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Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
Poll Results for the following Question:
How much do research findings on massage affect the way you practice?
I consider research findings and modify my care accordingly.
Total Respondents: 255
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I consider research findings and modify my care accordingly. As a massage therapist for over 10 years and massage therapy instructor I find it interesting that you use the words "modify my care accordingly". On occasion I have modified but more often research has lead me to expand techniques used in my practice.
I am aware of the research, but don't usually change the way I practice based upon it. Because of theh FACT that no two Massage therapists can work exacatly the same way, it is almost immposible for anyone to produce the same effects as another person. Yes, we can learn a particular modality but when we start to use this method of working, we adapt it too our own style and capibilitiess. I teach positional muscle release and a muscle energy technique based on Thomas Hannas' teachings. The students that learn from these classes are encouraged to adapt what I teach to their own cabilities. My wife and I are basically trained in the same modalities but from experience working with each others clients, we have found that we actually work quite differently.
An example of studies done, My wife has been involved in two different low back pain studies in the past three years. All of the Massage Therapists are doing different modalities but getting basically the same good, solid results. All, or at least most, of the participants seem to be getting "better" meaning experiencing less pain and using less pain medicine to control the pain. What this means to me is that Massage in general is very good for controlling and possibly eliminating low back pain. The biggest difference between what my wife does and what the other therapists do is that my wife insists that the clients do a good share of the work by doing a home care regime along with the therapy in our office.
My conclusion is that while researce is probably necessary for the further growth of our profession, it is still very difficult to be entirely scientific about the studies.
I consider research findings and modify my care accordingly. Hi Ross! I am from Odessa too!!! Waw! I am thepapist of massage from 1994 and olready over thee years on Hawaii. I do massage and will try do workshops. I am so proud our Russian massage shcool and our great Russian technigue of massage. So many times patients tell me what they had best massage in them life. I am absolutely agree with YOU! Evryone who work like therapist of massage must looking and looking for research in ART of manual healing! With respect Olena D. Adams (Melnikova) :)
I was not going to "vote with a comment" until I saw over 22% as of today's results do not even consider research to treat and modify care for clients! Excuse me, but this is shameful! "Research" isn't just double-blind placebo studies that don't fare well in massage research (only because no two massage treatments are alike, unlike pharmaceuticals.) "Research" also includes paying heed to the contraindications you should know by heart. "Research" continues to give us enormous credibility with health and mental health colleagues!With what techniques and why are you treating clients? It's difficult for me to believe you 22% don't take a health history and find any precautions which cause you to modify/customize your treatment to the unique health of the client that day based on findings/research. I urge anyone who doesn't think it's important to partipate in a research study, as I have had the privilege to do at the Touch Research Institute in Miami with premature babies, cancer patients and depressed new moms, to name just a few, to see the excitement in the field to be part of modern, holistic health history. Man, am I shocked....
I consider research findings and modify my care accordingly. In 28 years of practice the main lesson I get from the research is that touch energy is a form of "nutrition," a basic need - not a luxury, essential to growth and balance of body mind and spirit. Touch is as vital to our emotional well being as is water to our body and is sleep for our mind.
Each individual research study may be narrow in focus and need replication before acting on the outcome, but as the aggregate body of knowledge relevant to our field grows, I am moved to be open to a broader array of modalities and techniques, and to consider each client's uniqueness in fitting the options to their needs, and to provide safe, professional nurture.
I consider research findings and modify my care accordingly. our world is changing everyday and if someone has researched something that I have not got around to yet, I consider that a blessing.
I consider research findings and modify my care accordingly. Research on any subject is always desirable.The
best way to find out if a particular finding is imp to
your practice is to incorporate & amalgamate the
findings on a case to case basis & see the
results.Based on these practical results,we can
decide what is really benrficial to our practice &
what is not.I have had the good fortune of trying
out & combining various methods & therapies
over the years & my practice has evolved &
become much more result oriented & richer in
I consider research findings and modify my care accordingly. I find one must be careful to consider the source of the research, and try to find some corroborating info before making the decision to alter your work. You may hear one thing today, then someone will say the opposite!
The reason why massage therapists in the U.K. have a bad reputation is because of the fact that the majority of students are happy and think that, what they have learned on there ten week course qualifies them to be experts.Then they go into practise not knowing the pit falls and sail along until the day they injure a client,this is where research and experience come in .KNOW YOUR LIMITATIONS
I consider research findings and modify my care accordingly. Research is a significant part of the way I practice.
It is my belief that those that don't use research, as one of the tools, they use to make decisions bout there patients care are giving second grade care.
I consider research findings and modify my care accordingly. Getting thro all junk to find good research is hard.
I consider research findings and modify my care accordingly. Change is not only good, but essential for the development of massage therapy as a progressive alternative health care field. Massage is not just a "feel good" treatment for the wealthy, but an on-going health benefit for informed consumers!
Janet Clarke, BA, LMT, NCMTB
I consider research findings and modify my care accordingly. Research gives our profession credibility and validity both to the medical community and the nation at large. I embrace those who are striving to do empirical studies and applaud those who are working hard to promote the professionalism of massage.
I consider research findings and modify my care accordingly. Hello Peoples,
I love to read about the profession that I love working with. I also need to get information and I've had a hard time finding that information within any organization that I'm currently with. I want reliable, informative, SUBSTANTUATED (sp?) information. I do use what I read about that affects my clients and I adjust my practice accordingly.
T. Roman, LMT