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Integrative Cardiology: The Heart of TCM & Western Medicine
Patient centered therapy is a growing trend in hospitals that are expanding to boutique services.
Insomnia Treatment Based on the Yu Theory
In recent years, acupuncture has risen in popularity as a form of alternative or supplemental medicine for the treatment of many different types of disorders.
Treating LBP the Right Way: Think Natural
An updated clinical practice guideline from the American College of Physicians (ACP) recommends spinal manipulation and other non-invasive, non-drug therapies as first options for acute, subacute and chronic low back pain, rather than pain medications, as stipulated in the original 2007 guideline.
News In Brief
A "Modern" Business Model. Acupuncturists may have a new professional atmosphere to consider, as a new concept is on the horizon - at least for one business.
Help Save an Important Chiropractic Landmark
The chiropractic profession has a splendid and varied history. Sadly, many landmarks have been lost to bulldozers and wrecking crews, such as the Ryan Building, Little-Bit-O-Heaven, Spears Chiropractic Hospital, and Clearview Sanitarium.
Making Sense of Liver Regulation
In Chinese medicine, the liver has the function of moving and storing qi and blood. In its moving function, the liver smoothly distributes qi and blood to the tendons, muscles and flesh through microcirculation.
How to Correct a Cuboid Subluxation
Cuboid subluxation is a poorly recognized condition, even though it is not uncommon. It has been described in the literature under various names: cuboid subluxation, cuboid syndrome, locked cuboid, dropped cuboid, cuboid fault syndrome or peroneal cuboid syndrome.
Good Works at the Canandaigua VA
Faculty and students of the Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (FLSAOM) of the New York Chiropractic College have provided acupuncture to veterans at the Veterans' Administration Medical Center (VAMC) in Canandaigua, New York since September of 2007.
Toxicity & Kids: The Importance of Environmental Intake
The old adage is true that children are not little adults. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has long known that the physiology of children is unique, as are the diseases that plague them.
Scope of Chiropractic Practice: Why Now Is the Time to Expand
In my January article, "Scope of Chiropractic Practice: Is It Time for Change?" I discussed the use of the term primary spine care practitioner, the loss of privileges to diagnose in Texas, and the fact that the definition of "chiropractic" varied from state to state.
NSAIDs No Better Than Placebo for Spine Pain
A meta-analysis of randomized, placebo-controlled trials comparing the efficacy and safety of NSAIDs with placebo for spinal pain concludes that among 6,065 spine pain patients, "NSAIDs reduced pain and disability, but provided clinically unimportant effects over placebo."
The First (Only) Choice for Spinal Pain
The study on NSAIDs for spinal pain summarized on the front page of this issue is intriguing on a number of levels, the most obvious being the conclusion that "compared with placebo, NSAIDs do not provide a clinically important effect on spinal pain, and six patients must be treated with NSAIDs for one patient to achieve a clinically important benefit in the short-term."
Waist Circumference: A Conversation Starter (Part 2)
Now let's discuss the clinical approach to reducing WC and implementation in today's chiropractic practice. The primary intervention centers around dietary modification and lifestyle habits aimed to reduce adiposity, improve insulin sensitivity and ultimately, diminish systemic metabolic dysfunction.
The Qi Focus: A Guide to Managing Stress
Stress, are you experiencing heightened stress levels? Your own, and your clients? Is Trumpitis getting to you? I recently polled a cluster of acupuncturists, Asian Bodywork Therapists (ABT) and psychotherapy colleagues on the issue.
Chiropractic: A Great Fit for the White House
Dr. Eric Kaplan is a New York Chiropractic College alumnus; a No. 1 best-selling author whose books include Awaken the Wellness Within and The 5 Minute Motivator; a chiropractor for professional sports teams and elite athletes; and even served as an advisor under the Clinton Administration to the President's Council on Sports & Physical Fitness.
5 Ways to Enhance Your Family Practice
Every practice has a personality style. A practice that caters to athletes, PI cases or adults, for example, projects differently to patients than a family wellness practice.
Caring for Refugees in Greece
At the beginning of 2016 I had no idea what was in store for me, but I was looking forward to a personal retreat on the Greek island of Paros; a graduation gift to myself after 22 years of motherhood, and four-plus years of Chinese medicine school.
Shedding Light on the Benefits of Heliotherapy
I can't imagine anyone not feeling good strolling in the sun on a beautiful spring day. The sun is responsible for all life on earth and is best illustrated along the equator touting the richest biodiversity on the planet, in stark contrast to the Arctic Circle and South Pole.
What's Bugging You? Probiotics and Your Health
An estimated 100 trillion microorganisms representing more than 500 different species inhabit every normal, healthy bowel. Gut-dwelling bacteria keep pathogens in check, aid digestion and nutrient absorption, and contribute to immune function.
The Chiropractor's Guide to CRISPR
Science magazine's "Breakthrough of the Year" award for 2015 was described as "the gene-editing tool called CRISPR." CRISPR stands for "clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats."
Give Your Patients the Ergonomic Advantage
Prolonged sitting contributes to low back pain and is a health risk. When I discuss my POLITE technique practice recommendations with patients, ergonomics may be last, but not least!
Build Muscle With Infant Massage
From the time a baby is born, they are reaching major developmental changes on a regular basis. Some of these come through self-exploration, while others are encouraged by outside stimuli.
One of the first major infant development milestones is around four months of age with the ability to control head movement. Motor control develops in a "cephalocaudal" fashion, meaning baby first gains control of her head, then her shoulders and then her abdomen and so on down to her feet.
Building Upper Back Strength
Due to baby gaining control of her head first, it is imperative to build muscular strength in the upper back to support the head, which in turn will aid in development of motor control down the body. Keep in mind that an infant/toddler's head is heavier and larger in proportion as compared to the rest of their body size.
Since the concern of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) we have moved away from letting our babies sleep on their stomachs; coupling this with swings and child seats, modern infants are not developing those vital upper back muscles as early as needed.
Exercise for Baby
Providing exercises and gentle massage for infants that center around building upper back strength is imperative. Not only will it strengthen baby's neck, back and trunk muscles, it can help with cognitive and visual development, and prevent both flathead syndrome and torticollis.
Typically, infant massage is performed by parents who have been trained by a certified infant massage teacher. In some cases, a parent can be trained to perform massage that is useful to encourage this type of growth and development, while other times certified pediatric massage therapist provide the therapeutic massage treatment.
Prior to beginning any treatment, a full health history and thorough assessment should be performed. Always take into consider any known precautions and contraindications, and when necessary seek advice from the child's health care provider.
Always practice precaution to the umbilical cord stump, and recognize that as long as baby is comfortable, she can safely play on her stomach. It can be important to incorporate tummy time exercises.
Tummy time exercises are performed by placing baby on her stomach while awake and supervised. This exercise can help develop strong head, neck and shoulder muscles, while at the same time promote motor skills. Tummy time can also help in preventing flathead (positional plagiocephaly).
These exercises are essential in building the strength and coordination needed for rolling over, crawling, reaching, and playing. By starting to train these muscles early, it will enable baby to feel more confident on her stomach as she grows.
Don't just focus on tummy time but use this opportunity to increase their ability to reach and play as well. Arranging toys in a circle around her will promote reaching in different directions and singing or cooing to baby will encourage engagement.
Comfort for Baby
If baby is uncomfortable or cannot support herself on her forearms use a rolled up towel or blanket as a bolster under baby's chest, position her arms over the roll with hands stretching out. Always make sure to have baby's chin in front of the bolster to prevent any airway blockage and always supervise baby during bolstering. Changing the texture and color of the bolster or blanket that baby is lying on will help engage babies senses.
Similar to pediatric massage, it is important to watch for non-verbal cues and pay attention to baby's requests to be done or change positions. Short but frequent bouts of play will prevent tiring and enable the baby to build strength confidently.
Introducing Baby to Therapy
When it is time to introduce massage therapy, we typically begin by positioning baby on their abdomen, or while holding them securely, so they may support their own head. With the baby safely positioned, apply gentle, still touch to begin to warm soft tissues, followed by small, circular massage strokes on both sides of the back.
Practice caution, while at the same time using very gentle pressure. Do not provide touch therapy techniques directly, or within short distance, to the baby's spine. After applying gentle circular massage, follow by stroking from shoulders to lower-back with a gentle pressure. Alternate stroking with closed fingers three times, followed by stroking with open fingers three times.
If the baby is receiving the massage well, continue this alternating stroking for three repetitions of each style of stroke. After these stroking motions, repeat the gentle circular strokes down the back from shoulder towards low back, and finish with a still, calming touch.
Improving upper back muscles is such an important part of infant development and can be incorporated easily into other everyday activities such as diaper changes, towel drying or during infant massage. Try adding in the "tummy time" position when massaging an infant.
Teaching the Parents
When teaching parents, encourage them to start with several minutes a day until baby is able to do 20 minutes a day, even if it is broken up into intervals. Remind parents to take precautions with all exercises especially if the child is elevated (on a bed or changing table.)
Above all, for the therapy and exercises to achieve best results and received in the most relaxed fashion by the child, it is imperative that we listen to and respect the infant's cues. An infant will know when they are done with a certain activity or exercise.