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Teach Your Patients About External Healing Applications
Since the skin is the body's largest organ, and is able to respond to both internal and external stimulations, communicate sensations to the brain, protect the body, breathe and even excrete toxins, it can be an excellent source of healing.
Make Every Day Mother's Day
May is a special month for many reasons. After a long, harsh winter, spring is at last in full swing. Memorial Day helps us honor those who have fought and fallen in the name of freedom.
Apple Takes a Bite Out of Research
The more than 700 million iPhone users have just been given the opportunity to "do their part to advance medical research."
Trouble in the Wellness Waters?
Call me old-fashioned, paranoid or just old, but I do remember graduating from chiropractic college in the late '70s in the midst of the Wilk v AMA lawsuit.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
If Your Pro-Chiropractic Governor Resigned, Would You Be Prepared?
John Kitzhaber, MD, recently re-elected to a historic fourth term as Oregon governor, has resigned among alleged ethics violations by his fiancée' and first lady, Cylvia Hayes. I developed a personal friendship with John and consider him a good friend.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
News in Brief
Dr. Frank Nicchi Receives Award at ACC-RAC; Sherman College Expands International Influence.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
Applauding a Legacy of Leadership
Founding Palmer West President, John Miller, DC, HCD (Hon.), FICA (Hon.), a 1954 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, passed away March 8, 2015 at age 83.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Functional Impingement of the Hip (Part 2): Rehab Exercises
I find functionally impinged hips that don't move properly on so many of my patients. (See part 1 of this article for a description of the condition.)
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Talking to Patients About Medial Branch Neurotomy (Part 2)
Even when lumbar facet denervation (medial branch neurotomy) is successful, relief is rarely complete or permanent. Smuck, et al., reviewed 16 articles and found the average duration of >50 percent pain relief for an initial procedure was nine months.
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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