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A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
December, 2011, Vol. 11, Issue 12
Special Considerations for the C-Section Baby
By Sharon Desjarlais, CC
It was the morning of March 14, 1996. An anesthesiologist was looking down at me. "You have a beautiful baby," she said. I was flooded with relief. Nicole, delivered by Caesarian, had been whisked away for evaluation the moment she entered the world. It would be another hour or two before I'd see her face for the first time.
As it turns out, skin-to-skin bonding right after delivery is one of many things that typically don't happen with C-section babies and that makes them prime candidates for CranioSacral Therapy. Missing out on a trip through the birth canal can set up a domino effect of challenges down the road unless they're addressed early.
"The ideal is for the newborn to be placed on mom's belly immediately after birth," says Michael Shea, PhD. "But because of anesthesia issues, C-section babies are usually evaluated first, depriving both mother and child of a critical phase in attachment and bonding that often affects things like breastfeeding."
Even before delivery, going through the birth canal squeezes fluid out of the baby's lungs to kick-start pulmonary respiration, which is critical for the suck-swallow-breathe reflex. "A baby has about five minutes to go from nine months of aquatic breathing to air breathing," Shea said. "Without that squeezing process, you see a lot of issues like colic and even breathing problems and asthma later on."
Roy Desjarlais, LMT, CST-D, sees other potential complications as well. "If the baby was engaged in the birth canal before the C-section, especially if the mother received Pitocin to speed up labor, the baby's cervical spine tends to be compressed. This, too, can cause difficulties with the suck-swallow-breathe reflex later on, because of how the hard palate plays off the cranial base structurally and neurologically." (Editor's Note: In telling her story, the author quotes her former husband, Roy Desjarlais, extensively.)
And in planned C-sections, with no labor involved, babies tend to come out with beautifully round heads, but they miss the natural mobilization of their spinal segments that they would have gotten with a vaginal delivery. "Mother Nature designed the birth process to be a tight squeeze for a reason," Desjarlais said. "To engage and prime the nervous system, and all the other systems in the body, to operate independently from the umbilical cord."
Early Hands-on Help Is Key
"The sooner I see a newborn the better, because it's less time they have to deal with any birth trauma issues," Desjarlais said. "I just finished working with a 10-week old whose mom ended up having Pitocin, so the little guy had been jammed in her pelvis for hours." The result? He spent ten weeks "screaming and crying" and unable to breastfeed.
"In his first session, he turned into a whole different baby," said Desjarlais. "His spine decompressed, his cranial base decompressed, and his suck reflex was suddenly free and engaged. I saw him a week later for a follow-up. He was resting easily, and feeding and eliminating regularly."
Shea thinks it's also critical to include the mom in the first few CranioSacral sessions. "I run into a lot of mothers who feel depressed or upset that the birth didn't go the way they wanted it to, and that can thwart attachment. Children and birth processes are liberal in their ability to repair, so all is not lost. But it's a lot to overcome, so you want to address these issues quickly."
He likes to assess the relationship between mother and child in the baby's first CranioSacral session. "I place one hand on her back and another on her hand as she holds her baby. Gradually I feel a settling, where they just drop into this beautiful stillness that I call the 'bubble of love.' You can actually feel this fluid container around them, like the aquatic environment the baby came out of, with all these love hormones piercing through. It just needs to be settled, so I visualize this container and help it settle by feeling it breathing at the rate of the long tide."
Completing the Biological Process
According to Desjarlais, compounding the psychological effects on the mom are those you might see in a child who didn't have the early experience of making it through a difficult space. "Sometimes that shows up down the road as someone who has a tough time facing challenges and persevering through. It's like they're looking for the easy way out because that was their first experience."
That's why he thinks it's important to give the infant a simulated experience of working through a birth canal to complete the biological process. He does that in a CranioSacral session by tuning into the baby's birth trauma and using an unwinding process. "You create a cocoon and a way out through your hands, which mimics a cervix in the birth canal. Then you allow the baby to gently push their way out. You can feel their whole nervous system release just by having the stimulus of making it through."
And make it through they do. Nicole had the good fortune to receive plenty of CranioSacral Therapy the day she was born. Now a healthy teenager, she's moved through a load of big transitions in her life with relative ease. It's the best kind of adjustment a mother could hope for.
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