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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.
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?
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."
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
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.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October, 2009, Vol. 9, Issue 10
Light-Touch Therapy Eases Pregnancy and Delivery of Twins
By Ken Piercy, MTI, CST-D; guest author for John Upledger, DO, OMM
Twins! The doctor said TWINS! You might think a mother-to-be would be delighted to hear that news. But Carly's first pregnancy had been difficult. Would carrying two be twice as hard? Or worse? If someone had told Carly, a Texas mom, she'd deliver two healthy babies with none of the problems she had with her first pregnancy, she wouldn't have believed them.But then she began receiving CranioSacral Therapy (CST) and Lymph Drainage Therapy (LDT) and everything changed for her and her newborns.
In the first pregnancy, Carly lost 15 pounds in her first trimester. She was stunned by her extreme food aversions, cravings and heightened sense of smell. An uncomfortable, hypersensitive gag reflex was triggered whenever her toothbrush even came close to her mouth.
The second trimester hadn't been much better. Carly had expected mild morning sickness, but the nonstop heartburn had been hard to accept. A diagnosis of mild hemorrhoids left her thinking, "Sure, they're mild if they're not yours." She watched sadly as her legs swelled, leaving no noticeable difference between her knees and her ankles.
The third trimester brought on severely elevated blood pressure and problems with her gall bladder, requiring four trips to the emergency room. Bed rest was recommended until her high blood pressure finally warranted an emergency C-section. Fortunately, those challenges had produced Conner. Other than chronic ear infections, he was a joy.
Then Carly's postpartum mood swings became so severe that she "hit the wall" before she even left the hospital. Whenever anyone even asked her how she was doing, she would break down in tears. "I felt like a failure," she said. "I felt defensive and worried that everyone was taking over because I was so bad at being a mom."
Two weeks after the C-section, Carly's gall bladder was removed due to gallstones. The doctor prescribed medication for depression and she remained on it for nearly a year. To top it off, Conner had chronic ear infections by the time he was six months old. That's when a friend recommended my services. CranioSacral Therapy releases tissue restrictions so the central nervous system can return to optimal performance and the other body systems can self-correct. Lymph Drainage Therapy helps move healthy fluids through the body to deliver nutrients and flush out toxins. Both therapies complement each other to strengthen the body's self-healing mechanism.
Light-Touch Therapies Started Early the Second Time Around
I found Conner's neck to be tight and his immune system sluggish. With only a few 30-minute sessions, his symptoms were gone and he was sleeping soundly through the night. That's when Carly realized these therapies might help her, too. So in the first trimester of her second pregnancy, she began coming for monthly sessions to keep her soft tissue relaxed and her internal fluids flowing well. With less tension in her body, Carly had no food issues, no elevated sense of smell and no gag reflex. She did report some minor heartburn, but nothing close to what she had in the previous pregnancy.
In her second trimester, Carly failed her one-hour glucose tolerance test, and her doctor told her she might have to go on insulin. One session of light-touch therapy seemed to help. The next week, she passed her glucose-tolerance test.
Coming Down the Home Stretch
By her third trimester, Carly was healthy and happy. When her legs began swelling in the eighth month, LDT increased her fluid flow so her ankles could return to their normal size and shape. Keeping her lower back flexible and her pelvis relaxed also made a tremendous difference to mother and babies. The improved fluid flow throughout her body and digestive system, noted by the absence of hemorrhoids, kept the soft tissue relaxed and working well.
However, twins are a heavy load to carry. At 34 weeks, the sonogram showed two healthy babies: one 4 lbs. 10 oz., and the other 4 lbs. 8 oz. Carly opted for weekly CST sessions to help her body adjust to the growing weight.
At 35 weeks, her doctor estimated the twins were 5 lbs., 15 oz. each, and Carly was still doing fine. No swelling, no hemorrhoids, no problems. His usual goal for twins was 35 weeks, but Carly had exceeded his expectations and he felt comfortable scheduling her for delivery at 37 weeks. She was "perfect on paper," he said.
By this time, Carly was having a little difficulty getting around carrying 12 lbs. of babies, but had no real issues to report. At 38 weeks, Carly's twins were delivered by C-section. Max was 6 lbs. 1 oz. and Madeline was 5 lbs. 13 oz.
No Problems Postpartum
Two weeks later, Carly and the twins all came in for sessions. Max was having a bit of trouble with reflux and eating slowly, but after four sessions he was able to feed well. Madeline had no problems and Carly had no postpartum issues.
Relaxing her soft tissues and improving her fluid flow gave Carly good health during gestation and the twins a great start in life. She says light-touch therapy made all the difference. Who would have thought carrying two would be so much easier than carrying one?
Click here for previous articles by John Upledger, DO, OMM.
Ken Piercy, MTI, CST-D is a diplomate-certified CranioSacral therapist with a thriving private practice in Dallas. To learn more visit www.kenpiercy.com.
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