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Treatment of Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus: The Latest Breakthroughs
There are now more than 29 million diabetics in the U.S. and 10% of them have Type 1. The incidence has been increasing in recent years at an epidemic rate.
Does Anyone Know You're a Good Chiropractor?
If you had a chance to read the recent article in Time magazine (April 6), you know it provided some good information about the efficacy of chiropractic to the magazine's substantial consumer audience.
The Eight Extraordinary Confluent Points
The eight extraordinary confluent points are a very popular set of acupuncture points in the modern practice of acupuncture. They are also called the intersection, meeting, command, opening, master, and the flowing and pooling points of the eight extraordinary vessels.
Are Herbs Useful for Chronic Pain?
The human nervous system is what makes us special, but our greatest strength also makes us vulnerable: witness the growing incidence of chronic addictions, anxiety, depression, sleep disorders and chronic pain syndromes.
The Effectiveness of Chinese Medicine in Treating Infertility in the Philippines
Infertility is defined as the inability to achieve a successful pregnancy after 12 months or more of regular unprotected intercourse.
2016 Trudy McAlister Foundation AOM Scholars
This year, the Trudy McAlister Foundation (TMF) received a record number of excellent applications for the 2016 scholarship awards and has awarded five scholarships for $2000 each. More information is available on our website: AOMScholarship.org
Diet, Nutrition and the Context of Risk (Part 2): Food Poisoning
Other than the morbidity and mortality linked to eating too much food, "all-natural" organisms that contaminate our food cause more illness, more hospitalizations and more death than food contaminated by heavy metals, plastics, preservatives, artificial colors, emulsifiers, artificial sweeteners and pesticides combined.
Herbal Medicine Continues to Evolve
Product manufacturers, industry partners, distributors and practitioners work as a collective Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine (TCHM) community to produce high quality TCHM prescriptions that bring low-risk healthcare to thousands of patients everyday.
The Liver: The Official of Planning
The Liver, with its paired Official, the Gall Bladder, belongs to the Element Wood within us. Wood grants us the power of birth – new beginnings, growth, breaking through boundaries and surging forward. It is the vigorous, exuberant energy of the spring season.
Time for World-Wide Growth
Acupuncture is the organically growing around the world. The legislative body in Quatar has said acupuncture is "okay." The United States has five states to go to have every state recognized and regulated.
Introducing the Dynamic Chiropractic Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Dynamic Chiropractic is proud to introduce a digital edition of the publication beginning with the July 2016 issue.
F4CP Campaign Addresses Public Misperceptions of Chiropractic
In late 2015, results of the Gallup-Palmer College of Chiropractic Inaugural Report: Americans' Perceptions of Chiropractic were published. The report found that 33.6 million U.S. adults (14 percent) had utilized chiropractic care within the previous 12 months.
Bring on the Bitters
Out of all the possible flavor choices with foods, such as sweet, sour, salty, and umami (deliciousness), which would you choose first? Bitter, though not as enjoyable, is also a flavor.
Case Studies and Answer Analysis for NCCAOM Exam in Foundation of Oriental Medicine
Case studies are very common for acupuncture school students, either in class exams or during taking the national board exam. Most test takers feel they have no idea where they should start and how they should start to analyze those complicated cases.
What Should You Call Your Patients (and What Should They Call You)?
When I walked into the exam room, the new patient looked uneasy, fumbling with his cellphone. He was a huge Polynesian man, probably in his 40s, with unrecognizable island tattoos.
Acupuncture at a Pain Clinic
Introduction: Pain is the most comprehensive human experience. The experience of pain is associated with the somatic, emotional and social impact. Pain has not only somatic symptoms, but also psycho-social dimension, especially in case of chronic pain.
The Good, the Bad and the Successful in Social Marketing
You might be thinking, "social marketing, don't you mean social media?" No, I mean social marketing. Every day, I keep reading, hearing and learning more and more about the changes happening in social media.
Who is Your Ideal Patient?
Being in a healthcare practice requires you to think critically about many things including your equipment, techniques, documentation, financial goals, and the retention of clients and staff.
Five-Element Reaches Out to Serve the Community
In 2006, a student at the Institute of Taoist Education and Acupuncture (ITEA) approached the administration about an idea for his senior project.
We Get Letters & Email
Another Slap in the Face for DCs; I Know Where to Find the Missing Chiropractic Patients; Clarification on Vitamin D Study.
Immunotherapy: Where Molecular Medicine Crosses Into Holistic Thinking
Immunotherapy, and its promise as a cancer treatment, has been in the news a lot in the last few years, and for good reason. Real shifts are happening in oncology and exciting researchers, clinicians, and patients.
Chiropractic Needs a Lesson in Education
The American Chiropractic Association has launched a campaign, The National Medicare Equality Petition, to enact federal legislation that would achieve full physician status for DCs in Medicare.
Day in the Life of an Advanced- Practice DC (Pt. 2)
Let's continue our Q&A with Stephen Perlstein, DC, APC, chair of the New Mexico Chiropractic Association PAC and president of the American Academy of Chiropractic Physicians. Part 1 of this interview appeared in the May 1 issue.
Shoulder Rehab: The Gait Connection
Shoulder problems can be difficult to rehab completely for several reasons. The shoulder is made up of several joints that must function together smoothly to provide the extreme mobility that is possible and necessary for many activities.
Massage Therapists Can be Key Players in Research
Contributed by Jolie Haun PhD, EdS, LMT; MK Brennan MS, RN, LMBT; S. Pualani Gillespie LMT, MSN, RN, BCTMB
Historically, few funded studies have given massage therapists opportunity to be involved in massage therapy research as study personnel. However this month's Massage Therapy Foundation review focuses on a recent publication authored by Munk and colleagues, in which a recent NIH/NCCAM funded study investigating chronic low back pain (CLBP) also investigated the use of community massage practitioners (CMPs) as study personnel following recruitment and training. The authors' main study aim was to determine whether health-related outcomes for CLBP improve when patients are referred from primary care to select CAM modalities including massage therapy in their own communities.
As indicated by the authors, this study also had three massage practice-driven study objectives, which were to: identify challenges and solutions to recruiting and retaining ample CMPs, develop a practice-informed protocol reflecting real-world massage therapy, and determine the extent to which community massage practitioners comply with rigorous research methodology in their clinical practices as study personnel.
CMPs in urban and rural counties were identified through licensure board records, professional organizations, and personal contact opportunities for eligibility. Interested CMPs completed six continuing education hours of research and Human Subjects Protection training. They then agreed to comply with a study protocol reflecting massage therapy as practiced in the community. Once training was completed, the CMPs were matched with study participants who lived in their communities to provide and document up to 10 massage therapy sessions per participant over a 12-week intervention treatment period.
At the completion of their study, Munk and colleagues found challenges for recruitment and retention of MTs included mixed interest, low number of rural community massage practitioners conveniently located near study participants, busy clinic schedules, and compensation for the massage sessions. However, these challenges were overcome with solutions such as:
These solutions indicate investment in including community massage practitioners in research as personnel and can inform the inclusion of these professionals in future research studies. Maybe most important, CMPs were also compensated $25 per treatment and received six continuing education hours for massage licensure renewal. These benefits for participating practitioners reflect the needs of professionals and support a standard for including CMPs as study personnel.
Another important contribution this research made to the field was in completing its second objective, developing a practice-informed protocol reflecting real-world massage therapy. In contrast to using controlled environments and strict inclusion and exclusion criteria for study participants, this study employed limited exclusion criteria for the patient participants who were referred from primary care providers. As such, patients with complex medical histories and comorbidities were able to participate as part of a physician-directed treatment plan including medications. The CMPs scheduled the patients, provided the massage sessions, communicated treatment with the patients, and documented on the study forms which were similar to typical intake and SOAP-style ones. This approach reflects the practice of providing massage to a diverse and complex client population. Pragmatic participant criteria allowed this study to mirror massage therapy practice which is critical to translating real-world practice into understanding massage therapy outcomes.
The third objective of the study was to determine the extent to which CMPs comply with rigorous research methodology in their clinical practices as study personnel. Munk and colleagues reported that a total of 28 licensed massage therapists with five to 32 years of experience completed study training. A total of 127 chronic low back pain patients consented to participate (n = 104 for massage therapy). Twenty-five community massage practitioners were assigned CLBP patients and provided one to 10 treatments for 94 study participants. Treatment documentation was provided by community massage practitioners for 97% of treatments provided.
The authors concluded CMPs are valuable study personnel for practice-based research which reflects real-world massage therapy practice. Though the findings of this research are compelling, the authors identify limitations which should be noted. The study design does not reflect the advances in massage research methodology and evidence base since 2008; in pragmatic research, variability is expected; and results cannot specifically point to what aspect(s) of the treatment provided the effects. Despite these limitations, the implications of this research are very exciting for research, the field of massage therapy, and massage therapists in particular. Including massage therapy professionals as research personnel is an important advancement in conducting studies. It supports providing a real-world perspective in research findings that is not only relevant but warranted. Including massage therapists as research personnel also creates a new professional experience for therapists that have been limited to providing defined treatments as part of research protocols. Including massage therapists as research personnel is central to supporting the profession and advancing the science of massage therapy.
There is still time to register for the International Massage Therapy Research Conference in Seattle May 12-15, 2016. Visit www.massagetherapyfoundation.org for more updates and registration information.
Case reports play an important role in scientific and professional literature. Writing a case report helps develop communication skills, critical thinking skills, and could contribute to future research and clinical practice. The Massage Therapy Foundation offers students the opportunity to advance their research skills with the Student Case Report Contest. Submissions are due by June 1st, 2016. Find out more here: www.massagetherapyfoundation.org/student-practitioner-case-report-contests.
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.