~ Contents of ACA Update #1 ~
- Why study evolution?
- What are the two different types of "listening"?
- Incorporating the left gastric vein & left gastro-omental vein into your treatment of the stomach.
Over the course of this year I want to keep you updated on what's in store for you during my new classes.
A few tidbits to whet your appetite!
~ Evolution, Embryology & Anatomy ~
In our attempt to understand anatomy and physiology we sometimes simplify things to a level that is far from reflective of reality. A quote from an interesting article titled "Gut peristalsis is governed by a multitude of cooperating mechanisms"
"The urge to simplify may have its roots in the wish to see the gut as a consequence of a single perfect design experiment whereas in reality the control mechanisms of the gut are the messy result of adaptive changes over millions of years that have created complementary and overlapping control systems. All these systems together reliably perform the task of moving and mixing gut content to provide us with essential nutrients."
In the ACA series of classes we will be looking at how the combination of our evolution and embryology has created a brilliantly interwoven synergy between our different systems.
~ Listening Tips ~
Building on what I discussed in my last update, there are two different "listenings".
There is the "listening" that occurs within the tissues as an expression of the overall tension pattern in the tissues. This is a phenomenon within the tissues. It is something occurring in the tissues.
The "listening" we as manual therapists utilize as a way of "observing" this tension pattern within the body is different. This is an active state of enhanced observation.
It is important to keep these two definitions of "listening" distinct in our minds; the tension that is occurring within the person's body and how we, with our hands, observe this pattern of tension. If we blend these two we run the risk of creating confusion.
~ Techniques you may want to consider practicing in preparation for the first class (CG-1)~
Study the image below and you notice the left gastric vein.
Pick a few patients this week to continue your palpation of the stomach in a medial-lateral glide.
Sink deep to the muscle wall underneath the costal margin.
Your right-hand finger pads are in contact with the lesser curve. The finger pads of your left-hand are in contact with the greater curve.
With your contact on the lesser curve you are connected to the left gastric vein. It courses along the lesser curve of the stomach (see image below).
With your contact on the greater curve you are in contact with the left gastro-omental vein (see image below).
Although you will not feel these vascular structures directly you can, in your mind, know they are there and appreciate the significance of these structures.
In my next email we will be exploring this left gastric vein a bit more.
Click here for course descriptions, highlights and the "learner objectives" for the first 3 classes
When is the first class? December 15-17, 2017 at the Best Western Executive Plus Hotel in Seattle (200 Taylor Ave.)
Email Grace at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are still not sure and need more information.
The first 4 classes are now scheduled.
To register click on the following links...
Advanced Clinical Applications of Visceral Manipulation for Common Gastrointestinal Issues 1 (ACA-CG1)
(Liver, Stomach & Gallbladder)
Advanced Clinical Applications of Visceral Manipulation for Common Gastrointestinal Issues 2 (ACA-CG2)
(Duodenum, Small Intestines, Large Intestines & Rectum)
Advanced Clinical Applications of Visceral Manipulation for Common Gastrointestinal Issues 3 (ACA-CG3)
(Pancreas, Spleen & Kidney)
Advanced Clinical Applications of Visceral Manipulation for Common Genitourinary Issues (ACA-GU)
(Bladder, Uterus, Ovary, Uterine Tubes, Prostate & Testicals)
Advanced Clinical Applications of Visceral Manipulation for Common Thyro-Pericardial-Pulmonary Issues (ACA-TCP)
(Thyroid, Esophagus, Bronchi & Lungs, Heart & Pericardium)
In my Update #2 we will be exploring this left gastric vein a bit more.