EPPIA Update: A massage for Alice: Massage therapy for seniors

EPPIA Update: A massage for Alice: Massage therapy for seniors

By Litahni Colemen, John Armstrong and Lisa Schidtke

massage therapy for seniors

Alice had been a very active person all of her life. Now, in a residential care facility, Alice finds life pretty quiet. One day her caregiver introduced her to a woman who would be making regular scheduled visits to give massages. Alice had never had a massage and said she didn’t want to have one. The caregiver convinced her to try it once, just for 15 minutes, and if she didn’t enjoy it she didn’t have to participate the next time the therapist visited.

At her first massage Alice reluctantly sat in the kitchen chair up to the kitchen table that had a funny looking support on it. The Therapist told her to just lean forward into the support, rest her face in the face rest and her arms on the table. Once Alice was comfortable the therapist began a gentle back and shoulder massage and gently massaged lotion into her arms and hands, working each finger gently. Before long Alice was sighing with pleasure and when the 15 minutes were up she didn’t want the massage to stop and as she got up from the chair she wanted to know how soon the therapist would be back and could she have 30 minutes next time.

Full story at Eden Prairie News

Arthritis drug launched

By The Philippine Star

astra zeneca arthritis drug launched

MANILA, Philippines – Pain relief for patients with chronic arthritis has always been problematic because non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), one of the most widely prescribed agents for these conditions, cause gastrointestinal side effects such as stomach ulcers. This problem may soon be effectively addressed with the Philippine launch of the combination pill, naproxen/esomeprazole.

A product of research-based biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, naproxen/esomeprazole is approved in the Philippines for the symptomatic relief in the treatment of chronic arthritis namely osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis in patients at risk of developing NSAID-associated ulcers.

Full story at PhilSTAR.com

NFL concussion law suit grows as league’s new kickoff rule limits concussions

By Dave Masko

NFL concussions law suit

A National Football League kickoff rule is aimed at reducing concussions on the field, but some coaches and fans say they don’t like it, while also admitting they’re not the ones having their brains scrambled on the playing field. Moreover, seven more former professional football players have also taken out a lawsuit against the NFL claiming the league “ignored concussion risks.” The new NFL kickoff rule change was approved back in March as one way to stop the rash of concussions maiming many who play the game. In brief, the new rule moves the kickoff forward five yards to the 35 yard line. The NFL admitted on its web site that the “kickoff return has become one of football’s most dangerous plays,” resulting in numerous concussions when the ball returner and other players are literally “smashed” during the return of the kickoff.

Concussion consciousness happening in professional football as former players bust NFL

“The first of what could be many concussion-related lawsuits against the NFL was filed by former Super Bowl-winning quarterback Jim McMahon and six other players. Essentially equating the NFL with Big Tobacco’s decades-long denial of the link between smoking and cancer, the lawsuit accuses the league of turning ‘a blind eye’ to trauma and damage resulting from players being coached to injure others to keep its fan base excited,’” the New York Post reported Aug. 23.

Full story at Huliq

Flex Therapist CEUs Adds New Ethics Courses

By Press Release

flex therapist CEUs new ethics course

Flex Therapist CEUs (www.FlexTherapistCEUs.com) has just added 2 courses in the required area of Ethics, Law and Regulations for California Physical Therapists and Assistants. The courses are: Ethics, Law and Regulations – California Physical Therapists and Ethics, Law and Regulations – California Physical Therapist Assistants.

Both courses are direct compilations from 2011 ethics material published by the American Physical Therapy Association. Additionally, both courses fulfill the 2 ceu hour ethics requirement for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants in the state of California. The courses furnish code of ethics interpretations and examples and a framework by which licensed professionals in these areas may measure and determine the propriety of their conduct.

News at 24-7 Press Release

Monday’s medical myth: bed rest is best for back pain

By Michael Vagg

Bed rest for back pain

Severe low back pain is a common and dreaded problem that that rivals only hay fever, asthma, hypertension and dermatitis as Australia’s leading cause of long-term illness.

The instinctive response to severe pain is to rest the injured body part and reduce normal activities while it heals.

But from the mid-1990s, studies comparing bed rest to more active treatment for acute back pain have reached the same conclusion: bed rest is not best for pack pain.

Light activity – such as short walks around the house or sitting upright for brief periods throughout the day – reduces the requirement for medication, shortens absences from work and results in fewer visits to health-care professionals.

Full story at The Conversation

Thai compress a treat for the senses

By Manisha Krishnan

I’M a sucker for a good massage.

And it’s not just something that I treat myself to on special occasions – I truly feel that massages are an important part of a person’s general well being.

For that reason, I head to my massage therapist about once a month for a good old fashioned rub down. And while I love getting a deep tissue massage, sometimes it’s nice to break out of routine.

Recently, I visited the newly opened Sabai Thai Spa location in Ambleside, to try out a completely unique experience in the "nuad pra kob" or herbal compress massage.

Full story at North Shore News

New Study May Aid Search for AIDS Vaccine

By Salynn Boyles

In the spring of 1997, then-president Bill Clinton called for an effective AIDS vaccine within a decade. Fourteen years and billions of research dollars later, a vaccine to prevent HIV infection remains an elusive goal.

International efforts to develop a useful HIV vaccine have proven disappointing, with failed clinical trials and dashed hopes. But a new study may represent an important break in the search.

Researchers with the Scripps Howard Research Institute and the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) have identified 17 new antibodies with broad activity against HIV.

Full story at WebMD

Sometimes, slipped disc starts with severe back pain

By Sade Oguntola

Back pain is very common and is one of the reasons some people miss work at some time. Although the causes of back pain are usually physical, experts warn that back pain at times occur due to the disc in between the bones in the back slipping or rupturing.

Millions of people are suffering from back pain, making it a major continuous source of physical discomfort for many. From the office worker who spends long periods sitting awkwardly or slouched over keyboards, the nurse who spends long shifts on her feet all day lifting or caring for a patient to the long distance driver who spends long period of time behind the wheel in a poor position with limited movement, or the nursery teacher who is continuously bending down to a child’s height and lifting children, back pain is one reason many people miss work at some point.

Full story at Nigerian Tribune

Clovis center helps children with brain disorders

By News Feed

Kristian Stachura was a mad — and defiant — 7-year-old. He refused to do homework. Teachers couldn’t control the Clovis youngster. Discipline, medication and psychotherapy for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder didn’t help.

But since enrolling at a Clovis storefront center for children with brain disorders and learning disabilities, Kristian’s anger is gone.

The transformation, said Kristian’s mother, Stephanie Stachura, is “like night and day.”

Full story at Clovis Independent

Abuse of prescription medications is a growing problem in young, old

By Macklin Reid

A woman showed up for her beauty appointment at a Ridgefield salon so incapacitated that the police were called to the scene.


It was a Thursday morning in mid-February, not a Friday night. This wasn’t a teenager or a college kid, the woman was well into adulthood.

Abuse of prescription narcotics and pain relievers is often perceived as a problem largely among teenagers. But it is also an increasingly serious problem among adults.

Full story at The Ridgefield Press