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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.
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 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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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.
Click here for more information about Sharon Desjarlais, CC.
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