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A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
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.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
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.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
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.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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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