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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.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
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.
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.
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.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
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.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
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.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
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.
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.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
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.
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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