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The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
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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