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The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
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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