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Prevention: Stop Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections
The recurrent urinary tract infection (UTI) is one of those nuisance conditions that can play havoc with quality of life, and this particular infection is much more common than most people realize.
It's Time for a Functional Approach to Chronic Illness
It seems one of the more modern buzzwords is chronic, referring to diseases – that is to say, "ongoing and incurable." However, we can take a different perspective and recognize that, although the body may have been traumatized and injured, healing should always be viewed in the realm of possibility.
Reducing Allostatic Load & Stress Through Heightened Awareness
Your contemporary mental health and psychotherapy colleagues may often approach the treatment of allostatic load as a mental health condition and use prescription psycho-pharmaceutical medicine to affect general and specific central nervous system (CNS) pathways and brain neuro-chemistry medicine to alleviate the associated symptoms.
Is Primary Spine Care the Answer for Chiropractic?
Recently, we sat down with Mark Studin, DC, FASBE(C), DAAPM, DAAMLP, to discuss the state of chiropractic and why primary spine care may hold the key to chiropractic's future. Read what he had to share in this exclusive interview.
Catch the Workplace Wellness Wave
Do you offer workplace wellness services to local businesses? If not, you might want to consider this lucrative channel for expanding your practice. Workplace wellness programs and wellness-related benefits have grown in popularity over the past several decades.
Acupuncture's Standard of Care
Both a concern and critique of acupuncture, frequently espoused by the bio-medical community is, "there is no standard of care in acupuncture." The following is why I believe this statement is disingenuous at best.
TCM Codes for the World
I just received an email concerning the ICD-TM11 codes. The World Health Organization (WHO) will be presenting the new ICD-11 codes to World Health Assembly very soon.
News in Brief
Parker University Launches New Open-Access Research Journal for Chiropractic; Western States, Cleveland-KC Name New Deans of Chiropractic Colleges; Sherman College Goes Tobacco-Free; Life University Wins 11 Awards.
Multi-Dimensional Acupuncture: 3D, 4D & 5D
Maggie is an intuitive healer and workshop leader who I met on a recent hike. While we were talking she told me how she had to take it easy because of her knees. She said that her doctor told her that she has the early signs of arthritis.
New Opportunities for DCs
For decades, the model chiropractic practice has been the single-doctor practice. Recent surveys have found that approximately two-thirds of U.S. doctors of chiropractic still practice this way, with another 20 percent practicing in multiple-chiropractor practices.
Diagnosing & Treating Aggressive Energy
Recently, there has been an article, and subsequent discussion, about the subject of Aggressive Energy (AKA "AE"), including ways to detect its presence and an alternative method of treating it.
Prompting Memory: How to Stimulate Cognition
Recently I gave a talk titled, The Art of Memoir – Tapping the Past to Sharpen the Present at a senior lunch event in Austin, Texas.
Official NCCAOM Practice Tests
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) is excited to announce the launch of the new NCCAOM Exam Preparation Center.
First World Spine Care Graduate: Hildah Molate
Hildah Molate, the first World Spine Care (WSC) scholarship student, graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic earlier this year and is now working at the WSC community spine clinic in Shoshong, Botswana.
Practice Pearls: There's More to ROM Than Meets the Eye
As part of my neuromusculoskeletal examination, I perform range-of-motion (ROM) evaluations. I can "eyeball" the range and measure, I can use a goniometer and measure, I can use my phone app and measure, or I can use various other instruments to help determine degrees of motion.
Better With Chiropractic
While chiropractic care is receiving high levels of exposure these days, most pain patients who consult with a health provider still do so with their primary-care MD. And of course, that means in most cases, they're receiving standard medical care, not chiropractic.
Paving the Way to Integrative Health & Wellness
Jared Polis (D-Colorado) and Mike Coffman (R-Colorado) launched the integrative health and wellness (IHW) caucus in October, 2018.
Bastyr University: On the Front Lines of the Pain Epidemic
At University of Washington's Harborview Medical Center, the Seattle region's only Level I Trauma and Burn Center, the demands for in-patient care are dramatically different from a private clinic environment.
NBCE to Reinstitute Computer-Based Exams
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) has announced it will reinstate computer-based testing in January 2019 courtesy of a partnership with testing and assessment solutions provider Prometric.
A Novel Way to Prevent Elderly Falls: Toe Strength
In any given year, nearly 40 percent of senior citizens ages 70 and older will fall at least once. Each fall significantly increases the risk of not only sprains, strains and contusions, but also fractures.
Old Trend, New Risks: Heavy Weight Training
With more opportunities to exercise than ever, a greater selection of exercise options, and the subsequent opinions supporting and challenging their merits, it's easy to be confused as to which approach is best.
The Acupuncturist and the Opioid Crisis: Conquering Pain & Addiction in the U.S.
The current opioid epidemic dominates the discussion among national health leaders, recovery advocates and families nationwide. Opioids include heroin as well as prescription pain relievers such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, fentanyl, and others.
Transforming Exam Delivery
The NBCE Board of Directors has never wavered on its promise to deliver an excellent, on-campus computerized testing experience to students. Likewise, there has never been a compromise to the delivery of fair, valid and legally defensible exams.
Chiropractic's Next Frontier: Adjusting the Microbiome
Restoring a healthy microbiome to help treat disease may be the next frontier in chiropractic offices around the country.
Spring Allergies & The Spleen: Looking at Pattern Differentiation
As the season of Spring fades away and we shift into the warm summer months, many patients suffer from chronic allergies. This is by far one of the most common issues I see in the clinic as well as often mistreated and misdiagnosed.
Missed Causes of LBP: It's the Syndrome, Not the Subluxation
When I read the chart notes of other chiropractors, I am usually disappointed. They list what vertebrae are fixated or misaligned. They may describe the involved fascia and muscles.
Cyber Threat Checklist: Defend Your Business With These 10 Steps
Living in an internet connected society brings many conveniences and benefits. The power of the internet to connect us with customers, store data, and find information has opened the door for many small business owners to grow and flourish.
Regenerative Medicine: How to Do It by the Books
The "lay of the land" for regenerative therapies, including but certainly not limited to adult stem-cell treatments, seems to change almost daily.
State by State: Chiropractic Leads Changes in Health Care
Monumental legislative bills in support of the chiropractic profession were passed recently in Washington, West Virginia and Oregon. Here is a review of this important legislation, state by state...
Dropping Insurance: 4 Steps
My office manager just got off the phone with the secretary of a long-standing patient. I have treated this woman and 10 members of her family for more than a decade. She has, as have all of my patients, paid my fee at the time of service since I dropped insurance in 1997.
April, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 04
Baby Massage Techniques
Early Childhood Education and/or Childcare Facility Application
By Linda Baskin Rush, LMT
An important part of integrated infant care is baby massage. In his book, Touching: The Human Significance of the Skin, Ashley Montagu wrote, "What the child requires if it is to prosper, it was found, is to be handled, and carried, and caressed, and cuddled, and cooed to, even if it isn't breastfed.It is the handling, the carrying, the caressing, the care giving, and the cuddling that we would here emphasize, for it would seem that even in the absence of a great deal else, these are the reassuringly basic experiences the infant must enjoy if it is to survive in some semblance of health."
A licensed massage therapist can contribute to the well-being of a child with weekly massages. In this stressful world, we must give children the ability to achieve relaxation or we may set them up for stress conditions such as allergies, insomnia, indigestion, diabetes and migraines. The child learns to recognize the LMT and is aware that they are there for the massage therapy session.
Light, calming strokes and feather touch create physical and emotional patterns of deep relaxation. Deepening and slowing of the breath and relaxed blood flow to the hands and feet are greatly desired. Difficulties in mood, digestion and sleep decrease.
The techniques described here were used in a program at the YWCA of Greater Miami for children from 6 weeks to 24 months of age. Participants scored higher on motor skills and in both receptive and expressive language in testing by the University of Miami.
All LMTs must have the appropriate license and background check, and must be aware of contraindications for therapeutic massage. Handouts outlining the program's benefit should be available for family members. The session must be carried out in a warm, private environment. Colors are important. Pastels are soothing and don't induce aggression. Bold prints do not facilitate a calming experience. Red is particularly agitating.
Each massage requires linens, rubbing alcohol, plastic bottles of massage oil, and various toys. All objects used during baby massage must be kept clean, sterile and separate from those of the childcare center. The linens should include one yoga mat, a bath sheet, two medium towels, and a flannel blanket. Children are disease vectors, so the linens must be changed between treatments. Massage hygiene protocols must be followed.
The choice of massage oils is important. Grapeseed and jojoba are nice base oils. Lavender oil can be added for aromatherapy. However, allergies must be noted and bottles without aromatherapy oil should be available. Experts in infant massage indicate that it is unwise to use petroleum products on a baby. Lavender is widely used and is effective at calming and reducing nervousness, anger and fear, and will help renew and reenergize.
Use toys that can be easily cleaned with alcohol, including balls, teething rings, and baby dolls to distract the baby in the unfamiliar surroundings and people. The LMT should have several dolls available. It is important to have one resembling the child, so dolls of different races are needed. A chubby doll should also be on hand, and a small one for tiny babies. Dolls made of vinyl can be wiped down with alcohol and those with cloth bodies can go into the washer with the linens.
Music is an important element of baby massage, but the selection is critical. Getting the baby into a relaxed state is important. Beautiful, melodic music yields the best results. When the tempo is slower than the baby's heartbeat, it will slow slightly to mimic the music and the breath will deepen. This, and the feather touch on the baby's skin, induces a relaxed blood flow pattern, coaxing more blood to the fingers and toes. The music becomes associated with relaxation and pleasure. Classical music with crescendos may agitate the babies.
Every baby is a singular individual, whose welfare must be respected. The child must receive one-on-one attention, eye contact, and slow, relaxed breathing by the LMT for them to unconsciously mimic. The importance of the LMT being calm, happy, relaxed and engaged cannot be overstated. Small children love routines and dislike variations, and may react to changes with crying or tantrums. With the reduced stress of a consistent schedule, they become more likely to accept being massaged. If a baby declines the massage, his wishes should be respected. Cleaning and sanitizing of hands should be visible to the child. It should be told what is happening and why. Sentences such as, "We wash our hands before we touch others"; "Dirty hands are yucky!"; and "Clean hands feel nice!" teach the importance of hygiene.
The LMT should avoid the use of the word "no." A baby will put all objects into his mouth, including towels, baby dolls and blankets. This should be permitted, but the items within the child's reach must be clean. The baby will also bang things together, and appropriate items should be provided. Objects that lack feelings should be differentiated from living beings. If the child hits a doll or instructor, the phrases "Hitting is not nice" and "We massage the baby, we never hit the baby" can be used.
Assorted balls can be played with near the setup area. When an aggressive child kicks or throws a ball, the LMT should say "Good job. You threw the ball"; "I am proud of you"; and "You are so strong/fast." This activity increases their treatment time and gives them a way to vent frustration and aggression. Babies receiving this anti-aggression work may accept a massage they might have otherwise declined. They may also be given a slightly stronger blend of oil with lavender to encourage a calming reaction.
A flannel blanket can be integral to the massage. The softness is very calming. "Peek-a-boo" is a play/massage technique with gentle verbalizations which provides another way to contact the children's skin with a soft and soothing material. This type of play on a weekly basis can make inroads into the most aggressive alpha or super-alpha babies. They love peek-a-boo games even at eight weeks. At 12 weeks, they will smile, laugh and make happy, gurgling sounds.
The experience is full of training opportunities. Children should be engaged using everything in their environment. Start with lines such as "May I massage you," and "We are going to the massage room." A good technique is to sing the ABC song or other children's songs. A way to increase the baby's vocabulary is by pointing to and identifying objects such as lights, the floor, hands, fingers, thumbs, eyes, bottle, towel, baby doll, etc. During all interactions, accentuate the use of "please" and "thank you."
Linda Baskin Rush has been a licensed massage therapist in Florida since 1981. She has focused on infant and toddler massage since 1998.
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