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Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
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.
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.
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.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
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.
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.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
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.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
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.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
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 Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
February, 2014, Vol. 14, Issue 02
A Distorted View: How Massage Impacts Body Image Issues
By Tina Allen, LMT, CPMMT, CPMT, CIMT
Having concerns or worrying about body size, weight and appearance is quite common. However, in some cases, this concern becomes a problem which can lead to a distorted view of one's self, unhealthy eating and confusing views of the body.These thoughts are often complicated by negative feelings, low self-esteem and depression. Massage therapy providers may find value in learning more about supporting clients with body image differences.
Eating disorders are complex, with both anorexia and bulimia having their own treatment concerns, criteria and issues. At the core of anorexia is the belief that being thin will lead to a better life, while bulimia consists of the pattern of binging and purging, often used as a coping mechanism during times of stress.
Anorexia often leads sufferers to become severely underweight, while bulimics are often able to maintain a normal weight. The largest contrast studies have found between anorexia and bulimia is impulsivity. Control is the main motivator for many anorexics, while impulsivity, or the action of releasing pressure from unrealistic standards, cause the action of binge and purge for bulimics. It is not uncommon to see both diagnoses together and it is important to note that physical symptoms may not be obvious for both conditions.
Statistics and Lack of Touch
A recent study on the prevalence of eating disorders in adolescents estimates approximately a half million teens struggle with eating disorders or disordered eating. Even more disturbing was the finding that the onset of these eating behaviors starts around ages 12 and 13, but are most typically found in the late teenage years and continue into adulthood.
Eating disorders are often related to emotional issues such as control and self-esteem. There are typically a number of contributing factors including difficult relationships with friends or family, physical, emotional or sexual abuse, loss and grief, stress or feelings of losing control.
Why Nurturing Touch?
Nurturing touch and massage have been linked not only as a prevention method early in life, but as a form of treatment for those suffering from eating disorders and disordered eating. In the early years, it has been further observed that when body boundaries have not been consistently outlined by touch, caress and secure holding, individuals in later life experience their body image as disproportionate, misshapen and overly large. Research findings suggest that physical modes of nurturing, that is, "nurturance by touching and hugging," are of importance in the development of body image, especially among females.
A study focused on anorexia nervosa followed nineteen women who either received standard treatment or standard treatment plus massage therapy twice a week for five weeks. Using standard Swedish massage techniques, the participants received a 30-minute full body massage. The massage group reported lower stress and anxiety levels and had lower cortisol (stress) hormone levels following massage. Over the five-week treatment period, they also reported decreases in body dissatisfaction on the Eating Disorder Inventory and showed increased dopamine and norepinephrine levels.
In a similar study, 24 adolescent females affected by bulimia were randomly assigned into either a massage therapy or control group. The massage therapy group received massage two days a week for five days, all were administered by massage therapists. The patients remained fully clothed and were massaged on various areas of their body, including 15 minutes in the supine position and 15 minutes in the prone position. The results showed an immediate reduction in anxiety/depression and by the last day of the therapy, results showed they had lower depression scores, lower cortisol (stress) levels and higher dopamine levels.
A Massage Therapists Approach
As with all clients, safety and ethical practice are our first concern. Always perform a detailed client intake and personal health history. In some cases, having eating differences, body image issues, anorexia nervosa and bulimia may cause complications and other health issues. Follow all known contraindications to massage therapy.
When working with youth who are dealing with body image issues, or are diagnosed with anorexia or bulimia, practice with client confidentiality and comfort in mind. Provide a safe and nurturing environment where the client can choose to disrobe or not, to their individual comfort level. Always allow the client to choose position for the massage, whether that be sitting up or lying down and take time to work slowly, allowing for time to take breaks as the client may request. A gentle, supportive approach is best in creating a safe session for youth.
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