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Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
August, 2014, Vol. 14, Issue 08
Avoiding Wasted Healing: The Cure for Visibility PTSD
By Sharon Desjarlais, CC and Michele McGrew
Jack is a soft-spoken spiritual teacher who helps people heal their hearts through acts of selfless compassion. An author and owner of a metaphysical bookstore, he's interviewed some of the leading healers and teachers of our time.Yet as much as he longs to, there's one big thing stopping him from sharing his own wisdom with a wider audience. "I have a fear of being seen," he says.
Jack's struggling with a condition so common among therapists, we've named it Visibility PTSD. After coaching countless healers over the years, we believe it's the single biggest block that stands in the way of attracting clients, making money and fulfilling your highest spiritual calling.
Why is this so prominent among healers? Chances are, when you were a child, you weren't exactly celebrated for being different. Add to that the baggage you've brought with you as a healer who may have been persecuted in a past life (oh yeah, we're going there) and we can understand your compulsion to stay hidden from the public bulls-eye.
Yet sadly, if you continue to keep yourself a secret, people can't find you — or become your clients. That's what we call wasted healing. And all those people who don't get your help ultimately pay the price.
Here's the good news. Your business will always show you what's ready to be healed. And we've spent eight years developing and testing a healing technique to help with that: Elegant Alchemy. It's a simple yet powerful spiritual technology that dissolves the hidden blocks that are stopping you from being willing to be seen — so you can get your therapy out to a lot more deserving clients.
Next time you feel yourself cringe at the thought of getting out there and being seen, use our Elegant Alchemy healing technique to dissolve your Visibility PTSD. Start by journaling your answer to this question: "If the fear of being seen was no longer important to me, what are the first three steps I'd take to grow my practice?"
Be sure to ask the question exactly the way you see it: "If the fear of being seen was no longer important to me..." We're usually so eager to feel fearless that we can slip into saying, "If I was no longer afraid of being seen..." But that thought can hold you back even more when you don't feel fearless. Rather than trying to make the fear go away, simply be willing to allow the fear to no longer be important to you. That's when you're able to "feel the fear...and do it anyway," as the sage advice goes.
Also, when you answer this question, do your best to name specific steps you can take action on. "I'd get out in the world in a big way" is a great idea, but it doesn't lead you to a next step. "I'd create a video of my three favorite yoga poses and put it on my website," is a tangible action step.
After you've journaled your answers to that first question, choose an area in your home or treatment room where you've got plenty of space. Then stand in the center of the room with your feet hip width apart. Keep your knees soft and balance yourself until you feel stable. Then take a few deep, cleansing breaths and relax even more deeply. Now, gently allow yourself to feel the fear of being seen. Give yourself permission to go deep knowing you're completely safe and protected. Notice what that fear looks like to you. What it feels like. What it sounds like. What it smells like. Even what it takes like. Bring all your senses into the experience.
Stop the madness and take a step back. Once you've truly experienced the fear you've been brushing aside for a lifetime or more, silently count to three — and then take one giant step back. Feel yourself subtly disconnect from the pain of the fear you were just feeling. And notice it now in the space in front of you, where you were just standing.
Realize that everything you see is a reflection of something you secretly believe about yourself. As you consider the fear from this slight distance, answer this powerful question: "That fear must mean I am________________________." Be willing to respond, out loud, with the first thought that pops into your head. Don't censor yourself or try to make sense of it. When you get an answer, follow up with this question: "If [what you just answered] is true, that must mean I am _____________________________." Keep asking and answering that question until you get to the core restriction. How will you know? You'll probably break out in a cold sweat. And you may even feel dizzy or light-headed, because your core restriction is the most frightening thing you can imagine. It's your deepest fear.
When I walked Jack through this process, his deepest fear was intense: "It would be good that I would be destroyed," he said in a low voice. Yet as disturbing as that thought was, I could feel the sacred tenderness he was giving himself by saying it out loud.
Ask the wisest, most eternal part of you to help you forgive yourself for making up that belief. As a healer, you're probably well aware that what you experience day-to-day is the tip of the iceberg called YOU. At the same time, the wisest, most eternal part of you exists beyond of the time-space continuum, in the world of spirit and energy. And it's intimately connected to whatever you think of as God, Goddess, Holy Spirit, Universe, Presence or All That Is.
At this point in the Elegant Alchemy process, you're going to call that part of you forward to help you forgive yourself for making up the belief that your deepest fear is true. Because every block we ever perceive is born out of one single belief we mistakenly bought into eons ago: that we are alone and separate from Source. We subconsciously project that belief into our lives as fear, pain and discontent.
Now it's time to let that mistaken belief go. You do that by simply saying out loud: "Dear [your name for God, Goddess, All That Is], please help me forgive myself for making up the belief that ________________________________." Then complete that sentence with the core fear that came up in step 2.
Affirm the Truth — the opposite of your belief. Once you've asked for help to forgive yourself, immediately answer this statement: "I know the Truth:________________________________." Then, without engaging your thinking mind, reach for the most expansive psychological or spiritual truth you're willing to believe in that moment. Your Truth may be: "I know that I am one with Source and I am always protected, every moment of every day." Or it may be as simple as, "I'm a good person and I've got an important message to share." Whatever your Truth is, the most important thing is that it flows from you naturally. And that it feels true to you.
When I was working with Jack, the atmosphere around us changed dramatically when he called on the wisest, most eternal part of him, which he called Presence: "I know the Truth," he said with a fierce strength in his voice. "I am Presence."
Ask to be filled with peace and led to your best next step. Once you've claimed your Truth, look again at the space in front of you. This time, instead of seeing the fear, see your Truth. Again, engage all of your senses to notice what it looks like. What it feels like. What it sounds like. What it smells like. Even what it tastes like. Continuing to address the wisest, most eternal part of you, simply say: "Please fill me with your peace and lead me to my best next step."
Then you're going to pull it all together in a simple prayer that sounds something like this: "Dear Holy Spirit, please help me forgive myself for making up the belief that I ever could be rejected by anyone else. I know the Truth: I have a lot to share and there are people out there who are ready to hear my message. Please fill me with your peace. And lead me to my best next step."
Then, seeing that Truth projected in the space in front of you, take one giant step forward into it. And continue to breathe as your newly discovered Truth begins to reorganize your cellular structure. Jack Immediately noticed in the space in front of him a sense of expansive, grounded spaciousness. As he stepped into it, a deep sense of peace enveloped us.
Today, he's taking action on the steps he chose at the beginning of this process to ground his newfound freedom in reality. He's outlining a new book he's going to promote when he's traveling around the country teaching his unique form of selfless compassion. As I left him, he was relaxed and at ease with a gentle smile on his face. And he was eager to get started with the next phase of his teaching and healing.
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