Cyber Threat Checklist: Defend Your Business With These 10 Steps
Living in an internet connected society brings many conveniences and benefits. The power of the internet to connect us with customers, store data, and find information has opened the door for many small business owners to grow and flourish.
Diagnosing & Treating Aggressive Energy
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TCM Codes for the World
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It's Time for a Functional Approach to Chronic Illness
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Missed Causes of LBP: It's the Syndrome, Not the Subluxation
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Bastyr University: On the Front Lines of the Pain Epidemic
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Catch the Workplace Wellness Wave
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News in Brief
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Multi-Dimensional Acupuncture: 3D, 4D & 5D
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Chiropractic's Next Frontier: Adjusting the Microbiome
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Old Trend, New Risks: Heavy Weight Training
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Better With Chiropractic
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Paving the Way to Integrative Health & Wellness
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Regenerative Medicine: How to Do It by the Books
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A Novel Way to Prevent Elderly Falls: Toe Strength
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Official NCCAOM Practice Tests
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Acupuncture's Standard of Care
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Dropping Insurance: 4 Steps
My office manager just got off the phone with the secretary of a long-standing patient. I have treated this woman and 10 members of her family for more than a decade. She has, as have all of my patients, paid my fee at the time of service since I dropped insurance in 1997.
May, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 05
Massage Therapy Foundation Announces 2007 Case Report Contest
By Ruth Werner, LMP, NCTMB
The Massage Therapy Foundation is proud to announce the 2007 Practitioner Case Report Contest. This is an opportunity for massage practitioners around the country and around the world to share their findings with other professionals.
Who is it for?
Any practicing massage therapist or bodyworker with liability coverage can participate in this contest.It takes curiosity, effort, interest and, for many of us, a willingness to learn new skills.
We are in the midst of a quiet explosion of research being conducted on the physiological and psychological effects of massage and bodywork. The February 2007 edition of Massage Today had two front-page articles citing research on massage - one on low back pain and the other on cancer pain. The January 2007 edition's front page referenced research on massage for piriformis syndrome, chronic pain and cancer. A recent search of the PubMed database for "massage NOT prostate, NOT cardiac" yielded 5,999 citations, each one a project in which massage was featured either as a modality or a variable.1
Some of us came up in this profession before the idea of conducting research about massage was feasible. We grew up on educated guesses and well-respected traditions that seemed to bear out in clinical settings, but with only the vaguest ideas of why. Isn't it time to ask those questions? And shouldn't the people who formulate the answers be real massage therapists, working with real clients?
Why should massage therapists do case studies?
The world of formal research for massage is a mystery to many of us. It conjures up visions of lab technicians in white coats administering X number of effleurage strokes and Y number of petrissage strokes, somehow measuring their effects. But this vision is not a realistic representation of how massage is practiced. It is vital that research about massage arise from the work of "in-the-field" practitioners. This begins with case reports.
The size and scope of any study determines its place in the hierarchy of research projects. For the sake of simplicity, and because this is a form that lends itself well to case reports, I am referring here to experimental studies; that is, projects in which a client's status is evaluated before and after a massage series, and the researcher ties the outcomes (change in function) to the exposure (massage modality). For the record, however, experimental studies are only one example of the many types of questions that can be asked about massage and function.
A case report is a chance to tell your story, in a more formal way, about what kinds of changes happen when you work with your clients. It informs the larger research community about what kind of work we do, what kinds of tools we use and what kinds of results we get. And ultimately, it lays the groundwork for further, more exhaustive research.
As a writer and educator in the field of massage and pathology, I hear a lot of "I have a client who..." stories. I've even offered classes with that title so practitioners can share their experiences with others. Now, I challenge you to turn that experience into a tool the whole profession can use.
How does this serve us?
The benefits of research in any health care field are almost too many to mention. Different aspects will appeal to different people. Here are just a few of the advantages:
And the information compiled on an individual level (that's you), creating high-quality case reports, helps to determine the direction of larger, more expensive and more revealing studies about how our work influences human function.
In the Practitioner Case Report Contest, every massage therapist has a chance to influence the direction of this profession. Be a part of it!
Contest guidelines can be found at: www.massagetherapyfoundation.org. Go to the Web site and click on the icon for the Practitioner Case Report Contest. The information you find there will guide you through every step of the process; an excellent case report has been posted as an example.
We all recognize that formalizing a case study is a challenging undertaking. No one expects you to be able to do this in a vacuum. You are invited to use up to two advisors who may have more experience in this field. Furthermore, the Massage Therapy Foundation has compiled an excellent list of suggested reading to introduce massage therapists new to this field. It is provided in Appendix B, page 8 of the Case Report Guidelines.
Other important documents provided by the Massage Therapy Foundation include an informed consent form for clients, HIPAA guidelines, a photograph release form, and, as an added bonus, the reference for how to accrue up to 48 National Certifying Board continuing education credits.
Finally, this contest even comes with the following palpable awards:
Practitioner case report contest awards
On a personal note, I have recently been honored to join the Massage Therapy Foundation Board of Trustees as Education Chair. The Student Case Report Contest, which currently is in its third year, and the Practitioner Case Report Contest serve both education and research goals for the foundation. I serve on the review committees for these events. I am deeply committed to seeing them fulfill their purpose to promote the exploration of research and the credibility of massage therapy as a profession.
I am from the generation of massage therapists who grew up on folklore and tradition. I have entered the world of research with great humility because in this field, I often am far out of my depth. But I recognize the need for our profession to take ourselves seriously by documenting the important work we do, and this is how that process begins.
I hope every massage therapist who reads this will do one (or more) of three things:
The deadline for contest submissions is Oct. 8, 2007. This means you have roughly five months to put together this project. What are you waiting for? Get busy!
Click here for previous articles by Ruth Werner, LMP, NCTMB.
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