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Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
November, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 11
Massage Helps Youth Meet a Need for Understanding
By Tina Allen, LMT, CPMMT, CPMT, CIMT
Lesbian, gay bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ) youth face unmeasurable stresses on a daily basis surrounding gender identity, bullying, family conflict, academics and more.
Massage is not merely the act of skin contact; it is the practice of honoring the body while creating understanding and establishing safe boundaries. These elements can increase a young person's self-esteem and self-awareness, thus providing LGBTQ youth essential tools to deal with difficult obstacles they face.
While there has been growing tolerance, stigma, peer rejection, bias and bullying are still commonplace for LGBTQ youth. Children who are categorized as LGBTQ, gender-fluid or gender-variant often experience bullying by peers, teachers, adults and even family members. Harvard School of Public Health cites one in 10 children are bullied or abused for gender nonconformity. And 85% of gender nonconforming children/youth are cisgender, meaning society's demand that a person's recorded sex and assigned gender, gender identity, gender expression and public gender perception match and identify as heterosexual in adulthood. According to the Academy of Pediatrics, gender identity is securely established by age 4, creating in some cases, decades-long struggles for LGBTQ youth.
The judgment and stress do not simply stop with LGBTQ children, but can extend to the children of LGBTQ parents. These children might still experience bullying based on their family and, in many cases, may not have extended family support (grandparents, aunts/uncles, etc.).
The traditional school setting in our society often presumes that all children will fit into cultural gender norms based solely on their anatomy. When a child falls outside of these norms, school can be an uncomfortable place, and that child's social-emotional and cognitive growth can be negatively impacted.
A child's experience at school can significantly enhance or undermine their sense of self. This is especially true for gender-variant and transgender children, who frequently are the targets of teasing and bullying. A child cannot feel emotionally safe in such a hostile and unsafe environment, thus creating issues with learning, social interactions, self-esteem and more. Unfortunately, a large majority of the LGBTQ community are victims of some type of abuse, which in many cases is sexual in nature.
Why Massage for LGBTQ Youth?
"My opinion is that every pre-teen or teen at some point will feel different," said New York-based LMT, Amanda Brand. "Whether they are confused about which group of friends to roll with or, in my case, ask the questions of how do I fit in (being a girl who likes girls and 90% of the time looks like a boy)?"
Massage for both youth who identify as LGBTQ and for those who are the children of LGBTQ parents can have a positive impact on their self-esteem, self-perception and coping skills for a world that is not yet tolerant of who they are and/or the families they come from.
"I think the stress and anxiety produced by living in a society where you are classified as 'other' can be lessened with positive touch," said Jaimie Oller, an LMT from Portland, Ore., who provides services at Q Center, which is the sponsor organization for Sexual & Gender Minority Youth Resource Center (SMYRC), assisting youth ages 12 through 23 and their families.
Massage can help address issues of feeling worthless, low self-esteem, self- perception, anxiety and other emotional and physical stressors that can lead to substance abuse, self-harm and suicide. LBGTQ youth are at higher risk for suicide, homelessness, dropping out of school and other risk factors facing young people than non-LGBTQ-identified youth. Through nurturing touch, we create opportunities for education on safe touch and healing emotional, physical and spiritual scars through the use of verbal and non-verbal communication.
Always ask clients their preferred pronouns. This can include he/him, she/her or any other variation. Ask at every appointment. Children's identities are fluid and their expression may also be such. It is not uncommon for children to change around their pronouns while facing gender-identity challenges.
Ask what their preferred name is, even if this is not their legal name. Many children who experience a shift in gender identity may choose to use a name that better suits this process.
Ask about their body perceptions. Children facing gender-identity issues often have negative association with certain parts of their bodies. This can be amplified by a lack of understanding by their family of origin, puberty or other adults in their life questioning their feelings.
Provide a safe, nurturing environment. Children who are gender-fluid or gender-variant often experience bullying by peers, teachers, adults and family members.
Studies also show that having just one person who cares about a youth who identifies as LGBTQ can drop their risk of self-harm dramatically. One person, any nurturing person, including a massage therapis,t can make a huge, life-saving difference for a young person.
Click here for more information about Tina Allen, LMT, CPMMT, CPMT, CIMT.
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