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The Wonders of Light Therapy: An Interview with Wes Burwell
I first met Wes Burwell in 2011 when he was teaching a class on light. Since then, every time I hear him speak, his understanding of the benefits, function and capacity of light has evolved.
Healing With TCM at San Quentin State Prison
For the prisoners at San Quentin State Prison, life-sentences are the reality of every day life. It is not often that prisoners get the opportunity to use alternative medicine to deal with common ailments they encounter behind bars such as, depression, anxiety and pain.
The Case for Immunization
As long as I have been a chiropractor, I have seen many in this profession oppose vaccinations. Indeed, it has often been taken as a "given" that to be a principled chiropractor requires a curmudgeon's willingness to hold aloft that banner of opposition.
Commingling Money: 12 Questions for the ACA About the CHAMP / NCLAF Merger
The American Chiropractic Association recently announced it was merging the National Chiropractic Legal Action Fund and the Chiropractic Health Advocacy and Mobilization Project into a single entity that will support both legal and legislative actions.
Jingei Diagnosis: An Effective and Powerful Diagnostic
I graduated from the Kotatama Institute under the direction of Drs. Masahilo and Katsuharu Nakazono in 1984. As a student, I was exposed to the practice of most of the various theories and modalites of Oriental Medicine.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 2)
As mentioned in part 1, using a flexion-distraction table is a great way to unlock this particular fixation. You have found the stuck segment. You have determined whether it is unilateral, midline or bilateral.
Dr. George Goodman and His Legacy to Logan University
Those who knew him called him a revered leader, a visionary and one of chiropractic's biggest advocates. George A. Goodman, DC, Logan University's sixth and longest-serving president, passed away on Sept. 9. He was 70 years old.
The Heart Protector
On the physical level, the Pericardium is a double-layered sac of fibrous tissue that envelops the Heart. The space between the layers is filled with serous fluid that protects the Heart from external shock or trauma and lubricates to allow for normal Heart movement.
Pulse Diagnosis: What We Know
I am still finding pearls of wisdom from the books and papers that I inherited from my pulse diagnosis mentor Jim Ramholz.
Correcting Pelvic Rotation Around the Long Axis: Adjustment Protocol
The pelvis can be considered a ring that can misalign on the sacrum rotating around the long axis. The following is a description of an adjustment that helps to correct sacroiliac rotation around the long axis.
Simple Ways To Find True Happiness
Patients in our clinics are always seeking happiness. As their health advocate, we need to ensure we inform them that in order to find happiness, they have to make sure to identify what makes them happy in the first place.
Managing Today's Fertility Patient
I recently received an email from one of my fertility patients: "Got my lab results back. FSH is 11, AMH is 0.7. My doctor said these numbers aren't good. I guess I'm infertile. Just as a thought. Just set up an appointment to speak with an adoption agency."
CMT & Stroke Risk: Myth vs. Fact
By now, most of you have probably heard that the American Heart Association recently published a statement regarding the association between cervical dissection (CD) and cervical manipulative therapy (CMT).
The Tao of Gender
If you think gender is as simple as having a new client check off the "male" or "female" box on your intake form, we hope this article will expand your understanding and thus the reach of your health care.
Uncle Sam Needs You (Part 2)
Where chiropractic care has been used in the military health services, it has been deemed very successful.
Communication 101: Please Explain Yourself!
Twice this past week, I overheard conversations about chiropractic. As you can imagine, it is a topic my ears naturally pick up. In both cases, a patient was talking to a friend about their experience with a chiropractor.
Lime Jello on Morphine
Taste is in the eyes... actually the mouth... of the beholder. My food preferences have changed, lightening from the food of my youth. My parents loved heavy eastern European cuisine and I loved it as a child. Now I enjoy leaner, healthier whole foods.
To The Finish Line With the Help of TCM
When acupuncturist Eddy De Smedt pursued a career in Traditional Chinese Medicine, he knew he wanted to make a difference.
Essential Orthopedic Testing: Tests That Involve Standing on One Leg
Since these tests have a common mechanism of performance (standing on one leg), there are differential diagnostic concerns during testing. The tests cannot be completely isolated from each other for performance.
Sports Science: What's in That Drink?
Athletes frequently ask me what the best liquid is to drink during exercise – water or a sports drink? Water provides the necessary hydration, but unfortunately, it lacks the key nutrients to aid in performance and recovery.
AOMA Strengthens Leadership Team
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, a leading college of acupuncture & herbal medicine, announced the appointment of Donna LaPoint Hurta, MBA as the new VP of Finance & Operations this Fall.
Managing Patient Expectations About Acupuncture
Last year, I attended the Pacific Symposium in San Diego for the first time in six or seven years. It was the 25th anniversary of this event, and on one evening there was a panel discussion with the title; "What is Qi?."
April, 2011, Vol. 11, Issue 04
Improve Your Eyesight: The Natural Way
By Judith DeLany, LMT
A quick glance around us at the number of people who require glasses, contact lenses, and eye surgeries reflects a widespread need to prevent visual deterioration and to use natural means to improve vision. This short discussion offers steps you can take to gain better health of the muscles of the eyes.
The eye is similar to a fluid-filled balloon, with movements controlled by six extrinsic muscles (superior, inferior, medial, and lateral rectus muscles, and the superior and inferior oblique muscles). Tension in these muscles can influence the direction of tracking, and might also influence the shape of the eye, alter eye health and perhaps have some bearing on eyesight. The intricate details of eye design and sight are quite complex and more fully discussed within anatomy texts.
Each eyeball is directed anteriorly. The pull of tension of some of the muscles produces a single movement, while others have multiple effects. Additionally, the two eyes must work in coordination. Common dysfunction can result in:
Strabismus most often develops in infants and young children and usually requires treatment. Eyeglasses, vision therapy or eye muscle surgery may be suggested; cranial osteopathic or craniosacral treatment may especially be useful.
The Bates Method
In the early 19th century, Dr. W. H. Bates1 expressed ideas that were outside of mainstream ophthalmology. He aimed to improve faulty eyesight by incorporating natural visual habits and reducing mental strain. He first described the Bates method in Perfect Sight Without Glasses, theorizing that mental strain played a role in refractive error (presbyopia, astigmatism, hyperopia and myopia) as well as other eye conditions, such as strabismus, amblyopia, cataracts, and glaucoma. His original text is now available free (digitally) at http://www.iblindness.org/books/bates/.
While the application of the Bates method exercises is commonly used for certain eye conditions in children, it may be helpful to the mature eye as well. These eye movements - left and right, up and down, and in large circular patterns - are intended to elongate shortened muscles, thereby decreasing pressure on the eye that changes its shape and alters the focal plane of the lens. A number of other steps, such as acquiring proper rest, alternating the focal plane, palming, sunning, and swinging were also suggested. (The Bates Association for Vision Education - http://www.seeing.org/index.html)
There are no harmful side effects from the exercises if performed appropriately; however, one must have determination to stick with the program. Although finding a qualified practitioner can be challenging, behavioral optometrists or vision therapists generally teach natural vision improvement techniques such as these, while also incorporating other visual therapy methods. Appropriate medical examination and treatment is strongly recommended, particularly for conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts and other serious eye pathologies.
Leviton2 a student of Bates, discusses a simple exercise fashioned from a 10-foot string or thin rope and 15 brightly colored beads (varying colors are best). Tie the beads onto the string at eight-inch intervals and the end of the string to a doorknob or distant object. Sit comfortably in a chair at a distance, pull the string taut and hold it near the tip of the nose so that the eyes gaze across its length. While breathing deeply, look at the first bead nearest the nose for a few seconds and attempt to bring it into focus. Then move to the next bead and so forth until the distant end is reached, then reverse to move back toward the face until all have been addressed as second time. Additionally, you can look at the closest bead and then the farthest bead, back to the second, then the farthest again, then the third and so forth, up and down the string, pausing on each to attempt to focus.
Benefit may also be gained from exercises that stretch the recti muscles. It is best to perform these while seated, in case the movements result in lightheadedness or vertigo. Stretch out your right arm (palm down) in front you. Extend the wrist and curl the fingers and thumb toward the palm except for the extended index finger, which is pointing toward the ceiling to produce a single digit on which to focus. Stay focused on the tip of the index finger while moving the arm slowly in horizontal abduction (out to the side) as far as the eye can follow it without moving the head. Continue to focus on it while slowly returning it to the original position. Continue the same while moving it overhead and lowering it toward the thigh. Perform these movements several times. Use the left arm to repeat the entire set of movements to the left side. It is not uncommon for the eyes to feel fatigued or to ache for a brief time after the session due to the "exercising" nature of the movements.
Judith DeLany serves as director of NMT Center, writes textbooks for Elsevier Health Sciences, and lectures internationally in the field of neuromuscular therapy. For more information regarding her work, visit www.nmtcenter.com or call toll-free at (866) 571-7942.
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