Massage & Bodywork

September | October 2014

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52 m a s s a g e & b o d y w o r k s e p t e m b e r / o c t o b e r 2 0 1 4 SOMATIC RESEARCH education Antony Porcino, PhD, is the executive editor of the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (IJTMB, www.ijtmb. org). Porcino earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry/biochemistry in 1994 and his doctorate in health services research in 2012. He has also studied manual and energetic therapies. His focus is to extend research capacity and literacy among complementary and alternative medicine (CA M) practitioners, as well as to ensure that current research in CA M manual therapies is rigorous and generalizable for the purpose of effectiveness studies and health policy recommendations. In addition to his work as an editor, Porcino is the project director of Complementary Medicine Education and Outcomes Program (CA MEO), a research project that provides complementary medicine education for patients, their supporters, and health-care providers in British Columbia. We asked Chaitow and Porcino five questions about research, future directions, and how therapists can get involved. Here are their answers. WHEN DID YOU GET INTERESTED IN RESEARCH? CHAITOW: I became interested in research while working at a general medical practice in London, when we began to collate and audit the results of many years of collaborative work between MDs and CA M practitioners, including myself. The results of this work were published in 2002 as Integrating Complementary Therapies in Primary Care. 1 The concept of mining the information recorded in case notes was a trigger for further efforts in that direction. PORCINO: It was during high school for me. Although I was in music and drama, I kept up with my sciences. In university, I did a double major in organic chemistry and biochemistry, and loved my minor in botany. I paid my way through university doing student research positions across Canada and in the United Kingdom. Once I started my training in Hellerwork Structural Integration, I started to look at the state of research in fascia and massage. I thought what I was seeing was deplorable, but it would be several years before I felt ready to take on therapeutic massage research. Q & A with Leon Chaitow and Antony Porcino The State of Massage Research By Jerrilyn Cambron Journal editors review many research articles to determine the strongest and most appropriate research to publish. In this column, we will hear from two editors who oversee scientific journals that focus on massage and bodywork. Leon Chaitow, ND, DO, is editor in chief of the Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies ( JBMT, www.bodyworkmovement, which he founded in 1995. An internationally known speaker and author, Chaitow has studied acupuncture, cranial osteopathy, naturopathy, orthomolecular nutrition, and osteopathy. Since 1983, he has been a visiting lecturer at numerous training institutions in Australia, Canada, Europe, and the United States. Chaitow, the author or editor of approximately 75 books covering many health-care topics, including breathing rehabilitation, chronic pain, and manual treatment methods, has a private practice in London.

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