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Breath: The Movement of Oxygen and Energy
I remember with surprising clarity the first time a patient started crying during an acupuncture treatment I was giving. This is now quite a long time ago, back in 1999, when I was a student.
How One Little Symbol (#) Gets You More Patients
Are you struggling to get more fans or followers for your acupuncture practice? Or are looking for ways to simply connect with your patients? Or do you just want to know how to keep them engaged (comments, retweeting, liking and sharing)?
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
The Source-Luo Point Combination
The luo collaterals are part of the acupuncture channel system presented in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu (The Nei Jing). The function and clinical application of the luo mai are primarily presented in chapter 10 of the Ling Shu, however, they are also found in others chapters in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu.
Use Technology to Gain New Patients and Improve Efficiency
From the smartphone in your pocket to your microwave oven, advancements in technology have made almost every aspect of our lives easier.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
The Nectar of Plants: Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine
Essential oils are a very hot topic these days, especially with the likes of the Ebola virus and the resurgence of measles lurking in our awareness, but when I first became interested in Chinese medicine, essential oils weren't on the radar screen for acupuncturists.
What Does Success Mean to You?
Recently, I was asked to speak to young, budding businesswomen about running a successful business — and at first I thought, "Me? You want me to speak to others about success?!"
TMF 2015 Scholarships
The Trudy McAlister Foundation (TMF), a nonprofit organization established to support students who are on track to make contributions either to clinical practice and/or to the understanding of the role of Traditional Oriental Medicine, has announced the 2015 scholarship recipients.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 2
A talented young woman presented herself with emotional mood swings, which included being nervous, anxious and jittery.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients, in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2 to 4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
Acupuncture in the U.K. Today: A Personal View
When asked to write a short piece on the current state of the U.K. acupuncture profession, my first response was to say it has all been relatively quiet.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
The Modern Acupuncturist
You studied ancient Chinese medicine, but I'll bet you don't practice it! Contrary to popular belief, our medicine has evolved A LOT over the years. Let's take a brief walk through history and discover the differences between ancient and modern acupuncturists.
Calculating Billable Units
I recently learned of an office that was audited based on the number of acupuncture sessions performed in one day. Is there a maximum number of sessions that can be performed in one day?
The Year to Make Things Happen
It is hard to believe that the Year of the Ram – 2015 is half over. Time seems to be moving especially fast. This is the year for things to happen for the acupuncture profession.
Acupuncture and the Pulse
In 1991, I attended a martial arts workshop hosted coincidentally by Sung Baek, a martial artist and the head of his lineage as a Korean trained acupuncturist. I was enamored by the details Sung could attain from the pulse, as told to me by some of his apprentices.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
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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