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Key Changes and Updates to the 7th Edition CNT Manual
Acupuncture Today recently interviewed Jennifer Brett, ND, L.Ac. regarding the updates to the CNT manaul.
The Three Heater Official
This Official, belonging to the element Fire, is responsible for maintaining and regulating the heating system of the body, mind, and spirit. It is named for its function. The trunk is divided into three "burning spaces" or "jiaos."
Integrative Medicine for the Underserved: A Seat at the Table
Numerous organizations have risen to the challenge of providing care to medically-underserved populations and here we feature one such group.
Free Yourself From the Pocketbook Practice
Let's take a journey together; there's an important lesson to be learned. Imagine a town or city just like yours.
Should You Change an Athlete's Natural Running Form?
Once past the ankle, impact forces travel at about 200 mph into the knee. In addition to allowing the quad to absorb force, bending the knee (E) prevents the hip and pelvis from moving up and down too much (F), which is important for injury prevention and efficiency.
Chinese Doctors Poke Holes in Australian Study
A recent Australian clinical trial, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in 2014 by Rana Hinman, et el., evaluating the effectiveness of both needle and laser acupuncture for chronic knee pain.
Desert: A Metaphor from the Study of Genetics
In most of the human lives I know about, there are stretches of time which feel stagnant, or worse. We can feel adrift, or wounded and sidelined, and these times don't seem to carry much usefulness while they are unfolding.
The Risks I Took
We all take risks when we choose this profession. For some, it is not knowing if you can make a living practicing TCM. For others, it is parental or cultural disapproval.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 3)
A patient with sacroiliac fixation and dysfunction ordinarily demonstrates a noticeable leg-length inequality when placed in the prone position on the adjusting table.
Treatment of PTSD: An Opportunity for the Practice of Integrated Medicine
PTSD is widespread across America today. Not only do many of our honored men and women in uniform bring it home with them from the war zones they have been active in, but it often follows any life-threatening event people go through when their lives have been in danger.
Nomenclature and Classification of Lumbar Disc Pathology: Version 2.0
The Nomenclature and Classification of Lumbar Disc Pathology consensus, published in 2001 by the collaborative efforts of the North American Spine Society, the American Society of Spine Radiology and the American Society of Neuroradiology, has guided radiologists, clinicians and the public for more than a decade.
The Source-Luo Point Combination, Part 2
The Da Cheng includes symptoms for the source-luo points that indicate when to use them for treatment. Yang defines the method as the guest-host (it is one of a variety of acupuncture point combinations called guest-host).
Q&A With the First VA Chiropractic Residents
As you may have read previously, a major step forward for the profession occurred in July 2014 when the Department of Veterans Affairs began piloting a chiropractic residency program at five locations.
Sports Medicine 101: Surgery or No Surgery?
In the world of sports medicine, many careers are saved by surgeries that correct traumatic damage to the body. Muscle tears, ligament damage, fractures, spinal disc herniations, and joint instabilities are a few of the issues frequently addressed with surgical intervention.
News in Brief
Investigating the Cellular Impact of Mechanical Force; National Board Seats (Not-So) New Officers at Annual Meeting.
An International Life: An Interview with Mary Elizabeth Wakefield
I met Mary Elizabeth Wakefield during her class last summer in Seneca Falls, New York at the Finger Lakes School of Chinese Medicine.
Meet Cheyenne: Your Future Colleague
Allow me to introduce you to Cheyenne (Chey), the daughter of some of our family's closest friends. We attend and serve at the same church together, and have known each other for many years.
NCCAOM Video Contest
The NCCAOM is excited to announce the launch of the second annual video contest "Because it Works!" 2015.
I was sitting in a Pizza Hut in Peoria, Ill., with my friend Reggie, sometime in the spring of my senior year in college, when he started doodling on his paper placemat. In those days, the company had a picture of U.S. on the mats, showing all the locations of the "Huts" in the country.
Going On-Site With Chiropractic Care
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released a position paper highlighting the financial, clinical and patient-satisfaction benefits of providing chiropractic care at on-site corporate health clinics.
Marketing with a Microphone
When given an option, it stands to reason that people prefer to do business with those they know, like, and trust.
Having the Opportunity to Change a Client's Life
I promise I'll get back to politics in my next column. The information, this method I am sharing with you in this column, can change the lives of both patients and therapists in such a dramatically positive way, it trumps politics, so of course you want to know about it.
A therapist in her mid-forties attended a seminar I was teaching about a year ago. It was a Neural Reset Therapy® (NRT) lower body class. It seems she had been in a severe auto accident seven years ago and all her injuries had been treated and resolved except for a very severe, nagging low back pain that she experienced deep to her PSIS and superior SI Joint. She was functional, "working through it," but it was always present to one degree or another. After receiving NRT work during the class practice time from her partner, plus a few extra resets from me that came from the NRT home study module for the lower body, she was pain-free for the first time in seven years. (The lower body modules include the lumbar and abdominal regions.) I treated her for about 10 minutes. She did not experience any pain during or from the treatment. Neither did I!
When a treatment is so simple, quick, and painless, the first question a therapist will probably ask is," Will it last?" That was in November. She returned for the NRT upper body class in late February (3 months) and the pain had never re-occurred.
The pace of massage has not changed for decades. Yet, everything is moving faster these days. Doesn't it seem that way to you? Patients want faster results than ever before. Of course so do us as providers. Think about it, wouldn't you like to be able to get better and faster results in your clinical work? Wouldn't you like to learn a way to stimulate the nervous system to get the exact response you desire from it? I wonder why any therapists wouldn't?
The last big advance in massage therapy was trigger-point therapies like Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT). Some may argue that the various myofascial methods, from superficial to deep were the last big advance. They both happened about the same time. Since then, everything has been a variation on these themes. They are all relatively time consuming, strenuous for the therapist, and at least somewhat uncomfortable for the patient.
The human nervous system moves at the speed of thought. It knows exactly how to relax a muscle instantly. It does this every time we move. Sherrington's Second Law states that when a muscle is contracted, its antagonist is simultaneously inhibited. This is called the Law of Reciprocal Inhibition and is published in medical textbooks. If reciprocal inhibition (RI) didn't happen, we would be rigid and movement would be very difficult. Reciprocal inhibition occurs almost instantly, at least at the speed of our movement. Just think how fast we move in an athletic sport or dance event.
The question for decades has been, how can we elicit this reciprocal inhibition function of the nervous system when we desire to, in a specific, "target" muscle, and even more importantly, how can we get it to last longer than during the moment of movement? How could we elicit it in a way to "reset" a muscle's tonus back to a "default" or normal level of tonus that would last at least until an adverse event resets it into dysfunction?
Various attempts at accomplishing this have been around for at least 25 years, but they were never predictable, consistent, or lasting. PNF, MET and AIS all utilize RI but they are slow, repetitive, and not all that long lasting.
Embedded in the body's tissue matrix are sensors called mechanoreceptors. They perceive stimulus like vibration, pressure, movement, slow stretch, tension, etc. When they are stimulated in a non-threatening, maybe better to say a non-harmful manner, they send a signal to the central nervous system (CNS). Its response is to send an inhibitory signal back to the area reporting in. Wouldn't it be awesome if we could better utilize these mechanoreceptors to "reset" muscles?
The most consistent comments that I receive from other therapists is how much easier NRT is on their bodies and how much more they can do for their clients. That is a win-win situation! The other thing that I hear is," How come it took so long for someone to figure this out?" A lot of things in life are like that. The main thing is for you not to wait to learn something that will enable you to continue to work in the profession that you love for many more years to come.
NRT is not just a set of techniques. NRT is a process where we apply techniques with conscious effort, utilizing the different application methods, "The Rules," and the "Insights" to cause a significant positive change in the nervous system. NRT combines well with any other therapy you might use. It is completely based on neurological laws, anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology. Done through clothes, it does not require lubricant, and is mostly done supine.