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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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Trouble in the Wellness Waters?
Call me old-fashioned, paranoid or just old, but I do remember graduating from chiropractic college in the late '70s in the midst of the Wilk v AMA lawsuit.
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.
Talking to Patients About Medial Branch Neurotomy (Part 2)
Even when lumbar facet denervation (medial branch neurotomy) is successful, relief is rarely complete or permanent. Smuck, et al., reviewed 16 articles and found the average duration of >50 percent pain relief for an initial procedure was nine months.
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.
News in Brief
Dr. Frank Nicchi Receives Award at ACC-RAC; Sherman College Expands International Influence.
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.
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.
Teach Your Patients About External Healing Applications
Since the skin is the body's largest organ, and is able to respond to both internal and external stimulations, communicate sensations to the brain, protect the body, breathe and even excrete toxins, it can be an excellent source of healing.
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.
Functional Impingement of the Hip (Part 2): Rehab Exercises
I find functionally impinged hips that don't move properly on so many of my patients. (See part 1 of this article for a description of the condition.)
Apple Takes a Bite Out of Research
The more than 700 million iPhone users have just been given the opportunity to "do their part to advance medical research."
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.
If Your Pro-Chiropractic Governor Resigned, Would You Be Prepared?
John Kitzhaber, MD, recently re-elected to a historic fourth term as Oregon governor, has resigned among alleged ethics violations by his fiancée' and first lady, Cylvia Hayes. I developed a personal friendship with John and consider him a good friend.
Make Every Day Mother's Day
May is a special month for many reasons. After a long, harsh winter, spring is at last in full swing. Memorial Day helps us honor those who have fought and fallen in the name of freedom.
Applauding a Legacy of Leadership
Founding Palmer West President, John Miller, DC, HCD (Hon.), FICA (Hon.), a 1954 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, passed away March 8, 2015 at age 83.
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.
January, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 01
Pediatric Massage May Alleviate Childhood Depression
By Tina Allen, LMT, CPMMT, CPMT, CIMT
We do not like to think of children in pain, and have great difficulty with the idea that children suffer depression. Depression in childhood and adolescence is defined as a mood disorder that affects children under the age of eighteen years old.Those under significant stress, who have experienced loss, are subject to peer pressure and bullying, have learning, cognitive and anxiety disorders and are at a higher risk for depression.
Those without depression find it difficult to understand how certain events can affect others in such a way. Often, those with depression are questioned or judged, "Why are you not strong enough to handle it?" Childhood depression is quite different than the expression of normal everyday emotions that happen as a child grows and develops. When a child appears sad, this does not necessarily indicate they are depressed. If the sadness becomes persistent, or if it disrupts behavior and normal activities, this may possibly indicate there is more going on and the situation should be addressed.
The Rate of Childhood Depression
Approximately 2.5% of children in the United States suffer from depression. During childhood years, both boys and girls appear to be at equal risk for depressive disorders. Depression is significantly more common in boys under the age of 10 and by age 16, girls have a greater incidence of depression. During adolescence, girls are twice as likely as their male counterparts to develop depression. Often, children who develop major depression are more likely to have a family history of the disorder. While children show differences in rates of depression between gender, when it comes to symptom severity, there is no difference.
Sad or Depressed?
Symptoms of depression vary from child to child. These symptoms may go unnoticed and often untreated. Typical symptoms might be passed off as normal emotional reactions. One child's symptoms might include acting out or displaying angry behavior. While for other children, they display sadness which appears similar to many adults who are depressed. The symptoms of depression typically involve a feeling of hopelessness, sadness and changes in mood and behavior.
Signs and symptoms of depression in children might include:
Each child with depression does not display all of these symptoms. In reality, most will display different symptoms at different times and in different settings.
The Hard Reality
Depression in children and adolescents is associated with an increased risk of suicidal behaviors. Suicide is rare in children under the age of twelve, but young children do make attempts to take their life. Many times, this act is impulsive and they try when they are in the height of anger. According to published statistics, girls are more likely to attempt suicide, but boys are more likely to actually kill themselves when they make an attempt.
Why Pediatric Massage?
Pediatric touch therapy has been examined in numerous research studies. Upon review of studies performed using tactile stimulation for children, evidence has demonstrated that massage therapy consistently provides a reduction of anxiety, depression and levels of stress hormones. As is always the case, more research should be performed to further demonstrate the positive benefits of this noninvasive therapeutic approach.
When working with any pediatric client, we not only address their physical ailments, but their emotional care as well. This is not to say that we are acting out of our scope. We would never diagnose depression, but rather we must always use our best skills to support the possibilities that emotional support is needed. As a professional practitioner, you need to remember to empower the child by using a structured permission process, safe positioning and giving choices. Permission should always be obtained from our pediatric client, and proper support should be provided the ensure safety, trust and open communication.
Begin slowly and use slow transitions. It is important that we are consistent and interact with these children based on emotional age. So your communication must be age appropriate considering a child's unique cognition level, how many words they understand well and also consider their non verbal communication cues. Body language can be a big piece of our communication with pediatric clients. For children with depression, we need to do our research, obtain a detailed intake form and consider a safe approach to be most effective. With support and compassion we can make our best inroads with pediatric clients.
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