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The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
February, 2014, Vol. 14, Issue 02
Healers: Do They Really Heal or are They a Conduit to Healing?
By Marie-Christine Lochot, LMT
Healers are very often associated with mystery and some "magic" skills that, we think, they were born with or have learned through long years of apprenticeship with a Master. Their names are passed by word of mouth, or for some, have reached international fame like John of God in Brazil.The word "Shaman" triggers images of secrecy and rituals. We have famous and gifted healers near us: Barbara Brennan, Donna Eden and John Barnes to name a few. Their names don't trigger thoughts of unusual ceremonials and treatments, but still, we are in awe of their skills which we often call gifts. As we study with them and see them up close and personal, we are aware of their specialness. It makes us wonder, were they born that way? Are they channeling some godly entity? Then, as we practice our craft to the best of our abilities, we have the satisfaction of helping clients feel better and move towards better health. Does that mean that we are also healers?
To answer that question we need to understand what the concept of a healer is and what is meant by healing.
What is a healer? The dictionary definition is quite simple: person who heals, especially through faith. We could also say that people who are called healers have a high success rate in helping people with diseases and ailments; indeed this is why their names are known within and beyond their communities.
Cyndi Dale in her book, The Subtle Body, adds another dimension to the definition by stating: "All healers are energy workers, but are all energy workers healers?" The statement might make some think it excludes therapists whose approach and techniques are not energy based. But it does not. Each and every time we are in contact with a client, we enter their energy field and vice versa. What Ms. Dale is saying is that healers interact with energy.
The etymology of the word heal is cure, make whole, sound and well; so healing is not only erasing symptoms but also assuring a state of wholeness. A study titled, "The Meaning of Health" was published by Thomas R Egnew in 2005 in the Annals of Family Medicine. The objective of the study was to determine a definition of healing that explains its mechanism and gives physicians tools to promote holistic healing. The study was based on interviews with seven well known allopathic physicians who published on topics related to healing or were medical educators. The results were that, "Healing was defined in terms of developing a sense of personal wholeness that involves physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual aspects of human experience." Knowing now that healing also includes creating positive changes in a person's condition, we can say we can be healers even if we don't cure people.
The next question, probably the most challenging one, becomes this: do healers really heal or do they facilitate healing and act as a conduit? Do they have some "magic" powers that induce healing or are they able to help people to activate their body's own healing mechanisms?
We know from the study of biology that the body always tries to maintain balance and stability among systems; it works diligently to repair damaged tissues, bones and blood vessels. When we are sick, those mechanisms are not working properly. The wholeness has disappeared. It can be said that healers assist us to heal ourselves by helping our body's native intelligence. They do it in different ways depending of their field of expertise and their healing style.
There can be a physical intervention that triggers a physiological self-healing response. A good example is John F. Barnes and his myofascial release treatments. The principle is to sink into the fascia, stretch it and wait for a release allowing the healing of the structure that was being restricted by the fascia. John Barnes has the gift of being able to tune into the tissues and to feel restrictions in an amazing way. Ultimately, though, the healing comes from the body itself which, free of restrictions, is able to go back to a balanced state.
Another healing style is an energetic intervention that helps release blocked energy, balancing energy systems so the body reestablishes harmony between organs. No matter the techniques used, the ultimate healing comes from the body's energetic system as it regains wholeness and returns to a healthy state.
The one gray area is the impact the healer's energy has when it is infused in the energy field of the client/patient. As I studied with Donna Eden, I had the occasion to be near her and felt her incredible energy field. It was warm, buzzing and felt wonderfully good and ... healing! I also experienced some of that with John Barnes; his touch felt therapeutic by itself. Those experiences made me wonder if those healers' energies had a healing value just by themselves.
At the end of the day though, what matters is that people are brought back to health and balance. When Dr. Mehmet Oz was asked about a woman who had progress from a spinal cord injury after some sessions with John of God in Brazil, his answer was, "I don't care what it is, if you really feel better with this kind of tragic injury, we need to research that. Crawfish regrow their nerves right? Maybe there are things that we can harvest in our psyche that allow us to do it as well."
What do you think?
Marie-Christine Lochot is a licensed massage therapist, energy bodyworker and educator. Owner of Massage Montclair in New Jersey, she has been a member of the AMTA since 1994 and is nationally certified by NCBTMB. With specialties in Swedish massage, massage for people affected by cancer and energy healing, Marie-Christine coaches and teaches energy healing to laypeople, massage professionals and in the corporate environment. With a diverse background in management and accounting, Marie-Christine also teaches small business and private practice organization. She can be reached at www.massagemontclair.com.
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