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Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
April, 2014, Vol. 14, Issue 04
Highlighting the Use of Massage for Children Affected by FASD
By Tina Allen, LMT, CPMMT, CPMT, CIMT
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) refers to the very broad spectrum of health issues infants' encounter from their mother's alcohol use during pregnancy.FASD includes several different health diagnosis; fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), alcohol-related neurodevelopmental disorders (ARND), alcohol-related birth defects (ARBD), fetal alcohol effects (FAE), and partial fetal alcohol syndrome (PFAS). There is still much debate about a safe level of alcohol use, with many advocates saying any use during pregnancy puts a child at risk for negative physical or behavioral problems.
When a mother drinks alcohol during her pregnancy, it crosses the placental barrier and into the womb. A mother's body may be able to metabolize the alcohol, while the small or underdeveloped infant liver cannot. The alcohol may then stay inside of the infant's system longer. So, even the smallest amount of alcohol can have detrimental effects to a fetus.
The amount, sequence and timing of alcohol to the fetus all directly influence the type of health issues the child may experience once born. This causes a wide range of effects on the spectrum from severe (facial anomalies) to mild (judgment skills compromised.) Even more problematic is that many issues may not arise until the child begins to grow. The child may initially appear typical until there are subtle, and not so subtle, behavioral problems associated with the prenatal injury. Children who display facial anomalies, growth retardation and developmental abnormalities of the center nervous system are associated with the severe end of the spectrum. or simply fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS.)
Diagnosis of full fetal alcohol syndrome is based on three key features, a pre- and post-natal growth deficiency, facial abnormalities, as well as brain and central nervous system dysfunction. Professor Sterling Clarren's primate and mouse research on alcohol and pregnancy found that the lip and philtrum anomaly of (full) FAS happened during a very small development period; the 19th to 20th day after conception in the human – the period called gastrulation. However, it is well documented that children with facial features are only the tip of the iceberg. For every child diagnosed with full FAS, there will be another three to ten with alcohol-related neurodevelopmental disorders.
The brain injury that results from FASD can lead to developmental delays, an information processing deficit, the inability to reason in the way that others do and a distressing inability to fit in with the rules and behaviors required by society (deficits in self-control, hyperactivity and increased rates of ADHD) due to damage of the sensory processing system, nervous system and the brain. Heavy prenatal alcohol exposure can lead to structural abnormalities in the orbitofrontal cortex, anterior singulate, hippocampus, amygdala and corpus callosum.
The corpus callosum is the part of the brain that links the right hemisphere of the brain to the left hemisphere. The right-brain handles creativity, intuition and impulse and the left-brain handles the rules, logic, order and thoughts. When the two cannot link properly, because of prenatal exposure to alcohol or another brain injury, then the person cannot always predict the outcome of his actions even though he knows and can repeat the "rules."
Primary characteristics in children, adolescents and adults affected by FASD, include memory problems, difficulty storing and retrieving information, impulsivity, distractibility, disorganization, cognitive processing deficits (may think more slowly), slow auditory pace (may only understand every third word of normally paced conversation), developmental lags (may act younger than chronological age) and inability to predict outcomes, or understand consequences and inability to show remorse. However they often have strengths such as being highly verbal, artistic, musical, mechanical, athletic, friendly, outgoing, determined and persistent. In addition to cognitive and functioning difficulties, sleeping is also of great concern for children affected by FASD.
How Massage Can Help
Growth and developmental issues are key to the diagnosis of FAS, and in research studies of pediatric and infant massage therapy, it has been demonstrated to assist in both. For infants born prematurely, the use of massage has demonstrated a measurable increase in weight for the infants who received the therapeutic intervention. Additionally, when followed to an infant's one year birthday, researchers found that the massaged infants had a weight advantage, as well as, placing 12 to 15 points higher on the mental and motor tests of the Bayley Scales of Infant Development than the infants who hadn't been massaged. Even better, these results have been replicated by at least two other groups of researchers.
Another study was done with full-term, healthy 1 to 3-month-old infants who were given 15 minutes of either massage or rocking for 12 days over a 6-week period. What the group found was that the massage group gained more weight, displayed better face-to-face interactions, improved on emotionality, sociability and soothability, displayed less stress hormones and increased serotonin levels.
Sleep issues are a common complaint for many children with FASD, massage may not only help the child fall asleep quicker, but can often improve the quality of deep sleep. Having adequate amounts of sleep can assist in the child's mood, their behavior and may even decrease hyperactivity. Attention issues are also another key issue for children and adolescents with FASD and research demonstrates that massage increases mental focus and concentration.
While research is ongoing with both FASD and massage therapy, it is important to best understand the child who may benefit from massage therapy and what those indications may be. As a practitioner, it is important to provide the time to complete a detailed intake. A safe environment benefits all clients, but in the case of children affected by FASD you should also consider an environment which is not over stimulating to other senses. Take your time and proceed slowly when introducing touch therapy, as children may experience sensory processing difficulties and may be hypo or hyper sensitive to touch.
While it is a clear that massage is beneficial for many children, those affected by FASD may see some wonderful improvements following the intervention of pediatric massage therapy.
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