How do we maintain professional boundaries when clients become emotional after treatments?

In the first of a new series of videos offering business advice for therapists, FHT Vice President, Maria Mason, talks about why it is important to maintain professional boundaries if clients become emotional after treatments.

Look out for more business advice from Maria in the Spring issue of International Therapist, published from Thursday 26 April 2018.

Acupuncture may be more effective than ibuprofen for lumbar disc herniation

Acupuncture has a more favourable effect in the treatment of lumbar disc herniation than lumbar traction and ibuprofen, according to a recent study published by the BMJ.

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Scientists from Guangzhou, China conducted a systematic review and meta analysis of randomised controlled trials in leading scientific databases to evaluate the effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of lumbar disc herniation (LDH).

After an extensive search, the scientists narrowed down the study to thirty randomised controlled trials, involving 3503 clients, that were published in either English or Chinese and compared the effects of acupuncture with western medicine, lumbar traction, tui na and other techniques for LDH.

The results indicated that acupuncture alone had a ‘more favourable effect in the treatment of LDH than lumbar traction, ibuprofen, diclofenac sodium, meloxicam, mannitol plus dexamethasone and mecobalamin, fugui gutong capsule plus ibuprofen, mannitol plus dexamethasone, loxoprofen and huoxue zhitong decoction.’

Access the full study here


FHT Training Congress Speaker Highlight: Jane Johnson

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Jane Johnson is a physiotherapist with a passion for helping therapists to gain confidence in hands-on techniques. A massage and sports massage therapist for many years, she appreciates the value of touch and thrives on sharing the many tips she has picked up over the years. Jane is author of six books for therapists: Soft Tissue Release, Therapeutic Stretching, Deep Tissue Massage, Postural Assessment, Postural Correction and The Big Back Book; Tips and Tricks for Therapists. You can contact Jane on her Facebook page, The Friendly Physio.

In 2015, Jane wrote a two-part feature for International Therapist magazine, which provides an in-depth discussion on therapeutic stretching. This feature serves as an excellent primer for Jane’s session at our Training Congress, and you can read both parts here and here.

Jane is also teaching FHT Hosted courses, which you can book here and here.

Where to find Jane at the FHT Training Congress:

Stretching your clients
Room 2, Monday 21 May, 10.30am – 11.30am

Would you like to incorporate stretches into your massage routine? This seminar includes practical elements to show you how you can utilise and deliver couch-based and seat-based passive stretches. It also provides you with information on how to adapt your stretches to suit various clients’ levels of flexibility and contraindications.

Book your FHT Training Congress tickets here

Remember to also register for free entry to the Holistic Health Show on their website here.

FHT 2018 Training Congress at Holistic Health

Stroke Association seeking volunteer therapists for the London Marathon

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The FHT is thrilled to once again be working with the Stroke Association to provide therapeutic massage to those raising money for the charity at this year’s London Marathon.

The Stroke Association require volunteer therapists on Sunday 22 April 2018, from 12pm-6pm (breaks will be given) at Champagne Charlies, 17, The Arches, Villiers St, London WC2N 6NG. Travel expenses will be covered up to the value of £10 and refreshments (drinks and lunch) will be provided throughout the day.

Volunteers can either give runners a massage while laying down (please bring a portable couch) or provide seated leg massage. Hand sanitisers and towels can be provided on request.

Members must hold a Level 3 or above qualification in body massage, sports massage or sports therapy, accepted by the FHT for membership and insurance purposes. The Stroke Association will require a copy of your public liability insurance and proof of qualification.

If you would like to give your time and help out those raising money for a great cause, please contact Emma at or T. 020 7940 1357. Please provide your FHT membership number and full name when getting in touch.

If you do get involved please let the FHT know at – so we can celebrate your involvement in International Therapist and online.


Forthcoming conference makes a case for improving health through the arts

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Aesop, a charity committed to improving health through the arts, has announced a  series of arts in health programmes taking place at its second Arts in Health Conference & Showcase for health decision makers, this April.

Aesop’s second national Arts in Health Conference & Showcase takes place from 9.45am – 6pm on Thursday 19 April 2018 at Milton Court, in partnership with the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the College of Medicine.

For the second Conference & Showcase, the focus is on how the arts are contributing to current health priorities by reducing demands on the health system, addressing the neglect of mental health, supporting an ageing population and tackling health inequalities.

The event will showcase 24 arts programmes already helping deliver current health priorities. Each will feature a presentation of the programme, testament from beneficiaries and health and cost-effectiveness perspectives.

Patsy Rodenburg OBE is an international expert on teaching voice and speech. She has worked with Dame Judi Dench, Franco Zeffirelli, Tim Burton, Harold Pinter and high-profile politicians. She will explore ‘Presence’ – the quality of self-assurance and effectiveness that enables great performers to perform, great teachers to teach and all healers to heal.

Dame Darcey Bussell DBE will present her new venture, Diverse Dance Mix.

Tim Joss, Aesop Chief Executive and Founder has programmed the Conference alongside Dr Michael Dixon, Chair of Council, College of Medicine and National Clinical Champion for Social Prescribing and Professor Helena Gaunt, Vice Principal and Director of Guildhall Innovation at Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Of the programme he says –

‘The showcase opens a window on programmes which are both strong artistically and powerful contributors to health improvement. They demonstrate how arts and culture are part of the solution to today’s health challenges’.

The 24 Arts in Health programmes that will be showcased at the Conference are as follows:

  1. AesopDance to Health: a falls prevention dance programme for older people
  2. Akademi Dance Well: South Asian dance with cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation outpatients
  3. Breathe Arts Health ResearchMelodies for Mums
  4. British Lung FoundationSinging for lung health
  5. Clod EnsemblePerforming Medicine
  6. English National BalletDance for Parkinson’s: A person-centred approach
  7. Equal ArtsCreative Age Challenge
  8. Guildhall School of Music & DramaCareful: Supporting nurses’ physical and emotional well-being through theatre and dance performance
  9. Guildhall School of Music & DramaMusic, Memory and Me: celebrating the person within the patient
  10. Guildhall School of Music & Drama – Music therapy for older people
  11. Healing Arts Cumberland InfirmaryAbout Being: A dance from hospital to home
  12. Historic Royal PalacesSensory Palaces for people with dementia and their carers                   
  13. Jack Drum ArtsPerforming Arts for Positive Mental Health
  14. Lime Music for HealthMedical Notes: Music at the Heart of Life
  15. Live Music NowDeveloping sustainable live music as part of care ‘toolkits’ in residential care for older people
  16. Liverpool PhilharmonicPartnerships for Recovery musician in residence
  17. Manchester Camerata –  Music in Mind: the co-delivery of music-making sessions by musicians and care staff for people living with dementia   
  18. Mental Fight ClubFounded, led and delivered by People with Mental Health Experience 
  19. National Museums Liverpool House of Memories: The impacts of museum-led dementia awareness programme                                    
  20. Outside Edge Theatre CompanyUnfinished Business: theatre performance on rehab / addiction    
  21. Pavilion Dance (South West) – ‘Mind the gap’: the bridge between therapeutic health provision and independent self-management for People with Parkinson’s
  22. SomewhereSee beyond Stroke
  23. South Staffs & Shropshire healthcare NHS FT UP Tempo: music for health
  24. The ReaderBuilding community and personal resilience through weekly shared reading

The Conference will be facilitated by Vivienne Parry OBE, science writer and broadcaster with the following speakers: Dame Darcey Bussell DBE President of the Royal Academy of Dance & Founder of Diverse Dance Mix, Professor Gillian Leng CBE NICE Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Health & Social Care, Professor Tim Kendall NHS England National Clinical Director for Mental Health, Professor Martin Vernon NHS England National Clinical Director for Older People and Noel Gordon, Chair at NHS Digital, NHS England Non-Executive Director & Board member.

Tickets for the Conference are £95 (plus booking fee) and include the day’s events, lunch and refreshments.

The Conference and Showcase will take place from 9.45am – 6pm on Thursday 19 April 2018 at Guildhall School of Music & Drama Milton Court, 1 Milton Street, London EC2Y 9BH.

Tickets are available to buy online