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Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
April, 2009, Vol. 09, Issue 04
By Ruth Werner, LMP, NCTMB, Massage Therapy Foundation President
In this issue we will discuss a common, frustrating, but not particularly threatening condition – acne rosacea. Sometimes called “adult acne,” this idiopathic condition is usually benign but it has some complications that are worth noting. Imagine being a fair-skinned man in your 50s. You have noticed that over time, much of your face now appears to have become permanently reddened—like a sunburn that never fades. You outgrew adolescent acne 30 years ago, but now you see bumps and pimples over your cheeks and on your chin. Occasionally they sting or itch. Your nose has become enlarged and the skin has become thick and bumpy. Tiny red lines appear on your face: these are especially noticeable when you drink hot beverages or eat spicy foods. Worst of all, some friends and acquaintances assume that your skin is a sign of chronic alcohol abuse: you find yourself constantly defending yourself against that prejudgment. These are the signs and symptoms of acne rosacea.
What is acne rosacea?
Acne rosacea is a skin condition that affects mostly middle-aged, fair-skinned adults. It is most common among 30 to 60-year-olds. Although it is diagnosed in women slightly more often than in men, men tend to have it in a more severe form. Rosacea is very common; estimations suggest that about 14 million Americans may have it, although not always so severely that treatment is required.
Despite being common, acne rosacea remains mysterious. It runs in cycles of flare and remission, but does not appear to be auto-immune in nature. It can lead to the appearance of pustules that clear up with antibiotic use, but it is not a specific bacterial infection that can be cultured and identified. Some research points to two microbial infestations, but research on these factors remains inconsistent and inconclusive. Because the cause or causes of this condition remain elusive, its treatment is limited to addressing symptoms only. Acne rosacea is considered to be a manageable, but not curable, condition.
Symptoms of Acne Rosacea
Acne rosacea typically affects the skin of the face, focusing especially on the cheeks, forehead, and chin—often the places that acne vulgaris (“common” acne associated with the changes in testosterone secretion that occur during puberty) appears. Many people find that their skin becomes reddened and bumpy or even pimply, and may stay that way for weeks and months. Then, for no known reason, symptoms resolve and the skin goes back to normal for an undetermined period of time. Other people find that the changes are permanent and progressive. Acne rosacea usually spares the skin around the eyes, but one version can affect the conjunctiva and even lead to the risk of corneal damage.
Causes of Acne Rosacea
Causes of acne rosacea are mainly unknown. One of the frustrating things about this condition is that triggers may vary widely for people, and that the tissue changes seen in skin biopsies of people with this condition are inconsistent. Some of the features that occur often include:
Types of Acne Rosacea
In 2004, a committee of specialists convened to compare notes and create some clear guidelines for subtypes of acne rosacea in an effort to create more awareness and to strategize the best treatment options for each type. The types of rosacea that they identified are:
This idiopathic disorder has no permanent cure, and so is treated palliatively. Patients are taught to recognize their specific triggers, and to avoid them when possible. Acne medication like Accutane is often prescribed. If mites are suspected, patients may be counseled to try the same skin cream recommended for scabies infestation. Photodynamic therapy (combining oral medication with careful doses of UV radiation) works for some patients. Laser surgery or dermabrasion may help the appearance of the skin and mask telangiectasias. Plastic surgery may be considered for a person with advanced rhinophyma. None of these interventions are considered to be a permanent solution for acne rosacea, however.
What about massage?
Specific massage promotes local blood flow as the skin warms and capillaries dilate in the area being addressed. For most clients this is a benefit, but for clients with acne rosacea facial massage could be a trigger for uncomfortable flushing and redness. As long as no infection is present, lymph drainage modaliies may help decrease fluid retention and any local edema. Therapists must be careful about using a lubricant that doesn’t irritate the skin or lead to a hyper-reaction.
Massage is unlikely to make any direct or specific changes to acne rosacea, but the chance to receive educated, non-judgmental touch may be an important positive factor in the life of someone who lives with this common and frustrating condition.
Well readers, do you have questions about medical issues that are presented in your contact with clients? Let me know – what’s on your table? Until then, many thanks and many blessings.
Click here for previous articles by Ruth Werner, LMP, NCTMB, Massage Therapy Foundation President.
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