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Integrative Medicine Can Shape the Profession
As the AOM profession struggles to define the role of "integrative" medicine within their practices their schools and organizations, students, faculty, alumni and administrators at schools wrestle with discussions of how much, where, how, and what to "integrate."
East Meets West
Gung Hay Fat Choi. Welcome to the year of the Monkey. There will be fireworks for both January and February this year. What great celebrations.
From Antiquity to Modernity: Huang Qin Tang at Yale Medical School, Part 1
Traditional Chinese medicine is a coherent medical system with several unique characteristics: it originated almost 3,000 years ago; in its area of origin, it has been practiced without interruption since its inception.
How to Humanize Your Content to Create Stronger Relationships
Content marketing is about building relationships, whether that is through updates on social media, offers on your website, blog posts, email campaigns, or even printed material. Now days a business needs to make a human connection.
Do You Teach Patients How to Breathe Properly?
Spinal manipulation often produces quick results in terms of pain alleviation and improved range of motion. Unfortunately, once the patient is no longer in pain, they may discontinue therapy, only to be plagued by the same complaint at a future date.
The Roots of Insomnia
One of the most common clinical presentations is insomnia. Next to digestive disorders, sleep disorders are one of the most common complaints the clinician will encounter in daily practice.
Interprofessionalism: What it Means and Why You Should Care
Interprofessionalism in education and in practice is a growing trend across health care in the United States. The idea that team-based care and collaborative practice can improve health care has been around more than 50 years.
Percussion Therapy: An Experiment
My study of qi began more than 20 years ago — long before my study of TCM, points or pathways. It all started with an awareness in my hands and physical manifestations in the way of blockages while working on clients.
Elevated Shoulder? Check the QL
As you know, posture reveals a great deal about the body. Posture is a unique mental and physical landscape revealing compensations and adaptations to life. It's a classic mind-and-body story.
Changing the Cultural View of Medicine
Many hospitals in the U.S. are incorporating integrative clinics that include Traditional Chinese Medicine. Cleveland Clinic has led the charge for adding a traditional Chinese herbal medicine clinic to their existing acupuncture program.
The Future of Functional Neurology
Functional is the hot buzzword in health care these days; witness the rising popularity of functional medicine, functional testing and yes, functional neurology.
Ethics: The Glue That Holds Us Together
Kudos to the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) for creating a code of ethics for the nationwide profession and for deciding to make courses in ethics a requirement for certification renewal.
Sell Out: Using Research for the Wrong Reasons
The above chorus is from the ska band Reel Big Fish's 1997 hit song, "Sell Out," from their album, "Turn the Radio Off." In the song, the singer sarcastically relates the plight of a musician who is tired of "flipping burgers" and is willing to get "lots of money" by playing "what they want you to hear" in order to get a recording contract.
Yo San University Helps Make LA Communities Healthier
An element of healthcare training often overlooked is the residual benefit to communities served by Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) schools nationwide.
Spine Surgery: A Tale of Greed and Corruption
All too often, where there's substantial money to be made, greed and corruption inevitably follow.
Preventing ACL Injuries in Female Athletes
For female athletes, the key to optimal athletic health lies in preventing ACL injuries. In medical terms, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the primary restraint to the anterior displacement of the tibia on the femur at all angles of the knee flexor.
We Get Letters & Email
In the Dec. 1, 2015 issue, we have Donald Petersen reporting on "the adapting chiropractic practice," which includes multidisciplinary practice as an option; a ChiroPoll indicating 59 percent of DCs are seeing at least 21 patients per day and 27 percent are seeing more than 40.
Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2016
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) published its annual fitness trend forecast in the November / December 2015 issue of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal.
Asking the Insurance Rep the Right Questions
One of the first or last questions a potential patient often asks is: "Do you take insurance?" An ill-informed or optimistic, "yes" can result in delayed or non-payment. Instead, just say: "Let me check if you are eligible first."
Osteoporosis Isn't Always the Case
What is your diagnosis? The patient is a 58-year-old female with back pain. I am sure all of you see the compression fracture at L2; however, there are some findings that suggest this is not a compression fracture due to osteoporosis.
News in Brief
A Winner in and Out of the Office; Ready for the "Have-A-Heart" Campaign? New Integrative Medicine Journal.
The Amazing Clinical Versatility of Milk Thistle (Part 1)
Most of us know that the standardized extract from the seeds of milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is probably the best-proven herb for protecting the liver from chemical and inflammatory damage.
Forgotten Options for Musculoskeletal Health
Challenges with musculoskeletal health are of tremendous concern for many people today.
The MRI: When and Why to Order One
As I lecture around the country to both chiropractors and medical specialists, it's clear one of the main disconnects between the two professions is that of an accurate diagnosis.
Window of the Sky Points
The acupuncture points known as Window of the Sky are a modern creation. There is no reference in Chinese medical texts for an acupuncture point category called Window of the Sky.
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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