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Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
Myofascial Release Effective for Many Conditions
Contributed By Derek R. Austin, PT, DPT, MS, BCTMB, CSCS; Beth Barberree, BA, RMT; S. Pualani Gillespie LMT, MS, RN, BCTMB
Myofascial release (MFR) is a manual technique involving small amounts of force directed in specific directions for long durations. Many practitioners and recipients of MFR swear by its efficacy at reducing pain, improving movement, and resolving fascial restrictions. However, it is not known whether MFR is truly more effective than other massage techniques or even no treatment at all. Recent research may help illuminate when MFR can be helpful and for which conditions.
This month's Massage Therapy Foundation research column highlights a systematic review of research published in 2015 in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. The review found promising results for many conditions, including subacute low back pain, fibromyalgia, lateral epicondylitis, plantar fasciitis, headache, and fatigue in breast cancer patients.
The authors searched multiple online databases for research articles and had strict inclusion criteria to find randomized controlled trials (RCTs) using MFR as an experimental treatment. The authors selected 19 articles based on their inclusion criteria from 133 articles initially identified. The selected articles were rated based on physiotherapy evidence database (PEDro) scale scores, a 0-10 scale that estimates the chance of bias due to study design. Most studies were of medium to high-quality, with PEDro scores ranging from 5/10 to 8/10. The majority of studies were limited based on small sample size and lack of long-term follow-up. Nevertheless, the authors found a surprisingly large number of RCTs on the topic of MFR.
Due to the large number of studies with varied populations and results, the studies are summarized in individual bullet points.
Due to the varied conditions treated, study designs, and durations of MFR, the authors were unable to draw any strong conclusions regarding MFR for any specific conditions. The researchers reported that the evidence tends to favor MFR as an adjunct therapy more effective than no treatment for many conditions. Due to the generally high-quality of the studies and the fact that they are RCTs with control groups, the current research evidence seems to support the use of MFR in clinical practice.
Unfortunately, as with many studies of manual therapy, most RCTs in this review were unable to blind the researchers themselves from knowing who was receiving MFR or another treatment. The lack of researcher blinding can cause bias in favor of positive results for MFR. The authors suggest future research should build on the preliminary research evidence for MFR identified by current RCTs.
Are you interested in becoming more research literate? Do you know what research bias is and how researchers control for it? Are you familiar with different levels of research evidence, ranging from expert opinion to randomized controlled trial up to systematic review? There is a huge need for massage therapists to be research literate, especially with more massage research being published today than ever before. The Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF) offers a Basics of Research Literacy course online. You will receive 8 hours of NCBTMB-approved continuing education credit when you complete the course. More details are available at: www.massagetherapyfoundation.org/research-literacy-courses/.
To read other studies regarding massage, please view the Massage Therapy Foundation review article archives, browse accepted MTF Research Grant abstracts, or search PubMed for massage therapy research.