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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.
A Reality Check – and a Chance to Educate
Imagine working in the public relations department of nutrition retailer General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) and reading the The New York Times announce...
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
B Vitamins Improve Memory, Prevent Brain Atrophy
The 2010 OPTIMA study showed that the accelerated rate of brain atrophy in elderly with mild cognitive impairment could be slowed via supplementation with homocysteine-lowering B vitamins, which included folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6.
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.
Interpersonal Skills 101: Enhancing the Value of Our Patient Interactions
Recently, I read an interesting article in our local newspaper titled "The Value of Human Interaction." The article presented comments from a senior editor for Fortune magazine who discussed "Civility in the Business World."
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."
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.
Expanding Access, Branch by Branch
The big news coming from Capitol Hill isn't merely the recent introduction of a pair of bills designed to expand chiropractic services in the Veterans Affairs and military health care systems; after all, similar legislation has made its way through Congress before, never reaching the Oval Office for presidential signature.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
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.
Impacting Chiropractic's Future With Technology
When it comes to electronic health records (EHR), Robert Moberg and Dr. Steven Kraus are two of the leading industry experts on the topic.
Atypical Femoral Fractures and Bisphosphonate Use: What to Watch For
Bisphosphonates (BP) are popular drugs, with more than 8 billion in sales in 2008; however, profits have declined as patents began expiring. Nonetheless, BP remain the most commonly prescribed drugs for patients at risk of osteoporotic fractures, with several million prescriptions written every year.
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.
Avoid Random Treatment of Trigger Points (Part 2)
We must acknowledge that the fascia, which surrounds literally everything in our bodies, including every muscle fiber, is more than just a covering.
Primary Spine Care: Addressing Concerns & Criticisms
The Dec. 1, 2013 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic included an article describing the implementation of a training program for primary spine practitioners (PSP) within a metropolitan region and supported by a large BC/BS plan.
Help Update the LBP Practice Guideline
The Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters has announced the release of an updated Clinical Practice Guideline for Chiropractic Management of Low Back Pain for stakeholder review and comment.
Low Back Pain: Posture and Movement Analysis
When performing static and dynamic movement analysis of the lumbopelvic hip area, begin with standing visual posture analysis of the pelvis, and then perform lumbar range of motion and assess what you might see during normal versus abnormal lumbar flexion motion.
October, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 10
The Missing Link: A New Paradigm for Soft Tissue Therapy
By Don McCann, MA, LMT, LMHC, CSETT
Are you looking for something really new and revolutionary that will make you a more effective therapist? Repeating the same techniques over and over doesn't always give you the results you would like for you and your clients.Cranial/structural therapy is a new paradigm that is totally different from anything else you have been exposed to or studied. If your mind is open and you are willing to look at some amazing new concepts that will solve some of the oldest and most consistent problems, read on.
Cranial/structural therapy is focused on achieving long-term recovery for your clients and provides structure and support for other soft tissue treatments. It provides weight bearing support for the rehabilitation of 95 percent of musculoskeletal problems with one application. This can totally change the effectiveness and longevity of your clients' rehabilitation from pain and dysfunction.
There are so many variations of soft tissue treatments for painful conditions in the back, neck, knee, foot, arm, hand, all types of headaches, just to name a few areas, that will relieve the pain for a while, yet clients tend to return with the same symptoms over long periods of time. There is nothing wrong with your soft tissue treatments that release your client's pain short term, but what is missing is the component that will allow these changes to last long term. This is true even when high quality techniques such as myofascial restructuring like structural integration, Lomi Lomi, Heller, neuromuscular or other deep tissue treatments are successfully applied. The developers of these techniques recognize that to achieve long-term relief releasing structural distortions is a key component, yet even after numerous treatments their clients will, over time, collapse back into the old structural core distortion. Since approximately 95 percent of musculoskeletal pain is due to the body collapsing further into the core distortion pattern over time, it is unfortunate that none of the other techniques is able to effectively release this distortion.
Enter the Missing Link
The initial discovery of the relationship between the distortion in the cranium and the anterior/posterior rotation of the iliums and tipped sacrum in the 1980's by Dr. Dallas Hancock, D.C., opened the door to the reality of being able to bring the structure of the body into balance long term.
These cranial/structural techniques are very different from craniosacral in application and intent. As the name implies, cranial/structural addresses the structural aspects of the body in relationship to the cranium. The distortion found in the cranium relates directly to the anterior/posterior rotation of the iliums and tippage of the sacrum. Thus, as the soft tissue restrictions that hold the cranium in its distortion are released allowing the cranium to move freely into balance, the rotation of the iliums and tippage of the sacrum are also brought into balance and weight bearing support. In just one application of the specialized cranial/structural core distortion releases, the previously unbalanced ilium/sacrum relationship is able to provide a stable weight bearing support to the whole body. Once released in one application, that distortion doesn't return! The soft tissue restrictions of the cranium won't reform in the same way so the weight bearing collapse at the SI joint does not recur. The effects of unwinding the core distortion out of the structure with the cranial/structural techniques are far reaching.
The anterior/posterior rotation of the iliums in the core distortion results in a long leg-short leg discrepancy which creates imbalances, strains and weaknesses throughout the body in compensation. Each of the legs has a different distortion and compensation in the core distortion. The anteriorly rotated ilium creates a longer leg with a medial knee, laterally rotated foot, and either an inverted or everted arch. Many hip, knee, ankle and foot conditions are caused by this ilium rotation in the core distortion. The posteriorly rotated ilium creates a shorter leg with stress on the medial knee and the soft tissue of the posterior hip, a principle cause of sciatica. Another effect of the core distortion on the lower extremities is that the strain patterns in the soft tissue caused by the core distortion results in a loss of up to 50 percent of the muscle function in both strength and flexibility, and creates weaknesses in the knees, ankles and feet where sprains and strains and other injuries will most likely occur.
Imagine the possibilities of maximum healing and rehabilitation with the application of the cranial/structural core distortion releases. Bringing the iliums out of the rotation distortion into balance brings the legs into better alignment relieving the stress on the knees, hips and feet, reducing the resulting sciatic pain, releasing the strain patterns in the soft tissue which increases the strength and flexibility and greatly reduces the weaknesses where injuries can occur. Now you have a structure that is already moving into balance and the soft tissue is just waiting to be released into that balance.
Spine And Musculoskeletal System
Take a look at the spine and the effect of the tipped sacrum at the base of the spine in the core distortion. With the application of the cranial/structural techniques, the sacrum moves into a level position providing a level base for the spine. This creates a supporting base for the spine and dramatically reduces the amount and of spinal curvatures. This has a dramatic effect on unwinding scoliosis curvatures and lessening the curvatures responsible for degenerative disc conditions. Curvatures of the spine that are responsible for subluxations, disc degeneration, spurring, stenosis, sprains and strains, chronic tension and just about all other musculoskeletal spinal problems are greatly lessened with the weight bearing support and balance of the pelvis that is created with the application of the cranial/structural core distortion releases. It also takes pressure off damaged discs such as bulging and herniated discs allowing them to heal without surgery in most cases.
The distortions in the cervical spine from the core distortion that can cause neck tension and headaches are released with the cranial/structural core distortion releases. As the cervical spine is brought into balance, it is supported by the stability of the balance in the pelvis, which allows full rehabilitation of cervical sprain strain injuries (whiplash), disc problems and reverse curvatures. Thus, most major causes of headaches can be rehabilitated. Cranial/structural therapy also addresses the other causes of headaches from congestion in the cranium and compression of the cranial nerves.
TMJ symptoms and dysfunction are directly affected by the imbalances in the cranium. The application of the cranial/structural techniques restores balance in the cranium which brings the temporal mandibular joints into balance. After cranial/mandible balance has been achieved, additional soft tissue protocols are ten times more effective. This can resolve the majority of TMJ issues.
The unwinding of the thoracic spine with the cranial/structural core distortion releases results in raising the thoracic rib cage, reducing the medial rotation of the right shoulder and releasing tension in the diaphragmatic arch which expands breathing potentials. The reduction of tension in the diaphragmatic arch normalizes the tension on the esophageal hiatus resolving most acid reflux and hiatal hernia issues. The shoulders become more level which takes pressure off the brachial plexus relieving many nerve impingement symptoms in the arms and hands. It also releases the internal rotation of the arms which is responsible for strain patterns, significant weakening in the rotator cuff and muscles and tendons in the elbow, and nerve impingement and adhesions in the arm, wrist and hands causing carpal tunnel and trigger finger, returning strength and balance to the shoulders and arms. Thus, long-term rehabilitation of the arms and shoulders is possible with the application of cranial/structural therapy.
As you can see, applying the cranial/structural techniques to bring the pelvis into stable weight bearing support for the body facilitates long-term changes quickly and, when integrated into soft tissue treatment, long lasting rehabilitation that was previously unattainable can now become a reality. It is now possible to effectively release the old myofascial holding patterns that were previously locked into holding the old distortion patterns due to the lack of weight bearing pelvic stability. Now that the body is being supported into balance, soft tissue work to release the old myofascial holding patterns is more effective and easier for the client, as well as the massage therapist, since rigid holding in the soft tissue is now letting go.
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