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NEWS NOTES compiled by Brandon Twyford ABMP Associate Editor | 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 For Back Pain, Physicians Say Try Massage Before Pills New guidelines from the American College of Physicians (ACP) recommend trying exercise, yoga, or massage before medication for acute low-back pain. The guidelines were published in the February 2017 Annals of Internal Medicine. Researchers analyzed more than 150 studies looking at what works and what doesn't when it comes to low-back pain. ACP president Nitin Damle, MD, says "garden variety back pain"—not the kind of pain that radiates down your leg or causes numbness—usually goes away on its own. "The body will adjust, the infl ammation will go down," Damle says. It may take a few days or even a week, but eventually the individual will be back to normal. So, Damle asks, why risk the side effects of medication? Side effects can include gastritis, upset stomach, a rise in blood pressure, and addiction. Instead, the new guidelines suggest techniques to speed up the healing process, including massage, heat wraps, acupuncture, and spinal manipulation, which can "relax the muscles, joints, and tendons so people can be relieved of their low-back pain sooner, rather than later." Primary care physician Steven Atlas, an associate professor at Harvard Medical School who practices at Massachusetts General Hospital, describes the guidelines as a needed change. "We are moving away from simple fi xes like a pill to a more complex view that involves a lot of lifestyle changes," he says. Learn more at ABMP Publications are Finalists for WPA MAGGIE Awards Massage & Bodywork magazine and Body Sense magazine, along with their sister publication ASCP Skin Deep magazine, are fi nalists in the following 12 categories for the Western Publishing Association's MAGGIE awards to be held April 28 in Los Angeles. • Associations/Trade: ASCP Skin Deep, January/February 2016 Massage & Bodywork, May/June 2016 • Best Feature Article (Circulation over 50,000)/Trade: Massage & Bodywork, "Razor's Edge," May/June 2016 • Best How-To Article/Trade & Consumer: Massage & Bodywork, "The Unusual Suspects," November/December 2016 • Best Interview or Profi le/Trade: Massage & Bodywork, "A Conversation with John Barnes," September/October 2016 • Best Editorial Layout/Trade: ASCP Skin Deep, "Perfect Palette," November/December 2016 • Best Cover/Trade: ASCP Skin Deep, November/December 2016 • Best Overall Publication Design/Trade: Massage & Bodywork, November/December 2016 • Special Theme Issue/Trade: Massage & Bodywork, September/October 2016 • Most Improved Publication/Trade & Consumer: ASCP Skin Deep • Best Digital Edition or Tablet Version of a Print Publication/ Trade & Consumer: Massage & Bodywork, July/August 2016 • Best Digital Edition or Tablet Publication/Trade & Consumer: Body Sense, Autumn 2016 • Best Digital Edition or Tablet Cover/Trade & Consumer: Body Sense, Autumn 2016 To read Massage & Bodywork magazine, visit To read Body Sense magazine, visit To read ASCP Skin Deep magazine, visit yay! Associated Skin Care Professionals We got a makeover! p. 2 Bright Your Future is The profession is alive with new technologies, result-driven treatments, and an increase in clientele. In other words, 2016 is your year to shine. january/february 2016 We got a makeover! p. 2 A public education magazine brought to you by The Miracle Beneath Our Skin: Fascia Cupping Therapy Explained Oh No! Bodily Noises autumn 2016 Body Sense PLUS "How is the lotion my MT uses different than the lotion I use at home?" Caring for Our Elders Through Bodywork Body ense Caring Insight into Fascia " You are working with fascia whether you are aware or not. How much better could we do if we touched fascia consciously? Touch your clients with that awareness and your results will deepen." —Thomas Myers author of Anatomy Trains september/october 2016 Athletic Performance Recovery The Obstinate Pec Minor Straight Talk from Your Peers Working with the Hip Joint Rising Above the Pain Crisis How to Get What You Want ALSO

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