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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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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 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?
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.
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.
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!
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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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