Spinal cord

Research: Abdominal Massage Beneficial for Bowel Function in Spinal Cord Injury Patients


The article presents a study which examines the impact of abdominal massage on the improvement of the bowel function of patients with spinal cord injury (SCI). The study utilizes twenty-four pati...

Try a little tenderness...Spinal Cord Injuries and Soft Tissue Rehabilitation


Walking up to this unfamiliar door, Joanie Heart was uncertain her abilities as a massage therapist would make a difference. For one of the only times in her career, intimidation was looming. It was 1997 and behind the door was a 25-year-old man, not so much unlike other massage clients she'd seen in her 14 years of practice, except for one thing -- he was a paraplegic.

"I was afraid I couldn't help him," said Heart. "I've always been very confident in my work, but for a few moments I was uncertain. I was standing in the wilderness with no map of where to go."

Craniosacral Therapy: Spinal cord injury


Although individuals with disabilities can greatly benefit from various bodywork modalities, they generally do not avail themselves of these therapies for a variety of reasons. Relying largely on the advice of conventional health care providers who are often skittish about referring for bodywork, those with disabilities often don't know their "alternative" options. In addition, because many bodywork professionals are unfamiliar with the unique issues associated with disability, there is apprehension when dealing with this population.

Art therapy in the rehabilitation of adolescent students with spinal cord injuries: A case study


This case study highlights the usefulness of art as a therapeutic modality in the rehabilitation of adolescents with quadriplegia. It often is difficult to engage adolescents in verbal psychotherapy. Art therapy is shown to be an effective alternative means of self-expression that serves as a catalyst for adjustment. Draw-hags and clinical material from the therapy of a 13-year-old girl with quadriplegia resulting from spinal cord injury are presented. Themes of disturbed body image, isolation, and concern over control are evident in her work.

Spinal Cord Injury without Radiographic Abdnormalities SCIWORA


The article presents a review of a research study entitled "The Adult Spinal Cord Injury Without Radiographic Abnormalities Syndrome: Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Clinical Findings in Adults wi...

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