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Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
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.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
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.
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.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
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.
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.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
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.
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.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
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.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
May, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 05
Pediatric Massage for Healthy Childhood Development
By Tina Allen, LMT, CPMMT, CPMT, CIMT
"Mommy, my tummy hurts!" This is commonly heard in many households throughout North America everyday. Childhood abdominal pain has many different characteristics and can be dull, sharp or feel like cramping.Recurrent abdominal pain in children is one of the most common physical complaints heard by pediatricians. However, only about one in twenty is found to have a physical explanation for the symptoms. Pediatricians judge severity based on whether children stop playing or not, and how their eating and bowel habits change. There are many different causes of tummy aches, but the most common include dietary, overeating, common illness/flu, anxiety, stress, over scheduling and psychosomatic causes.
Parents have a variety of options to address their child's stomach aches and many find themselves waiting in an emergency room in the middle of the night trying to find out the cause. While a trip to the hospital is valid when you have a major health concern, pediatric massage can be very beneficial in many cases, and let's them skip the trip to ER.
About Pediatric Massage
When we speak about pediatric massage, one of the first thoughts is that this may be a modality utilized for children with special healthcare needs, in a hospital or other healthcare setting. As much as pediatric massage can be safely applied for many childhood diagnoses, pediatric massage isn't only applicable for involved medical conditions. There are many common discomforts associated with childhood that can be addressed by the use of nurturing touch. Research suggests pediatric massage therapy can help children to sleep better, enhance their body image and calm their behavior.
Nurturing touch is essential in promoting physiological, neurological and psychological development and function, and meets the need for tactile stimulation. Touch therapy may provide comfort, relaxation, reduction of stress hormones and relief from chronic conditions such as asthma, nausea, constipation, headaches, muscle aches and growing pains. Many children who receive massage therapy may also experience additional benefits including enhanced pulmonary and immune function, enhanced body image, increased bonding and attachment, healthy sense of boundaries and an overall sense of well being.
Children have different physical, emotional and developmental needs than adults, which is why children's massage is specially designed to address individual childhood considerations. Massage can also be useful in targeting discomforts specific to children and can be very helpful in easing common aches and pains associated with sinus and chest congestion, stomach aches, eye fatigue and ear aches.
Connecting with Children
Massage is adapted for each individual child client on a specific case-by-case basis. With each child, it is important to build a rapport and trust in your professional relationship. You will practice and learn to ask permission effectively and understand both verbal and non verbal cues. Having the child's permission prior to beginning massage establishes respect and understanding of the benefits of healthy touch.
Each child needs to know they can trust you and that you will listen to their requests. Learn how to explain massage to children in age appropriate language. By learning to appropriately ask permission prior to massage, you'll encourage children to develop healthy boundaries and become more secure as they grow older. It is very empowering for a child to have the ability to direct their therapeutic session, and at times even refuse it. Once they trust you, they can relax and just feel the many benefits of the massage.
When introducing nurturing touch to children, it may be beneficial to use names for massage strokes that children can relate to. Use words that may help to describe feelings associated with tactile stimulation such as hugs, rain and marching. You may use the technical names for your massage techniques, but this may be more confusing to children. Using language they understand makes communication much easier and more effective.
Finding a Comfortable Setting
Providing touch therapy for healthy children may not mean working in a hospital or healthcare environment, but rather in your own private practice. Many massage therapists work in their private setting and so, considering adding pediatric massage to this practice makes perfect sense.
You should consider setting up your practice to be more inviting to child clients. With some adjustments, most private practices can be excellent settings for pediatric massage. Consider if the room is inviting to children and offers some different options for where to receive the massage session. Many children do not wish to lie on a massage table, but would rather sit in a chair, on a mat on the floor or, on occasion, hide under your table. Either way, finding the best way to make your client comfortable is key.
Some children may feel more comfortable if you make a house call. This could involve packing up a therapy mat or table, some tactile toys and linens. However, look at this as an adventure is not only your learning to connect, but teaching a child that their comfort is to be respected. When working with children, we are now establishing life long clients for the future.
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