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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
July, 2011, Vol. 11, Issue 07
Massage Therapists Team With Pediatric Cardiology Professionals to Examine the Effects of Massage on Exercise Performance and Heart/Lung Function in a Sample of Children With and Without Heart Disease.
By Massage Therapy Foundation Contributor
This month's Massage Therapy Foundation research summary reviews a study that evaluated the effects of massage therapy in a pediatric population with and without congenital heart disease (CHD).This research was a collaborative effort between massage therapists, a pediatric cardiologist and other staff at the UCLA Medical Center in California. It is a stellar example of how massage therapists can collaborate with other medical professionals and researchers to conduct meaningful research. With a common interest in improving the quality of life for children with CHD, this research was conducted to determine if massage therapy could improve exercise performance and heart and lung function.
The research team had three main questions: Is it safe to perform massage on children with CHD? How will providing massage to children affect their performance on an exercise test? Does massage affect healthy children and children with CHD in the same way?
With minimal budget resources and no previous studies involving children to guide them, a pilot study was deemed most appropriate for collecting preliminary data to determine feasibility and potential effects.
The cardiologist recruited children aged 6-13 from clinical practice to participate in the study. Of the 16 children that participated, 6 were healthy and 10 had CHD; 10 were boys and 6 were girls. All children had to be able to ride an exercise bike; healthy children had to be free of any systemic disease. Using the same protocol, each child had two exercise tests: one test with pre-exercise massage and one without massage. Tests were spaced 2-3 months apart to avoid learning and/or treatment effects.
The exercise tests were conducted in a pediatric exercise lab with the cardiologist, parent, and research assistant present. Each child wore a mouthpiece and electrocardiograph leads. At rest, measures included heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen uptake. After a brief warm-up, children were encouraged to pedal the bike for 8-10 minutes. During this exercise, peak measures of heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen uptake, anaerobic threshold, work rate, oxygen pulse, and minute ventilation were recorded. Each participant received a 30-minute massage from a certified therapist trained in pediatric massage. None of the children reported adverse experiences related to their participation or dropped out of the study.
Findings indicate there were no differences in the measures at rest, with or without pre-exercise massage. In other words, having a massage did not seem to impact heart rate, blood pressures or oxygen uptake before exercise.
However, when children received a massage before exercise testing, they had significantly higher peak heart rate, peak minute ventilation, and peak oxygen uptake during exercise. This was true for both groups, healthy children and children with CHD. Statistical tests confirmed that the effects were not likely due to order (whether the children had the massage before the first test or the second test).
Authors hypothesized that the mechanism for the beneficial effect of massage on oxygen uptake was related to decreased anxiety opposed to a change in underlying heart or lung function. This hypothesis is consistent with other research findings that demonstrate that massage therapy reduces anxiety in children.
Although not systematically examined in this study, the massage therapist shared observations during the study. For example, the authors reported that parents were supportive during the study and became interested in massage for themselves or their other children. In addition, the massage therapist reported that although she was not told which children were healthy and which had CHD, she could guess by the way the children with CHD guarded their chests and had increased muscular tension in their chest and shoulder areas.
Although cardiac birth defects are relatively uncommon, the effects on children with CHD can be a lifelong challenge. Many of these children have several surgeries over the course of their childhood, are not able to exercise as intensely as their peers, and are at risk for obesity and psychological conditions. The results of this study suggest massage for children with CHD is feasible, but also warrant larger more rigorous research to confirm that massage therapy can improve quality of life and function for children with CHD.
This publication also supports the central role of massage therapists in collaborative research with other health professionals and researchers. Ideally, massage therapists need to have input in the development and implementation of research to test and demonstrate the effects of massage with diverse populations. With this research paradigm, therapists can ensure that research reflects and informs massage therapy practice.
Source: Beider, S, Boulanger, KT, Joshi, M, Ping Pan, Y, Chang, RKR. Measuring the effects of massage on exercise performance and cardiopulmonary response in children with and without heart disease: a pilot study. International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork 2010, 3(3). www.ijtmb.org/index.php/ijtmb/article/view/86/127.
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