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ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
The Difference Between Adult and Pediatric Massage
Many practitioners believe the major difference in providing massage and touch therapy to children is to simply consider that the client is smaller in size, pressure should be lighter and to ask their parents. These are real considerations, but not the only differences in providing massage therapy for children and adult clients.
Massage for Adults
As healthcare professionals, we should always consider each individual client's unique needs and indications for massage therapy, rather than providing a standardized protocol for care. Under the scope of professional massage therapy, therapists working with adults have the ability to employ a variety of techniques ranging from relaxation massage and spa therapies, to structural integration. Therapists may apply more pressure based on client preference, and range of motion may involve larger movement than we would utilize with children.
Typical adults have more developed muscular and soft tissues compared to pediatric clients, and they can tolerate a massage session that incorporates various techniques that are not safe for children. Adults have often spent years developing their individual postures, body mechanics and areas of holding stress-related tension. This can make our therapeutic work take on the more sessions to have similar benefit to what we might see with pediatric clients in fewer sessions.
With adults, verbal communication is different and allows us to have a thorough discussion about their personal interest in seeking touch therapy. The client can help to explain their healthcare related needs, stress management techniques they use at home and may have a better understanding on how to follow any at-home protocol which may assist in their preventive health plan.
Healthcare providers often use the term pediatric to describe children in a healthcare or hospital setting and some will say that word pediatric is an umbrella term that covers all of the patients in that facility from birth to age of discharge from the hospital (often 18 years of age). While others recognize that pediatric is simply defined as the health care of children, which may mean in the hospital setting, but can also refer to children who are developing typically.
Children have different physical, emotional and developmental needs than adults and pediatric massage is designed to address these individual childhood considerations. Some practitioners believe that massage is used to treat medical and healthcare indications, but pediatric massage is also used in conjunction with general healthcare, as an adjunct and preventative method of therapeutic intervention.
For children, we adapt all of our care to be an individual and unique approach. Children are undergoing significant growth, development and physical changes. A child's skin is thinner, more fragile and has more compact sensory receptors. Their bones are not yet fused or ossified and require a more gentle approach. These considerations are important to those practicing hands-on techniques.
Not only do we consider a child's size in our treatment plan, but also employ developmental considerations and age-appropriate language adaptations, as we build trust and rapport. As with every client, we use informed consent and specifically for children, we use a structured permission process. We may use language that may seem elementary to adult clients, but helps us to best connect with those still developing a comprehensive vocabulary.
Some healthcare providers only think of pediatric massage being applied as a modality for children with special healthcare needs. There are specific healthcare-related situations where pediatric massage therapy will be a wonderful part of a therapeutic treatment plan. However, just as adults receive massage therapy for general health and wellness, so do children. Yes, we can use pediatric massage as indicated to treat a variety of healthcare considerations, but dealing with anxiety, stress and insomnia are also concerns for our younger clients.
Considerations for All Clients
Obtaining informed consent and permission prior to beginning a massage session establishes respect and an understanding of the benefits of healthy touch. With children, this may require input from a parent/guardian or other healthcare provider responsible for their medical care.
Adapting techniques to a client's healthcare needs and preferences establishes trust and communication. We must always communicate adaptations and possibilities with the type of therapeutic session we can provide. Many clients do not have a good understanding of the range of modalities and techniques under a massage therapist's scope of practice. When you take the time to explain options and choices to your client, you help to establish the foundation of a successful treatment session. Professional communication is an important consideration with clients of any age.