How We Are Giving Back to Research …
To deliver the effective therapy services that makes a difference for our clients, we invest time and resources for international research, where we either do review of literature (research) about lymphatic therapy (MLD) and how it has been used to help people with various health conditions or we attend conferences.
Aside from consuming this information as a therapy provider, we want to contribution to the research community by conducting our own case study research on the following health conditions using lymphatic therapy (MLD) for:
- Joint Pain (for example: back, hip, shoulder, knee, elbow)
- IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
Right now we are involved in 3 case study research projects (click here to see which ones). Here is a little info on what type of research we are doing.
What is Case Study Research?
In general terms, a case study is a focused study of a particular situation rather than a sweeping statistical survey. It is a method used to narrow down a very broad field of research into one easily searchable topic. So in our cases, we are looking at the effects of using manual lymphatic therapy for relief of pain symptoms, improving the efficiency of the lymphatic system to do its job, stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, to help promote overall relaxation of our body.
While case study research may not answer a question completely, it will give some indications and allow further elaboration and insight into what is going on.
Why Case Study Research?
For some health professionals such as psychologists as well as other researchers such as anthropologists and social scientists have used case study research as a valid method of research for many years. Scientists are sometimes guilty of becoming bogged down in the general picture and it is sometimes important to understand specific cases and ensure a more holistic approach to research and clinical practice.
Critics of Case Study Research …
Yes, there will be some that say case study is such a narrow field that its results cannot be extrapolated to fit an entire question and that they show only one narrow example as compared to randomized controlled trials (the gold standard in research). However, it can be argued that a case study provides more realistic responses than a purely statistical type of research.
In a truly collaborate environment, it is probably best to try to synergize the two approaches.
A unique aspect of why we have chosen to conduct case study research is their flexibility. We want to introduce new results during the course of the study and ideally lead to research taking new directions.
Finally, one interesting point is that, when informing about the results, case studies make more interesting topics than purely statistical research as it has an impact to the person who was part of the study.
We enjoy reviewing research, yet we want to be contributing to research as well. We are doing this through specific case study research for something we find of interest and trust that our readers and clients will as well.
Francois, CLT, MES
Founder, Chief Certified Lymphatic Therapist & Medical Exercise Specialist of Lymph O Edema Canada
p.s. We think the general public has little interest in pages of statistical calculations but some well placed case studies may make a strong impression!