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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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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?
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.
August, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 08
The Healing Path: Seven Simple Exercises for Self Mastery
By Rita Woods, LMT
We live our lives based on what we believe about the world, people and ourselves. Many of our deeply held beliefs were established when we were children and have remained in our subconscious mind silently directing our choices and determining our life patterns. Beliefs are established by combining what we think is true with what we feel is true and accepting that as certainty.
According to the neuroscientist Dr. Candace Pert: "We only see what we believe is possible. We match patterns that already exist within ourselves through conditioning."
Recently, I was reading a book on photography and found some optical illusion artwork that clearly proved her point. A variety of objects were overlaid on a checkerboard pattern and the instructions said to find the square that was a different shade. Unable to find said square, I looked at the answer key and thought they had made a mistake as the squares all appeared the same. It was only when I isolated the individual squares that I was able to see the difference.
Naturally, I showed this picture to several of my friends and none of them were able to pick out the different square. Our brains expected to see the continuation of the pattern and therefore, we were unable to see the change. The bigger question is, how much of our world is only a perceived reality based on individual conditioning.
Is there anything you want to change in your world? It is not only possible but it is easier now to change than it has ever been in the history of mankind. Many of the laws of nature that have been accepted as truth (belief) in the scientific community were established in the early 1600s. Their belief was that some forces of nature were immutable, unchangeable and omnipotent. But recent discoveries in physics have provided evidence that what we once accepted as truth - just isn't so.
As science changes, a cascade of events takes place including what we teach our children, and what we learn in college. It shifts what we write about and what we read. It changes our inventions, our technologies and our experiences which all lead to changing what we believe is possible. Many people believe that the greatest discovery in recent times (and perhaps of all time) is that fields of energy not only exist, but can be acted upon through human conscious awareness to elicit change. Our belief patterns established in childhood predominately reside in the subconscious mind which is faster and larger than the conscious mind, and is estimated to account for 90 percent of our activities. It is through conscious activities that we are able to affect change that will eventually lead to the shifts in the subconscious.
In other words, you have to do something in order to bring about change. Mahatma Gandhi said, "You must be the change you want to see in the world."
This series of articles is about following a healing path. As massage therapists, we are uniquely positioned to be an example of compassion, kindness, love, non-judgment, personal healing, universal peace, intuition and creativity. I have compiled a simple list of practical exercises that can help shift who you are now into who you want to be. Documentation exists to support the effectiveness of each of these exercises and I encourage you to research them further. These are baby steps with profound results. Do them regularly with deliberate intent.
7 Self-Mastery Exercises
1. Breathe. Start with simple deep breathing exercises. Breathing in to a count of 5 and out to a count of 5. When you control your breathing, you control your nervous system. There are systems of healing utilizing breathing including qi gong and yoga. HeartMath has a series of simple breathing programs that involve gratitude, creativity and problem solving. Breathing is one of the most important things you can do. It's easy. It's free. It's very effective. When you are under stress, you tend to shallow breathe or hold your breath. This has detrimental effects on the cells in the body. Proper breathing is a prerequisite to further mind-body exercises.
2. Water. Yes, I know you hear this all the time; but its importance should not be underestimated. You are a hydro-electrical being and without water you will short circuit. Dehydration has been implicated in numerous health problems including high blood pressure. Proper hydration is a prerequisite to further mind-body exercises.
3. Exercise. In addition to having beneficial effects on the immune system, glucose levels, and mental health, exercise quiets down beta brain waves. This is the mind chatter and information overload you are exposed to everyday. Exercise quiets the part of the brain that keeps you from accessing your higher self.
4. Relax. Relaxation is an activity. It is something that you do - not something that you hope happens when you sit down. It requires that you deactivate the sympathetic nervous system. Try thinking of it in terms of an activity rather than something that asks you to be still. Imagine that you are in charge of the factory and control the switches. See it as a state of mind, not a resting period.
5. Meditation. This is a big subject and there are a variety of options for you here. To access your higher self, I recommend programs developed specifically for that. All meditation is not the same. Anna Wise, author of The High-Performance Mind: Mastering Brainwaves for Insight, Healing and Creativity, offers several meditations to achieve self mastery. She also offers the meditations on CD. There are others that you can find with a little effort online. Meditation is a process of allowing.
6. Close your eyes. Take a few time outs through the day and close your eyes. Producing alpha brain waves is physiologically linked to your eyes. Alpha waves (if you recall from my last article) are the bridge between the conscious and subconscious. Taking these timeouts through the day will allow your intuition and creativity to surface.
7. Nature. Connecting with nature helps balance the mind. They have found that children who do not get out into nature suffer from anxiety and agitation more than children who do. Go for a walk, visit a waterfall or just take your shoes off and walk in the grass. Root yourself into Mother Earth and invite her Energy to fill you with contentment. Smile.
You don't have to spend money or spend a lot of time to do these simple exercises. Even a few minutes three times a week will begin to open the door that will eventually open to a new world. More details are available on my Web site www.uniqueskincare.com including using the exercises for anti-aging. Namaste
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