This week’s articles of the week are centred around therapeutic alliance and communication. As opposed to blog’s it’s centred more around research papers.
This paper attempts to explore the patient perspective of ending the therapeutic relationship in regards to massage therapy, which is rarely explored in literature. This is a great read to offer us clinicians some insight into why patients may independently choose to cease treatment with their therapist. – Patients’ Experiences of Ending Massage Therapy Care: a Commentary – Amanda Baskwill, PhD, MSc, BEd, RMT1,* and Suzanne Michaud, BA, RMT2
This article looks at behavioural aspects of pain (ie, peoples’ responses to pain) by identifying individual expectations, beliefs, and feelings as prognostic factors for clinical and occupational outcomes indicating progression to chronicity and how physical therapists directly or indirectly address these barriers to recovery.
This paper talks about the history of Motivational Interviewing and gives the reader indications and some broad ideas of how to implement this into practice. Although the MI approach in massage has been questioned for its scope of practice concerns, how might you adapt this or aspects of into your scope to improve your interviewing skills?
Reflection on your practice and therapeutic relationships is something the massage therapy profession should take part in to help us foster growth within the way we approach treating and collaborating with our patients. Occupational Therapists are known for their practice of self-reflection. This analysis looks at 13 occupation therapists are their reflection on the complexities of building and maintaining therapeutic relationships, barriers they identified and proposed resolutions to barriers.
Qualitative Analysis of Occupational Therapists’ Reflective Notes on Practicing Their Skills in Building and Maintaining Therapeutic Relationships – Farzaneh Yazdani, BSc, MSc OT, MA, PhD1 , Amy Stringer BSc OT 2 , Laya Nobakht BSc, MSc3 , Tore Bonsaksen, BSc OT, MSc4 , Kellie Tune BSc OT,