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Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice

Mohammad Eghbali, Mir Saeed Yekaninejad, Shokoh Varaei, Seydeh Fatemeh Jalalinia, Mojgan Alam Samimi, Kiarash Sa'atchi
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine the effect of auricular acupressure in relieving nausea and vomiting among the women who received chemotherapy. METHODS: 48 women suffering from Breast Cancer and receiving chemotherapy were recruited for the study. The patients were randomly assigned into two groups of experiment and control. In the initial phase of chemotherapy, the experimental group received standard medications to control nausea and vomiting and auricular acupressure for five days...
August 2016: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Timothy Onosahwo Iyendo, Patrick Chukwuemeke Uwajeh, Ezennia Stephen Ikenna
PURPOSE: The aim of this review is to document the role of physical environmental factors in clinical environments and their impact on patients and staff wellness with a particular focus on physical and mental healthcare. METHODS: Data sources comprised relevant English language articles and the results of literature search of ISI Web of Knowledge, PubMed, Scopus, ProQuest Central, MEDLINE, and Google. RESULTS: Incorporating physical environmental factors into hospital design can facilitate better user satisfaction, efficiency and organisational outcomes...
August 2016: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Lyndall Mollart, Jon Adams, Maralyn Foureur
UNLABELLED: Feasibility randomised controlled trials of complementary medicine are important to evaluate acceptability and practicality. This study examined participants' and health professionals' perceptions of CAM and participation in a feasibility RCT of acupressure for labour onset. METHODS: A qualitative study incorporated within an RCT. Data were collected from postnatal women via questionnaires and health professionals via focus groups. RESULTS: Four themes emerged from the women's views: "Using CAM to start labour", "Feeling empowered through action", "Desiring randomisation to acupressure group", and "Welcoming the opportunity to assist in research"...
August 2016: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
J T Y Franco, A M Agulhon, F C Viani, R G Viebig
CONTEXT: Faecal incontinence is defined as the involuntary loss of intestinal contents (whether faeces or gas). Although it is not frequently reported, it does cause physical and psychological distress. Traditional Chinese medicine believes that the healthy human body is originally in a state of balanced energy (Qi) between Yin and Yang, and all disorders that occur in the body are explained by disruptions in this energy balance. Acupuncture is a valuable therapy and is used as a therapeutic approach for the treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction...
August 2016: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Tiffany Field
This paper is a review of empirical studies, review and meta-analysis publications on yoga from the last few years. The review includes demographics/prevalence of yoga as a practice, bibliometric analyses of the yoga publications and the use of yoga for physical fitness and cognitive function. Most of the studies reviewed here involve yoga effects on psychiatric and medical conditions. These include pregnancy, prenatal and postpartum depression; stress, PTSD, anxiety, and obesity; cardiovascular conditions including hypertension; pain syndromes including arthritis, headaches and low back pain; autoimmune conditions including asthma, type II diabetes and multiple sclerosis; immune conditions including HIV and breast cancer; and aging problems including balance, osteoporosis and Parkinson's...
August 2016: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Kevser Sevgi Unal, Reva Balci Akpinar
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to examine the effectiveness of foot reflexology and back massage on optimizing the sleep quality and reducing the fatigue of hemodialysis patients. METHODS: The study includes 105 volunteer patients who were registered at a private dialysis clinic and were receiving hemodialysis treatment. Foot reflexology and back massage were administered to the patients two times a week for four weeks. The Visual Analogue Scale for Fatigue and the Pittsburg Sleep Quality Index were used to collect data...
August 2016: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Helen Senderovich, Mary Lou Ip, Anna Berall, Jurgis Karuza, Michael Gordon, Malcolm Binns, Shaira Wignarajah, Daphna Grossman, Lynda Dunal
UNLABELLED: Complementary therapies are increasingly used in palliative care as an adjunct to the standard management of symptoms to achieve an overall well-being for patients with malignant and non-malignant terminal illnesses. A Therapeutic Touch Program was introduced to a geriatric Palliative Care Unit (PCU) in October 2010 with two volunteer Therapeutic Touch Practitioners providing treatment. OBJECTIVE: To conduct a retrospective review of Therapeutic Touch services provided to patients in an in-patient geriatric palliative care unit in order to understand their responses to Therapeutic Touch...
August 2016: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Ramya Kateel, Prabha Adhikari, Alfred J Augustine, Sheetal Ullal
Topical honey has been used for the treatment of wound since ancient time. But the medical evidence proving it is limited. Hence a systematic review was planned. An exhaustive literature search was done in PUBMED, COCHRANE, GOOGLE using 'topical honey', 'diabetic foot ulcer', 'chronic wounds' as key words. Literature search showed total of five clinical trials and about ten observational studies in various part of world. Out of five clinical trials three concluded that honey dressing is better than conventional dressing, all the clinical trials proved safety of honey for the treatment of diabetic foot ulcer...
August 2016: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
G E Furtado, M Uba-Chupel, H M Carvalho, N R Souza, J P Ferreira, A M Teixeira
UNLABELLED: The aim of this study was to assess the changes mediated by exercise on activities of daily life and falls, physical fitness, salivary cortisol and alpha amylase in older adults living in social and health care givers centers. METHODS: Sample consisted in 35 women (83.81 ± 6.6 years old) were divided into two groups: chair-yoga exercises group (CY, n = 20) and control group (CG, n = 15). All subjects were evaluated before and after 14-weeks. CY was involved in exercise classes two times per week, while the GC did not participate in any exercise...
August 2016: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
William J DiScipio
AIMS & OBJECTIVES: Twenty-six cancer survivor volunteers participated in a study of the efficacy of perceived relaxation after performing restorative yoga combined with Reiki. RESULTS: Subjects scoring high ratings of Meaning and Peace in life demonstrated greater perception of depth of relaxation. A comparison of subjects receiving concurrent Reiki (19) and restorative yoga with those who only received restorative yoga (7) showed that Reiki subjects experienced greater perceived depth of relaxation than subjects who were not afforded the Reiki intervention...
August 2016: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Susanna Maddali Bongi, Gianluca Paoletti, Michael Calà, Angela Del Rosso, Khadija El Aoufy, Svetlana Mikhaylova
BACKGROUND: Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) is characterized by musculoskeletal pain, muscle tenderness leading to disability, impaired quality of life (QoL), fatigue and it is accompanied by sleep disorders and psychological distress. Mind body therapies (MBT), such as Tai Ji Quan (TJQ), use different techniques to facilitate the ability of the mind to influence disease characteristics and symptoms. Some studies showed that TJQ, in patients with rheumatic diseases, particularly FMS, improved QoL, disability and psychological distress...
August 2016: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Jannett Nguyen, Michael A Liu, Rohini J Patel, Keli Tahara, Annie L Nguyen
BACKGROUND: There is growing data on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) preferences among college students. While several studies have focused on undergraduate students, there is limited data on graduate students. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Cross sectional analysis of undergraduate and graduate students seeking medical care at the University of California Irvine's Student Health Center (SHC). The survey assessed previous CAM use and preferences for future CAM use and education...
August 2016: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Simin Taavoni, Fatemeh Sheikhan, Somayeh Abdolahian, Fatemeh Ghavi
OBJECTIVE: Labor pain and its management is a major concern for childbearing women, their families and health care providers. This study aimed to investigate the effects of two non-pharmacological methods such as birth ball and heat therapy on labor pain relief. MATERIAL & METHODS: This randomized control trial was undertaken on 90 primiparous women aged 18-35 years old who were randomly assigned to two intervention (birth ball and heat) and control groups. The pain score was recorded by using Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) before the intervention and every 30 min in three groups until cervical dilatation reached 8 cm...
August 2016: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Sussan Saatsaz, Rozita Rezaei, Abbas Alipour, Zahra Beheshti
OBJECTIVE: The present study was conducted to determine the effect of massage on post-cesarean pain and anxiety. METHODS: The present single-blind clinical trial was conducted on 156 primiparous women undergone elective cesarean section. The participants were randomly divided into three groups, including a hand and foot massage group, a foot massage group and a control group (n = 52 per group). The patients' intensity of pain, vital signs and anxiety level were measured before, immediately after and 90 min after the massage...
August 2016: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Sylvester Emeka Igwea, Chidinma Samantha Tabansi-Ochuogu, Ukachukwu Okoroafor Abaraogu
The present systematic review aimed to synthesize evidence for the effectiveness of TENS and heat therapy interventions from randomized trials. Six relevant databases were searched for studies on TENS and heat therapy for primary dysmenorrhea. Menstrual pain intensity and quality of life were the primary and secondary outcomes respectively. The search yielded 46 citations from which six studies on TENS and three studies on heat therapy were systematically reviewed. On the PEDRO quality scale, the trials methodological quality was 4...
August 2016: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Ebru Gozuyesil, Muruvvet Baser
PURPOSE: This study aims to identify the effects of foot reflexology applied to women on their vasomotor complaints and quality of life. METHODS: A randomised controlled study was conducted with 120 women. The experimental group received foot reflexology treatment, while the control group received nonspecific foot massage. RESULTS: The mean scores for hot flashes, sweats, and night sweats, were lower in the reflexology group than the control group after the practice; and the difference between the groups was statistically significant (p < 0...
August 2016: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Rodrigo Sudatti Delevatti, Carolina Dertzbocher Feil Pinho, Ana Carolina Kanitz, Cristine Lima Alberton, Elisa Corrêa Marson, Luciana Peruchena Bregagnol, Salime Chedid Lisboa, Beatriz D Schaan, Luiz Fernando Martins Kruel
PURPOSE: To assess the acute glucose responses to the first sessions of three mesocycles of water- and land-based aerobic exercise. METHODS: The water-based exercise group (WBE, n = 14; 54.1 ± 9.1 years) performed deep water walking and/or running, while the land-based exercise group (LBE, n = 11; 60.1 ± 7.3 years) performed walking and/or running on athletic track. In the first mesocycle, patients trained at 85-90% of their anaerobic threshold (AT) for 35 min, progressing to 90-95% of the AT in the second mesocycle, and 95-100% of the AT in the last mesocycle...
August 2016: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
İlkay Karabay, Asuman Doğan, Timur Ekiz, Belma Füsun Köseoğlu, Murat Ersöz
OBJECTIVE: To elucidate the effects of Kinesio Taping (KT) in addition to neurodevelopmental therapy (NDT) on posture and sitting, and to compare the effects of KT and neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES). MATERIALS-METHODS: Seventy-five children were randomized into control, KT, and NMES groups. NDT was applied to all children 4 times a week for 4 weeks. In addition, KT and NMES were applied to KT and NMES groups, respectively. Sitting subset of Gross Motor Function Measure (GMFM) and kyphosis levels of the groups were analyzed by two way mixed ANOVA...
August 2016: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Laura Britton Stace
Service dogs have been used in the adult population for decades. Recently, there has been a diversification in types of service dogs, specifically for the pediatric population. Although guide dogs and mobility dogs are accepted in society, autism assistance dogs, seizure alert and response dogs and diabetic alert dogs are relatively new. As pediatric service dogs attract more attention, pediatric providers need to be prepared to answer parental inquires regarding service dog use. The pediatric provider is well equipped to identify children who could benefit from a service dog intervention and should be able to make a referral to a reputable service dog provider...
August 2016: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Eric Lindahl, Katherine Tilton, Nicole Eickholt, Lisa Ferguson-Stegall
UNLABELLED: This study investigated whether a 7-week yoga intervention could improve physical function, perceived stress, and mental/emotional wellness in elderly participants. METHODS: 8 participants (66.5 ± 0.3 years) attended 2 60-min Hatha yoga sessions/week for 7 weeks, and performed pre- and post-intervention assessments. Balance was assessed using a 5-test battery. Flexibility was measured by sit-and-reach and shoulder flexibility tests. Functional mobility tests included 8-ft up-and-go, 5 chair stands, and 4-m walk...
August 2016: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
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