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Talking to Patients About Medial Branch Neurotomy (Part 2)
Even when lumbar facet denervation (medial branch neurotomy) is successful, relief is rarely complete or permanent. Smuck, et al., reviewed 16 articles and found the average duration of >50 percent pain relief for an initial procedure was nine months.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Applauding a Legacy of Leadership
Founding Palmer West President, John Miller, DC, HCD (Hon.), FICA (Hon.), a 1954 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, passed away March 8, 2015 at age 83.
Functional Impingement of the Hip (Part 2): Rehab Exercises
I find functionally impinged hips that don't move properly on so many of my patients. (See part 1 of this article for a description of the condition.)
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.
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.
Trouble in the Wellness Waters?
Call me old-fashioned, paranoid or just old, but I do remember graduating from chiropractic college in the late '70s in the midst of the Wilk v AMA lawsuit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If Your Pro-Chiropractic Governor Resigned, Would You Be Prepared?
John Kitzhaber, MD, recently re-elected to a historic fourth term as Oregon governor, has resigned among alleged ethics violations by his fiancée' and first lady, Cylvia Hayes. I developed a personal friendship with John and consider him a good friend.
Make Every Day Mother's Day
May is a special month for many reasons. After a long, harsh winter, spring is at last in full swing. Memorial Day helps us honor those who have fought and fallen in the name of freedom.
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.
Teach Your Patients About External Healing Applications
Since the skin is the body's largest organ, and is able to respond to both internal and external stimulations, communicate sensations to the brain, protect the body, breathe and even excrete toxins, it can be an excellent source of healing.
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.
News in Brief
Dr. Frank Nicchi Receives Award at ACC-RAC; Sherman College Expands International Influence.
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.
July, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 07
What's So Funny About Peace, Love and Being a "Healer"?
By Sharon Desjarlais, CC
In the 15 years I worked with Dr. John Upledger, few things would make him look down his nose faster than a CranioSacral Therapist who called himself a healer. "Therapists need to check their egos at the treatment room door," he would say.And anyone who says he's a healer is assuming responsibility for the self-healing mechanism of the client's own body.
But that got me to thinking, when did healers get such a bad rap? Thanks to the Internet and the new worldwide neighborhood we live in, I've seen plenty of down-to-earth, hands-on therapists embrace the word wholeheartedly.
So I asked a few practitioners what they think of when they hear the word "healer." The responses ranged from the academic:
"Princeton defines a healer as a therapist: a person skilled in a particular type of therapy."
...To the touching:
"I've had people use that word about me and the work I do with them. I humbly respond that it is by the Grace of God that I am able to help them, and that I am a conduit and facilitator for them to heal themselves."
...To the downright amusing:
"Kum ba yah my Lord, Kum ba yah ... now where is my crown and scepter? I know I put it right next to my flowy purple dress and my most recent copy of 'self-empowerment is only for me.'"
The term healer, concedes Michael Shea, PhD, author of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, has become a bit tainted in the aftermath of the New Age movement. "Having been around for 30 years, I can see why some people get turned off by the word," writes Shea. However, today's use of the word, writes Shea, can be considered: "A stream of words: like compassion and empathy and renewal and resonance."
Hugh Milne, DO, author of The Heart of Listening: A Visionary Approach to Craniosacral Work, considers a healer to be, quite simply, "a responder." That is: "The client walks in and the therapist who is a healer responds within minutes, if it's appropriate, to what really troubles the client. And that to me is the art of healing."
Milne went on to tell the story of medieval doctors who were also gifted musicians. "They wrote about how you had to perceive the patient's inner music, their cadence, their rhythm, and how they had lost contact with their rhythm and their inner timing. They were sick because they had lost concord with their inner timing. Those physicians were healers in perceiving how the patient lost their rhythm."
"The most gifted healers I meet are the most flexible responders," Milne continued. "They've got big tool bags and they're not fanatics. That is, they're not wedded to one approach being their approach, let alone the best approach."
To Shea, healer also has something of an association with the terms shaman and shamanism. "But shamanism is simply engaging techniques of the ecstatic, and ecstatic simply means extrasensory experience," he said. "Engaging the long tide in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy or even the craniosacral rhythm is an extrasensory experience, which kind of makes us closet shamans in that sense of the word."
Indeed, one of the hallmarks of light-touch CranioSacral Therapy - and one of the aspects that attracts many therapists to this work - is the practitioner's ability to meld with a client and gain critical information that's generally outside the conventional perceptual channels of the five senses.
"We're dealing with something that has been in our human evolution for a million years," Shea continued. "This capacity to heal, to feel connected to the divine, to feel renewed and connected to one's wholeness in one's life, and to have meaning. I tell people that this trauma story they've been telling for the last 10 years may be the dominant story of their life, but it's not the authentic story of their being. The authentic story of their being is their origin story, their story of renewal that's also imprinted as a function of their conception and birth."
According to Shea, the late William Garner Sutherland, DO, the father of cranial osteopathy, said there's something in the body that's preexisting. "All those old healers had that discovery," Shea said. "That there was something preexisting in the body and all you had to do is synchronize your attention with it. That's what Biodynamic and CranioSacral Therapy in general does. We're trying to focus on the health that's preexisting."
To Shea, the healing process is very different from the therapeutic process. "A healing process has to do with a sense of renewal, a sense of reconnecting with one's wholeness or three-dimensionality." With therapeutic modalities, on the other hand, "standards of practice start defining what a proper course of therapy and the end of the session is going to look like."
In massage, for instance, "you're going to be relaxed at the end of the session. So you'd be able to recognize the therapeutic process as muscles relaxing during the session, a reorganization of the musculoskeletal system, that kind of thing.
"It's more of a temporal dynamic that's not necessarily limited to one session, but it's about that session, whereas healing is something that goes on after the session. It permeates the person's life. It permeates their dream material. And it can go on for weeks."
"Holy is the healer," Shea said. "And the healing process."
I'll add an "Amen" to that.
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