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Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
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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