin a series of six CranioSacral Therapy sessions with the person-house-tree drawing. "It's a nice way to start the therapeutic connection as soon as a child comes into my office."
As an assessment tool, "It's just an indication, an additional source of information," she adds. "I always tell parents, 'It's not set in stone. It's information based on this particular school of thought.'" Yet it's one tool Amy continues to learn from as her CranioSacral skills evolve.
Click here for previous articles by John Upledger, DO, OMM.
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