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Children Massage For Kids With Autism

By Matilda French

If you work with children with autism you know you have to get to know each child’s likes and dislikes when it comes to massage. A parent may inform you ahead of time if his/her child does not like a certain area massaged. Hopefully you will be given a document that will inform you of any important information you need to know about the autistic child you are about to give a massage to.

If you are a parent you know by trial and error what works and does not work for your child when you massage him or her to try to calm him/her down. Pass this information onto any person that will be working with your child to give your child the maximum benefit.

Children massage for kids with autism can start out with you and the child on a comfortable rug or mat. Have the child lay on his or her stomach. You can take a large exercise ball and slowly roll the ball over the child from head to toe. Use a firm push on the ball. Some days the child may want you to push harder down on the ball than others. Have the child roll over onto his/her back and roll the ball slowly over the child from head to toe again.

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When some autistic children get over stimulated you should not touch them as this may cause them to get even more stimulated. You can tell if an autistic child is over stimulated when he/she claps his/her hands, jumps up and down, runs back and forth and may even make loud noises. Try to talk to the child using as few words as possible. You can have the child take deep breaths, sit on a rug and turn the lights down or completely off to settle him or her down. Once he or she is calm, you can massage his/her head. Use circular motions. You can take the palms of your hands and gently squeeze on his/her head if pressure is needed.

When the autistic child’s body needs to be woke up, for example, to go to school, you can have the child lay on a rug or mat. Take your hands and have your palms up in the air. Gently drop each hand one at a time so that you are softly pounding on the child’s body. Start from the shoulders all of the way down to the feet. Go up and down the body about eight times. This feels good to the child and wakes up the autistic child’s muscles.

Another way you can use children’s massage for kids is to use circular motions on the child’s hands and feet to massage him or her. You can do this for about three minutes or until the child starts to fidget. You can move onto the next children’s massage technique.

There are many different children’s massage techniques you can use on the autistic child you are working with. You can test them by trial and error and once you know what is liked, you can make up a massage plan to use frequently.

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Balance Ball Exercise To Health!

By Jerry H. Hall

There is also a significant body of work demonstrating the importance of the deep abdominal musculature in providing trunk stabilization, particularly the transverse abdominals and obliques.

Unless otherwise specified, a neutral alignment of the spine should be maintained when exercising. This is especially critical when it comes to the lumbar spine. The key is to try to prevent the core musculature from disengaging and allowing a hyperextension of the lumbar spine during compression or flexion loading.

A ‘neutral spine’ is preferred when exercising, although occasionally we will ask for a posteriorly tilted pelvis during specific movements, like a push-up or roll-out. This is done to teach preferential recruitment of specific musculature and safety. After proper core stabilization is mastered during the exercises, we no longer insist on a posterior pelvic tilt during the execution prone exercises.

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Robinson defines a neutral spine as ‘a position or range of movement defined by the patient’s symptoms, pathology, and current musculoskeletal restrictions. It is a position in which a vertical force exerted through the spine allows equal weight transference to the weightbearing surfaces (e.g. in sitting – the ischial tuberosities, in standing – the feet).’ It should be noted that a neutral spine is an ideal concept, defined differently by various authorities. A neutral spine is also different from person to person, therefore don’t get too caught up the ‘exactness’ of the definition and just use the concept!

When suspended in prone positions that load flexion of the spine (e.g. push-up or roll-out position), an attempt to maintain a posterior pelvic tilt engages the lower abdominals and prevents the lumbar spine form hyper-extending. Although maintaining a ‘neutral spine’ position during such exercises will provide adequate protection to the lumbar spine, the position is ‘too close for comfort’ and can easily result in lumbar hyperextension in a fatigued state. Especially for beginners, a posterior pelvic tilt provides better stimuli to the lower abdominals and hip flexors, and affords ‘more room for error’. If you look at most of our clients exercising in a prone position, you will see a natural line at their lumbar spine.

With the exercise ball, an element of instability is introduced to the exercise that one would not normally get in a floor exercise. The body responds naturally and automatically to this instability to keep balanced on the exercise ball. Over time, the muscles used to keep in balance on the Swiss ball become stronger. In essence, individuals build strength in important back muscles and abdominal muscles without knowing it.

The exercise ball also uses what is called ‘proprioception,’ an awareness of where one’s hand, or foot, is in relationship to space. The instability of the exercise ball provides the body with constant opportunities to evaluate its orientation in space, developing and training the body’s natural awareness. Enhanced proprioception provides the body with increased balance and stability.

The exercise ball is a great tool for strengthening those hard-to-get-to muscles (such as the TVA and erector spinae), as well as improving your balance and overall coordination.

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Female Hair Loss Treatment

By Alison Stevens

There are many reasons for female hair loss and therefore there is a need for a specific hair loss treatment for women.

Some of the numerous reasons for female hair loss are the female body producing more testosterone than usual (women have small amounts in their bodies), or medical conditions involving hormones, as well as autoimmune diseases or thyroid disorders.

The causes for female hair loss are different to the causes of men’s hair loss. Also hair loss in women can occur at any age, whereas men’s hair loss typically occurs when they grow older. Women’s hair loss is also different in that it can occur all over the head, whereas men tend to see hair loss mostly on the top and at the temples.

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Since female hair loss can be caused by several medical conditions it is extremely important for a woman who is experiencing abnormal hair loss to be checked by a physician. Conditions such as underactive thyroid, for example, can lead to more serious symptoms and health issues besides hair loss. Diabetes and other autoimmune disorders can also cause hair loss. It is important not to experiment with a female hair loss treatment until you are certain what is causing your hair loss after consulting your physician.

Possible Treatments for Female Hair Loss

Treatment for female hair loss can be complicated by any underlying health issues, so, once you have ruled out serious health condition what are some of the options for female hair loss? Low dose minoxidil – often sold under the brand name Rogaine or Regaine, is often successful. Finasteride based treatments are suitable only for male hair loss and should be avoided by women due to known side effects which can include birth defects.

A more expensive option and one which many women choose is hair transplant. Another possible option is Lasercomb, which is an expensive laser treatment that makes the hair appear thicker. This one is FDA approved as well. A further possibility is Toppik, a treatment that is applied to the scalp, which assists in concealing the hair loss.

Since there are so many different causes of female hair loss there are many options for treatment. Female hair loss treatments can differ from male hair loss treatment. After you’ve eliminated any serious underlying medical conditions visit your local pharmacy and check out the range of female hair loss products available before you consider the more expensive options. Some of the over-the-counter hair loss products produce satisfactory results when used as directed.

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