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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.
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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