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Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
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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