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					                 research Bowen technique
                         and hamstring injury
                 A study involving 116 asymptomatic male           in hamstring flexibility in the Bowen group,
                 and female volunteers examined the                between pre and post-test, and between
                 effect of a single application of the Bowen       pre-test and follow-up measurements.
                 technique on hamstring flexibility.                This suggests that a single treatment of
                    The subjects were allocated randomly           Bowen can significantly increase
                 to either a control group or an intervention      hamstring flexibility in asymptomatic
                 group. Baseline hamstring flexibility              subjects and maintain this increase for a
                 measurements were taken from each                 period of one week.
                 subject using an active knee extension               The author states that no other treatment
                 test, electrogoniometer and an angle              has been shown to maintain improvements
                 display unit. Subjects then received either       in flexibility for a complete week without
                 a Bowen treatment (intervention group) or         further treatment and that the findings
                 rested in a supine position for 20 minutes        of this study are relevant to both people
                 (control group). Flexibility measurements
                 were then taken immediately post-test and
                                                                   taking part in sport and those professionals
                                                                   who give advice and treatment in this field.
                                                                                                                                Benefits of ‘healing
                 one week later.                                                                                                touch’ to coronary
                    The mean changes in scores across
                 both groups demonstrated significant gains
                                                                   Marr M (2005). The effect of the Bowen technique on
                                                                   hamstring flexibility. Paper awaiting publication.             bypass patients
                                                                                                                              Healing touch (HT) is an energy-based therapeutic
                                                                                                                              approach to healing that arose out of nursing in
                       Americans with cancer turn to                                                                          the early 1980s (USA). The technique is said to

                         faith more than therapy                                                                              aid relaxation and support the body’s natural
                                                                                                                              healing process.
                                                      The use of complementary methods (CMs), including                          A total of 237 undergoing first time elective
                                                      prayer and other spiritual practices, is widespread and                 coronary artery bypass surgery in an acute
                                                      increasing in the United States.                                        care hospital in Minnesota (USA) were randomly
                                                         To determine the use of CMs in people who had                        assigned to one of three groups. The first group
                                                      survived cancer (10 to 14 months after diagnosis),                      received no intervention, the second partial
                                                      4,139 survivors of one of 10 adult cancers were                         intervention (visitors), and the third HT.
                                                      surveyed by mail and telephone.                                            The study consisted of six outcome measures:
                                                         Of the 19 CMs included in the survey, those most                     post-operative length of stay, incidence of
                                                      frequently used were prayer/spiritual practice (61 per                  post-operative atrial fibrillation, use of anti-emetics,
                                                      cent), relaxation (44 per cent), faith/spiritual healing                amount of pain relief medication administered,
                                                      (42 per cent) and nutritional supplements/vitamins                      functional status and anxiety levels.
                                                      (40 per cent). Further down the list were meditation                       No significant differences were observed in
                                                      (15 per cent), massage (11 per cent) and                                terms of atrial fibrillation, and the use of pain relief
                                                      acupuncture/acupressure (1.2 per cent).                                 and anti-emetic medication, but a significant
                                                         Those most likely to use CMs were younger white                      difference in anxiety scores and length of stay
                                                      females, with a higher income and better education.                     was noted in the HT group.

                                                      Ganlser T, et al. A population-based study of prevalence of             MacIntyre B, et al. The efficacy of healing touch in coronary
                                                      complementary methods use by cancer survivors: a report from the        artery bypass surgery recovery: a randomised clinical trial.
                                                      American Cancer Society’s studies of cancer survivors.                  Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine: July 2008;
                                                      Cancer: Aug 2008; e-published ahead of print. Source: PubMed.           Vol. 14 (4), pp 24-32. Source: PubMed.



                     Blood samples are better for detecting grade I muscle lesions
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                 A study published in the British Journal of Sports                                                      will show high levels of both fast and slow myosin).
                 Medicine shows that while grade II and III muscle                                                          The authors conclude that the evaluation of blood
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                 lesions can be readily detected and confirmed                                                            taken 48 hours after the lesion occurs will prove
                 with the use of ultrasonography and/or magnetic                                                         useful in detecting grade I lesions – the correct
                 resonance, grade I lesions can rarely be                                                                diagnosis of which will prevent progression of the
                 confirmed using these imaging techniques.                                                                injury in those undergoing continual training sessions
                    However, grade I lesions can be detected                                                             and competition.
                 using blood samples taken 48 hours after the
                                                                                                                         Guerrero M, et al. Fast and slow myosins as markers of muscle
                 injury, as these will contain higher levels of fast
                                                                                                                         injury. British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM 2008:42:581-584)
                 myosin than slow myosin (grade II and III lesions

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