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Understanding and Identifying Pediatric Growth-Plate Fractures
In general, fractures in children heal well with little intervention as long as the alignment is good. Fractures involving the growth plate, however, are a different issue. In fact, growth-plate injuries are the primary reason for the subspecialty of pediatric orthopedics.
The Wonders of Light Therapy: An Interview with Wes Burwell
I first met Wes Burwell in 2011 when he was teaching a class on light. Since then, every time I hear him speak, his understanding of the benefits, function and capacity of light has evolved.
5 Ways to Occupy Occupational Health
Despite the progress that has been made to better protect workers, occupational health and safety remains a priority area for many national governmental organizations due to the widespread problem of occupationally related morbidity and mortality.
Help Patients Achieve Optimal Vitamin D Levels
Much research has been done on vitamin D levels and their impact on health; optimal levels have been correlated with a reduced risk of developing numerous conditions.
Pulse Diagnosis: What We Know
I am still finding pearls of wisdom from the books and papers that I inherited from my pulse diagnosis mentor Jim Ramholz.
Simple Ways To Find True Happiness
Patients in our clinics are always seeking happiness. As their health advocate, we need to ensure we inform them that in order to find happiness, they have to make sure to identify what makes them happy in the first place.
The Heart Protector
On the physical level, the Pericardium is a double-layered sac of fibrous tissue that envelops the Heart. The space between the layers is filled with serous fluid that protects the Heart from external shock or trauma and lubricates to allow for normal Heart movement.
Blaming the Gluteus Medius, Overlooking the Deltoid
The gluteus medius (Gmed) is commonly written about, strengthened and blamed for many conditions, and rightfully so. After all, the Gmed plays a role in pelvic stability, hip motor control and lower-quarter dynamic movements.
Jingei Diagnosis: An Effective and Powerful Diagnostic
I graduated from the Kotatama Institute under the direction of Drs. Masahilo and Katsuharu Nakazono in 1984. As a student, I was exposed to the practice of most of the various theories and modalites of Oriental Medicine.
Healing With TCM at San Quentin State Prison
For the prisoners at San Quentin State Prison, life-sentences are the reality of every day life. It is not often that prisoners get the opportunity to use alternative medicine to deal with common ailments they encounter behind bars such as, depression, anxiety and pain.
Web Marketing: Content Is King
Google's sweeping updates to its search algorithms over the past few years have brought a paradigm shift in how you can optimize your chiropractic website to gain maximum marketing leverage.
Transparency and Accountability: Q&A With the CCE
Every profession needs an organization dedicated to upholding the quality and integrity of its degree programs and educational institutions.
To The Finish Line With the Help of TCM
When acupuncturist Eddy De Smedt pursued a career in Traditional Chinese Medicine, he knew he wanted to make a difference.
Managing Patient Expectations About Acupuncture
Last year, I attended the Pacific Symposium in San Diego for the first time in six or seven years. It was the 25th anniversary of this event, and on one evening there was a panel discussion with the title; "What is Qi?."
Lime Jello on Morphine
Taste is in the eyes... actually the mouth... of the beholder. My food preferences have changed, lightening from the food of my youth. My parents loved heavy eastern European cuisine and I loved it as a child. Now I enjoy leaner, healthier whole foods.
The X Factor in Clinical Research: The Patient
It was the great baseball legend, former New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra – he of countless aphorisms, each with a mind-bending twist – who once declared, "You can observe a lot by watching."
Saying No to Medicine
An interesting article recently appeared in Men's Journal titled "When to Say No to Your Doctor." The article begins with the summary statement above and effectively arms readers with information that will help them "take more responsibility for your own health care, because you can't be sure anyone else is.
The Tao of Gender
If you think gender is as simple as having a new client check off the "male" or "female" box on your intake form, we hope this article will expand your understanding and thus the reach of your health care.
Calcium Helps Prevent Colorectal Cancer
Over the past 25 to 30 years, studies have suggested calcium may confer protection against colorectal cancer.
Talking to Patients About Healthy Aging
I've noticed that a particular category of patients seems to make up more and more of my practice – they work out, but still experience lots of degenerative joint disease (DJD) issues.
AOMA Strengthens Leadership Team
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, a leading college of acupuncture & herbal medicine, announced the appointment of Donna LaPoint Hurta, MBA as the new VP of Finance & Operations this Fall.
February, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 02
Spotlight on Research
By Editorial Staff
Welcome to the world of massage research! This periodic column will keep you abreast of the latest research documenting the benefits of massage and bodywork. Published research will be summarized, with references to the full study text provided; abstracts of research projects planned or in progress will be reproduced verbatim whenever possible.
Developing a massage protocol for research on temporomandibular joint disorders.
Purpose: A massage protocol for temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) was developed and pretested for use in a TMD research project. Massage therapy has never been incorporated into a TMD research design.
Methods: Four potential TMD protocols were identified, based on a literature search (MEDLINE and Bodywork Knowledge Base) and follow up interviews with massage therapists who reported experience with TMD or experience developing massage protocols for research. Techniques across the protocols were consolidated into a list of TMD-specific massage techniques. Expert review helped generate a core TMD-specific massage protocol that was pretested using eight TMD patients. Feedback from the patients, the licensed massage therapists, and the supervising massage therapists was used to select two massage therapists to deliver the protocol in clinical studies. The protocol specified setting; forms and record keeping; session length; treatment duration; and specific massage techniques. The protocol was evaluated by patients along five dimensions: effectiveness, responsiveness and overall satisfaction (1=worst, 5=best), as well as pressure and communication (3=just right).
Results: TMD patients found the bodywork protocol to be acceptable, including intraoral work. Mean values for the five variables were: effectiveness, 3.9; responsiveness, 4.2; overall satisfaction, 4.3; pressure, 2.7; and communication, 2.8.
Conclusions: A flexible, yet repeatable, TMD-specific massage protocol was developed in accordance with the best practice in the massage profession. The final protocol incorporated Swedish, myofascial, craniosacral, neuromuscular therapy and structural integration styles, and combined intraoral work with external massage focusing on the trunk, neck and face. Although the protocol was developed specifically to study the effect of massage on TMD, the development process could be adapted to generate syndrome- or condition-specific massage protocols for research with other complex, chronic disorders, such as migraines or fibromyalgia.
Massage therapy for chronic low back pain in low-income patients.
This ongoing study examines the effects of whole-body massage therapy in reducing pain and improving health among low-income Hispanic and Caucasian women who suffer from chronic pain. In many cases, chronic pain is part of more complex mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety. Whole-body massage therapy, which is not readily available in poorer communities, offers a complementary approach to standard treatments of chronic pain. Each patient in this study receives eight hour long massage treatments from experienced massage therapists.
The working hypothesis is that massage therapy will be useful in reducing pain, improving functional health, and curbing excess medical utilization in these patients, for at least eight weeks after the program. To test this hypothesis, researchers will compare health care utilization (office visits, urgent care, and emergency care) from three periods: the year before the study; during the six months of the study; and one year after the study.
Dr. Candib has begun massage treatments on 54 patients, and has collected detailed information about them. This information is awaiting analysis by a statistician. Dr. Candib has also secured funding from the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, to hire a translator to conduct interviews with Spanish-speaking participants in the program.
The primary challenge so far has been frequent cancellation of appointments, often due to problems with transportation and child care responsibilities. Another difficulty has been a low rate of participation in follow up testing. Although these obstacles have slowed down the study, it is still in motion.
Editor's note: Both of the above abstracts were funded by the AMTA Foundation (amtafoundation.org) and presented at the 2002 AMTA National Convention; they appear in Massage Today with permission from the respective authors.
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