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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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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 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.
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.
December, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 12
Tactile Sensations Affect Perception, Not Reality
By Rita Woods, LMT
Did you know that holding a warm cup of coffee can foster a sense of trust in another person? Touching is an important part of interacting with our environment and people. Research suggests that touch, including temperature sensations can subconsciously affect our impressions of others, the decisions we make and even our behavior.
New scientific evidence now suggests that what we think and perceive can result from associating concepts we garnered from touch experiences. A recent study,1 supported by the National Institutes of Health, set out to discover whether or not tactile impressions affect what we think and believe. Researchers, Dr. John Bargh (Yale), Dr. Joshua Ackerman (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), and Christopher Nocera (Harvard), designed a series of experiments to test whether the characteristics of an object can affect our judgment about unrelated things.
Weight, texture and hardness are often used as metaphors. Weight is associated with concepts of seriousness and importance (e.g. a "weighty matter" or "light reading"). And roughness and smoothness are associated with difficulty and harshness (e.g. a "rough day" or "smooth sailing"). Hardness and softness are associated with stability, rigidity and strictness (e.g. "hard-hearted" or "soft on someone"). To test these sensible concepts, the researchers conducted four experiments:
What they found suggests that information acquired through touch creates imperceivable influence over what we think and believe. "Our minds are deeply and organically linked to our bodies," said Bargh. They also found that these tactile experiences can create beliefs that may differ from reality.
The multi-sensory interactions we experience are a natural process that takes place in certain regions of the brain. We unknowingly use several of our senses to discern and learn. For instance, when someone shows you an object that you are not familiar with, you instinctively reach out your hand to grasp it and say, "Can I see that?" This response suggests that investigation involves more than vision, it is rather the sum of seeing, touching, feeling and even manipulating the unfamiliar object.
The Concept of Warmth
New evidence shows that one region of our brain is involved in both our physical and psychological ideas of warmth; warmth, in terms of personality traits, translates to "trust" and "generosity". In a study2 also supported by the National Institutes of Health, researchers looked at the concept of warmth.
The researchers placed each of the 41 participants in a building lobby. The participant was then met by a woman carrying a cup of coffee, a clipboard and two textbooks. During the elevator ride up, the woman casually asked the participants to hold her cup of coffee while she recorded information on her clipboard. Half of the participants were given a cup of hot coffee and the other half iced coffee.
Once they reached their meeting room, the participants were given a questionnaire about someone who was described as intelligent, skillful, industrious, determined, practical and cautious. They were then asked to rate the person on personality traits related to warm/cold ideas. Those participants holding a warm cup of coffee in their elevator ride perceived the person as "more loving, friendly and having positive characteristics". Those asked to hold the iced coffee were more likely to perceive the same person as "less generous, less sociable and less caring".
So holding something warm did affect the impressions about an individual, but the researchers now wondered if it could affect their behavior as well. So they devised the following experiment:
They asked another group of volunteers to briefly hold either a hot or cold therapeutic pad, telling them it was for a product evaluation. After the participants rated the effectiveness of the pad, they were given a choice of reward for participating. They could choose either a Snapple beverage or an ice cream certificate for themselves or for a friend. Regardless of whether the gift was a Snapple or an ice cream certificate, the participants who held the cold pad were more likely to choose the gift for themselves. Those who held the warm pad, in contrast, were more likely to choose the gift for a friend.
It's interesting to note that holding a cup of hot coffee not only affected the participants' judgement but also made the same participants more likely to buy a gift for someone than if they held iced coffee!
Making Our Impression
As massage therapists, our livelihood comes from touching others. These experiments demonstrate the importance of the quality of our touch. This affects not only the quality of care but the impressions we give our clients about ourselves. By the way, another experiment using poor personal hygiene equates to the belief that the person with poor hygiene habits was lacking in moral integrity.
If you want to be successful in life, it would be wise to consider the unconscious brain. First impressions are likely to be influenced by the tactile environment. In other words, keep your environment, office and home filled with soft chairs that are tranquil in nature. Maintain a comfortable room temperature. Keep warm things and drinks available, especially in the winter. Involve a heavy item when you want someone to take it seriously. And maintain impeccable personal hygiene. This will help them view you as warm, trustworthy, qualified and of high moral character. All of which are important to a successful business.
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