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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Advancing the "Whole Organ" Spine Model
Historically, the human spine has been organized by body region utilizing specific anatomical landmarks and transition zones.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pediatric Massage for Selfie Elbow
Children today are exposed to the use of electronics and technology at a much earlier age. While many times this exposure leads to great exploration and learning opportunities, we are also seeing an increase in the appearance of discomforts associated with the use of today's technology.
Simply stated, the use of computers, tablets and smartphones causes us to hold our bodies in unnatural positions for extended lengths of time. The cause of technology-related injuries is typically overuse mixed with repetitive use.
With today's youth addicted to taking "selfies," capturing their memories in pictures and living in a reality where "If there is no picture, it didn't happen", we have created a selfie-addicted culture.
What is "Selfie Elbow"?
Selfie elbow is a type of tendinitis and can be described as similar to "tennis elbow" (lateral epicondylitis). The feeling of pain and discomfort associated with "selfie elbow" is caused by the experience of inflammation in the tendons that run along the arm from the hand to elbow. The tissues become inflamed due to the form the body holds when taking a selfie. When taking that soon-to-be-treasured picture, the self-photographer extends their arm and at the same time grips their phone firmly to stabilize for the perfect shot. This is not a position we were designed to hold repetitively.
Children may feel tightness in their arms, wrists and even in the hands, but not report it to their parents. They may think it is harmless, will pass quickly and not recognize the trauma caused by overuse. Oftentimes they will use a selfie stick, thinking it will assist with the awkward (and achieve the optimal) selfie-taking position. However, if while using the selfie stick, the arm is still extended, it is not helpful in minimizing the future discomfort.
Symptoms of "Selfie Elbow"
With selfie elbow, the symptoms develop over time. In many cases, the discomfort begins as mild and then slowly worsens with continued, repetitive movements and overuse. Some of the common signs and symptoms of selfie elbow include:
Pediatric Massage for "Selfie Elbow"
Prior to providing any treatment in the form of pediatric massage therapy, you must assess the child's injury, understand which muscles, tendons and ligaments are involved, and make an informed treatment plan.
Lateral epicondylitis or "selfie elbow" involves the tendons and muscles located in the forearm. The muscles in the forearm help to extend the wrist and fingers, while the tendons, also known as extensors, attach the muscles to the bones. The attachment is located at the lateral epicondyle. It is at this attachment site that we find inflammation contributing to "selfie elbow."
The first and one of the best therapeutic approaches is to encourage the child to rest and help rehabilitate their injury by not continuing with the activity which initially caused the inflammation. However, we also should consider employing methods of treatment using ice to decrease inflammation, teaching the child some home care activities, and using pediatric massage to address the self tissues.
With children, use caution with any heat or cool therapies due to their developing nervous systems and possible inability to perceive heat and cold temperature differences quickly. If using cooling therapy, the therapist should do so cautiously and be mindful of site, color changes of the skin and reaction the child is having. The therapist should limit the time cooling therapy is applied to the inflammation site, using a method of less-is-more when it comes to pediatric clients.
Using pediatric massage techniques, the therapist should focus on those techniques which help to decrease stress, anxiety and tension overall; then focus on specific areas to alleviate discomfort.
Once a through assessment is completed and the therapist has gained the child's permission to receive massage, they can begin their therapeutic approach.
Begin by focusing on the back, neck and shoulders of the child. Provide gentle stroking techniques to decrease any tension contained in these muscle areas. This will help the child relax and prepare for focus on the area with pain and discomfort.
Next, the therapist should focus on the forearms. On the affected forearm, start with gentle, static holding to begin to introduce touch therapy. Gently stroke to warm the area. Then, knead the soft tissues, using a gentle, but intentional pressure. Once the tissues are warmed, the therapist should gently hold their hand in a static position on the child's forearm. While the therapist's hand provides warmed contact to the forearm, ask the child to alternate slowly bending their wrist (flexion) in the dorsal and palmar directions.
This movement should be performed slowly, and range of motion should be controlled by child, who will move their wrist on their own, comfortably. If monitored by parents, this movement can be performed at home by the child under a home care plan.
As a preventive measure, children should be encouraged to take breaks from selfies and regularly practice wrist movements of bending the wrist in the flexion motions. If they notice any pain or discomfort, they should bring this to the attention of the parent or therapist and then follow any recommended medical advice.
Please note the information contained in this article is an example plan of treatment. However, each pediatric client may have different health care needs. This information does not replace medical advice.