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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.
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.
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.
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?
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 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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
December, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 12
Why Do Clients Keep Coming Back for Massage?
By Massage Therapy Foundation Contributor
Contributed by Sandra K. Anderson, BA, LMT, ABT; Beth; MK Brennan MS, RN, LMBT; Jolie Haun PhD EdS LMT
In this month's Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF) research review, we are reporting on a focus group study that explored the reasons clients continue to use massage therapy. The article was written for Complementary Therapies in Medicine in 2009, by a research team from New Zealand associated with the Southern Institute of Technology and the Centre for Physiotherapy Research.
As professional massage therapists and bodywork practitioners, we rely on a stable client base for income. We know that by providing client-centered treatments, a welcoming therapeutic atmosphere, as well as conducting ourselves professionally and ethically, clients are more likely to return. However, unless we explore clients' reasons for continued use, we may not know why they come back for massage.
Over the past few years, research supporting the psychological and physiological benefits of massage therapy has been on the rise. The authors thought it would be useful to gain clarity about the contributing factors for the popularity of massage from the clients' perspective. The goal of this research was to explore the reasons why (or "drivers") clients use, value and continue to seek massage therapy services.
Determining the reasons for repeated use of massage requires listening to the clients about their needs, insights and activities. Therefore, Smith et al chose to use the focus group methodology, which is a qualitative approach for studying participants' attitudes and perceptions. Telephone focus groups were conducted with current and repeat massage therapy clients throughout New Zealand.
Participants were male and female, 16 years of age or older. Participants were included if they had at least one massage within the previous three months or at least two massages within the previous six months. Participants were excluded if they received student massages, or if the massage was provided by another practitioner (e.g. physiotherapy, beauty therapist, or other CAM practitioner) since these types of massage were considered an adjunct to another therapy. No more than two clients from any one therapist were recruited and massage therapists as clients were excluded.
Three telephone focus groups were conducted in August, 2007. Groups included five to seven participants and lasted approximately an hour. A moderator with previous focus group experience facilitated the telephone focus groups, which followed a semi-structured format. All sessions were recorded, observed by another study author and then transcribed.
According to the article, during the focus groups, "Initially, each person was asked for their individual input; at other times, the line was open for anyone to answer first. The moderator provided opportunities for inclusion of all participants using a range of approaches including: probing questions, group discussion strategies and different points of view and experiences were sought. A speaker grid was used to record responses, and to cue and monitor participation. The moderator and assistant held a debriefing discussion after each session."
Results of the study showed four driving forces for continued use of massage:
These results are in line with other studies that show massage therapy is considered part of wellness maintenance, placing value on the client's physical, psychological and emotional needs to achieve mental and physical balance.
Limitations to the study include possible bias resulting from the therapists selecting their own clients to participate, small sample size and low number of male participants. It should be noted qualitative research is not qualified by large sample sizes, but rather the depth and breadth of information gathered. The goal of qualitative research is to reach saturation, which can be achieved given the reported sample size of this research. However, since 95% of participants in this study were female, there is little information regarding what drives male clients to receive massage. In addition, the sample may not reflect individuals who had a negative experience with massage. Consecutive sampling to minimize therapist bias and including more male participants could improve methodology in future studies. It would also be interesting to replicate this study in North America to see if reasons for continued massage therapy use are consistent cross-culturally. Further, qualitative findings such as these, can inform a subsequent quantitative study to investigate how commonly these views and experiences are reported in a larger representative sample of massage therapy clients.
Overall, massage therapy is a client-centered wellness practice where clients desire results. However, clients report that they continue to seek treatment because of the beneficial experiential aspect of receiving massage therapy. This suggests that as massage therapy and bodywork practitioners, it is not only our skilled touch, but also our ability to provide a professional and hospitable environment that draws clients in and brings them back. Our professionalism sets the tone for our career longevity.
To learn more about the economic impact of CAM, you can review the Massage Therapy Foundation article archives, read accepted MTF Research Grant abstracts, or search Pub Med for CAM/CIM cost analysis studies.
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