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The X Factor in Clinical Research: The Patient
It was the great baseball legend, former New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra – he of countless aphorisms, each with a mind-bending twist – who once declared, "You can observe a lot by watching."
Managing Today's Fertility Patient
I recently received an email from one of my fertility patients: "Got my lab results back. FSH is 11, AMH is 0.7. My doctor said these numbers aren't good. I guess I'm infertile. Just as a thought. Just set up an appointment to speak with an adoption agency."
The Wonders of Light Therapy: An Interview with Wes Burwell
I first met Wes Burwell in 2011 when he was teaching a class on light. Since then, every time I hear him speak, his understanding of the benefits, function and capacity of light has evolved.
Talking to Patients About Healthy Aging
I've noticed that a particular category of patients seems to make up more and more of my practice – they work out, but still experience lots of degenerative joint disease (DJD) issues.
Jingei Diagnosis: An Effective and Powerful Diagnostic
I graduated from the Kotatama Institute under the direction of Drs. Masahilo and Katsuharu Nakazono in 1984. As a student, I was exposed to the practice of most of the various theories and modalites of Oriental Medicine.
Web Marketing: Content Is King
Google's sweeping updates to its search algorithms over the past few years have brought a paradigm shift in how you can optimize your chiropractic website to gain maximum marketing leverage.
The Heart Protector
On the physical level, the Pericardium is a double-layered sac of fibrous tissue that envelops the Heart. The space between the layers is filled with serous fluid that protects the Heart from external shock or trauma and lubricates to allow for normal Heart movement.
Saying No to Medicine
An interesting article recently appeared in Men's Journal titled "When to Say No to Your Doctor." The article begins with the summary statement above and effectively arms readers with information that will help them "take more responsibility for your own health care, because you can't be sure anyone else is.
5 Ways to Occupy Occupational Health
Despite the progress that has been made to better protect workers, occupational health and safety remains a priority area for many national governmental organizations due to the widespread problem of occupationally related morbidity and mortality.
Calcium Helps Prevent Colorectal Cancer
Over the past 25 to 30 years, studies have suggested calcium may confer protection against colorectal cancer.
Understanding and Identifying Pediatric Growth-Plate Fractures
In general, fractures in children heal well with little intervention as long as the alignment is good. Fractures involving the growth plate, however, are a different issue. In fact, growth-plate injuries are the primary reason for the subspecialty of pediatric orthopedics.
AOMA Strengthens Leadership Team
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, a leading college of acupuncture & herbal medicine, announced the appointment of Donna LaPoint Hurta, MBA as the new VP of Finance & Operations this Fall.
Lime Jello on Morphine
Taste is in the eyes... actually the mouth... of the beholder. My food preferences have changed, lightening from the food of my youth. My parents loved heavy eastern European cuisine and I loved it as a child. Now I enjoy leaner, healthier whole foods.
Help Patients Achieve Optimal Vitamin D Levels
Much research has been done on vitamin D levels and their impact on health; optimal levels have been correlated with a reduced risk of developing numerous conditions.
Healing With TCM at San Quentin State Prison
For the prisoners at San Quentin State Prison, life-sentences are the reality of every day life. It is not often that prisoners get the opportunity to use alternative medicine to deal with common ailments they encounter behind bars such as, depression, anxiety and pain.
Managing Patient Expectations About Acupuncture
Last year, I attended the Pacific Symposium in San Diego for the first time in six or seven years. It was the 25th anniversary of this event, and on one evening there was a panel discussion with the title; "What is Qi?."
Blaming the Gluteus Medius, Overlooking the Deltoid
The gluteus medius (Gmed) is commonly written about, strengthened and blamed for many conditions, and rightfully so. After all, the Gmed plays a role in pelvic stability, hip motor control and lower-quarter dynamic movements.
Transparency and Accountability: Q&A With the CCE
Every profession needs an organization dedicated to upholding the quality and integrity of its degree programs and educational institutions.
To The Finish Line With the Help of TCM
When acupuncturist Eddy De Smedt pursued a career in Traditional Chinese Medicine, he knew he wanted to make a difference.
The Tao of Gender
If you think gender is as simple as having a new client check off the "male" or "female" box on your intake form, we hope this article will expand your understanding and thus the reach of your health care.
Simple Ways To Find True Happiness
Patients in our clinics are always seeking happiness. As their health advocate, we need to ensure we inform them that in order to find happiness, they have to make sure to identify what makes them happy in the first place.
September, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 09
Addressing Childhood Anxiety with Pediatric Massage
By Tina Allen, LMT, CPMMT, CPMT, CIMT
Stress and anxiety is a large part of life for children and whether its family or school issues, combating anxiety can be tricky. Fortunately, there are a number of options, including pediatric massage therapy.Numerous studies have documented the effects of touch therapies, including the positive benefits it offers in dealing with emotional and academic anxiety.
At the heart of anxiety is worry. This is the central characteristic and causes a level of excessive concern about real or imagined situations. A child may have anxiety about a big test coming up (real), but also may be worried about what to wear to school in fear they may be teased (imagined). When worrying gets to an excessive point and begins to interfere with the child's life, treatment can become necessary. The hard part about diagnosing and treating anxiety is that it manifests itself in many different ways through behavioral, intellectual and physical reactions.
How Early Does Anxiety Begin?
Normally, anxiety presents itself around seven to nine months old, and is exhibited by "stranger anxiety," meaning the infant will become upset around new people. This "stranger anxiety" signals the child's cognitive development when children begin to discriminate among people. The next development stage happens around 12 to 18 months when children begin to exhibit separation anxiety while parents try to go to dinner or run an errand. This stage normally works itself out by the age of two. Both of these periods are important indicators that our children are developing as normal.
By the age of eight, children begin to shift their focus to specific, identifiable events (animals, monsters under our beds, etc.) and focus more on less specific concerns like grades or making and keeping friends. As the child begins to grow into adolescence, they begin to worry about a host of additional issues such as sexuality and moral issues, which can all lead to increased levels of anxiety.
How does Anxiety Affect Children?
So, now that we know how anxiety grows within our children, it is important to know the types of anxiety that can affect them. Separation anxiety is not limited to children 12 to 18 months old, but can be influenced by parental relationships and more commonly bullying. The child could refuse to go to school due to the bullying or a school phobia. A generalized anxiety disorder is experienced by children who may have excessive anxiety about a variety of things with no specific cause.
While commonly associated with returning soldiers, children can fall into the post-traumatic stress disorder category if they experienced a traumatic event such as domestic abuse, losing a loved one, experiencing a natural disaster or sexual assault. These events cause high levels of anxiety due to reliving the experience, as well as flashbacks.
Social phobia disorder is seen in children who have excessive fear of being in social situations like crowds or groups. Lastly, obsessive-compulsive disorder includes repetitive thoughts (obsessions), an unending desire to repeat specific acts or placing objects in the same arrangement (compulsions).
How can Pediatric Massage Help?
Massage can help facilitate one-on-one time between a parent and child fostering a relationship that will grow stronger. Starting in infancy, a parent can begin to massage their child, which forges a stronger bond and increases communication. Pediatric massage, when caregiver administered, can give you time to sit down and discuss the child's day or any anxiety they may have. Studies have shown children and adults who receive massage experience diminished anxiety during academic stress, hospital stays and other potential anxiety related events.
Just as massage can be given by parents, many pediatric massage therapists work with children experiencing anxiety. Keep in mind, that just the thought of leaving their home to come in for a massage may cause them anxiety. Pediatric massage is not meant to cause further anxiety, but our hope is that it may benefit the child by relieving some of their stress.
Pediatric Massage Tips
Before the session, decide with the parent's guidance whether the session should be in your setting or theirs. Coming to a new location can be anxiety provoking for many people. If the session will be in your environment, help prepare the child for coming to a new location by sending pictures of your setting beforehand to the parents. You can email them to the parent so they can show them to child to help make them more comfortable.
Always, as with any pediatric massage session, ask permission before you begin and check in frequently. This could include giving the child ways to communicate their likes and dislikes in a passive fashion, such as using "thumbs up" or "thumbs down."
Especially at the first session, but every time if necessary, do not ask the child to disrobe to their comfort level. Body image and concern of "what others will think of me" are often causes of anxiety. There is no reason that massage must be performed skin-to-skin. Many clients benefit from a gentle touch over their T-Shirt.
Take your time with transitions and always be consistent. If possible, work together with the family to keep the same time, place and routine. Creating a consistent massage time for a child can help to create routine, stability and provide calm that just might keep anxiety at bay.
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