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A Brief History of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Doctoral Programs
A doctorate in acupuncture and Oriental medicine has been a goal of the profession since its beginnings in the late 1970s. At that time, however, the maturity of the educational institutions and the regulatory environment made it a goal with only a distant completion date.
Spiritual Initiation: Opening Your Higher Healing Abilities
People drawn to the field of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine tend to be those who march to the beat of a different drummer.
Helping Patients With Parkinson's Disease
Parkinson's disease (PD), a long-term degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that mainly affects motor function, has a slow onset over time.
News in Brief
The American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM) board members recently met with the Korean Customs Service, which is similar to the FDA, to discuss herbal safety and importation issues.
Latest Cassidy Study on Stroke Risk Published
The latest study to investigate whether a unique association between chiropractic manipulation and risk of cervical artery dissection / stroke exists has yielded similar encouraging findings, with the authors noting "no excess risk of carotid artery stroke after chiropractic care" and no significant risk difference between patients receiving care from a DC or a primary care medical provider.
Getting Unstuck: Healing From Trauma With TCM, Qigong & Movement
We all come into this world vulnerable, with seeds to grow into our strength. Some of us — through a combination of good fortune (i.e., family and culture we are born into, constitutional inheritance, or ability to learn) grow with minimal interruption from traumatic injuries and experiences.
Gather & Grow
I recently attended a faculty seminar held by one of the acupuncture schools. There was a facilitator who led us through some very interesting experiences. The attendees were a diverse group with varying opinions.
Near-Infrared Therapy for Diabetic Neuropathy
The pain experienced by people with diabetes is a symptom of diabetic neuropathy. The impact on quality of life is significant. Pain makes walking difficult, sleep troublesome, and eventually contributes to a decrease in social interaction.
ICA Goes on the Vaccine Offensive
Have you watched the vaccination documentary, "Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe," by Andrew Wakefield MD, director, and Del Bigtree, producer? This is the documentary Robert DeNiro was pressured to remove from his Tribeca Film Festival.
House Calls With Dad
My father was a chiropractor and he did house calls. On Wednesday nights, while my mother attended the weekly women's meeting at the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs hall in our small town, dad loaded up the portable adjusting table, fired up the Pontiac and drove off to treat a few patients in their homes. I went with him.
Treating the Lower Pelvis (Pt. 2): Midline Structures and Fascia
My previous article [October 2016 issue] outlined evaluation and treatment of pelvic issues involving the sacrotuberous ligament and the pubic symphysis. Now let's discuss two case studies that illustrate how to address additional problematic areas of the pelvis.
Reader Beware: Consider the Source
The aftermath of last year's presidential elections brought a running conversation on the role played by "fake news" that was largely presented via social media.
Correcting Rib Dysfunction: Improve Patients' Pain, Posture and Breathing
As chiropractors, we tend to focus on the spine, and rightly so. Many problems our patients face can be corrected by manipulating the correct spinal level.
VF Works / DMX Works Epilogue: Almost Two Decades Later, the Lawsuits Continue
An article in the March 8, 1999 edition of Dynamic Chiropractic examined whether then-VF Works / Nu-Best Franchising was selling its franchises illegally to doctors of chiropractic.
Advancing the "Whole Organ" Spine Model
Historically, the human spine has been organized by body region utilizing specific anatomical landmarks and transition zones.
Paperwork Done Wrong, Done Right
I was visiting a doctor's office recently and a member of his staff brought a stack of forms to his private office and laid them on the doctor's desk. She informed him he needed to complete the forms for patients and a few third parties.
AOM Residency at NUNM
Imagine you're a recent acupuncture graduate, worried about making enough income as you forge your new career and seek more in-depth training in a particular treatment style.
4 Things Every DC Should Know About Levels of Care & Prevention
As health practitioners, we help people with their health problems and assist them with health promotion and disease prevention.
The Large Intestine Official
The large intestine (AKA colon) is the great eliminator, or as J.R. Worsley called it, "The Drainer of the Dregs." Dregs are defined as the remnants of liquid with its sediment left in a container, or the basest, least valuable portion of anything.
TCM & the Caregiving Population: Treatment Considerations & Our Vital Role
Informal caregiving is increasingly a reality for many Americans who find themselves providing unpaid care for a loved one or a family member with a long-term, terminal, or chronic illness.
Waist Circumference: A Conversation Starter
New estimates suggest more than two-thirds of Americans are either overweight or obese. The medical significance of this statistic is astounding.
The Acupuncture Channel System (Part 2)
The primary channels (main channels) are introduced in chapter 10 of the Ling Shu, these channels are referenced in many chapters throughout the Su Wen and the Ling Shu. The primary channels have become the main channel system used in TCM.
Manual Cranial Therapies and the Treatment of Mild TBIs (Part 2)
In part one of Manual Cranial Therapies — And the Treatment of Mild TBIs I mentioned that many symptoms can appear after a mild TBI. Some occur in the brain directly and others appear as a response to the brain not functioning properly. Therefore, all clients who have a mild TBI have symptoms unique to their case.
One of the biggest mistakes therapists can make is assuming clients do not have a mild TBI after they have had an accident. One symptom of a concussion is no memory of the actual event. This creates a special challenge when treating clients who may have a mild TBI. They won't report an incident causing the injury. A good example of this is a whiplash or a severe fall where the head was not directly impacted. This was demonstrated to me by a neurosurgeon when he took a raw egg and shook it rapidly back and forth twice to simulate what happens to your brain during a whiplash injury.
When he cracked the egg it was fairly well scrambled with the yolk broken. The egg had moved rapidly back and forth crashing into the shell causing structural damage to the soft part of the egg. This happens to the brain when it moves rapidly back and forth crashing into the bony parts of the skull. The skull has many internal ridges, and when the brain crashes into them there can potentially be even more damage than what happened to the egg.
Mike, a 13-year-old soccer player, suddenly lost total interest in soccer and school work. All he wanted to do was lounge in his room with the lights out. He also complained of headaches and difficulty concentrating.
Previously Mike was an "A" student with many interests and hardly ever spent time in his room. Now he was lethargic and quitting the soccer team surprised everyone, especially his coach. Mike was the star of the team and his coach had already talked to scouts who were looking at him for potential future college scholarships. Mike's mother had taken him to doctors, psychologists, and a sports pediatrician who gave her vague answers, including hormones that were affecting his attitude and he would grow out of it.
Evaluation & Diagnosis
Mike's total lack of interest in school work caused her to contact me because she heard of my work with children who had difficulty concentrating with learning disabilities, a suggestion made by one of the psychologists.
I questioned both Mike and his mother about his changes. They came on suddenly six months ago when Mike became lethargic and lost interest in soccer. This raised a red flag for me to look for potential brain trauma since his symptoms indicated a mild TBI. Neither Mike nor his mother could recall a severe injury while playing soccer, but said they would ask the coach.
I used kinesiology to evaluate Mike and found that compressing the cranium tested weak, which showed swelling and inflammation in his brain. Additional kinesiological tests also showed the distortion of the cranium was exaggerated — the core distortion, with a structural imbalance associated with the cranial imbalance. Mike also had limited range of motion in his neck.
Even though Mike exhibited symptoms of a concussion or mild TBI, none of the physicians or psychologists did any testing. However, my kinesiology testing showing swelling and inflammation in his brain along with Mike's symptoms indicated he might very possibly have a concussion and needed treatment for it. Again, the question was, would the cranial/structural techniques and myofascial soft tissue work be beneficial to Mike's recovery?
I asked Mike's mother to contact the physicians and request an evaluation for possible mild TBI diagnosis. Since Mike's symptoms occurred suddenly six months ago and none of the physicians indicated a mild TBI it appeared to be okay to do cranial/structural work to help his brain recover if it was a mild TBI. The techniques that I would use had been successful for children with learning disabilities and symptoms similar to Mike's.
The imbalance of Mike's cranial motion was first addressed with the application of the Cranial/Structural Core Distortion Releases (aka CSCDR). This treated the imbalance of the cranial bones and the structural imbalances found in Mike's body including his neck. He had an increased range of motion in his neck and his overall structural balance was significantly improved. The distortion of Mike's cranial bones had a significant effect on the meninges and the way they held and organized Mike's brain.
By bringing the cranium into balance the support from the meninges for the brain came into balance which would facilitate the healing of any damage in the brain. There would be pumping of cerebral spinal fluid which would carry away waste products and debris that are present in a mild TBI. The structural changes in the neck also took pressure off the brain stem as it came through the foramen magnum — a major cause of headaches. Additional myofascial work with Mike's neck and shoulders further helped the structure and range of motion of the neck.
Kinesiological testing still showed fluid and swelling in Mike's brain which indicated that the glymphatic and lymphatic systems were possibly damaged. At that time cranial/structural frontal/occipital decompression was applied which manually pumps the glymphatic and lymphatic systems to pump out fluid, inflammation and talc. After the session Mike reported he no longer had a headache, and he seemed less lethargic and interested in completing his homework.
At the next session Mike's mother was very excited and reported that he was no longer lethargic and was interacting with the family. She had spoken to the sports pediatrician about a concussion and he ordered a CAT scan. He admitted that Mike's symptoms could be due to a concussion — a mild TBI, and asked her to contact the soccer coach regarding an injury. Mike's treatment included another frontal/occipital decompression because kinesiological testing revealed some swelling and inflammation. This was followed by myofascial work that brought his entire structure into balance. Mike was talking and behaving with the enthusiasm of a normal 13 year old.
At the third session Mike's mother reported that the CAT scan showed brain damage consistent with mild TBI from a concussion. Mike's soccer coach had recalled that mike had been on the ground for two minutes after a head to head collision with the goalie during a practice exercise. This coincided with the onset of Mike's symptoms. He was rapidly returning to his old self and wanted to play soccer again. His mother was not at all in favor of this.
Mike was treated three more times with the cranial/structural therapy, the frontal/occipital decompression, and myofascial therapy. Kinesiological testing showed no evidence of swelling or inflammation in the brain. The Sports pediatrician did another CAT scan and released him back to playing soccer saying his recovery was remarkable.
The research on the glymphatic and lymphatic systems shows the importance of restoring them for recovery from mild TBI. According to Jeffrey Iliff, "Essentially all neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's disease, protein waste accumulates and eventually suffocates and kills the neuronal network of the brain." Similar damage to the meninges also affects the lymphatic system which recent research shows is much more extensive and prevalent in the brain than previously thought. Quoted from UVA Today Johnathan Kipnis said, "We believe that for every neurological disease that has an immune component to it, these [lymphatic] vessels may play a major role." It is obvious that a highly functioning lymphatic system is necessary for recovery from TBI due to the inflammation and accumulation of waste products.
The research on the glymphatic and lymphatic systems along with what happens to the brain with mild TBI shows that there are systems within the brain that need treatment in mild TBI. The case studies presented in part one of this article show how hands on cranial/structural therapies combined with myofascial techniques can facilitate recovery from mild TBI by balancing the meninges and stimulating the glymphatic and lymphatic systems to restore brain function.