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Managing Patient Expectations About Acupuncture
Last year, I attended the Pacific Symposium in San Diego for the first time in six or seven years. It was the 25th anniversary of this event, and on one evening there was a panel discussion with the title; "What is Qi?."
Lime Jello on Morphine
Taste is in the eyes... actually the mouth... of the beholder. My food preferences have changed, lightening from the food of my youth. My parents loved heavy eastern European cuisine and I loved it as a child. Now I enjoy leaner, healthier whole foods.
To The Finish Line With the Help of TCM
When acupuncturist Eddy De Smedt pursued a career in Traditional Chinese Medicine, he knew he wanted to make a difference.
Pulse Diagnosis: What We Know
I am still finding pearls of wisdom from the books and papers that I inherited from my pulse diagnosis mentor Jim Ramholz.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 2)
As mentioned in part 1, using a flexion-distraction table is a great way to unlock this particular fixation. You have found the stuck segment. You have determined whether it is unilateral, midline or bilateral.
Jingei Diagnosis: An Effective and Powerful Diagnostic
I graduated from the Kotatama Institute under the direction of Drs. Masahilo and Katsuharu Nakazono in 1984. As a student, I was exposed to the practice of most of the various theories and modalites of Oriental Medicine.
Essential Orthopedic Testing: Tests That Involve Standing on One Leg
Since these tests have a common mechanism of performance (standing on one leg), there are differential diagnostic concerns during testing. The tests cannot be completely isolated from each other for performance.
Uncle Sam Needs You (Part 2)
Where chiropractic care has been used in the military health services, it has been deemed very successful.
Simple Ways To Find True Happiness
Patients in our clinics are always seeking happiness. As their health advocate, we need to ensure we inform them that in order to find happiness, they have to make sure to identify what makes them happy in the first place.
The Heart Protector
On the physical level, the Pericardium is a double-layered sac of fibrous tissue that envelops the Heart. The space between the layers is filled with serous fluid that protects the Heart from external shock or trauma and lubricates to allow for normal Heart movement.
CMT & Stroke Risk: Myth vs. Fact
By now, most of you have probably heard that the American Heart Association recently published a statement regarding the association between cervical dissection (CD) and cervical manipulative therapy (CMT).
The Tao of Gender
If you think gender is as simple as having a new client check off the "male" or "female" box on your intake form, we hope this article will expand your understanding and thus the reach of your health care.
Healing With TCM at San Quentin State Prison
For the prisoners at San Quentin State Prison, life-sentences are the reality of every day life. It is not often that prisoners get the opportunity to use alternative medicine to deal with common ailments they encounter behind bars such as, depression, anxiety and pain.
Correcting Pelvic Rotation Around the Long Axis: Adjustment Protocol
The pelvis can be considered a ring that can misalign on the sacrum rotating around the long axis. The following is a description of an adjustment that helps to correct sacroiliac rotation around the long axis.
The Case for Immunization
As long as I have been a chiropractor, I have seen many in this profession oppose vaccinations. Indeed, it has often been taken as a "given" that to be a principled chiropractor requires a curmudgeon's willingness to hold aloft that banner of opposition.
Dr. George Goodman and His Legacy to Logan University
Those who knew him called him a revered leader, a visionary and one of chiropractic's biggest advocates. George A. Goodman, DC, Logan University's sixth and longest-serving president, passed away on Sept. 9. He was 70 years old.
The Wonders of Light Therapy: An Interview with Wes Burwell
I first met Wes Burwell in 2011 when he was teaching a class on light. Since then, every time I hear him speak, his understanding of the benefits, function and capacity of light has evolved.
Chiropractic Research in Review
Predicting Pain With Disability in Office Workers; Traction Approaches for Discogenic Cervical Radiculopathy; Intra-Articular Gas Bubbles Following Manipulation; Nonresponsive Chronic Ankle Sprains: Think Tendon Rupture.
Managing Today's Fertility Patient
I recently received an email from one of my fertility patients: "Got my lab results back. FSH is 11, AMH is 0.7. My doctor said these numbers aren't good. I guess I'm infertile. Just as a thought. Just set up an appointment to speak with an adoption agency."
Sports Science: What's in That Drink?
Athletes frequently ask me what the best liquid is to drink during exercise – water or a sports drink? Water provides the necessary hydration, but unfortunately, it lacks the key nutrients to aid in performance and recovery.
Commingling Money: 12 Questions for the ACA About the CHAMP / NCLAF Merger
The American Chiropractic Association recently announced it was merging the National Chiropractic Legal Action Fund and the Chiropractic Health Advocacy and Mobilization Project into a single entity that will support both legal and legislative actions.
AOMA Strengthens Leadership Team
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, a leading college of acupuncture & herbal medicine, announced the appointment of Donna LaPoint Hurta, MBA as the new VP of Finance & Operations this Fall.
October, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 10
Understanding Core Distortion: Unlocking Your Potential
By Don McCann, MA, LMT, LMHC, CSETT
At birth, we have many yet to be developed potentials and talents that will shape the outcome of our lives. Will we be successful, healthy and pain free, or will we be limited, unsuccessful and battling painful conditions for a substantial part of our lives? The answers to these questions are already somewhat predetermined if we do not have some help.One look at the amount of over-the-counter and prescription pain killers lets us know that a lot of people are not living their lives pain free and are limited by the conditions causing their pain. The good news is help is here.
Renée, a state champion gymnast at the age of 13, has never had a serious injury and is known for her unwavering balance during her gymnastic performances. Charlie, age 60, who had knee, spinal disc and shoulder problems from his teens to age 55 is now pain free, even when playing golf and doing yard work. Ann, an 86-year-old massage therapist who had severe back problems in her late 50's and 60's and was told to retire from her massage practice, is still practicing massage at 87 and going on kayak and travel adventures around the world. Jan, a 53-year-old Ironman competitor for the last 30 years, is told to retire due to spinal disc, hip and leg conditions that probably would need surgery, is able to compete three months later in the Hawaiian Ironman competition and take an hour and a half off her previous best time, achieved when she was 35. Jack, a 40-year-old with 20 years of neck problems from three whiplashes, feels better and can do more now than he could at the age of 20.
What all these clients have in common is they have received Structural Energetic Therapy treatments that brought into balance the core distortion, a structural imbalance that is present in all people. What is also apparent is that when the core distortion is released bringing the body structure into support and balance there is a dramatic increase in potential in the lives of the recipients.
A fetus at 16 weeks of age has an observable pelvic rotation with one ilium anterior and one ilium posterior. By the time a baby is born, this rotation has affected the curvatures of the spine and the functional lengths of the legs. The exaggerated curvatures of the spine affect the rib cage, resulting in a torsion and a slight tippage of the right rib cage down towards the ilium. This, in turn, affects the shoulders resulting in a medial rotation of one shoulder and external rotation of the other one, which also results in one shoulder being higher and one shoulder being lower. The neck is part of the spine, which sits upon an uneven sacrum that is tipped due to the rotation of the iliums, and is also distorted coming forward and tipping to one side. This is the classic core distortion that is evident in babies at birth. Even though research is subject to bias and non-standardized evaluation techniques, in essence there is agreement that we are not born in perfect alignment and that the alignment deteriorates throughout life. There are very few exceptions, if any, to a loss of structural support and loss of height as people age.
If we look at the core distortion from the standpoint of functional kinesiology, we not only see a structural distortion but also a significant loss of muscle strength and function (strain patterns). This can be evaluated with muscle testing. When there is a misalignment of the bones, there is a weakening of the functional muscle strength (strain patterns). When testing a client who is in the core distortion, up to 50 percent of their muscles will test in a strain pattern with 50 percent or less in strength and function. Due to the torsion spiral of the core distortion, there is a testable weakness or strain pattern on one side of every major joint.
This can lead to premature deterioration of joints from an inability to stabilize under stress, resulting in injury; or an imbalanced movement and support pattern, resulting in premature deterioration of cartilage and ligaments on the side of weakness and imbalance. This is loss of potential. This loss of muscle strength and function prevents people from achieving maximum success in a sport, or recovery in accidents or sports; or leads to an earlier retirement from a physical activity such as massage. These strain patterns equal loss of potential. This is preventable.
When viewing lost potential due to the core distortion, let's look at the earliest phase of our lives. Our ability to manipulate our environment and become mobile as infants has a direct relationship to our ability to develop life skills and IQ. Every infant is operating with a significant loss of function and motor skills in this extremely important developmental stage while in the core distortion. The infants who have been fortunate enough to be brought out of the core distortion at an early age have their whole lives changed just by bringing their musculoskeletal system into balance and function and releasing the strain patterns.
Therapeutic bodywork and massage have long sought to bring the body into weight-bearing support and restore the lost potential caused by the core distortion. While they have been somewhat effective in relieving pain and achieving a degree of balance, they have not been able to achieve a long-term rehabilitation of the core distortion because the relationship of the distortion in the cranial motion to the rotation of the iliums and weight-bearing separation of the sacrum were not being addressed. With the advent of the cranial/structural core distortion releases, which release the soft-tissue restrictions holding the distortion of the cranial motion, the rotation of the iliums causing the weight-bearing separation between the sacrum and iliums can finally be corrected long term. This has been the missing link in treating musculoskeletal problems. The cranial/structural core distortion releases provide a structural support for further musculoskeletal rehabilitation of the rest of the body.
Ninety-five percent of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction results from the lack of support within the core distortion. When treating clients with pain or other significant structural problems, if we can bring the core distortion into weight-bearing support and restore the strain patterns in their muscles that were functioning at 50% or less efficiency, then we are well on our way to long term rehabilitation of even severe problems. This has proven to be extremely effective with scoliosis, degenerative disc conditions including bulging and herniations, and cervical spine injuries, even after surgeries have failed. The balancing of joints and restoring strength to stabilize both sides of a joint have rehabilitated many injuries and avoided the necessity of surgeries including joint replacements. Even after injuries and joint degeneration have occurred, the restored muscle strength and function that has been absent since birth has unlocked a higher level of performance potential for clients than they had before the injury.
When looking at athletic performance releasing the core distortion using these techniques at an early age restores the muscle function and balance so that these young athletes can excel at their sport and avoid injuries. An athlete who is treated later in life while trying to achieve maximum performance, will still benefit by unlocking a significant amount of muscle strength and function that was previously unavailable. This can be measured in strength tests and performance tests related to their athletic performance. Other athletes have been able to rehabilitate form chronic injury patterns and actually come back stronger than before the injury due to the improvement in function and strength after having the core distortion corrected. Athletes who are serious about performing at their highest level, fully rehabilitating from their injuries long term without limitations, and maximizing the length of their career, need to look at having the core distortion released from their structure.
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