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C h e c k o u t A B M P 's l a t e s t n e w s a n d b l o g p o s t s . Av a i l a b l e a t w w w. a b m p . c o m . 21 NEWS NOTES compiled by Brandon Twyford ABMP Associate Editor | Mindfulness Moderates Pain in Knee Osteoarthritis In a randomized comparative trial published in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, researchers evaluated the relationships between mindfulness and pain, psychological symptoms, and quality of life in patients with knee osteoarthritis. Mindfulness was assessed using the Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire (sample available at, and pain, physical function, quality of life, depression, stress, and self-efficacy were measured with commonly used patient-reported measures. The researchers also measured whether mindfulness moderated the pain-psychological outcome associations. The researchers found that mindfulness moderates the influence of pain on stress, which suggests that mindfulness may alter the way one copes with pain. The researchers concluded that future studies examining the benefits of body-mind therapy, designed to increase mindfulness, for patients with osteoarthritis are warranted. Read the abstract at Anma Massage Reduces Severity of Physical Complaints in Cancer Survivors In a randomized controlled trial published in Gynecologic Oncology, researchers evaluated the effects of eight consecutive weeks of weekly anma therapy ( Japanese massage, or A MT) on gynecologic cancer survivors. Forty participants were randomized into two groups: one that received one 40-minute A MT session for eight weeks and one that received no A MT. The severity of subjects' physical complaints was assessed using a visual analogue scale. The researchers concluded that a single A MT session reduces the severity of subjective physical complaints and might inhibit the sympathetic nervous system in gynecologic cancer survivors. Receiving weekly A MT sessions over eight weeks continues to reduce the severity of physical complaints. Read the abstract at AlJV. ABMP Offers Two Free Education Opportunities ABMP is offering two free education opportunities for massage therapists and bodyworkers. Earn a total of 13 CE hours with the ABMP Head & Neck Summit on September 12 and an ABMP members-only online workshop, "Solving Today's Pain & Injury Puzzle," with Erik Dalton on October 10. • ABMP Head & Neck Summit: Earn up to seven CE hours in seven sessions. Conducted by leading educators in the massage and bodywork profession, including Ben Benjamin, PhD, Erik Dalton, PhD, Whitney Lowe, Til Luchau, Douglas Nelson, and more. The summit will focus on the theory and causes behind head and neck issues, and present effective techniques for assessing and treating these issues. Register at • "Solving Today's Pain & Injury Puzzle" with Erik Dalton: A one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn theory and techniques from a massage and bodywork master and earn six CE hours. Using methods gleaned from his extensive background in anatomy, manipulative osteopathy, massage, pain management, physiology, and Rolfing, Dalton will present evidence-informed theory on client pain and injury puzzles. This workshop is certain to improve your practice and benefit your clients. Find more information at

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