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L i s te n to T h e A B M P Po d c a s t a t a b m m /p o d c a s t s o r w h e reve r yo u a cce s s yo u r favo r i te p o d c a s t s 17 TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE VIBRATION THERAPY MAY REDUCE MUSCLE FATIGUE Recent widespread use of vibration therapy in treating sport-induced muscle fatigue spurred researchers to study the effects of the holistic local vibration therapy used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Using data from a previously approved and completed clinical trial, the study examined the results of a 7-week vibration-based TCM holistic theory combined with conventional therapy, such as stretching, massage, and flapping, on local Greco-Roman wrestling and Judo athletes in South China. A control group received only the conventional therapy. Significant positive effects on exercise-induced muscle fatigue were shown in the TCM intervention group. A pre- and postintervention two-point discrimination test also showed a significant difference for the intervention group. The study concludes that "application of vibration therapy based on TCM holistic theory may have an immediate effect in reducing sport-induced muscle fatigue from intensive training." The authors recommend future robustly designed clinical trials with larger sample sizes to evaluate the long-term effect of the intervention. The abstract is available to view online at NEWS NOTES 2021 MTF STUDENT CASE REPORT CONTEST NOW OPEN Are you a current massage therapy student with a case report to share? The Massage Therapy Foundation's (MTF) Student Case Report Contest is intended to enhance professional development and research skills. 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. Since 2006, MTF has offered the Student Case Report Contest to provide an opportunity for students to develop research skills and enhance their ability to provide evidence-informed massage to the public. Cash prizes are available to contest winners, contingent on publication of the case report. Visit MTF's Case Report Hub at education/case-report-hub to find a wealth of information on submitting your case report. To participate, log in to the MTF website at massagetherapy to submit your case report. The submission deadline is June 1, 2021. MASSAGE HELPS EASE AGGRESSION AND OTHER SYMPTOMS IN DEMENTIA PATIENTS In a review article published in the November/December 2020 issue of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, researchers examined the role of massage therapy in attenuating aggression and related behavioral disorders in patients with dementia. The review authors state an "essential feature of dementia is a significant decline in a patient's cognitive ability, and communicating among patients through language becomes virtually ineffective. Scientists have examined techniques to maintain communication with patients with dementia at a basic level, such as through gentle touch in the form of massage." The review examined studies that implemented massage therapy, either alone or in conjunction with other nonpharmacological interventions such as aromatherapy or calming music, as a treatment for dementia-related behavioral disorders. The authors conclude: "The employment of massage therapy— either alone or in combination with aromatherapy or calming music— can significantly decrease agitation, aggression, stress, and anxiety in patients with dementia. Moreover, massage therapy can also be beneficial for nursing personnel involved in taking care of patients with dementia. The combination of massage with aromatherapy seems to impart the most significant results in patients with dementia." Read the full study online at abstracts/9913.html.

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