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Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
Interpersonal Skills 101: Enhancing the Value of Our Patient Interactions
Recently, I read an interesting article in our local newspaper titled "The Value of Human Interaction." The article presented comments from a senior editor for Fortune magazine who discussed "Civility in the Business World."
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
Atypical Femoral Fractures and Bisphosphonate Use: What to Watch For
Bisphosphonates (BP) are popular drugs, with more than 8 billion in sales in 2008; however, profits have declined as patents began expiring. Nonetheless, BP remain the most commonly prescribed drugs for patients at risk of osteoporotic fractures, with several million prescriptions written every year.
Low Back Pain: Posture and Movement Analysis
When performing static and dynamic movement analysis of the lumbopelvic hip area, begin with standing visual posture analysis of the pelvis, and then perform lumbar range of motion and assess what you might see during normal versus abnormal lumbar flexion motion.
B Vitamins Improve Memory, Prevent Brain Atrophy
The 2010 OPTIMA study showed that the accelerated rate of brain atrophy in elderly with mild cognitive impairment could be slowed via supplementation with homocysteine-lowering B vitamins, which included folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Avoid Random Treatment of Trigger Points (Part 2)
We must acknowledge that the fascia, which surrounds literally everything in our bodies, including every muscle fiber, is more than just a covering.
A Reality Check – and a Chance to Educate
Imagine working in the public relations department of nutrition retailer General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) and reading the The New York Times announce...
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
Expanding Access, Branch by Branch
The big news coming from Capitol Hill isn't merely the recent introduction of a pair of bills designed to expand chiropractic services in the Veterans Affairs and military health care systems; after all, similar legislation has made its way through Congress before, never reaching the Oval Office for presidential signature.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
Help Update the LBP Practice Guideline
The Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters has announced the release of an updated Clinical Practice Guideline for Chiropractic Management of Low Back Pain for stakeholder review and comment.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
Impacting Chiropractic's Future With Technology
When it comes to electronic health records (EHR), Robert Moberg and Dr. Steven Kraus are two of the leading industry experts on the topic.
Primary Spine Care: Addressing Concerns & Criticisms
The Dec. 1, 2013 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic included an article describing the implementation of a training program for primary spine practitioners (PSP) within a metropolitan region and supported by a large BC/BS plan.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
June, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 06
The Healing Path: The Transformative Mind
By Rita Woods, LMT
Editor's note: This column contains the the views of the author, and should not be considered as advice advocating that you present yourself to the public as a "healer," a term that has legal consequences in some localities.
In my last article, I shared with you some scientific experiments that support the existence of an energy field that exists throughout all of the known universe. A web, if you will, that connects all things together. Furthermore, it has been documented that we have the ability to interact with this field of energy through our thoughts and emotions. In fact, we interact through this field of energy whether we are aware of it or not. In this article, I will share some insights from pioneers in the field of transformative thinking about how changing your mind changes your life. I'm literally talking about brain waves. Everything that we do, think or feel elicits a specific brainwave pattern. On the flip side of this, a dominant brainwave pattern will also elicit certain thoughts and feelings. The ultimate goal is to develop self-mastery over these patterns so that you may choose rather than react.
Your ability to access your subconscious mind, your ability to use your intuition, your ability to turn off mental chatter in your mind, your ability to problem solve and make better decisions, all of these are determined by your brainwave patterns. Through the modern marriage of science and spirituality we are able to see that shifts in our brain bring about changes in thought and attitude which help shift our emotional well-being. Through our thoughts, attitudes and emotions, we send and receive information through the universal web of energy. This is the true nature of how we interact with each other including our clients.
There are four categories of brainwave frequencies: beta, alpha, theta, and delta. The combination of these categories determines your state of consciousness at any point in time. Masters and other highly spiritual individuals have developed a particular combination of these frequencies that allows them to experience a fluid awareness between the conscious, subconscious, and the unconscious mind. This combination of brainwave frequencies can be learned. The first step is to become familiar with what each brainwave frequency does.
Beta is responsible for our conscious thought process. If it is over-active, beta is like the neighborhood gossip. She chatters all the time never giving you a moments peace, keeping you awake at night, making you anxious and worrisome. If she's on her best behavior, she keeps your lists and priorities in line, is attentive, clear and creative. She gets things done. Beta is associated with problem-solving and higher cognitive processing. However, spending too much time with high-frequency beta without the support of the lower frequencies can leave you distracted, anxious, and unfocused. Beta is superficial without the rest of the team. She is a thinking, processing mechanism that must be supplied content from alpha and theta. It's interesting to note that muscle activity reduces beta.
Alpha is more relaxed and detached. He lays back and takes it all in. He daydreams, forms your visualizations, he is your relaxed awareness of the world and gateway to meditation or fantasy. You may be caught with your eyes closed when alpha is present. He may take you on a creative journey or provide you with sparks of imagination. Alpha is receptive. Things don't have to make sense to alpha. He can follow one path then switch to another for no apparent reason. Alpha's primary purpose is to be your bridge between the conscious and subconscious mind. Without alpha, you would not remember your dreams or your meditations even though they may have been vivid and insightful.
Theta can be thought of as your subconscious mind. Theta holds memories, sensations and emotions. Theta functions between the conscious and the unconscious mind and holds profound potential. But without alpha it can't get to the conscious mind. And without beta the potential goes unrealized. You know theta is active when you feel there is something pushing at you from within, some kind of knowledge or information that wants to come forward but is locked away deep in your mind. Sometimes it feels so close that it's on the tip of your tongue. It may feel as if you are on the verge of a tremendous spiritual awakening or a great creative insight. Theta can also be a source of suppressed inspiration or a cavern of garbage. It holds your stuff. In the right combination, with the other frequencies, theta produces the ah-ha moment. At that moment, flashes of the color blue may be seen giving rise to the saying: It came out of the clear blue. It is through theta that you make your strongest spiritual connection and when healing is most likely to enter your being. It is the prominent pattern in meditation and dreaming.
Deep delta relates to your unconsciousness mind and has been connected to the collective unconscious. Delta can provide a more universal unconscious insight that is more expansive than the personal or individual insight that comes from theta. This expanded perception and understanding that results from delta frequencies is often used as a kind of personal radar that provides deep levels of psychic awareness by sending and receiving intuitive information. Delta frequencies are still present even when the other frequencies have turned off during sleep. Delta gives you deep restorative rest. People in a helping profession often have delta active during waking states to reach into and understand someone's mental or emotional being. Delta is also associated with empathy.
All of these brainwave categories beta, alpha, theta and delta are the building blocks of your consciousness. They operate together as a team to determine and create your state of consciousness at any point in time. None is more important than the others. Creativity, intuition, self-healing and spiritual awakening and connection to a higher state of consciousness is waiting for you. This can be learned through specific meditations and activities. We use such a very small percentage of our brain, think of the possibilities awaiting you.
Follow the path of compassion, service, clarity, tranquility and love. Only through the mastery of self will we find that path.
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