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The Winter of Life: A Personal and Chiropractic Practice Perspective
Last November, my wife and I invited an elderly relative, Uncle Josh, to spend the winter with us. He was 82 years old at the time and turned 83 during his stay. As soon as he accepted our invitation, we began preparing.
Exploring and Learning from the Gift of Life
I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to teach cadaver dissection classes and workshops with Stephen Cina at the New England School of Acupuncture over the past seven years, first through the Sports Medicine Acupuncture Program and later as a NESA elective course.
7 Reasons You Want a Beacon in Your Office
Have you heard about how "beacons" are transforming the way businesses interact with their customers? Beacons are low-energy Bluetooth devices that have the ability to send information to a smartphone app.
Research: Know What You're Talking About
Have you ever seen a patient in your office with multiple serious health problems you weren't sure exactly how to address?
Abdominal Acupuncture for Eye Healing: The Sacred Turtle and Ba Gua Map
Our ideas about western medicine have shifted in recent decades, while the public is asking more from health care providers.
An Unexpected Superfood: All About Eggs
About 40 years ago, excessive dietary cholesterol was labeled a public health concern. Specifically, it was thought that there was a causal link between consumption of cholesterol-laden foods and increased risk of heart disease.
Are You Making the Wrong Impression?
Taking a page from Stacy and Clinton of The Learning Channel's hit television program, "What Not to Wear," we recently published an article in the summer issue of Chiropractic History: The Archives and Journal of the Association for the History of Chiropractic, that explores the evolution of physician attire from prehistoric times to the present.
Colon Health and TCM
I still remember many years ago, the loud "Yuck" from my wife at the time when we were together watching the Chinese movie "Last Emperor."
Adding Microneedling to Your Clinic for Results and Profit
Microneedling has taken the beauty world by storm over the last 10 years. Under the names dermaroller, microneedling or skin needling you will see these treatments listed in the services of nearly every fashionable beauty salon and day spa in the country.
Melatonin: A Promising Natural Agent in the Prevention of ALS
A number of years ago, experimental studies suggested melatonin could block key steps in the development of Alzheimer's disease, primarily by acting as a brain antioxidant and inhibiting the build-up of beta-amyloid plaque in the brain.
Medicine as Metaphor
The practice of medicine is both an art and a science. We study and learn the system so that when the time comes to apply it, there is a greater possibility of successfully helping others.
The Source-Luo Point Combination, Part 3
Dr. Nguyen Nghi (NVN) was born in Vietnam and is one of the most important scholars, writers, teachers and practitioners of modern time. Many of his theories and applications are the source of modern teachers from Europe and the United States.
Merger Creates New Model of Care
Two San Francisco powerhouses of holistic healing, the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) and California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), are merging. Together they are building a visionary approach to applied integral health.
The Roots of TCM in Depression Treatment
In traditional Chinese medicine, there is historical precedent for the treatment of so-called "Shen" (Heart-Mind) disorder, or disorder/dysregulation of the spirit, which is also considered as distinct but not separate from the cognitive function of the brain.
Exercise Recommendations for Healthy Aging
Aging is inevitable, but how you age is not. Common physical signs of aging include decreased muscle mass, decreased muscular power, increased body fat, and decreased aerobic (lung) capacity.
Looking Back: Abstracts From Chiropractic History (Summer 2015 Issue)
The following abstracts are reprinted with permission from Chiropractic History, the official journal of the Association for the History of Chiropractic. Chiropractic History is the leading scholarly journal of the chiropractic profession dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of the profession's credible history.
Reverse Digit Span: A Useful Assessment Tool for Patients With and Without Concussion
Reverse digit span is an easily administered test of attention span. It is a component of the SCAT3 test, which is frequently used to assess concussion. It has been part of the armamentarium of cognitive assessment for many years.
Can Acupuncture Treat Knee Pain?
Recently, an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that, "neither laser nor needle acupuncture conferred benefit over sham for pain or function" among older chronic knee pain patients.
Online Marketing Basics: Google Ranking, Part 1
We all know there is so much opportunity with online marketing. And, let's face it, if you don't have a presence online with a website and social media, you are probably not where you want to be.
The Integrative Medicine Puzzle: Putting the Pieces Together
The conversation is changing in the broader healthcare community with patients actually moving the discussion toward more integrative topics. Patients today want to know their options.
Chiropractic Care and Risk of Stroke: The Shoe Moves to the Other Foot
For decades, numerous papers have linked upper cervical chiropractic care to the incidence of vertebral artery dissections and stroke.
August, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 08
Spotlight on Research
By Editorial Staff
Editor's note: This periodic column keeps you abreast of the latest research documenting the benefits of massage and bodywork. Published research is summarized, with references to the full study text provided; abstracts of research projects planned or in progress are reproduced verbatim whenever possible.
PICC and mid-arm line insertions with massage in a community hospital.
As the public begins to focus on integrative medicine, many health care systems are seeking to incorporate more holistic ways to deliver care.After incorporating massage therapy into the ICU, staff observed increased relaxation in patients and restoration of a degree of tranquility. Patients often encounter many invasive and frightening experiences while in the hospital, including the placement of PICC (Percutaneously Inserted Central Catheters) and Mid-Arm catheters. The goal of this study was to determine the impact of using massage on improving the patient's physical comfort, and reducing stress and anxiety levels during PICC and Mid-Arm catheter insertion. A Likert-scale survey was administered pre-procedure and post-procedure to 21 patients who required PICC/Mid-Arm catheter insertion at McKenzie-Willamette Hospital over a 15-month period of time. Results indicate a 39% improvement in anxiety levels and 23% improvement in physical comfort levels in the group who received massage during the catheter insertion. Those patients who experienced massage as a relaxation technique were also generally easier to cannulate for line placement.
Methodology: Patients were surveyed pre- and post-procedure using a Likert scale. Twenty-one adult patients were surveyed; 9 of the patients received massage during the procedure; 12 patients did not receive massage. Massage was offered according to the patient's comfort level. The massage therapist and the patient determined where the patient would feel most comfortable receiving touch during the procedure. Generally, massage (light effleurage) was provided to the hand; arm (not receiving the catheter); feet; neck; or scalp. The focus of massage was to redirect the attention of the patient and provide soothing, calming, comforting touch during the procedure.
Findings: Those patients receiving massage indicated: 23% improvement in physical comfort levels post-procedure; 39% improvement in anxiety levels post-procedure. Those patients not receiving massage indicated: 8% improvement in physical comfort levels post-procedure; 29% improvement in anxiety levels post-procedure. Patients receiving massage demonstrated significant improvement in physical comfort and anxiety levels over those that did not receive massage. It was also observed that there was less vascular constriction and a more peaceful recovery among those patients receiving massage during the procedures. 77% of patients, when asked if massage affected their physical comfort level, indicated, "very much" (the highest score they could give); 67% of patients, when asked if massage affected their anxiety levels, indicated "very much."
Patient Comments: "I think the massage caused a definite improvement in my comfort level. It kept me from focusing on the procedure and relaxed me"; "I'm glad that the massage was given. I have had this done three times before without massage. This was the lowest level of anxiety"; "Very good to me. Kept my mind off what you're doing"; and "Having had two PICC installs without massage, I can say it helped to have it. Thanks!"
Recommendations: Highly recommend using massage to reduce anxiety and improve patient comfort during PICC/Mid-Arm catheter placements. Highly recommend trying massage to complement other potential anxiety or pain-producing procedures such as thorocentesis; pre-cardioversion; or with nasogastric or naso-duodenal feeding tube placement.
Our plan is to modify our survey to include demographics such as gender and age to see of there is any correlation regarding perception of massage or its benefits. We also plan to gather data regarding massage as it affects physical comfort levels and anxiety levels during other invasive procedures, in addition to the PICC/Mid-Arm catheter placements.
Effects of massage for older adults.
(Editor's note: This study appeared in the Fall issue of the Massage Therapy Journal.)
Objective: The objective was to test the effects of massage therapy on physical function; stress perception; sleep; and general well-being among older adults, compared to a guided relaxation control condition.
Design: After screening for eligibility and contraindications, physical clearance for participation was obtained. Eligible participants were randomly assigned to massage or guided relaxation. Sessions were provided twice weekly for four consecutive weeks. Functional assessments and interviews were conducted before the first session and after the last session.
Setting: Participants came to the university for all sessions where a massage room had been reserved for the study.
Participants: Forty-nine participants, aged 60+ completed the study (25 massage and 24 guided relaxation). Three-fourths of the participants were female; 88% white; 10% African American; and 2% Asian. Participants were independently living, relatively "well" older adults, rather than a clinically defined group of patients.
Main Outcome Measures: The main outcome measures were range of motion at shoulder, hip and ankle by goniometer measurement; flexibility (chair sit-and-reach); tandem balance; agility (timed up-and-go test); general well-being (General Well-Being Scale, with subscales for anxiety; depression; positive well-being; self-control; vitality; and general health); Perceived Stress Scale; and Sleep (two items from the Philadelphia Sleep Quality Index).
Results: The massage group improved significantly more than the guided relaxation group on anxiety; depression; vitality; general health; positive well-being; timed up-and-go test; chair sit-and-reach test; shoulder abduction; and hip flexion.
Conclusion: Massage therapy has positive effects on psychosocial and functional health of older adults.
Editor's note: Both of the above abstracts were presented at the 2002 AMTA National Convention; they appear in Massage Today with permission from the respective authors.
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