Time-Saving Tips for Your Practice & Life
Of all the finite resources we possess, perhaps the most valuable one is time. There never seems to be enough time to accomplish everything that must be done, and all too often we sacrifice things in our personal life to meet the demands of our practice.
A Historic First for Chiropractic Assistants
The New Jersey State Board of Chiropractic Examiners will begin issuing licenses as early as Nov. 1, 2018 to chiropractic assistants who have undergone a 500-hour training course and passed a competency exam.
Multichannel Access: Software for a Better Customer Experience
It is no secret that today's consumer has high expectations when it comes to how and when they can contact a business. In fact, one of the reasons clinic management software has become so popular with acupuncture practitioners is they allows customers to book appointments and make payments online day or night.
The Benefits of Going Paperless
The benefits of going paperless in your practice are profound. If you haven't done it yet, here's why you should.
Support Patients With Multi-Channel Customer Service
It's no secret that today's consumers have high expectations when it comes to how and when they can contact a business. In fact, one of the reasons clinic management software has become so popular is that they allow patients to book appointments and make payments online day or night.
Bringing Acupuncture to Ohio
The jolt of seeing a woman conscious and talking during surgery left a lasting impression in 1971 when acupuncture was on the national news.
UHC Up to Its Old Tricks With Latest Headache Policy
A decade ago, UnitedHealthcare announced changes to its chiropractic services policy that declared manipulative therapy for headache unproven and ineligible for reimbursement.
Neck Pain: Activation Exercises
In observing patients and studying rehab, I have learned that tight muscles are weak muscles and that stretching is sometimes less effective than muscular activation. There is a delicate balance between joints that move too little and joints that are hypermobile.
X-Ray: To Be or Not to Be - That Is the Question
For the past year, I have been asked by many practicing chiropractors, college presidents, faculty and others what my opinion is on the "Choosing Wisely" guidelines the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) recently adopted for its members.
The Science Behind the Efficacy of Cosmetic Acupuncture
The beauty industry continues to boom and grow constantly, from topical creams, lotions and potions all the way to cutting edge cosmetic surgeries.
Food for Thought: An Examination of Diet & Digestion
Even an acute poison can become an excellent drug if it is properly administered. On the other hand even a drug, if not properly administered, becomes an acute poison. — Charaka Samhita
Working for Someone Else: Know the Rules of the Game
Many of us decide to become acupuncturists because we are healers at heart and want to focus on treating patients, not because we want to own and operate a business. So we work for someone else, which can have great advantages, especially as a new graduate.
Travel-to-Treat Coverage Finally Becoming a Reality?
Long-awaited legislation poised to hit the president's desk extends liability insurance coverage from one state to another for DCs and other state-licensed health care professionals who care for athletes / athletic teams that cross state lines.
The Origin of Blood
The Roman doctor, Galen, (2nd century AD) did pivotal work to prove that blood, which he thought was produced by the liver, and the cardio vascular system existed. He conceived that the arteries and veins were two separate networks.
Depression & The Secondary Vessels
As an acupuncturist I see many people suffering from depression. I often think depression is the major imbalance of our culture. I have a patient I've been working with for several years. Her major challenge is chronic stubborn depression.
The Importance of the Scapulohumeral Rhythm
The shoulder has the greatest range of motion of any joint in the body. What is often overlooked in shoulder mechanics is that motion in the shoulder is not purely at the glenohumeral joint.
It's Time to Reward Yourself
An interesting study recently published in the Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA) confirms what we all learned when we were children – and serves as food for thought as to how you can improve your practice and your personal life.
Lead Patients to the Fountain (and Foundation) of Youth
We're all seeking the fountain of youth and marketers are capitalizing on it. (Global demand for anti-aging products, treatments and services was valued at 140.3 billion in 2015, according to Zion Market Research.)
Your First Impression Always Deserves a Second Chance
Doctor, have you ever had a patient you just couldn't "warm up to"? You know, the kind of patient who "irks" you, who has a hidden agenda to get something you haven't anticipated, perhaps causing you to want to hide in a closet when they come in for treatment.
That's a Wrap: Compression Bands for Contemporary DCs
Over the past decade, compression bands have been increasingly utilized in trainer and manual therapy offices. I was first introduced to the compression band by Kelley Starrett, author of Becoming a Supple Leopard, and have since been using it as a teaching tool.
Chiropractic Management of Patellofemoral Arthralgia
Patient reports with pain in the front part of her right knee, especially during and after her weekly Zumba class. She states there has been no injury of which she is aware. No outward sign of injury is observed.
Vaccine Injury? The Autism Debate (Part 2)
As suggested in my first article on this topic [August 2018],1 my impression is that the vaccine authoritarians and radicals have not helped to mold a proper social / political environment for addressing the issue of vaccine injury.
Easy, Inexpensive Tools for a Successful Practice (I Promise)
Successful practitioners are the ones who know how to run a business, first and foremost. I became a licensed acupuncturist in 2006. After having worked in chiropractor's offices for nine years, I opened my own office in 2015: four treatment rooms, a back office and a waiting room.
The international standardization conference was held this year in Shanghai, China (June) - this was the ninth plenary session. Meetings for technical committees, or working groups also took place at the conference.
A New NCCIH Director ... One That Backs Acupuncture
The third time is a charm—the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), announced it's newest director, Dr. Helene Langevin.
An Update From the Acupuncture Now Foundation
Since launching the Acupuncture Now Foundation (ANF), our volunteer leadership has continued to work to achieve our vision of "Creating a World Where the Benefits of Acupuncture are Known and Available to All.
"Don't Crack My Neck": What Do You Do Next?
It's Monday morning and your first new patient of the day, a 35-year-old female, presents with chronic headaches and neck pain. The patient was referred by her primary care provider for evaluation and management without the use of cervical manipulation.
Possession: Blocks to Healing
Before we can approach treatment of a patient's primary elemental imbalance (AKA "Causative Factor" or "CF"), a number of specific energetic blocks must be considered and, if present, removed in order for treatment to be effective. I cannot emphasize this enough.
March, 2016, Vol. 16, Issue 03
Hand Massage in the ICU for Post-Op Cardiac Patients
By Massage Therapy Foundation Contributor
Contributed by MK Brennan MS, RN, LMBT, BCTMB; Derek R. Austin PT, DPT, MS, BCTMB, CSCS; S. Pualani Gillespie BCMT, MSN, RN
Massage therapy may be an effective non-pharmaceutical approach to pain management. This month, the Massage Therapy Foundation research review presents a study that considers massage for post-operative pain relief. As non-pharmaceutical approaches for pain relief are increasingly considered, massage could potentially decrease pain perception based on the Gate Control Theory. This theory is the idea that the stimulation of large diameter nerve fibers by massage contributes to inhibiting nociceptive stimuli transmitted by smaller nerve fibers in the spinal cord. The study, "Feasibility and acceptability of hand massage therapy for pain management of postoperative cardiac surgery patients in the intensive care unit," by Géraldine Martorella, RN, PhD, Madalina Boitor, RN, BSN, Cécile Michaud, RN, PhD, Céline Gélinas, RN, PhD, was published in Heart & Lung in 2014.
The main purpose of this study was to examine the acceptability and feasibility of providing hand massage for surgical intensive care unit (ICU) patients. Acceptability is described based on appropriateness, convenience, effectiveness, risks/adverse reactions, and adherence. This was determined through interviews with both the treatment group and the control group participants. Feasibility relates to the ability to provide the treatment and considers challenges to do so.
Field notes entered by the one trained research nurse who provided both treatments as well as video recordings of the treatments were used when looking at the feasibility of the massage treatments. The nurse documented environmental items such as lighting, noise, and alarms as well as any interruptions or concomitant interventions (medications, lab blood draws, and physical examinations, for example) in her field notes. The patients' responses were also noted. The video analysis focused on the patient's awake/asleep status and activity around the patient. Experimental Hand Massage (EHM) and Control Hand Holding (CHH) were established as the treatment groups. The authors reviewed previous studies done in ICU settings but found a wide range of massage treatments, dosing, areas of the body massaged, and timing of the massage as well as patient conditions. They based this study on a previously conducted pilot study of postoperative pain in cardiac surgery patients that indicated a decrease in pain intensity for the massage treatment group.
Inclusion criteria for this qualitative study were patients 18 years of age and older, able to speak English or French, elective surgery that required a sternal incision, an ejection fraction of 35% or more, and able to answer questions and report pain levels. Exclusion criteria included those with cognitive or psychological disorders, pulmonary artery pressure >50mm Hg, right ventricular failure, body mass index >30 or abnormalities to one or both hands. A total of 40 patients participated in the study from a pool of 70 who were approached. Sixteen of the 70 did not meet the inclusion criteria and another 14 chose not to participate in the study.
In the EHM, the research nurse held the patient's right hand for five seconds and applied five to 10 ml of lavender massage cream to the hand and wrist. Massage was then performed for 5 minutes on the palm and back of the hand and procedure was repeated on the other hand. The total duration of the massage was 15 minutes and was followed by a 30-minute rest period. In the control group (CHH), the treatment consisted of holding the hand for five seconds and applying the lavender cream. The research nurse then held each of the patient's hand in her hands for 5 minutes per hand without performing massage therapy. The goal was to deliver two to three treatments per participant in both groups in the 24 hours following their admission to the ICU. All of the 40 individuals in the study received the first two treatments, but 28 did not receive the third one. The lack of a third treatment was most commonly due to discharge of the patient from the ICU.
The results on acceptability indicate that the criteria used were met based on comments by the participants. The comments included themes of feeling calmness or relaxation, wanting the session to last longer, wanting the treatment to occur at the moment the patient went to the ICU, and appreciation for the human touch. The majority of patient quotes used in the table indicate a relief from pain, even if only temporarily, and were more prevalent in the EHM group. There were eight participants who did not feel that it was beneficial. Six of those were from the control group. Feasibility was more challenging due to the ICU environment with open rooms that contributed to ambient noise, especially during the rest period. Support of the medical team was beneficial in being able to provide the treatment without interference but did not completely eliminate it. Some interruptions, however, were related to needs of the patient due to shortness of breath, thirst, and nausea for example. Staff acceptance and the length of the treatment need to be considered when developing a massage plan for patients in the ICU to help minimize interruptions.
Limitations of the study included acceptability being determined based on only the patients' perspectives. Three sessions were rarely done which impacted feasibility. Scheduling was challenging since there was only one research nurse providing the EHM and CHH and the participants may have also have commented in appreciation of the therapist and not necessarily the treatment. Finally, using lavender cream may have confounded the perceived benefit of the treatments due to its relaxing properties.
Future studies are warranted to examine the support and opportunities for implementation of massage therapy in the ICU. These can include the use of more than one person providing the massage sessions and possibly comparing having a family member or friend providing the hand holding. Identifying the times for the treatment in order to achieve the greatest therapeutic effect is another consideration for future research.
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.
Registration is now open for the International Massage Therapy Research Conference in Seattle May 12-15, 2016. Visit www.massagetherapyfoundation.org for more updates and registration information.
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