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Waking Up the Gluteus Maximus
In previous articles in this series, we expounded on the importance of the gluteus maximus (GM) in athletic performance and protecting the knee from injury. We also know there is a link between iliotibial band syndrome and GM weakness.
Don't Turn a 2 Into a 10
The Wong-Baker FACES Pain Rating Scale1 is so useful because it can be used by almost anyone. Patients can use the numbers associated with the faces depicted on the scale or select the face that demonstrates their current level of pain from 0-10.
CCE Finally Takes a "Baby Step" Toward Reform
During a 16-month period from October 2010 to February 2012, I devoted four separate columns to the heavy-handed attempt by the Council on Chiropractic Education to radically change the chiropractic profession through the accreditation process.
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.
Pain Underfoot: Metatarsalgia
Foot pain can interfere significantly with normal activities and severely limit participation in sports. Metatarsalgia is foot pain involving the metatarsal bones in the forefoot – the complaint of pain on the bottom of the ball of the foot.
Why Young People Need Chiropractic Now More Than Ever
According to a recent study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, "It is now widely acknowledged that neck pain (NP), mid back pain (MBP), and low back pain (LBP) (spinal pain) start early in life and that the lifetime prevalence increases rapidly during adolescence to reach adult levels at the age of 18."
News in Brief
National Chiropractic Health Month: Be Proactive; Collegiate Roundup: Academic Appointments at Parker, Logan.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
MPA Media Wins 7 Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Dynamic Chiropractic and DC Practice Insights, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecedented seven publishing awards by the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE), the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
A Guide for Talking to Doctors about Acupuncture and Brain Chemistry
Before I begin any discussion of how to talk about the effects of acupuncture on brain chemistry, nervous and endocrine function, it is essential to understand just what physicians most need help with.
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!
A Vibrating Capsule for Constipation? Relevance to Your Chiropractic Practice
The relationship between gastrointestinal (GI) complaints and back pain is not typically written about or discussed.
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.
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.
Chiropractic Research in Review
Chiropractic Treatment of Lateral Epicondylitis; Cost / Benefit Analysis: Different Doses of SMT for Low Back Pain; Imaging for Occult Rib and Costal Cartilage Fractures; Treating Neck Pain: Thoracic Thrust Manipulation vs. Non-Thrust Mobilization.
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.
9 Common Causes of Thyroid Imbalance and How You Can Help
How you sleep, how easily you wake up, and how much energy and stamina you have during the day are directly related to levels of the thyroid hormones.
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.
February, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 02
Impacting Children: CranioSacral Therapy and Pediatrics
By Carol McLellan, CMT, CST-D
Working with children is an art as well as a science. Using CranioSacral Therapy (CST) on a child can be especially gratifying as a qualified CST practitioner can facilitate significant changes that can positively improve the quality of a child's life.It's an exciting experience – but it requires more from the therapist than working with an adult.
Working with a child requires a different set of skills, among which are keen observation and refined palpation techniques. For example, the craniosacral rhythm of a child, as well as messages from the child, is much more subtle than those from older clients. Therapists must sharpen their sensitivities and perceptual skills so they can appropriately respond to these messages. Above all, they must know how to blend and trust and allow the child to be self directed, which will enable the child to feel safe.
Having an awareness of how children develop physically, emotionally, psychologically and socially, and having an understanding of the neurology behind this developmental sequence is also very helpful - especially when there's been a "glitch" in the process. What might these glitches be? What do they look like? Knowing the "science" is important in understanding the child you're trying to help. Also knowing how to work with the dynamics of the family as a unit is an integral part of the child's healing process.
"The inner wisdom of a child is every bit as intelligent as that of an adult," said Dr. John E. Upledger, an osteopathic physician and surgeon credited with developing CranioSacral Therapy (and one of the founding columnists for Massage Today). "It knows what its body needs to correct its dysfunctions. It knows why those dysfunctions are present. It has a softer voice than the adult inner wisdom; therefore the CranioSacral therapist must learn to listen more carefully. Once the connection is made, all the information you need will be forthcoming,"
The gentle nature of CST, as well as the premise of following the child's inner wisdom makes this modality a safe mode of treatment. It is very effective for newborns and babies with misshapen heads, and newborns who do not latch on well to nurse. Children all along the spectrum of autism and learning disabilities, including ADD, ADHD, dyslexia and discalcula also respond well to CST. Other neurological problems that have benefitted from CST include children with cerebral palsy, plagiocephaly, synostosis and seizure disorders.
The number of children who have Sensory Integration Dysfunction/"Sensory Processing Disorder" (SPD) is growing and therapists have reported positive outcomes from the use of CranioSacral Therapy. In fact, its success has led to our adding a class specifically for CST Applications to Sensory Integration to the Upledger Institute International's Pediatric curriculum. Other common dysfunctions and disorders often seen among CST pediatric clients include genetic anomalies, chromosomal defects, allergies, immune system dysfunction and structural issues.
Due to the CST system's intimate connection with the autonomic nervous system (ANS) - the CranioSacral system consists of the membranes (meninges) that surround the brain and spinal cord and surround and traverse the ANS - CST has been quite helpful with abused and molested children. Below is a letter from Connie Treis, RN, LMFT, the founder of a mental health clinic who has suggested CranioSacral Therapy for many children, as she has been very impressed with the outcomes:
"As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I have worked for 20 years with Attachment Disordered Children using many interventions, (i.e. Psychoeducation for parents, Play Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and nurturing holding guiding the parents. All of this has been done as a collaborative approach in conjunction with the work of Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Medical Practitioners, Social Workers, other LMFT's, school personnel, the juvenile justice system, child welfare system, parents and extended family members (birth, adopted and foster care). All of these means have been very effective, however, when I began to refer some of the children for CranioSacral Therapy, a whole new shift began for treatment. Reactive Attachment Disorder is the most severe form of attachment disorder problems. It means that the break in the bond with the primary attachment figure took place within the first two to three years of life. Children exhibit various symptoms from frozen watchfulness to tactile defensiveness and aggression. All of these children have difficulty trusting and fear being touched and loved, even though they need both desperately to grow up to be resilient, loving adults. Because of CranioSacral Therapy's deep respect for the Inner Physician, the requirement to first ASK at both an inner and outer level BEFORE touching, and the very light touch following the Significance Detector, these children, when they are ready, can achieve deeper and more permanent healing because they are being asked and then allowed to be in control. It is not the only therapy I would recommend for every child. A good psychological and medical work-up should precede the work. These are to rule out differential diagnoses, both medically and psychologically. A mental health professional well-versed in the work with RAD should stay integrally involved, both to monitor the child's psychological welfare and to maintain support and interconnection with the parents."
CranioSacral Therapy has such far reaching effects and is easily blended with other modalities, which makes it an optimal therapy for children. What a privilege and honor it is to be able to help children improve their health and quality of life as well as their families'. CranioSacral Therapy is enabling children to enjoy a healthier life now, and to look forward to a brighter future.
Carol McLellan has a background in health education and bodywork, practicing for more than 20 years - 14 of which have focused on CranioSacral Therapy. She is a CST instructor for Upledger Institute International, teaching worldwide. Carol is also a doula (labor coach) and has instructed doula and prenatal classes. She owns and directs a wellness center in Visalia, Calif., with eight therapists, practicing CranioSacral Therapy, acupuncture and massage.
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