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Are You Really a Healthy Eater?
I always giggle a little bit (to myself) when someone comes into my office and informs me that they are a healthy eater. What exactly does that mean? Does that mean they eat sugar in moderation? And what's that, exactly?
Finding Balance in the Clinic
This past December, I celebrated 11 years in practice. I seriously don't know where the time went. I feel beyond blessed and grateful to be practicing our profound and beautiful medicine and to be helping guide my patients restore a state of optimal health.
Cell Health (Part 2)
Dr. Barsten, your book is about restoring "cell vitality." Can you briefly define the term? Cell vitality is more than the mere absence of symptoms or pathology, but optimum structural, physiological and energetic health.
Leaving Footprints on Capitol Hill: Tribute to Dr. Kenneth Luedtke (1930-2014)
It was with great sadness that I heard of the passing of Dr. Ken Luedtke.
The Top Seven Website Mistakes Clinics Make
The majority of acupuncture clinics finally have a website for their business. Having a website is crucial for being found online through Google, Facebook and review sites like Yelp.
The CDC came out with a report in March 2013 that suggests 1 in 50 children will be diagnosed somewhere on the autism spectrum – significantly higher than the 1 in 86 figure that came out in 2007. What does this mean moving forward, particularly for children?
Connecting the Dots
In 2002, I published a book on patient examination procedures that included information on the procedural coding of the recommended examinations. The book should have been published in 2000, but I had trouble finding a publisher. Why?
Unlevel Pelvis in the High-School Athlete: Exploring Causes and Effects
The unlevel pelvis is all too common in the high-school athlete and if not detected, will likely cause a lifetime of musculoskeletal issues. Any provider who doesn't look for this common finding is missing critical information.
News in Brief
An Encouraging Sign at Palmer; NBCE Announces Retirement of Longtime Director of Testing.
Let's Speak With One Voice in 2015
For the longest time, the chiropractic profession has attempted to achieve some form of unity. On a political level, this was characterized by an ultimately unsuccessful two-year merger effort between ACA and ICA leadership from 1986-1988.
Put the Social Back Into Social Media
Social media is more than a passing fad, it is definitely here to stay. Social media apps and channels of distribution may evolve, but the concept of social media is now big business and a part of all our lives.
Mind-Body in Motion
A central goal of low back pain treatment involves the correction of dysfunctional movement patterns believed to be responsible for spinal overload.
It's Time to Create a Strong Acupuncture Footprint
Footprints in the sand. Footprints in the snow. Where do these footprints go? Some are big, some are small, but footprints are made by all.
The Conscious Evolution of Healing, Part 2
The idea of transmission is very important in the Chinese medical classics. According to author Claude Larre, the ancient Chinese were highly interested in the connection between things. Nothing was looked at as an isolated entity.
Old TCM Sayings: Treat the Front to Treat the Back
Chinese medicine college was, and always will be, a memorable time. It was a time of massive personal and professional growth.
Neuroscience: Where Western Medicine and Chinese Medicine Can Come Together
The recent advances in neuroscience are truly incredible. With this expansion of scientific knowledge, I would like to see even more research into the neuroscientific basic of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
It might have been a miserable start to the day in the heart of downtown San Diego. A heavy rain had soaked the large homeless population congregating near the intersection of Third Avenue and Ash Street as they waited for a free breakfast to be served at the First Lutheran Church on the corner.
Case Histories from Bali: Treating Balinese Chidren with TCB and Shonishin
When I moved to the island of Bali in 2005, I offered my services in Bumi Sehat, which means Healthy Mother Earth, a free birthing center for poor and disadvantaged local women located in Ubud.
Acupuncture and Homeopathy: Bioenergetic Brothers
Acupuncture and homeopathy share an important healing principle: bioenergetics. "Bio" means "life," so bioenergetics is literally "life energy."
Help Your Parents Stay Engaged
As much as parents may wish it were so, children do not come with an instruction manual. There's no "how to" that can be followed and no two children are alike, so what works with one generally won't work with the next.
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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