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A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
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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