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Physical Exam 101: The Hands
I am sure you are familiar with the old adage: "When the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail."
The Science of Stretching
In 1986, Rob DeCastella set a course record by running the Boston Marathon in 2:07:51, just 39 seconds off the world record.
A Guide for Talking to Doctors about Acupuncture and Brain Chemistry
Before I begin any discussion of how to talk about the effects of acupuncture on brain chemistry, nervous and endocrine function, it is essential to understand just what physicians most need help with.
Immunizations by Colorado DCs: Really?
You probably didn't hear about it, but back on Nov. 21, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Colorado Chiropractic Association (CCA) adopted "immunization authority" for Colorado DCs as its No. 2 legislative goal.
Finders Keepers: The Secret to Relationship-Based Marketing
Becoming a successful practitioner has less to do with what you learned in school, and more to do with your ability to find new patients and keep them!
Vaccines and Chiropractic: Evidence-Based Medicine or Medical Dogma?
Right or wrong, the chiropractic profession has historically been against vaccinations. However, a growing trend within the profession is seeking to reverse this position.
Peer Points: Always Seeking To Grow
Ellen "Kiki" Geary has spent the last decade honing her craft. As a specialist in integrative holistic care, she went straight from completing her master's degree in acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine from Bastyr University to building a successful and thriving practice in the small community of Anacortes, Washington.
Are You a Bad Chiropractic Patient?
My father was a great DC. In fact, as you might expect, he was the doctor of chiropractic I measured all other doctors against. Sadly, he died at age 61 when I was in my early 30s.
Fibromyalgia: Put the Pain in Its Place
While some fibromyalgia patients respond favorably to regular chiropractic care, others experience minimal relief. Unfortunately, many of these patients must rely on pharmacological management to relieve their constant pain.
Building From the Bottom Up
I caught up with my dear friend Honora Wolfe, in her Colorado painting studio where, if she is not praying in Bhutan or doing charitable work in a Nepali free clinic, she spends most of her time now.
Coding for the Subluxation: ICD-9 vs. ICD-10
When I attended chiropractic school, I was taught that chiropractors approach health care differently than the traditional medical establishment.
A Chinese Medicine Story: An Interview with Mazin Al-Khafaji
Mazin Al-Khafaji's work has interested me for years. In February 2014, we invited him for the second time to speak at the Southwest Symposium in Austin, Texas.
Knee Pain From the Kinetic Chain
As practitioners of manual medicine, chiropractors often treat patients suffering from knee pain.
Why You Should Include the Single-Leg Stance Test in Every Patient Assessment
The single-leg stance (SLS) test, also known as the single-limb stance test, unipedal stance test or one-legged stance / balance test, is often used in the geriatric population to assess static postural and balance control.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part III
Part 1 and Part II of this series focused on the physical aspect of the Heart and mental emotional aspects of the Heart respectively. Now, I would like to focus on the spiritual aspect of the Heart.
New Medical Technologies You Need to Know
We're all familiar with how fast computers become obsolete, as well as the rapid pace of development in the field of cell phone technology. The latest smart phones are far more powerful than desktop computers were only a few years ago.
Curbing Label Overwhelm
For the average consumer, reading a food package can be overwhelming: natural, organic, non-GMO, gluten free, free range ... you get the picture.
Remembering Clarence Gonstead and 50 Years of the Gonstead Clinic
Dr. Clarence Selmer Gonstead (1898-1978) took chiropractic practice from back-alley bone setting to an understandable biomechanical science. His life was dedicated to clinical competency.
By the Numbers: 3 Common Financial Mistakes With Major Consequences
Warren Buffett is on record for sharing the hidden art of becoming wealthy and making it simple enough for anyone to grasp.
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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