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JANUARY | FEBRUARY 2022

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CONTENTS features 34 UNPACKING THE LONG HAUL The phenomenon known as long COVID affects an unknown portion of the population for an unknown amount of time, but it is common enough and serious enough to draw the attention of many experts who specialize in chronic conditions. The self- identified label for these patients is "long haulers." This article addresses a brief history of COVID-19, and concludes with some suggestions about massage therapy as a safe and effective intervention. By Ruth Werner 48 LEAVE DIAGNOSING TO THE DOCTOR Clients are asking us to tell them what's happening with their bodies. They are asking us to translate what our hands feel into words that make sense to them. In that request—and in our endless desire to help as much as possible—begins our trip down one of the slipperiest of the many slippery slopes of our profession. By David M. Lobenstine 56 AUTISTIC CLIENTS Since integrative health care and massage specifically have shown promising evidence of reducing autistic anxiety, improving sensory integration difficulties, and assisting with developing coping mechanisms and increased quality of life, it's important that this community is able to provide the care that autistic people need. By Sasha Chaitow, PhD 68 3 KEYS TO SUCCESSFULLY REBOOK CLIENTS To deliver repeat bookings, a therapist must (1) believe 100 percent in the value they can deliver through their services, (2) evaluate clients to know their clinical goals and how to accomplish them, and (3) design effective therapy plans or programs. By Irene Diamond 34 L i s te n to T h e A B M P Po d c a s t a t a b m p.co 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 3

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