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Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
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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