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The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
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