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Help Your Parents Stay Engaged
As much as parents may wish it were so, children do not come with an instruction manual. There's no "how to" that can be followed and no two children are alike, so what works with one generally won't work with the next.
Old TCM Sayings: Treat the Front to Treat the Back
Chinese medicine college was, and always will be, a memorable time. It was a time of massive personal and professional growth.
Acupuncture and Homeopathy: Bioenergetic Brothers
Acupuncture and homeopathy share an important healing principle: bioenergetics. "Bio" means "life," so bioenergetics is literally "life energy."
Connecting the Dots
In 2002, I published a book on patient examination procedures that included information on the procedural coding of the recommended examinations. The book should have been published in 2000, but I had trouble finding a publisher. Why?
Let's Speak With One Voice in 2015
For the longest time, the chiropractic profession has attempted to achieve some form of unity. On a political level, this was characterized by an ultimately unsuccessful two-year merger effort between ACA and ICA leadership from 1986-1988.
Cell Health (Part 2)
Dr. Barsten, your book is about restoring "cell vitality." Can you briefly define the term? Cell vitality is more than the mere absence of symptoms or pathology, but optimum structural, physiological and energetic health.
Unlevel Pelvis in the High-School Athlete: Exploring Causes and Effects
The unlevel pelvis is all too common in the high-school athlete and if not detected, will likely cause a lifetime of musculoskeletal issues. Any provider who doesn't look for this common finding is missing critical information.
The Conscious Evolution of Healing, Part 2
The idea of transmission is very important in the Chinese medical classics. According to author Claude Larre, the ancient Chinese were highly interested in the connection between things. Nothing was looked at as an isolated entity.
It might have been a miserable start to the day in the heart of downtown San Diego. A heavy rain had soaked the large homeless population congregating near the intersection of Third Avenue and Ash Street as they waited for a free breakfast to be served at the First Lutheran Church on the corner.
Are You Really a Healthy Eater?
I always giggle a little bit (to myself) when someone comes into my office and informs me that they are a healthy eater. What exactly does that mean? Does that mean they eat sugar in moderation? And what's that, exactly?
Case Histories from Bali: Treating Balinese Chidren with TCB and Shonishin
When I moved to the island of Bali in 2005, I offered my services in Bumi Sehat, which means Healthy Mother Earth, a free birthing center for poor and disadvantaged local women located in Ubud.
Put the Social Back Into Social Media
Social media is more than a passing fad, it is definitely here to stay. Social media apps and channels of distribution may evolve, but the concept of social media is now big business and a part of all our lives.
Mind-Body in Motion
A central goal of low back pain treatment involves the correction of dysfunctional movement patterns believed to be responsible for spinal overload.
Neuroscience: Where Western Medicine and Chinese Medicine Can Come Together
The recent advances in neuroscience are truly incredible. With this expansion of scientific knowledge, I would like to see even more research into the neuroscientific basic of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
It's Time to Create a Strong Acupuncture Footprint
Footprints in the sand. Footprints in the snow. Where do these footprints go? Some are big, some are small, but footprints are made by all.
News in Brief
An Encouraging Sign at Palmer; NBCE Announces Retirement of Longtime Director of Testing.
Reflections: The Art of Teaching Asian Medicine
Over the past three decades, my global workshops have been translated into German, Swiss German, French, Romansch, Spanish, Lithuanian and Xhosa. Time to offer you new teachers a few tips!
The Top Seven Website Mistakes Clinics Make
The majority of acupuncture clinics finally have a website for their business. Having a website is crucial for being found online through Google, Facebook and review sites like Yelp.
The CDC came out with a report in March 2013 that suggests 1 in 50 children will be diagnosed somewhere on the autism spectrum – significantly higher than the 1 in 86 figure that came out in 2007. What does this mean moving forward, particularly for children?
Leaving Footprints on Capitol Hill: Tribute to Dr. Kenneth Luedtke (1930-2014)
It was with great sadness that I heard of the passing of Dr. Ken Luedtke.
February, 2011, Vol. 11, Issue 02
Squatting: Integrating Fitness In Your Practice
By Ben Benjamin, PhD and Chris White
Editor’s Note: Dr. Benjamin continues his series on integrating fitness in your practice with this article, co-authored by Chris White.
The squat is one of seven fundamental movement patterns that were essential to human survival in primitive times.The other six are: lunging, bending, rotating, pushing, pulling, and walking/running. The quality with which an individual executed each movement dictated their physical capacity and ability to survive. Even today, all of the movements we do are a combination of these seven fundamental movements.
The origins of squatting date back to the beginning of time. It was one of the movements most essential to everyday life. Basically, anything that took place on the ground was usually done from a squat position. Based on the idea that form follows function, it’s easy to see why many people have lost the ability to squat effectively. The changes brought about by chairs, cars, and computers, to name a few, have turned a squatting society into a sitting society.
Squatting serves many important functions for humans. It was commonly used 10,000 years ago because many daily activities took place on the ground. There weren’t any chairs (man-made at least), so squatting allowed a person to sit comfortably and still have use of their hands for tool making, food preparation, and cooking.
The squat position also kept a person rooted on their feet, ready to stand up, move, jump or run at a moment’s notice. The mechanical properties of the squat also served a role in the toileting habits of primitive man; when a person is squatting, the right thigh compressing the ascending colon, which literally pushes waste material up and through the transverse colon. From here it can more easily move out of the body.
Many undeveloped and developing countries around the world still use the squat for everyday activities. No matter what country you’re in, you might notice that infants and young children are quite good at squatting. It’s only when we stop squatting that we lose our ability to do so.
Learning to Squat
When done correctly, squatting is a very comfortable position to be in. At the bottom of the squat, the trunk is allowed to rest comfortably on the legs. This decompresses the lumbar spine and decreases the load on the extensor muscles of the back. At the same time, the posterior thigh is allowed to rest against the back of the lower leg, minimizing tension throughout the quadriceps.
Many Americans need to get back into the habit of squatting in order to strengthen their thighs and buttock muscles. Squatting may also prevent some digestive problems that lead to straining during bowel movements, hemorrhoids and other issues. Women may find the squatting position to be a comfortable stretch during pregnancy, and they may find it useful during delivery as well.
There are many wrong ways to do squats, so you have to teach your clients the right way to do them. Otherwise, they may strain their neck or back, or, particularly, their knees. When most people begin learning how to squat, their knees roll inward, placing enormous stress on the medial knee.
Start by making sure you can do a squat properly, and then use this knowledge to teach your clients to do the same.
See a video on the proper squat: www.youtube.com/watch?v=efiSjiedJAw
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Chris White is co-founder of Go Primal Fitness and the Functional Training Institute. With more than 13 years experience in massage therapy, strength training and nutritional coaching, his clients include those with severe spinal injuries and Olympic level athletes.
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