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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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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