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The Short Leg Dilemma
When evaluating a new patient, it is common to note a relative shortening of one leg to the other. Some patients will even tell you they have one, and then pull out the store-bought heel lift they read about online.
Surprising Reasons for Orthotic Efficacy
Clinical outcome studies show orthotics are effective in the management of a wide range of injuries, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and patellofemoral pain syndrome.
Practicing with Authenticity
To extrapolate from the above quote, patients love healthcare providers they can trust. One way to earn the trust of your patients is by practicing with authenticity. What does that mean, exactly?
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
Getting a YES: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Patient Objections
Patients make more excuses for declining care from an acupuncturist than perhaps any other type of doctor. Various reasons hold them back from making a commitment to care.
Practice Policy (Gone Bad): The Sign
Every once in a while, you see something and think to yourself, That's a really bad idea. Case in point: I went to see my medical doctor the other day. Just after being "roomed," as they say, the nurse checked my vital signs. Then she left.
Harvard Health References Flawed AHA Position Paper
In its special health report, "Stroke: Diagnosing, Treating, and Recovering From a 'Brain Attack,'" Harvard Health Publications includes information from the American Heart Association's 2014 position statement on cervical manipulation and cervical dissection – a statement the American Chiropractic Association emphasized in a letter to Harvard Health mixes "scientific facts with half-truths."
Oriental Medicine on the World Stage
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This simple, yet powerful statement was lived out time and time again by so many of the athletes from around the world during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
Fertility and Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Starting or expanding one's family is a major milestone. It's something that more and more people seek out health care advice and support for.
What's Chiropractic Research Worth to You?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fundraising campaign to support chiropractic research.
Change Lives by Supporting Chiropractic Research: Are You In?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fund-raising campaign to support chiropractic research.
Dorsiflexion Dysfunction: Evaluation & Manipulation Techniques
Almost every condition from the foot to the hip can be attributed to the inability to dorsiflex the ankle mortice and other joints that participate in dorsiflexion. Let's start by understanding normal versus abnormal dorsiflexion.
Improving Communication Between AOM and Biomedical Providers
How comfortable do you feel talking to Western medical providers? If you are like me, you may not feel as comfortable as you would like. Some of my interactions with MD's haven't been the fruitful steps toward integrative medicine for which I had hoped.
Help: A Need at Every Level
One of the great gifts of training in acupuncture is the ability to take good care of oneself. I recently had a bout of frozen shoulder — an inflammatory syndrome which can be debilitatingly painful and take years to resolve.
More Chiropractors Required
An intriguing study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine examines how "chiropractic care affects use of primary care physician (PCP) services."
An Acupuncturist's View of Medicinal Marijuana
The use of cannabis for medical purposes is very controversial. Use as a panacea by physicians uninitiated to the proper application of herbal medicine, as well as an excuse for recreational use have greatly confused the issue.
Modernization of Chinese Medicine
Language – written, spoken, signed, or otherwise is learned as a means to express our individualized perceptions about the world around us. Language is designed to communicate our personal experiences.
The Zen Art of "One Point"
We were always told in our Zen Shiatsu training (by Japanese and Japanese American instructors) that our ultimate aim was to to find that "One Point." To be so focused we could touch just one point to transform Qi throughout a client's body.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 1
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
A Chiropractor's Guide to Yoga
"Doctor, can I continue to do yoga while undergoing your care?" "Is it OK for me to go back to yoga while I'm getting my back treated?" "It is safe to start my yoga classes again after my neck pain improves?"
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 2
In the last issue of Acupuncture Today, the first part of this article introduced the topic of trauma and resilience, and their relationship to the autonomic nervous system response and the concept of the spirit being grounded in the body, and suggested the importance of mindfulness as a tool for healing.
Patient-Centered Care vs. Payer Restrictions: Your Ethical Obligation
Do you have an ethical obligation to evaluate your patients, make a diagnosis and provide evidence-based, patient-centered health care, irrelevant to the payer restrictions?
Fish Oil: A Key Component of Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
The Food Conversation: Nutrition and Your Practice
It's morning and your first patient rolls in with a triple espresso steaming in one hand and a frazzled, desperate look in her eye. "You gotta help me, doc, I am constipated unless I drink one of these, and I am exhausted and anxious all the time."
The New Age of Communication
In the age of technology, everyone, including the patient, is seeking faster, easier ways to communicate. With a wealth of social media, blogs, websites and videos, we are constantly barraged with information – to the point of overload.
Nuts Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer and Other Health Problems
Several recent studies suggest regular consumption of nuts may provide a significant degree of protection against certain types of cancer, heart disease, possibly type 2 diabetes and some neurodegenerative diseases.
Do Some Good and Grow Your Business with Cause Marketing
Cause marketing is truly one of the best ways that you can promote your services as a acupuncture professional. Cause marketing refers to a type of marketing where a business partners with a non-profit organization to help bring awareness to a charitable cause.
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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