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Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
TA'ing: A Therapy of Its Own
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By Donna Snow-Spears, LMT, NMT, CST
"All right, partner up!" The familiar words ring out from the Upledger instructor.
The first hours of the CranioSacral Therapy (CST) lecture are over and the hands-on practice begins. Dimming light prepares the room for the 50 practitioners as they begin digitally "listening" for the nearly imperceptible CranioSacral rhythm in their prone partners.
Minutes slide by. A raised hand catches my attention. I ghost over to the face with the furrowed brow that whispers in exasperation, "I can't feel it!"
Ripples of anticipation of helping make someone's learning process easier made my soul dance! I love being here in this incredulous learning environment, and I am helping as I had once received help from priceless, patient and precise teacher assistants, or TAs. Here is a wonderful learning environment for we are all students!
"Imagine that your hands are feathers and weigh no more than a nickel, like this." I lightly place my hands on theirs and follow the rhythm for several cycles. "Very soon you will begin to trust your hands. Feel it?"
"Uh-huh!" An expression of concentration has replaced the furrowed brow.
TAs come from diverse health care backgrounds and arrive from all over the globe. Our desire to perfect the art and skill of CST has led us to help in ways that are positive and reassuring.
A strong base in CST is important, and "TA'ing" is a great way to review classes. Each time I repeat a workshop, I hear information that I missed before and find that I am entering as many notes in my study-guide as I did the previous time. I have a better chance to become savvy in techniques that undergo metamorphoses. In addition, I get to experience various instructors. Even though the information is consistent, each personality offers a different flavor. What better chance is there to catch up on new trends and add polish to the old, reliable ones than assisting in this way?
Old friends, new friends! TA'ing proffers a bountiful way to form invaluable connections that not only help increase my clientele base, but my friend base as well!
I had been shy about traveling; however, I have grown and the fledgling leaves the nest on occasion. There was hardly a better chance to incorporate traveling into my business than becoming a TA. The Upledger Institute is global, so the possibilities are abundant! And I can call the Upledger Institute to see if my favorite spot on the map has a workshop soon. Hmmm...where to? France? Italy? Scotland? Germany? Australia? Hawaii? How about a place in the U.S. I've always wanted to go? Now, I go with a purpose! (Sedona, here I come!)
Most importantly, is the deepening of connection to what I think is my life's path as I work with people in the realm of CST. I sense that teaching might be a part of it. Assisting may bring me a little closer to my life's work but, in the meanwhile, I'm enjoying being a massage therapist.
"I don't feel the rhythm. Can you check me out?" Another student frets.
"Gladly!" I say, as I touch the patient. "Your hands were right! Their rhythm has stopped! Your gentle touch has already allowed your partner to move into still-point (a gentle stop in the CST rhythm).
"Okay!" The instructor's voice rings. "How many need a break?
Hands fly into the air.
"None of us represent a perfect model to work on," the instructor continues. "Because of this, you sense restrictions, injuries, traumas and such in your first few hours as CST practitioners. What's more, even with the gentle 5-gram touch used to conduct a CST evaluation there will already be favorable changes in your bodies.
"How many feel their body has changed?" (Lots of hands!) "Good! Be back in ten minutes!"
I want to be just like the quiet and supportive TAs that took care of me. Intuitively sensing my need, they would always be nearby. Angels!
Review and improve skills! Glean the latest in applications! Reconnect with old friends! Make new friends! Travel! Business expansion! Opportunities of all descript! Could I ask for more? Well, yes! An additional perk -- perhaps, I'll meet Dr. Upledger in person!
There are many rewards for me in TA'ing, but the best part comes at the end of class as I and the other TAs receive gratifying hugs from students (and future friends) for our assistance. It just doesn't get any better.
Oops! Class is starting! Got to go! See you soon?
Donna Snow-Spears LMT, NMT, CST
Published: June 16, 2004