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June, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 06

Prominent Universities Research Benefits of Massage Therapy for Sickle-Cell Pain

By Editorial Staff

Independent research studies at the University of Florida and the University of California, Los Angeles, are underway to study the effects of massage therapy on child, adolescent and adult sickle-cell patients.

Sickle-cell is a painful blood disorder that causes anemia.

The studies build on research conducted in 1996 at the University of Florida, Gainesville, in which the effects of massage therapy on adults suffering from sickle-cell pain were studied. The new Florida study will focus on the effects of teaching parents to administer massage therapy to their children suffering from sickle-cell. California researchers will study the effects of massage administered by family members on adolescents and adults afflicted with the disease.

University of Colorado Hospital Opens Integrative Medical Center

After three years in the planning phase, The Center for Integrative Medicine (TCFIM) at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora is fully operational. The center has treated approximately 2,000 patients since it opened in January 2002, and the numbers are expected to grow.

TCIFM is one of a handful of programs in the country offering complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in an academic environment. The center provides myriad services on an outpatient basis, including therapeutic massage; traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture; behavioral counseling; biofeedback; pharmaceutical counseling; and advice related to diet, nutrition and herbs. TCIFM also offers weekly yoga and tai chi classes, and educational seminars for staff, patients and the community.

According to the center, its mission is threefold: provide CAM services to patients; research the effectiveness of CAM therapies; and provide an educational environment for individuals to further explore CAM modalities.


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