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Which Way is the Energy Going? Are You Burning Yourself Out?
One of the simple methods that I use to define Yin/Yang theory to patients is to ask the question, "Which way is your energy going?"
It's Time to Review
It is amazing to see the changes that are occurring in the acupuncture profession. Let's look at some of the news and events that have contributed to this growth and awareness.
Syncretism: Acupuncture and Public Health in Cuba
"Syncretism" is defined as a union of diverse tenets or practices. On a recent trip to Cuba designed to demonstrate the integration of Traditional Medicine and biomedicine, our group witnessed this union firsthand.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 1)
It doesn't matter if you come to my practice for pain relief, weight loss, healthy aging or something else. The formula I talk about for each patient's fitness strategy is pretty much the same.
Chinese Herbs and Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Case Study
"Mary M."* recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Even the former sheriff dropped by to kiss the hand of this diminutive retired teacher, to honor the years she interpreted for him during interviews with Latinas and Latinos.
Dietary Fat and Prostate Cancer: An Important Update
K.M. Di Sebastiano and M. Mourtzakis published a review paper examining the role of dietary fat on prostate cancer development and progression late last year that does a stellar job of summarizing the available data on fat and prostate cancer.
The Modern Application of Ancient Mei Rong
Chinese Medical Cosmetology (Mei Rong) has a well-documented and venerated history dating back to the Qin (221-206 BC) Dynasty.
Footsteps of the Sages: An Apprenticeship with Dr. Kezhan Zhang
When I met Dr. Kezhen Zhang in May 2013, I was his translator and the integrity, creativity, and passion he demonstrated as a practitioner and advocate of the medicine convinced me to travel to Beijing to study with him.
Too Many to Remember: Tips to Revive Your Ortho / Neuro Test Skills
When I was at Palmer in the mid-1980s, we were given a set of notes in one of our diagnostic courses. The notes covered approximately 70 orthopedic and neurological tests for various regions of the body.
Diagnose Sprain Injuries in MVA Cases With Dynamic X-Rays (Pt. 1)
Am I the only person to notice hospitals are doing a seemingly insufficient job lately in their initial radiological workup of motor vehicle accident (MVA) victims?
Omega-3 Fish Oil: An Underappreciated Element of Men's Health
As a clinician with many male patients -- and as a man myself -- I am all too aware of the fact that we like to convince ourselves that we are doing great, when that may be the farthest thing from the truth.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the West
We know acupuncture and Oriental medicine as the indigenous medicine of East Asia; in particular China, Korea and Japan are the countries of origin of this wonderful healing system.
One Size Does Not Fit All: Exercise and Nutrition According to Your Yin/Yang Body Type
There are countless new exercise and nutrition plans out there, emphasizing the latest ground-breaking research and claiming to revolutionize the way we view health.
Tailor-Made Knee Pain: The Sartorius Muscle
A patient was referred to my office after receiving treatment from various providers with no results. The patient was training for the Olympics as a marathon runner and was unable to run or walk without severe medial knee pain.
The Concussion-Subluxation Complex
In the Aug. 1, 2014 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic, I reviewed some of the literature demonstrating the role of the chiropractic adjustment in post-concussive care.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 2
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
North Carolina Acupuncture Board Files Dry Needling Lawsuit
In early September, the NCALB filed a complaint against the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners over the issue of dry needling, a form of acupuncture that uses solid needles to puncture the skin and muscle tissue to relieve pain.
Mechanism: Experimental Approaches to Understanding Acupuncture, Part 1
The clinical benefits of acupuncture are difficult to ignore, but also can be difficult to explain to a Western audience. For nearly 50 years, relentlessly inquisitive scientists and physicians have been working toward a conceptual model to explain acupuncture.
F4CP Making a High-Impact Impression
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released details of its 2016 strategy, certain elements of which are already in play. The strategy includes ads, posters and other resources available to all F4CP members.
Your Billing Questions Answered
I hear a lot of the following questions: I am afraid I may doing something illegal. I have heard I cannot have different fees for the same service.
Targeting the Bad Apples in the Bunch
While everyone was focused on the conversion to ICD-10, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services released a new report on chiropractic titled "CMS Should Use Targeted Tactics to Curb Questionable and Inappropriate Payments for Chiropractic Services."
Pro-Con: Swaddling for Newborns
The practice of swaddling has been used for thousands of years and was popular until the 1700s, when it was slowly abandoned by many cultures that considered it old-fashioned or barbaric.
Born to Energize the Human Spirit: Recollections of Sig Miller
Sig Miller, longtime executive director of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (ANJC), passed away on Sept. 17 after a long battle with cancer.
February, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 02
Giving Voice to the Issues
By Sharon Desjarlais, CC
A therapist once asked me in a CranioSacral session if I wanted to talk to my ovaries. I didn't, thank you. I was afraid they'd talk back. But, I did become intrigued with the art of dialoguing, a feature made popular by Dr. John Upledger in his particular model of cranial work.
I recently caught up with Dave Tomlinson, RMT, CST-D, a certified instructor who teaches dialoguing skills in his "Become a Better Therapist" classes through the New England Center for CranioSacral Therapy. "Dialoguing is much easier than many therapists make it out to be," Dave said. "It's just another tool to help the body release the story it's holding onto."
Easy? Sure, some CranioSacral Therapists seem to take to it like kittens to catnip. But, I've seen others struggle, not sure where to start, what to say or whether the process will lead to huge emotional releases they don't feel comfortable facilitating. So, I asked Dave if there's always a major emotional component to dialoguing, a verbal process some therapists use in their hands-on sessions.
"I actually think the emotions play a smaller role in dialoguing than most therapists assume," Dave said. "Certainly they're a huge part of our clients' well-being, and sometimes they're front and center in a session. But more often than not, we're simply dialoguing to get the story out, to help people relax into the process and feel what's going on in their bodies.
"There are months when I'm only using dialoguing to get someone into their tissues. I can be hanging out in an area with a restriction and the tissues just aren't releasing. For me, that's a sign to initiate dialoguing to help the client become more aware of what's going on. Even if it's just saying, 'Can you come on down and be here more?'"
"I don't think everything needs to be significant one-hundred percent of the time," Dave commented. "Sometimes people need to drop in, feel what's going on, talk about it, then come out and talk about baseball."
The Hallmark of the CranioSacral Dialogue
As you're getting comfortable dialoguing in your CranioSacral sessions, Dave believes the most critical point to remember is to "stay out of your own head and let the client's tissues lead you. The questions have to come from the client. Yes, we can bring different words and phrases together into an idea, but it all has to come from the client."
According to Dave, that's one of the factors that differentiates the Upledger model of dialoguing from some of the others. "We never introduce an agenda," he said. "It's the client's experience of what happened in whatever way they want to process it."
Now I was confused. How do you initiate a dialogue but still have the questions come from the client? "The questions just pop into my hands," Dave said. "The same way you can feel restrictions releasing in the tissues, you can feel the questions come in. I'm not forcing anything. Even if it's a really awkward conversation, there's a flow to it."
And if you don't know which questions to ask? "I just sit and I'm quiet," he said. "I think that's one of the big things a lot of therapists need to learn. The most effective dialoguing begins when you're quiet, because that's when you can feel the questions come in."
Out of the Mouths of Babes
"When I was living in Ireland, a mom brought her 6-year-old son to see me once or twice," Dave said. "The first time he had full-blown pink eye. I looked up at his mom and asked, 'Why is he here?' She said, 'We know you do weird stuff and I thought you could help.'"
"That was right about the time Dr. John was getting into dialoguing with the immune system, so I thought, why not? She's open to weird. I'll give it a try it. So I talked to her little boy about what his immune system does and how his thymus works. And I told him he could have his thymus come and take a look at what his infection needed to get well."
"As we were dialoging, he had this whole conversation going with vampires and pirates and ghosts. Were there actually vampires and pirates and ghosts inside of him? I don't know. But it doesn't matter. It's the client's story. It was significant for him and it worked. He had a 50-minute treatment. By the time he left his pink eye was gone. As he walked out the door he looked at me and said, 'You know Dave, this might mean I never have to be sick again.'"
"That's a big part of cranial work, too," Dave said. "Empowering our clients to learn how to use the work to take care of themselves. We initiate a process that teaches them how to dialogue internally with their own inner physician to find out what they need to heal."
So how can therapists become more adept at dialoguing to bring the client's inner physician to the table? "Work with a more experienced therapist," Dave suggested. "There are so many good CranioSacral Therapists now in every corner of the globe. Offer to work with them, shadow them. That's how you learn, because you don't have the pressure of having to come up with the right question at the right time."
"Most importantly, let it be easy," Dave added. "That's the true gift of the work."
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