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Treating the Lower Pelvis (Pt. 2): Midline Structures and Fascia
My previous article [October 2016 issue] outlined evaluation and treatment of pelvic issues involving the sacrotuberous ligament and the pubic symphysis. Now let's discuss two case studies that illustrate how to address additional problematic areas of the pelvis.
AOM Residency at NUNM
Imagine you're a recent acupuncture graduate, worried about making enough income as you forge your new career and seek more in-depth training in a particular treatment style.
Near-Infrared Therapy for Diabetic Neuropathy
The pain experienced by people with diabetes is a symptom of diabetic neuropathy. The impact on quality of life is significant. Pain makes walking difficult, sleep troublesome, and eventually contributes to a decrease in social interaction.
Correcting Rib Dysfunction: Improve Patients' Pain, Posture and Breathing
As chiropractors, we tend to focus on the spine, and rightly so. Many problems our patients face can be corrected by manipulating the correct spinal level.
The Large Intestine Official
The large intestine (AKA colon) is the great eliminator, or as J.R. Worsley called it, "The Drainer of the Dregs." Dregs are defined as the remnants of liquid with its sediment left in a container, or the basest, least valuable portion of anything.
News in Brief
The American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM) board members recently met with the Korean Customs Service, which is similar to the FDA, to discuss herbal safety and importation issues.
VF Works / DMX Works Epilogue: Almost Two Decades Later, the Lawsuits Continue
An article in the March 8, 1999 edition of Dynamic Chiropractic examined whether then-VF Works / Nu-Best Franchising was selling its franchises illegally to doctors of chiropractic.
A Brief History of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Doctoral Programs
A doctorate in acupuncture and Oriental medicine has been a goal of the profession since its beginnings in the late 1970s. At that time, however, the maturity of the educational institutions and the regulatory environment made it a goal with only a distant completion date.
Latest Cassidy Study on Stroke Risk Published
The latest study to investigate whether a unique association between chiropractic manipulation and risk of cervical artery dissection / stroke exists has yielded similar encouraging findings, with the authors noting "no excess risk of carotid artery stroke after chiropractic care" and no significant risk difference between patients receiving care from a DC or a primary care medical provider.
Helping Patients With Parkinson's Disease
Parkinson's disease (PD), a long-term degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that mainly affects motor function, has a slow onset over time.
Waist Circumference: A Conversation Starter
New estimates suggest more than two-thirds of Americans are either overweight or obese. The medical significance of this statistic is astounding.
The Acupuncture Channel System (Part 2)
The primary channels (main channels) are introduced in chapter 10 of the Ling Shu, these channels are referenced in many chapters throughout the Su Wen and the Ling Shu. The primary channels have become the main channel system used in TCM.
Gather & Grow
I recently attended a faculty seminar held by one of the acupuncture schools. There was a facilitator who led us through some very interesting experiences. The attendees were a diverse group with varying opinions.
4 Things Every DC Should Know About Levels of Care & Prevention
As health practitioners, we help people with their health problems and assist them with health promotion and disease prevention.
Paperwork Done Wrong, Done Right
I was visiting a doctor's office recently and a member of his staff brought a stack of forms to his private office and laid them on the doctor's desk. She informed him he needed to complete the forms for patients and a few third parties.
Spiritual Initiation: Opening Your Higher Healing Abilities
People drawn to the field of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine tend to be those who march to the beat of a different drummer.
Chiropractic in Texas Is Under Attack
The profession of chiropractic faces an unprecedented challenge in Texas, an attack that is more aggressive, sustained and dangerous than anything previously seen. The medical lobby has launched a coordinated, multi-front assault.
Reader Beware: Consider the Source
The aftermath of last year's presidential elections brought a running conversation on the role played by "fake news" that was largely presented via social media.
ICA Goes on the Vaccine Offensive
Have you watched the vaccination documentary, "Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe," by Andrew Wakefield MD, director, and Del Bigtree, producer? This is the documentary Robert DeNiro was pressured to remove from his Tribeca Film Festival.
TCM & the Caregiving Population: Treatment Considerations & Our Vital Role
Informal caregiving is increasingly a reality for many Americans who find themselves providing unpaid care for a loved one or a family member with a long-term, terminal, or chronic illness.
House Calls With Dad
My father was a chiropractor and he did house calls. On Wednesday nights, while my mother attended the weekly women's meeting at the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs hall in our small town, dad loaded up the portable adjusting table, fired up the Pontiac and drove off to treat a few patients in their homes. I went with him.
Getting Unstuck: Healing From Trauma With TCM, Qigong & Movement
We all come into this world vulnerable, with seeds to grow into our strength. Some of us — through a combination of good fortune (i.e., family and culture we are born into, constitutional inheritance, or ability to learn) grow with minimal interruption from traumatic injuries and experiences.
December, 2015, Vol. 15, Issue 12
Pediatric Massage: A Collaborative Approach with Occupational, Physical and Speech Therapy
By Tina Allen, LMT, CPMMT, CPMT, CIMT
Pediatric massage therapists often work as part of a comprehensive multidisciplinary and integrative health care team alongside other health professionals such as occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech therapists.In order to best collaborate, it is important to know what each professional does and how massage therapy can aid in their treatment of pediatric patients.
The role of an occupational therapist tends to focus more on evaluating and improving a child's functional abilities. An occupational therapist often does not directly treat a child's injury using techniques such as manual therapy, but more commonly helps a child optimize their independence and their ability to accomplish their daily activities following an injury or in situations of physical impairment.
Under their scope of practice, occupational therapists (OTs) do use some simple tactile therapy techniques to warm and soften tissues prior to their interventions, but not to the extent of the pediatric massage therapist. Having a child receive a massage prior to their occupational therapy session can often help with decreasing anxiety, sensory integration, body awareness, calming and focus, which can improve the outcome of the occupational therapy session.
The physical therapy profession (also called physiotherapy in many parts of the world) tends to be more focused on evaluating and diagnosing movement dysfunctions, as well as treating a child's injury. This type of therapy is used as treatment to help a child move his or her body. Often times, physical therapy helps children who have been injured or who have a physical difference or particular diagnoses, such as cerebral palsy. The physical therapist will be more likely to diagnose and treat the physical source of the problem; the injured tissues and structures.
When a physical therapist works with a child, they often use gentle stroking to warm the muscle group they intend to treat with range of motion, stretching and exercise protocols. When a pediatric massage therapist is co-treating with physical therapy, they often treat the child prior to the physical therapy session. This is a good approach, as it can help prepare the child's muscles and soft tissues to be softened and warmed, while relaxing and calming the nervous system. When muscles are softened prior to stretching and exercise protocols, they are often more effective. After a child has received a pediatric massage session, they are often in a good state of mind, and body readiness to best receive their other therapies.
Speech and language therapists work closely with infants and children who may have various levels of speech, language and communication problems, and also with those who have swallowing, drinking or eating difficulties. Many times, speech therapists and speech language pathologists use touch therapy as a method of waking up the nervous system, aiding in oral-motor function and opening the airways to create clear pathways.
Massage therapy can play a large and significant role in helping children in preparation for speech therapy by warming the soft tissues, relaxing tense areas in the body and facilitating deep breathing patterns and improvements in respiratory function.
Additionally, not all speech language pathologists have training in the use of manual therapy techniques. Preparation of the muscle and fascia tissues prior to initiating feeding and speech activities can require a significant amount of the therapy session time. Massage therapy provided before a therapy session could significantly reduce the amount of time the speech language pathologists may need to achieve release of tight or restricted tissue and spend more of the allotted treatment time focusing on functional activity.
Overlap Between Professions
As each healthcare professional working with pediatric clients and patients uses some form of tactile intervention or touch therapy under their scope of practice, there are often concerns of overlap between therapeutic roles. Having a better understanding of knowledge base and your professional scope of practice can help facilitate a conversation of collaboration between these professionals. Each healthcare professional has unique strengths and abilities to help each other, so children benefit from the most comprehensive and integrative care. When we collaborate together we participate in a comprehensive and well rounded treatment plan for the pediatric clients under our care.
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