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TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
February, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 02
Impacting Children: CranioSacral Therapy and Pediatrics
By Carol McLellan, CMT, CST-D
Working with children is an art as well as a science. Using CranioSacral Therapy (CST) on a child can be especially gratifying as a qualified CST practitioner can facilitate significant changes that can positively improve the quality of a child's life.It's an exciting experience – but it requires more from the therapist than working with an adult.
Working with a child requires a different set of skills, among which are keen observation and refined palpation techniques. For example, the craniosacral rhythm of a child, as well as messages from the child, is much more subtle than those from older clients. Therapists must sharpen their sensitivities and perceptual skills so they can appropriately respond to these messages. Above all, they must know how to blend and trust and allow the child to be self directed, which will enable the child to feel safe.
Having an awareness of how children develop physically, emotionally, psychologically and socially, and having an understanding of the neurology behind this developmental sequence is also very helpful - especially when there's been a "glitch" in the process. What might these glitches be? What do they look like? Knowing the "science" is important in understanding the child you're trying to help. Also knowing how to work with the dynamics of the family as a unit is an integral part of the child's healing process.
"The inner wisdom of a child is every bit as intelligent as that of an adult," said Dr. John E. Upledger, an osteopathic physician and surgeon credited with developing CranioSacral Therapy (and one of the founding columnists for Massage Today). "It knows what its body needs to correct its dysfunctions. It knows why those dysfunctions are present. It has a softer voice than the adult inner wisdom; therefore the CranioSacral therapist must learn to listen more carefully. Once the connection is made, all the information you need will be forthcoming,"
The gentle nature of CST, as well as the premise of following the child's inner wisdom makes this modality a safe mode of treatment. It is very effective for newborns and babies with misshapen heads, and newborns who do not latch on well to nurse. Children all along the spectrum of autism and learning disabilities, including ADD, ADHD, dyslexia and discalcula also respond well to CST. Other neurological problems that have benefitted from CST include children with cerebral palsy, plagiocephaly, synostosis and seizure disorders.
The number of children who have Sensory Integration Dysfunction/"Sensory Processing Disorder" (SPD) is growing and therapists have reported positive outcomes from the use of CranioSacral Therapy. In fact, its success has led to our adding a class specifically for CST Applications to Sensory Integration to the Upledger Institute International's Pediatric curriculum. Other common dysfunctions and disorders often seen among CST pediatric clients include genetic anomalies, chromosomal defects, allergies, immune system dysfunction and structural issues.
Due to the CST system's intimate connection with the autonomic nervous system (ANS) - the CranioSacral system consists of the membranes (meninges) that surround the brain and spinal cord and surround and traverse the ANS - CST has been quite helpful with abused and molested children. Below is a letter from Connie Treis, RN, LMFT, the founder of a mental health clinic who has suggested CranioSacral Therapy for many children, as she has been very impressed with the outcomes:
"As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I have worked for 20 years with Attachment Disordered Children using many interventions, (i.e. Psychoeducation for parents, Play Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and nurturing holding guiding the parents. All of this has been done as a collaborative approach in conjunction with the work of Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Medical Practitioners, Social Workers, other LMFT's, school personnel, the juvenile justice system, child welfare system, parents and extended family members (birth, adopted and foster care). All of these means have been very effective, however, when I began to refer some of the children for CranioSacral Therapy, a whole new shift began for treatment. Reactive Attachment Disorder is the most severe form of attachment disorder problems. It means that the break in the bond with the primary attachment figure took place within the first two to three years of life. Children exhibit various symptoms from frozen watchfulness to tactile defensiveness and aggression. All of these children have difficulty trusting and fear being touched and loved, even though they need both desperately to grow up to be resilient, loving adults. Because of CranioSacral Therapy's deep respect for the Inner Physician, the requirement to first ASK at both an inner and outer level BEFORE touching, and the very light touch following the Significance Detector, these children, when they are ready, can achieve deeper and more permanent healing because they are being asked and then allowed to be in control. It is not the only therapy I would recommend for every child. A good psychological and medical work-up should precede the work. These are to rule out differential diagnoses, both medically and psychologically. A mental health professional well-versed in the work with RAD should stay integrally involved, both to monitor the child's psychological welfare and to maintain support and interconnection with the parents."
CranioSacral Therapy has such far reaching effects and is easily blended with other modalities, which makes it an optimal therapy for children. What a privilege and honor it is to be able to help children improve their health and quality of life as well as their families'. CranioSacral Therapy is enabling children to enjoy a healthier life now, and to look forward to a brighter future.
Carol McLellan has a background in health education and bodywork, practicing for more than 20 years - 14 of which have focused on CranioSacral Therapy. She is a CST instructor for Upledger Institute International, teaching worldwide. Carol is also a doula (labor coach) and has instructed doula and prenatal classes. She owns and directs a wellness center in Visalia, Calif., with eight therapists, practicing CranioSacral Therapy, acupuncture and massage.
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