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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
June, 2014, Vol. 14, Issue 06
Massage Provides Benefits for Children Suffering from Headaches
By Tina Allen, LMT, CPMMT, CPMT, CIMT
By the age of 15, nearly 75% of children will have experienced at least one headache, with many having recurring headaches. While there are a number of factors that go into the causes of childhood headaches, it can be as simple as a hereditary link.Children who have parents with headaches are more likely to experience headaches themselves. While headaches are not enjoyable for any age, childhood headaches are linked to school absences, behavioral problems and can possibly indicate a larger health problem. Understanding why headaches happen, how to help a child deal with them and when to consult a physician is crucial.
Causes and Symptoms
Headaches are simply defined as "... pain or discomfort in the head or facial structures." Most headaches are caused by changes in surrounding blood vessels, muscles or by infection in the surrounding tissues. Blood vessels contracting, stiff neck and shoulder muscles from growing pains and infections of the eye, ear, teeth or sinuses are all common indicators. Other factors that influence childhood headaches include not enough sleep, dehydration, stress, using the computer, iPad or TV for too long, changes in hormone levels, loud music, strong odors, food allergies and drinking too much caffeine.
There are several different types of childhood headaches including sinusitis, migraine, muscle contraction, cluster (or vascular headaches), environmental pollution headaches and depression headaches. Ten to 15% of children with chronic sinusitis experience recurring headaches which often present with pain or discomfort around the eyes and forehead. While the pain is more commonly centered on the face rather than resonating from the head, the sinuses are often tender to touch. Post nasal drip, congestion and allergies usually go hand-in-hand with this type of headache.
Migraine headaches are quite common in children and usually start during the early school years, and are more commonly seen in adolescent females. Pain is commonly described as pounding, throbbing pain on one or both sides of the head which increases over time, usually lasting hours or days. Visual sensitivity, upset stomach including nausea and vomiting are common alongside migraines. Interestingly, a family history of migraines is present in almost 80% of cases of children who experience migraines.
Muscle contraction headaches or tension headaches, are the most common type childhood headache and are often caused by emotional factors. Described as a constant pressure and a dull or aching sensation, these headaches differentiate themselves from migraines because they do not commonly include nausea or vomiting. Similar to migraines, muscle contraction headaches are also seen more frequently in girls rather than boys. Children who are considered to be overweight, have a higher rate of muscle contraction headaches, as compared with their middle-school aged peers.
Cluster or vascular headaches are usually seen in older, predominately male adolescents and commonly include eye pain and nasal congestion. The pain is quite severe, experienced at night, may last an hour or more and does not usually include stomach upset. True to its name, cluster headaches usually occur in groups or "clusters."
The least common of childhood headaches are those associated with depression. Many depressed children may complain of a severe headache that lasts for days or even longer. This type of headache can be compulsive due to worrying or obsession. Environmental pollution headaches are starting to rise in prevalence, and can be associated with both indoor and outdoor pollution.
Treatment with Massage
There are not many treatment options for headaches, commonly parents are asked to have their children lay in a cool, dark and quiet room with a cool cloth over the forehead or eyes. For toddlers, it may be hard to recognize that the child is having a headache, much less be able to get them to lie down and rest. However more research is showing that massage (given by parent or professional) can help assist with reducing the pain and prevalence of headaches.
In almost all of childhood headaches, stress and anxiety is a factor in the onset or occurring during the headache.
A study was done over six weeks on adults with recurring tension headaches; the massage group was given two, 45-minute massages each week. Most of the session was spent warming up tissues of the back, shoulders, chest and neck, as well as facial points. The study found that within three weeks of starting the massage therapy, the subjects reported less weekly episodes. Even more exciting was that the headaches were less intense and shorter in length. These results actually continued for nearly three weeks following the massage therapy.
Many of these headaches begin at night which can lead to reduced sleep, which in turn can fuel the headache or cause recurrence. Massage has been found to not only help children fall asleep quicker, but sleep more soundly and for a longer period of time. Sufficient sleep, along with the use of massage and nurturing touch can greatly improve mood. Several recent studies of children who received a 20-minute massage twice a week showed immediate improvement in their moods and longer-term behavioral improvement in the classroom. Interestingly enough, they also reported feeling happier than peers who participated in relaxation therapy program, as opposed to the massage sessions.
Adding pediatric massage to provide relaxation and stress reduction as a preventive measure for childhood headaches is a great addition to a regular routine of healthy care. Whether the massage is provided by a trained pediatric massage therapist, or an educated parent, the child will feel the benefit of nurturing touch.
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