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Acupuncture and Homeopathy: Bioenergetic Brothers
Acupuncture and homeopathy share an important healing principle: bioenergetics. "Bio" means "life," so bioenergetics is literally "life energy."
Case Histories from Bali: Treating Balinese Chidren with TCB and Shonishin
When I moved to the island of Bali in 2005, I offered my services in Bumi Sehat, which means Healthy Mother Earth, a free birthing center for poor and disadvantaged local women located in Ubud.
The Conscious Evolution of Healing, Part 2
The idea of transmission is very important in the Chinese medical classics. According to author Claude Larre, the ancient Chinese were highly interested in the connection between things. Nothing was looked at as an isolated entity.
Neuroscience: Where Western Medicine and Chinese Medicine Can Come Together
The recent advances in neuroscience are truly incredible. With this expansion of scientific knowledge, I would like to see even more research into the neuroscientific basic of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
It's Time to Create a Strong Acupuncture Footprint
Footprints in the sand. Footprints in the snow. Where do these footprints go? Some are big, some are small, but footprints are made by all.
Connections Worth Making
"If most doctors are like me, [they are] isolated physically and professionally. I do not make the time to connect with other doctors and also a lot of doctors do not want to be connected for a lot of reasons. Dynamic Chiropractic keeps me grounded and connected.
Leg Length and Pelvic Fixations
A common component of low back pain is sacroiliac joint dysfunction. Signs of SIJ dysfunction can include fixation with reduced range of motion, and localized pain or joint laxity and inflammation.
The Easy Way to Learn How to Document ICD-10
The 2015 Work Plan for the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) includes a focus on chiropractic services. This means chiropractors can expect to see more audits and reviews in the coming year because private payers pay attention to the OIG's focus as well.
Old TCM Sayings: Treat the Front to Treat the Back
Chinese medicine college was, and always will be, a memorable time. It was a time of massive personal and professional growth.
What's Triggering That Point?
An orthopedic friend recently saw a patient of mine. He felt an injection of a trigger point (TP) at the upper trapezius and surrounding areas was necessary, since that was the patient's area of chief complaint and there was a tender, radiating nodule.
Are You Really a Healthy Eater?
I always giggle a little bit (to myself) when someone comes into my office and informs me that they are a healthy eater. What exactly does that mean? Does that mean they eat sugar in moderation? And what's that, exactly?
Adjusting the Occiput on the Atlas
You may never see a particular set of patients in your office – the ones who are either afraid of neck adjustments or have had a bad experience. A vast majority of those who had a bad experience did not have a life-threatening vascular event.
A New Era of Injury Awareness Means a New Focus on Prevention
Despite a dramatic Super Bowl last month, the National Football League has taken quite a few hits lately concerning player injuries, particularly concussions.
Finding Balance in the Clinic
This past December, I celebrated 11 years in practice. I seriously don't know where the time went. I feel beyond blessed and grateful to be practicing our profound and beautiful medicine and to be helping guide my patients restore a state of optimal health.
Put the Social Back Into Social Media
Social media is more than a passing fad, it is definitely here to stay. Social media apps and channels of distribution may evolve, but the concept of social media is now big business and a part of all our lives.
We Get Letters & E-Mail
We Have Come a Long Way – But There's a Long Way to Go; Grounded and Connected.
Online Efforts That Convert Traffic Into Patients
Most chiropractors are using "dinner with the doc," "refer a friend," customer appreciation days, grand openings, health fairs, chamber of commerce meetings, and other networking events to get new patients.
Joint Supplements for Athletes (Part 1)
Maintaining joint health should be a daily focus for athletes. Joint health is a complex issue for everyone, but for athletes it poses a greater concern.
Reflections: The Art of Teaching Asian Medicine
Over the past three decades, my global workshops have been translated into German, Swiss German, French, Romansch, Spanish, Lithuanian and Xhosa. Time to offer you new teachers a few tips!
The Top Seven Website Mistakes Clinics Make
The majority of acupuncture clinics finally have a website for their business. Having a website is crucial for being found online through Google, Facebook and review sites like Yelp.
It might have been a miserable start to the day in the heart of downtown San Diego. A heavy rain had soaked the large homeless population congregating near the intersection of Third Avenue and Ash Street as they waited for a free breakfast to be served at the First Lutheran Church on the corner.
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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