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The Science of Stretching
In 1986, Rob DeCastella set a course record by running the Boston Marathon in 2:07:51, just 39 seconds off the world record.
Why You Should Include the Single-Leg Stance Test in Every Patient Assessment
The single-leg stance (SLS) test, also known as the single-limb stance test, unipedal stance test or one-legged stance / balance test, is often used in the geriatric population to assess static postural and balance control.
Fibromyalgia: Put the Pain in Its Place
While some fibromyalgia patients respond favorably to regular chiropractic care, others experience minimal relief. Unfortunately, many of these patients must rely on pharmacological management to relieve their constant pain.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part III
Part 1 and Part II of this series focused on the physical aspect of the Heart and mental emotional aspects of the Heart respectively. Now, I would like to focus on the spiritual aspect of the Heart.
Are You a Bad Chiropractic Patient?
My father was a great DC. In fact, as you might expect, he was the doctor of chiropractic I measured all other doctors against. Sadly, he died at age 61 when I was in my early 30s.
Knee Pain From the Kinetic Chain
As practitioners of manual medicine, chiropractors often treat patients suffering from knee pain.
New Medical Technologies You Need to Know
We're all familiar with how fast computers become obsolete, as well as the rapid pace of development in the field of cell phone technology. The latest smart phones are far more powerful than desktop computers were only a few years ago.
A Chinese Medicine Story: An Interview with Mazin Al-Khafaji
Mazin Al-Khafaji's work has interested me for years. In February 2014, we invited him for the second time to speak at the Southwest Symposium in Austin, Texas.
Coding for the Subluxation: ICD-9 vs. ICD-10
When I attended chiropractic school, I was taught that chiropractors approach health care differently than the traditional medical establishment.
Curbing Label Overwhelm
For the average consumer, reading a food package can be overwhelming: natural, organic, non-GMO, gluten free, free range ... you get the picture.
Building From the Bottom Up
I caught up with my dear friend Honora Wolfe, in her Colorado painting studio where, if she is not praying in Bhutan or doing charitable work in a Nepali free clinic, she spends most of her time now.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
By the Numbers: 3 Common Financial Mistakes With Major Consequences
Warren Buffett is on record for sharing the hidden art of becoming wealthy and making it simple enough for anyone to grasp.
Immunizations by Colorado DCs: Really?
You probably didn't hear about it, but back on Nov. 21, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Colorado Chiropractic Association (CCA) adopted "immunization authority" for Colorado DCs as its No. 2 legislative goal.
Physical Exam 101: The Hands
I am sure you are familiar with the old adage: "When the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail."
Vaccines and Chiropractic: Evidence-Based Medicine or Medical Dogma?
Right or wrong, the chiropractic profession has historically been against vaccinations. However, a growing trend within the profession is seeking to reverse this position.
Remembering Clarence Gonstead and 50 Years of the Gonstead Clinic
Dr. Clarence Selmer Gonstead (1898-1978) took chiropractic practice from back-alley bone setting to an understandable biomechanical science. His life was dedicated to clinical competency.
Finders Keepers: The Secret to Relationship-Based Marketing
Becoming a successful practitioner has less to do with what you learned in school, and more to do with your ability to find new patients and keep them!
Peer Points: Always Seeking To Grow
Ellen "Kiki" Geary has spent the last decade honing her craft. As a specialist in integrative holistic care, she went straight from completing her master's degree in acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine from Bastyr University to building a successful and thriving practice in the small community of Anacortes, Washington.
December, 2011, Vol. 11, Issue 12
A Hands on Approach for Pediatric ADHD
By Tina Allen, LMT, CPMMT, CPMT, CIMT
As 16-year-old Samuel describes it, when you have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), you can't concentrate on the things you want to focus on. It is challenging to clearly focus enough to distinguish between important items and those which are not.Everything comes in all at once and it's impossible to filter. Sometimes, it's challenging to distinguish what is real and what is in his head. Often times, he says he feels like he has a cloud on top of his head that won't go away.
It can take an extreme amount of motivation and focus to do tasks that come naturally to others. When he does have the motivation and focus, Samuel can do amazing things and come up with amazing ideas. One of the worst parts about having a diagnosis of ADHD is the social imparities you have from not being able to concentrate. Each and every day, Samuel feels like he has to be someone else to satisfy everyone else and himself. He has stopped taking his medications because of the comedowns and the desire to not be different from others.
What is ADHD?
How do you describe ADHD to someone who doesn't have this condition? When ADHD is mentioned, often times we conjure up images of a child who is uncontrollable, can't sit still and appears to be bouncing off the walls. This is not always the case. Just as with any diagnosis, the symptoms may present differently for each individual. It is common for people to use the term ADD to describe Attention Deficit Disorder without hyperactivity and ADHD to describe Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity. Many people use these terms interchangeably, adopting the term that is most comfortable and easier for them. In doing so, they are not necessarily describing the symptoms, but providing a generic name for the disorder. The American Psychiatric Association lists three main types of Attention Deficit Disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), which is used by physicians in the diagnostic process.
ADHD, Predominantly Inattentive Type: This type includes the following symptoms: not paying close attention to detail, makes careless mistakes, difficulty sustaining attention, failure to follow through on instructions, difficulty with organization, reluctance to engage in tasks that require sustained mental effort, often loses items, is easily distracted and forgetful.
ADHD, Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Type: This type includes the following symptoms: fidgeting, gets up from seat at inappropriate times, talking excessively, restlessness, difficulty being still or sitting quietly, acting as if driven by a motor, interrupting others, difficulty waiting turns and blurting out answers.
ADHD, Combined Type: This type includes symptoms from both of the above groups.
What Causes ADHD?
It is believed that ADHD may stem from sensory deprivation. Having such an interference with the perceptive senses or movement may produce a central nervous system that behaves as if it is overcharged, causing energy to build up until there is some outlet to expend it. As a result, movement and extra stimulation are required to use this excessive energy. If a child with ADHD is not provided with a method of using this energy, he or she may become irritable, upset or even lash out in anger or rage. Children with ADHD often appear to have difficulty holding attention or focus, display impulsive behaviors and activity levels beyond what might be typically expected. Often, they show poor academic performance as compared with their peers and have difficulty with social and emotional skills.
How Many Kids are Affected?
The number is higher than you might think. Many kids go day-by-day just trying to fit in without knowing they have ADHD. Sometimes healthcare providers miss the signs or parents may not wish to have their child diagnosed officially. Then, there are those occasions where parents and caregivers try to have their child diagnosed, when there is really nothing going on, other than having a healthy, energetic child. Whatever the reason, the evidence points to a high incidence of the diagnosis Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, and is rising as the most common psychiatric diagnostic label for children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), close to 10 percent of children aged four to 17 in the United States have ever been diagnosed with ADHD. This number has continued to rise in recent years. The National Institutes of Health, states that ADHD is the most common behavioral disorder among children. Historically boys have been diagnosed at a much higher rate then girls, nearly nine times as many boys appear to be affected. However, the rate for girls diagnosed with ADHD is on the rise.
Benefits of Pediatric Massage
The question for the massage therapy profession is what are the benefits for children with ADHD? Because under stimulation might be a cause, and excess energy is the result, pediatric massage may be a very effective intervention to provide comfort and relief of some the child's symptoms. Aside from only the symptom of hyperactivity, a child may present with a strong temper, defiance and lack the ability to "sit still" for long periods of time.
Two studies conducted by the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami reported that regular massage therapy can be an effective treatment for kids with ADHD. One study found adolescent boys who received ten 15-minute daily massages were observed by their teachers to be more focused in their schoolwork and they fidgeted less. In addition, the children rated themselves as happier than those who participated in a relaxation therapy program.
Another study involved kids aged 7-18, 20 percent of whom were girls. Each subject received a 20-minute massage twice a week. They showed immediate improvement in their moods and longer-term behavioral improvement in the classroom. They also reported feeling happier and their teachers found them to be more attentive.
In adult studies, massage has been shown to reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol, helping to mitigate the active fight-or-flight response. Massage also helps improve math computation performance and raises alertness levels, as measured on electroencephalograms (EEGs). Finally, massage decreases depression and increases mental focus. The same effects are seen in children and teenagers with ADHD. With this diagnosis on the rise, pediatric massage therapists need to arm themselves with tools, techniques and approaches to best serve children with ADHD. By doing our part now to support these children, we positively impact their future.
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