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Help Patients Achieve Optimal Vitamin D Levels
Much research has been done on vitamin D levels and their impact on health; optimal levels have been correlated with a reduced risk of developing numerous conditions.
Saying No to Medicine
An interesting article recently appeared in Men's Journal titled "When to Say No to Your Doctor." The article begins with the summary statement above and effectively arms readers with information that will help them "take more responsibility for your own health care, because you can't be sure anyone else is.
Understanding and Identifying Pediatric Growth-Plate Fractures
In general, fractures in children heal well with little intervention as long as the alignment is good. Fractures involving the growth plate, however, are a different issue. In fact, growth-plate injuries are the primary reason for the subspecialty of pediatric orthopedics.
Managing Today's Fertility Patient
I recently received an email from one of my fertility patients: "Got my lab results back. FSH is 11, AMH is 0.7. My doctor said these numbers aren't good. I guess I'm infertile. Just as a thought. Just set up an appointment to speak with an adoption agency."
Transparency and Accountability: Q&A With the CCE
Every profession needs an organization dedicated to upholding the quality and integrity of its degree programs and educational institutions.
Healing With TCM at San Quentin State Prison
For the prisoners at San Quentin State Prison, life-sentences are the reality of every day life. It is not often that prisoners get the opportunity to use alternative medicine to deal with common ailments they encounter behind bars such as, depression, anxiety and pain.
Lime Jello on Morphine
Taste is in the eyes... actually the mouth... of the beholder. My food preferences have changed, lightening from the food of my youth. My parents loved heavy eastern European cuisine and I loved it as a child. Now I enjoy leaner, healthier whole foods.
Managing Patient Expectations About Acupuncture
Last year, I attended the Pacific Symposium in San Diego for the first time in six or seven years. It was the 25th anniversary of this event, and on one evening there was a panel discussion with the title; "What is Qi?."
AOMA Strengthens Leadership Team
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, a leading college of acupuncture & herbal medicine, announced the appointment of Donna LaPoint Hurta, MBA as the new VP of Finance & Operations this Fall.
5 Ways to Occupy Occupational Health
Despite the progress that has been made to better protect workers, occupational health and safety remains a priority area for many national governmental organizations due to the widespread problem of occupationally related morbidity and mortality.
To The Finish Line With the Help of TCM
When acupuncturist Eddy De Smedt pursued a career in Traditional Chinese Medicine, he knew he wanted to make a difference.
Talking to Patients About Healthy Aging
I've noticed that a particular category of patients seems to make up more and more of my practice – they work out, but still experience lots of degenerative joint disease (DJD) issues.
Web Marketing: Content Is King
Google's sweeping updates to its search algorithms over the past few years have brought a paradigm shift in how you can optimize your chiropractic website to gain maximum marketing leverage.
Jingei Diagnosis: An Effective and Powerful Diagnostic
I graduated from the Kotatama Institute under the direction of Drs. Masahilo and Katsuharu Nakazono in 1984. As a student, I was exposed to the practice of most of the various theories and modalites of Oriental Medicine.
The X Factor in Clinical Research: The Patient
It was the great baseball legend, former New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra – he of countless aphorisms, each with a mind-bending twist – who once declared, "You can observe a lot by watching."
Blaming the Gluteus Medius, Overlooking the Deltoid
The gluteus medius (Gmed) is commonly written about, strengthened and blamed for many conditions, and rightfully so. After all, the Gmed plays a role in pelvic stability, hip motor control and lower-quarter dynamic movements.
Calcium Helps Prevent Colorectal Cancer
Over the past 25 to 30 years, studies have suggested calcium may confer protection against colorectal cancer.
Simple Ways To Find True Happiness
Patients in our clinics are always seeking happiness. As their health advocate, we need to ensure we inform them that in order to find happiness, they have to make sure to identify what makes them happy in the first place.
The Heart Protector
On the physical level, the Pericardium is a double-layered sac of fibrous tissue that envelops the Heart. The space between the layers is filled with serous fluid that protects the Heart from external shock or trauma and lubricates to allow for normal Heart movement.
The Wonders of Light Therapy: An Interview with Wes Burwell
I first met Wes Burwell in 2011 when he was teaching a class on light. Since then, every time I hear him speak, his understanding of the benefits, function and capacity of light has evolved.
The Tao of Gender
If you think gender is as simple as having a new client check off the "male" or "female" box on your intake form, we hope this article will expand your understanding and thus the reach of your health care.
Supporting Research and Education
Contributed By April Neufeld, BS, LMP, Beth Barberree, BA, RMT, MK Brennan MS, RN, LMBT
This month, The Massage Therapy Foundation's research column looks at a different kind of article published in the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (IJTMB); an editorial from IJTMB's Practice Editor, Niki Munk, PhD, LMT, entitled, "Case Reports: A Meaningful Way for Massage Practice to Inform Research and Education." Unlike the research articles frequently reviewed in this column, an editorial is not independent research but an open letter to the IJTMB readers.
In this editorial, Dr. Munk argues for the fundamental importance of case reports to support research and education. Unlike the gold standard of research, the randomized controlled trials, case reports offer a glimpse of what the massage therapy practice looks like in the actual treatment rooms. Research is increasingly focused on real world (effectiveness) approaches, "research that is practice-informed becomes even more important if practitioners of the field wish for the research being conducted to be relevant and translatable to everyday massage practice."
Researchers rely on the detailed descriptions of massage therapy techniques outlined in other research studies to inform the treatment protocols for future research. The lack of consistent international standards for massage education makes research a challenge, but a well written, peer-reviewed case report informs the researcher of the techniques utilized by and the focus of massage therapists in private practice. This, in turn, can influence the focus and methods of a research study. When you choose to write your case report, it is important to include details on the techniques used, patient characteristics, condition of complaint, provider and patient expectations and outcomes. Additionally, a description of the massage therapist's credentials is essential given the inconsistencies in education and regulation.
Case reports can be a stepping-stone to get involved with research and can contribute significantly to the increasing database of massage therapy evidence. Additionally, case reports are building blocks for more detailed research studies and, "provide a venue for information to be shared across all practitioners, educators and researchers."
According to the author, many massage therapists may be reluctant to write case reports because of a misconception that case reports describing ineffective treatments or unsuccessful outcomes are not of any professional or research value. In fact, case reports that report ineffective outcomes are equally important as the successful and effective treatments. These types of reports provide a well-rounded evidence base for other practitioners, researchers and educators.
Now, you may think to yourself that you do not have a scientific writing background and may feel you do not have the academic training to write a proper, scientifically relevant case report. But LMTs should keep in mind that there are many resources to support aspiring authors. The Massage Therapy Foundation is a great resource for new writers. Additionally, many medical professionals (Physical Therapists, Chiropractors, Naturopaths) or people affiliated with a university could be interested in being a co-author for your case report. "Publications in peer-reviewed journals are important for academic career advancement (for them), and having a second author" provides support and gives credit to the first author. These kinds of writing partnerships can also lead to further mentorship and may be an opportunity for career advancement. Partnering with someone who has more education and/or training may be ideal to polish a case report that struggles with scientific background and writing. Additionally, remember that while writing alone can be isolating, writing with a partner can be highly rewarding. Having work get edited and reviewed hones writing skills and can build confidence. And, it isn’t just case reports that are of interest to the IJTMB. The journal is also open to case series, practice evaluations, letters to the editor, original theoretical practice devised discussions and other practice-related contributions.
To learn more about the effects of massage therapy, you can review the Massage Therapy Foundation article archives, read accepted MTF Research Grant abstracts, or search PubMed for massage therapy studies.
With your continued support, the MTF is able to fund scientific research, promote research literacy and provide the gift of massage to people who need it the most.
To read the IJTMB editorial in-full, visit www.ijtmb.org/index.php/ijtmb/article/view/230/265. To donate to the Massage Therapy Foundation, visit www.massagetherapyfoundation.org.