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The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
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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