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A Letter to the Profession from the New President at AAAOM
Volunteering for a national, nonprofit organization brings with it such highs, lows, and accomplishments, as well as a steep learning curve.
Herbs for Digestion: The Power of Bitter
Many cultures (and indeed herbal clinicians) around the world have long respected the role of bitter herbs and foods for promoting digestion. For example, aperitifs – drinks consumed before a meal to stimulate appetite and digestion – were originally derived from bitter herbs.
End of an Era Looms at NYCC
New York Chiropractic College recently announced that Dr. Frank Nicchi will retire in August 2017 after 36 years with the college, the past 17 as president.
Can a Multivitamin Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence?
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multivitamin supplements in cancer prevention. However, with respect to preventing breast cancer recurrence, an important study was published in the Journal of Breast Cancer Research and Treatment in 2011 by Kwan ML, et al.
Molecular Motors: Tiny Machines Behind the Rhythm of Life
In the clinic, we aim to restore healthy patterns of movement for qi that has gotten trapped or misdirected, or may have even collapsed. We may be focused on freeing stagnation, releasing heat or redirecting counterflow qi, but it often comes down to helping re-establish a flow of sorts.
Meshing TCM With Environmental Pediatrics: Where's the Overlap?
Pediatrics has a long history within Chinese medicine dating back to the late Han dynasty (i.e., the late 200s CE), with the two primary areas of emphasis being herbal medicine and xiao er tui na (pediatric massage).
A Simple Protocol for Holiday Stress
It's winter, a time when we should be deep in reflection, eating warming foods and sleeping long hours. Following nature's rhythms, we restore our bodies and minds in preparation for the renewal of spring.
Branding: Set Your Practice Apart
Dr. Brad started his practice seven years ago on a shoestring budget. He created his generic logo in five minutes using a website because he didn't have the time to figure out how to make something special.
All Fiber Is Not Created Equal
Sometimes the best place to start is at the end. So, the conclusion of this article is that all fiber is good ... but some fiber is better. Let's break it down. There are two main types of fiber: soluble fiber and insoluble fiber.
Chiro School Reunion: Whatever Happened to...?
I opened the door to the closet slowly, carefully, since I knew it contained a large number of precariously stacked file boxes. It also held numerous outdated gizmos with electrical cords of various lengths that could trip or strangle a person.
Overuse Injuries in Young Athletes (Pt. 2)
Most overuse injuries are benign, but there are some high-risk injuries that, if unrecognized or inappropriately treated, can result in significant loss in time from the sport or even require leaving the sport.
DVT: Know the Signs and You Could Save a Life
I lost a friend several months ago. He died from a pulmonary embolism (PE) secondary to a deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) that originated in his lower leg. Bobby was in his mid-60s, soft-spoken and had a big heart.
Another Chance to Make a Difference
Just a few months ago, "the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Hurricane Sandy" hit Louisiana. During this storm, one area experienced 31 inches of rain in 15 hours as almost 7 trillion gallons of water rained down in just one week across the state.
2016: A Year in the Life of Acupuncture
Happy Holidays, may you, your family and friends have peace, joy and blessings throughout this special time of year. As 2016 comes to a close, we can look back and celebrate the many events and accomplishments for the profession of acupuncture.
News in Brief
New President / CEO Takes Office at Yo San University. Electroacupuncture for Constipation?
Little Sticker, Big Impact
It's the end of an election year. Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump were the subject of conversation for everyone, everywhere for the entire 2016 calendar year. I don't think any of us can deny that this election affected us all very deeply on a personal level.
A First for the Profession: CCE Accredits First Chiropractic Residencies
The Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) has awarded accreditation to all five chiropractic residency programs currently administered at Veterans Administration facilities, "the first residency programs in the nation ever to be awarded this distinction, a significant advancement in the evolution of chiropractic education," according to a VA press release announcing the milestone.
Southwest Acupuncture College Brings It to Division 1 Athletes
When Michael Phelps' photograph with the distinctive round marks left by cupping went viral, the Division 1 student athletes treated through the Dal Ward Athletic Center at the University of Colorado (CU) could relate.
6 Steps to Make 2017 Your Best Year Yet
People often ask me what defines success. Success, for me, is simple: doing exactly what you want to do in life. Whether it's the kind of practice you run, your life at home, your hobbies or something else, it's achieving anything you put your mind to.
What We Can Learn From Spine Surgery
Patients with lumbar stenosis presumably present for conservative care to improve their quality of life and avoid surgery. However, providing clear guidance to these patients can be difficult for a number of reasons.
A Q & A About Updated Codes
Yes, indeed there was an update to ICD-10 on Oct.1, 2016. This is a regular update to the diagnosis coding system and this type of update will occur every Oct. 1, just as it did when the ICD-9 system was in place.
Dedicated to Defending Chiropractic
Whether you're a veteran DC or a first-trimester student, the name George McAndrews should be part and parcel of your professional vernacular, as familiar as the word chiropractic.
One Intensive, Three Ways
As I stepped into the oversized treatment room, I saw four massage tables set up. Each one held a client surrounded by three to four therapists who were all holding their hands at strategic locations on the client's body. The only sound was the occasional murmur when the client's lead therapist instructed the others to change locations or hand positions.
This was the scene of the first intensive program I attended at The Upledger Clinic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. in 1994. Developed for patients with traumatic brain or spinal cord injuries, these programs would later expand to cater to adults and children struggling with a host of other challenges, from autism to post-traumatic stress disorder.
Yet no matter what kind of challenge was being addressed, the structure of the program was fundamentally the same for everyone. In addition to round-table discussions between therapists, clients and their caregivers, each client received five to 10 days of what we called "multi-hands" Craniosacral Therapy sessions. That means each client had a lead therapist supported by several other therapists who essentially lent their hands (and their hearts) to the sessions.
It was a profound experience that was designed to help clients overcome a plateau in their healing process. But after years of working with Craniosacral Therapists and other integrative practitioners, one thing has become crystal clear: If you practice any kind of therapy that's outside of mainstream medicine, your clients have already hit a plateau before they ever call you.
That's why I teach therapists how to package their modalities into transformative programs that always start with an intensive experience. Whether they're called intensive programs, private retreats or deep-dive days, they generate a massive amount of healing momentum. Then all the therapeutic sessions that follow the intensive are capable of creating results that are more dramatic – and longer lasting – than the outcomes clients experience when they drop in for a session now and again.
Here are three creative ways to offer an intensive experience that gives your clients a big improvement in their health and well-being. While they don't all last a full day or take place at the beginning of a program, if you're ready to go deep with your clients, these will get your creative juices flowing.
Multiple Practitioners, One Client
Mary Quintero, LMT, CST, was inspired to offer intensive programs out of her own Craniosacral training.
"I noticed in cranial classes or study groups that when you're getting numerous multi-hands sessions, it takes your therapy to light speed," she said. "That's when I started thinking, what would happen if I offered this to my clients who are improving, but not fast enough for their liking? Or they're bumping up against a wall and they need a little extra something?"
So Mary started "playing with multi-hands" in her practice. She hires one or two other therapists to lend their hands to her clients a session at a time. "I ask the therapists what kind of symptomatology they're most excited to work with," she says. "Then I try to pair them up with who they're most passionate about helping."
Since she started offering these intensives, Mary's noticed that the clients who take part in them generally progress much faster than those who don't.
"That got me wondering what would happen if my clients came in multiple times a week for multi-hands sessions," she said. "Now that's taken off in my practice. I love watching how the sessions and my clients have changed. Their progress might speed up or take a completely different route. It's multifaceted."
Mary's intensive programs have been so successful, she's expanding the concept into five-day destination retreats. She's looking forward to hosting the first one in Costa Rica in 2017.
Multiple Practitioners, Multiple Clients
Katherine Macomber Millman, LMP, says the inspiration for her day-long retreat, which she calls The Healing Temple, came as a "download" when she was in meditation at the end of a yoga class.
"The structure came in its entirety. It's a highly choreographed event for 15 women where five healing practitioners are woven in through the day giving mini-sessions to each woman."
The practitioners range from bodyworkers – like craniosacral therapists and reflexologists – to those who focus on the mind and spirit. "We've had everything from Akashic Record readers to BodyTalk specialists."
While Katherine is beginning to create Healing Temples for women and men, she says the Temple was really a calling to create a container for women to be able to gather, to receive, to rest, to reflect, and to be seen.
"It's an opportunity to set it all down, to go within, to be in the presence of other women without having to be chatty, and to have the input of mind- and body-centered therapies to help catalyze her ability to hear her inner wisdom.
"These retreats really started for influencers. Women in the public eye. But she doesn't have to be a news anchor on ABC. She can be the kindergarten teacher. A charge nurse. Someone who's running for local office. Someone to whom people turn for direction, for wisdom, for guidance, for advice.
"In other words, someone who has a level of responsibility to other people that requires her to be 'on' in a way that someone more private, like a writer, might not need to be."
It's also for women who don't have the time or the space to get away for a week-long or 10-day retreat, or even a weekend retreat. "This is just one day," she said. "So anyone can do it."
Katherine originally hosted all her Healing Temples in Port Townsend, Washington. Now she's leading them at other beautiful locations in the Northwest. "Demand has been so high, I'm looking to collaborate with healers who want to gather their local practitioners and set up Healing Temples across North America."
One Therapist, One Client
Mary Grace Windsor, LMT, specializes in helping women find the power to change painful and draining relationships. Her one-day private retreats at her office in Dallas integrate hands-on bodywork and coaching with some of her favorite techniques to help each client experience a dramatic shift before going into a three-month program.
"Doing that retreat day up front really starts the breakthrough for them. Then when they do the further work in the program, so much of the foundation has already been laid," she said. "Their conscious and their subconscious are working together toward transformation. It's a very powerful beginning."
About a week before each client attends her private retreat day, Mary walks her through a visioning session by phone. "I guide her through a process that reveals the vision of the life she wants to live," Mary said, "because it may be very different than the life she's living now."
Then Mary kicks off the retreat by taking her client through self-discovery exercises, like one that reveals her personal needs and values. That's critical, said Mary, because what's really important to you isn't always what you think it is.
"I once did an exercise like this. And I honestly thought marriage would come out at the top of the list. Turns out it wasn't even on the list. And what was on the list was something I was ignoring: being a good role model for my daughters. I couldn't do that in my first marriage because of the way I was allowing myself to be treated. Seeing that contrast in black and white made it clear that something had to change."
After helping her client get in touch with what's most important to her, Mary takes her through other creative exercises and experiences designed to gently break down her old ideas. And let fresh inspiration in.
She leads her client in a crystal-bowl meditation where starts to bring her vision to life. Then she takes her through a hands-on session that combines Craniosacral Therapy and Reiki. And she ends the day with action steps that continue the transformation once her client is home again.
"The retreat is part of a sacred contract you have with that person," Mary said. "You set the intention and set aside the space and the time. It's a powerful message to both the client and the practitioner that this is the beginning of a big process. When someone's made the time available, that means they're ready for the change."