Talking through your Wrists: Using Nonverbal Cues to Assess Mind-Body Congruence in a Chiropractic Care SettingAthena du Pré*
Department of Communication Arts, University of West Florida, USA
- *Corresponding Author:
- Athena du Pré
Department of Communication Arts, University of West Florida
11000 University Parkway, Pensacola, FL 32514, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date October 18, 2013; Accepted date November 13, 2013; Published date November 15, 2013
Citation: du Pré A (2013) Talking through your Wrists: Using Nonverbal Cues to Assess Mind-Body Congruence in a Chiropractic Care Setting. Altern Integr Med 2:145. doi:10.4172/2327-5162.1000145
Copyright: © 2013 du Pré A. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Based on observation of 30 client visits in a complementary care office, this article describes an innovative way of “talking to the body” to achieve greater health. Ethnomethodological analysis reveals how participants interactively make sense of a treatment modality known as Neuro Emotional Technique. As the same time, this exploration considers how the assumptions of a traditional Chinese medicine model and a contemporary nonverbal model apply to the interactions. Although the medical model and communication model originated more than 3,500 years and 6,000 miles apart, their central tenets are remarkably similar and reflect many of the assumptions displayed by actual participants. From each perspective, nonverbal communication is regarded as a useful way to bridge the gap between mind and body and to reveal emotional issues unrealized by the mind.