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Getting Unstuck: Healing From Trauma With TCM, Qigong & Movement
We all come into this world vulnerable, with seeds to grow into our strength. Some of us — through a combination of good fortune (i.e., family and culture we are born into, constitutional inheritance, or ability to learn) grow with minimal interruption from traumatic injuries and experiences.
Reader Beware: Consider the Source
The aftermath of last year's presidential elections brought a running conversation on the role played by "fake news" that was largely presented via social media.
News in Brief
The American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM) board members recently met with the Korean Customs Service, which is similar to the FDA, to discuss herbal safety and importation issues.
The Acupuncture Channel System (Part 2)
The primary channels (main channels) are introduced in chapter 10 of the Ling Shu, these channels are referenced in many chapters throughout the Su Wen and the Ling Shu. The primary channels have become the main channel system used in TCM.
Gather & Grow
I recently attended a faculty seminar held by one of the acupuncture schools. There was a facilitator who led us through some very interesting experiences. The attendees were a diverse group with varying opinions.
AOM Residency at NUNM
Imagine you're a recent acupuncture graduate, worried about making enough income as you forge your new career and seek more in-depth training in a particular treatment style.
The Large Intestine Official
The large intestine (AKA colon) is the great eliminator, or as J.R. Worsley called it, "The Drainer of the Dregs." Dregs are defined as the remnants of liquid with its sediment left in a container, or the basest, least valuable portion of anything.
A Brief History of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Doctoral Programs
A doctorate in acupuncture and Oriental medicine has been a goal of the profession since its beginnings in the late 1970s. At that time, however, the maturity of the educational institutions and the regulatory environment made it a goal with only a distant completion date.
Waist Circumference: A Conversation Starter
New estimates suggest more than two-thirds of Americans are either overweight or obese. The medical significance of this statistic is astounding.
Treating the Lower Pelvis (Pt. 2): Midline Structures and Fascia
My previous article [October 2016 issue] outlined evaluation and treatment of pelvic issues involving the sacrotuberous ligament and the pubic symphysis. Now let's discuss two case studies that illustrate how to address additional problematic areas of the pelvis.
Advancing the "Whole Organ" Spine Model
Historically, the human spine has been organized by body region utilizing specific anatomical landmarks and transition zones.
Correcting Rib Dysfunction: Improve Patients' Pain, Posture and Breathing
As chiropractors, we tend to focus on the spine, and rightly so. Many problems our patients face can be corrected by manipulating the correct spinal level.
4 Things Every DC Should Know About Levels of Care & Prevention
As health practitioners, we help people with their health problems and assist them with health promotion and disease prevention.
Latest Cassidy Study on Stroke Risk Published
The latest study to investigate whether a unique association between chiropractic manipulation and risk of cervical artery dissection / stroke exists has yielded similar encouraging findings, with the authors noting "no excess risk of carotid artery stroke after chiropractic care" and no significant risk difference between patients receiving care from a DC or a primary care medical provider.
Paperwork Done Wrong, Done Right
I was visiting a doctor's office recently and a member of his staff brought a stack of forms to his private office and laid them on the doctor's desk. She informed him he needed to complete the forms for patients and a few third parties.
Helping Patients With Parkinson's Disease
Parkinson's disease (PD), a long-term degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that mainly affects motor function, has a slow onset over time.
Spiritual Initiation: Opening Your Higher Healing Abilities
People drawn to the field of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine tend to be those who march to the beat of a different drummer.
VF Works / DMX Works Epilogue: Almost Two Decades Later, the Lawsuits Continue
An article in the March 8, 1999 edition of Dynamic Chiropractic examined whether then-VF Works / Nu-Best Franchising was selling its franchises illegally to doctors of chiropractic.
Near-Infrared Therapy for Diabetic Neuropathy
The pain experienced by people with diabetes is a symptom of diabetic neuropathy. The impact on quality of life is significant. Pain makes walking difficult, sleep troublesome, and eventually contributes to a decrease in social interaction.
House Calls With Dad
My father was a chiropractor and he did house calls. On Wednesday nights, while my mother attended the weekly women's meeting at the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs hall in our small town, dad loaded up the portable adjusting table, fired up the Pontiac and drove off to treat a few patients in their homes. I went with him.
TCM & the Caregiving Population: Treatment Considerations & Our Vital Role
Informal caregiving is increasingly a reality for many Americans who find themselves providing unpaid care for a loved one or a family member with a long-term, terminal, or chronic illness.
ICA Goes on the Vaccine Offensive
Have you watched the vaccination documentary, "Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe," by Andrew Wakefield MD, director, and Del Bigtree, producer? This is the documentary Robert DeNiro was pressured to remove from his Tribeca Film Festival.
April, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 04
Dissection: The Ultimate Educational Experience
By David Kent, LMT, NCTMB
Have you ever wondered what the tissues look like under your patient's scars? Or how these tissues were affected by a knee or hip joint replacement? Have you ever wondered what an artery filled with plaque looks like or how easy or difficult it is to break a piece of plaque off the arterial wall during a massage? What does the inside of the chest cavity look like after the sternum has been cut in half and the chest has been spread apart for bypass surgery? Or the wrist that has experienced a carpel tunnel release procedure?
Would it be helpful for you to see and touch cancerous tissues? How valuable would it be to see, touch and compare the same muscle, such as a bicep or trapezius, on multiple specimens of different body types and genders at the same time? Are you curious about how the gastrocnemius and soleus muscle tendons merge to form the Achilles tendon? Or the relationship between the sciatic nerve and the piriformis muscle? Would you like to see how close a surgeon gets to the spinal cord during a laminectomy? Graduates of a full body dissection seminar have seen and touched the body, and dissected each layer, to know the answers to these and many more questions. The knowledge graduates gain and the refinements they make to their palpation skills is immediately applicable. Graduates say the experience transformed their treatment style and approach on many levels. A full body dissection is a rare educational opportunity that allows you to see and touch the structures that form (anatomy) the human body and understand how they function (physiology). The experience fundamentally changes your understanding of the human body.
If you find human anatomy dissection exhibits such as Body Worlds or BODIES fascinating, then you will feel comfortable in the dissection lab. I have been teaching dissection at the University of South Florida, College of Medicine, in Tampa since 1993. One third of the students in each dissection seminar are prior graduates of the program; many have attended five to eight times. The seminars were initially designed for massage therapists, however, over the years students have included a variety of health care professions from Acupuncture Physicians that want to refine their needle placement and depth, to physical therapists, nutritionists and others that want to learn more about the human body.
Each seminar begins with a tribute to honor the exquisite souls who bequeathed (donated) their bodies to science. We hold a dedication to our "Silent Teachers" for the privilege of being their students. We commit to embrace the valuable knowledge they are about to teach us and to apply that knowledge to the benefit of our patients.
Next we palpate the boney landmarks and inspect the cadavers for scars and surgical incisions. Even when we identify a surgical site, we don't know the nature of the surgery until we look inside the body (Photo 2). Signs of coronary bypass surgery might be easy to identify, but until we start the dissection, we don't really know what the scar indicates. One thing you will realize quickly is that you don't have to be a doctor to spot pathology. As we dissect through the layers of the body we uncover: joint fusions, pleural adhesions, aneurysms, hernias, cirrhosis of the liver, heart bypass, pacemakers and much more. These insights bring a whole new awareness about the effects of disease on the body. This new level of understanding causes students to judge contraindications and treat patients with even more care and sensitivity. Another interesting part of the dissection process is identifying anomalies (Photo 3). Over the years, students have identified a cadaver missing an upper trapezius on one side, another had a levator scapula with accessory rib attachments, a third had muscles missing areas of fiber in the leg that were filled with fat, just to name a few.
Dissection allows students to better understand the effects of various surgical procedures. For example, during bypass surgery, the great saphenous vein is removed from the lower extremity. This is what causes the long scar on the medial side of a patient's thigh and leg. During a dissection seminar, you learn exactly what structure was removed and how deep it was embedded in the thigh and leg. You see how it was reattached and used for the coronary bypass surgery. You know exactly what tissues and systems of the body were affected during the operation and how the tissues healed. The dissection process allows you to see through both the doctor's eyes and the patient's body at the same time, giving you greater clarity and insight into treating your patients.
The percentage of health care providers who perform a human dissection during the course of their education is relatively low. Taking part in a dissection creates a special bond, or level of respect, among its participants in the medical community. Graduates report a new level of confidence personally and professionally after dissecting every structure of the body, layer by layer, from skin to bone (Photo 4). The ability to go into a dissection lab to see and touch the structures that form the human body is a rare experience. Initially students enter the dissection lab simply to gain a better understanding of the human body. However, they are all amazed at the positive impact their new knowledge had on every area of their life.
Click here for previous articles by David Kent, LMT, NCTMB.
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