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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.
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.).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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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