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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?
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.).
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 11
Another Look at Massage and Substance Abuse Treatment
By Massage Therapy Foundation Contributor
Contributed By April Neufeld, BS, LMT, NCTMB and Derek R. Austin, MS, CMT, LMT
As readers will recall from reading the previous research review article, "A Mind-Body Intervention that Includes Massage Helps in Treatment of Substance Abuse," (Massage Today, October 2012) Sandy Anderson described the details in Cynthia Price and colleagues' research study on the use of Mindful Awareness in Body-oriented Therapy (MABT) in treatment of women's substance use disorders (SUD)."MABT combines massage and mind-body approaches to develop introception.and self-emotional care tools," wrote Anderson. In this second publication of the study, Cynthia Price and colleagues reported in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (2012) the issues around acceptability and implementation of MABT within a women's substance use disorder clinic.
The article "highlights a number of issues, including negotiating perceived conflicts between the most internally valid study design and patient treatment needs, the importance of clinical staff perspectives and buy-in, changes in program structure or organization that are necessitated by a particular research design, and the importance of participant satisfaction with treatment," wrote Price and colleagues in the introduction. But what may be of greatest interest to Massage Today readers, the study authors emphasize that "massage is one of the primary MABT elements and is thought to be clinically useful for increasing awareness of tension, cueing individuals to physical symptoms of stress and habitual patterns of responding to stress that may be important for relapse prevention." To gauge the individual effectiveness of the MABT treatment, the study participants filled out a written questionnaire that specifically asked about the helpfulness of MABT components (including check-in, massage body awareness exercises, mindful practice, session review, and homework).
I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Price and she said, "[This article] highlights how [the participants] felt about their experience, and in their own words were able to describe how the intervention was helpful for them." She went on in great detail about her experience with the women's clinic where the study took place. (This clinic was independent from the University of Washington, which sponsored the researchers). Although future studies should include men, the women's only clinic was chosen because it had been involved with previous research studies and, therefore, the staff was very comfortable accommodating the researchers, could help with setup, and could facilitate the study.
The clinic studied already offered alternative medicine options for the inpatients including yoga and massage therapy. Dr. Price emphasized that it was important for a clinic to already have a holistic focus integrated into the treatment protocol. "The success of a holistic study has more to do with the staff values and willingness to work with outsiders," Dr. Price said, "and [touch based therapies are] less common among community substance abuse clinics." Substance abuse clinics that include alternative medicine options typically are only available at high-end clinics, but Dr. Price indicated that directors of low-income clinics are aware and interested in including these types of treatments. However, funding is limited for all treatment options, so the cost-effectiveness of MABT should be included in future studies.
Dr. Price's article outlines the treatment satisfaction of the participants. A general satisfaction survey was part of the research methods. "Participants were asked to indicate level of satisfaction with the number of sessions received; 21 (84%) of the respondents were satisfied with the total number of sessions. The four participants who were dissatisfied (16% of respondents) indicated that this was due to wanting more sessions (three ended early due to early discharge from outpatient treatment and one due to time conflicts)," wrote Price and colleagues. Participants also indicated how helpful they found the primary MABT elements (check-in, massage with body literacy, inner body awareness exercises, Mindful Body Awareness Practice, session review, and homework), and the majority (84%) indicated that all components were very helpful. The participants were also able to leave comments. When asked about the most important MABT experience, one participant said, "Connecting emotions with sensations – It is difficult for me to identify emotions sometimes but I can now look to my body for cues." Dr. Price told me that the participants' responses gave a clear picture about why paying attention and body therapy were so important in preventing relapse and how it changed the lives of the women involved.
When looking at the implementation feasibility, the researchers wrote, "it was possible to effectively deliver MABT as an adjunct to SUD treatment in the community-based treatment program." The clinic staff gave positive reviews for the study inclusion, which was indicated in their "willingness to suggest alternatives to help accommodate the implementation of MABT and its participants."
LMTs sometimes ask how they can get involved in working with special populations such as people with substance use or addiction issues. When I asked Dr. Price about the massage therapists who participated in her study, she said that the LMTs involved had a background in mental health disorder training or had practices that involved addiction and bodywork.
For additional education, Dr. Price recommended, "LMTs interested in further training specific to body awareness to promote emotional well-being might consider training in the Hakomi method: www.hakomiinstitute.com. MABT protocol training is available for individual therapists, and for treatment facilities interested in implementing MABT as part of their patient's recovery (substance use, eating disorders and trauma) program: www.mindfulbodyawareness.org."
Editor's Note: If you are interested in learning more about the evidence supporting the use and integration of massage therapy in clinical and medical practice with different patient populations, visit The Massage Therapy Foundation at: www.massagetherapyfoundation.org/ and tap into the Foundation's Research Resources.
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