European College of QINOpractic Medicine
Here are some common questions. Please send us your questions or comments.
Q: Why is QINOpractic spelled with capital QINO?
A: Well, In Sweden there has been some confusion for the public, since a Swedish Chiropractor spells his title, kiropraktor, so to avoid confusion we have elected to spell with capital QINO.
We are NOT Chiropractors and will never become that either. We do NOT perform any kind of chiropractic manipulation.
Our base (philosophy) do resemble that of a chiro, but only parts of it, we then mix that together with 2 parts of Chinese philosophy. Add a pinch of treatment from Osteopath, Massage, Soft-tissue techniques, and add some extra NLP and then you get: QINOpractic Medicine.
Q: QINOpractic, don't you mean Chiropractic?
A: No, there is a huge difference between QINOpractic Medicine and Chiropractic.
But, let me start with the similarities:
- Both treat musculoskeletal disorders
- Both therapies are based on the scientific fact that your body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism with a built-in internal intelligence that can heal the body from within. Healing comes from within not from outside.
- Both treatment methods believe that there are blockages, "malfunction", dysfunctions that cause patients discomfort.
To the differences:
A chiropractor works with particular vertebrae and other joints. He/she uses a special technique for releasing the blockages that occur in the joint / vertebrae. This technique is called High velocity, low amplitude and a technique that takes years to train and should, no must not be practiced by someone who has not endured a 5-year training.
A chiropractor works almost exclusively with physical symptoms and the physical part of our body. That is, our bones and/or muscles.
This differs however from country to country and from DC to DC.
A QINOpractic Medicine practitioner deals primarily with imbalances in the body, such as muscular imbalances around the joints and/or mental imbalance. We focus more of function than structure, in contrast to most Chiropractors.
A QM practitioner focuses primarily, but not exclusively, on the surrounding structures (muscles, ligaments, tendons, etc.) to relax the tension around the joint, BUT also with mental, or emotional aspect to the problem.
QINOpractic Medicine emphasis on the underlying cause of the dysfunction. Why did the imbalance show it's ugly face to start with?
This can best be described with the metaphor of trying to find the first domino tile that relates to the other. The 10th tile that fell could have been the one that caused the experience that we interpreted as pain.
The QINOpractic Medicine practitioner does NOT use any chiropractic techniques to manipulate the vertebrae, he/she does not manipulate the patient's body at all but work together with the person's subconscious mind so that the brain can locate the problem itself and in the end, solve the mystery. Healing can only come from within...
QINOpractic Medicine is therefore absolutely not to be confused with Chiropractic. The title chiropractic is also a protected title, so we decided to call our therapists for QINOpractic Medicine practitioners and the highest level of practitioners: Master of QINOpractic Medicine practitioners.
We do not teach any kind of chiropractic manipulation at ECQM.
Q: What is QINOpractic Medicine?
A: QINOpractic Medicine is a complementary and alternative health care profession with the purpose of assessing and treating mechanical disorders. It uses a holistic treatment approach to recognize the body's innate neurological intelligence to organize, maintain and self-heal.
QM was founded by Dr. Mike Dahlstrom in 2005.
QINOpractic is the unique sum and combination of knowledge, wisdom, and philosophy from Eastern Medicines and Chiropractic melded together with modified techniques from Kinesiology, Osteopathy, and different European Soft Tissue and Massage Therapies (among them, Myofascial and Swedish) into a holistic, ‘whole-body’ treatment protocol.
Philosophy and approach to healthcare:
The QINOpractic perspective reflects a holistic, whole-body treatment approach to healthcare.
QINOpractic is non-invasive and recognizes the dynamics of lifestyle, environment, and health. This treatment appreciates the multifactorial nature of structural, chemical, emotional and psychological influences on the nervous system and indeed the whole body.
QINOpractic begins with the assumption that function, structure, and emotion are interdependent and cannot be evaluated or treated separately. Problems, issues and conditions within our neuroskeletal structure and joints cause an imbalance in the overall function of the body.
These imbalances in function, disturbances in muscles, circulation, nerve function, inner organs, and glands to name a few, can lead to changes in muscular balance and overall physiological and psychological functions. Structural problems, in turn, can lead to disturbances in nerve function and signal flow, resulting in biochemical changes and output of pain.
Q: What kind of education does a QINOpractic Therapist have?
A: There are three titles, Diplomat, Certified Therapists and Master of QINOpractic Medicine.
QINOpractic is a post-grad program for certified therapists. This means they already have a license to practice where they are at the moment.
Where ever you are in the world there is the lowest standard to be able to attend the ECQM for the QINOpractic diploma/certification -
you have to be at least a certified therapist already and have a license to practice as the minimum a massage therapist. But we also have Chiropractors and Physiotherapist that has gone through the program
Diplomate - QINOpractic Medicine Practitioner:
To become a diplomate, they have to do the following:
1 Attended and passed Module 1 and 2 in QINOpractic Medicine.
2 Passed three written exams
3 Passed two practical test
4 Document at least 60 student treatments
When the student have fulfilled all these requirements, they receive a Diploma. QINOpractic Medicine Practitioner
Certified QINOpractic Medicine Practitioner.
The next stage/level is a certification; then the therapist has to fulfill the following requirements:
1, Work with QINOpractic Medicine for two years.
2, Be a member of the International QINOpractic association for two years.
3, Complete at least two advanced courses (offered annually)
4, Complete another 60 documented treatments
5, Complete Module 3, Rehab within two years from their Diploma.
When this is archived, the therapist can apply for certification as an Internationally Certified QINOpractic Medicine Practitioner.
But they have to pass the certification process with at least 90% correct answers. Very tough level.
Master of QINOpractic Medicine
A Master QINOpractic Medicine practitioner has practiced QINOpractic a minimum of three years before he/she can apply for the Master title, and has fulfilled the following:
1, Attended and passed QINOpractic module 4 to 8
2, Made at least 120 documented treatments (after his diploma)
3, Co-instructed on at least one QINOpractic Module 1 course.
4, Passed both written exam and practical tests.
5, Has attended at least two post-grad QINOpractic courses.
After they have passed the International QINOpractic Associations tests (96% required) that have to work as a "Master intern" for six monthts (with case studies) then, they will finally receive their Master title.
The Certification and Master titles are not issued by the ECQM, but by the International QINOpractic Association (IQA)
Q: Can I become a QINOpractic Medicine practitioner even though I'm not a massage therapist?
A: Yes you can. But only if you live in Sweden, where we also offer a one year program from scratch..
But on the international field, no, you have to be a body practitioner of some sort, minimum is a level 3 with some basic anatomy and physiology on the curriculum.
Q: Can QINOpractic help against insomnia, incontinence, infertility, lumbago, and hyper mobility?
A: Wow, and that was just a few questions ...
Let's start with your back. A QINOpractic Medicine practitioner believes that bones can't move by itself. It's our muscles that generate the power and "move" your bones. Muscles can also "block" the structure that is situated between the bones, the joints. We must ensure that the muscles can do their job and that there's no muscular imbalance around the vertebra (or any joint). Muscle imbalances around the pelvis and back can definitely create back-pain, fatigue, sciatica, and recurrent lumbago. The most common phenomenon is that the muscles located on either side of the spine (Erector Spinae or Quadratus Lumborum) are not "working" properly. This, in turn, leads to the spine becomes "unstable" (so to speak), information about this "unstableness" soon reaches the brain. The brain then responds and instruct other muscles to tighten themselves to help protect against this instability. These muscles soon reach some form of fatigue and this is often the first sign, fatigue in the lower part of your back. This could (and usually do) lead to back pain. If you only adjust the vertebra or massage the tense muscles, and don't fix this imbalance, you will probably be back with for the same problem soon.
It may also be that the ligaments in sacroiliac-joint (the transition between the sacrum and ileum) are affected and need treatment. It tends to be quite painful and can lead to spontaneous, and often bad or foul outbursts.
Also, the bladders (with related tissues) nerve supply derive from this area, so there may be a common denominator between low back problems and urogenital problems.
Of course, there are many other possibilities as well that must or rather could be explored by a seasoned therapist.
In the case of insomnia, I have to know a little bit more about other problems like; palpitations, sensitivity to loud noises, bright lights, and how your emotional balance is, are you under stress. I might be able to help you there but check with your local physician first to rule out any kind of illness or dysfunction that I am not allowed to treat.
QINOpractic Medicine only balances the body on different levels, and this can help the body's own innate intelligence and heal from within. We do not treat any disease or state that requires medical care.
Incontinence: When you are under stress or pregnant, the brain sometimes "loses" contact with the pelvic floor muscles.
This condition tends to cause pain in the area and sometimes, incontinence as well.
The urethra is connected to the pelvic floor muscles. We can compare this muscle with a hammock, with the urethra hanging in the middle section, below the canvas. If the hammock loses its elasticity urethra can be affected and incontinence can be the end result from this.
Hope that was brief enough ....
Finally, I have to emphasize once again that we as QINOpractic Medicine practitioners do not treat internal organs or diseases.
That would be in contrary to existing laws.
We treat only the structural and energetic imbalances in our body.