JUN 2019

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June 2019 • 77 PREEN WITH ENVY Massage Envy has partnered with professional skincare brand Obagi to provide exclusive facial services and sell Obagi Medical products at its nearly 1,200 franchised locations nationwide. The customizable facials are uniquely designed to use Obagi's clinical skin care, and clients can purchase the same targeted products to use at home after treatment. "We are very excited to partner with Obagi," says Massage Envy franchising president and CEO Joe Magnacca. "This is a huge differentiator for the Massage Envy brand and will enable us to serve consumers with the best products and treatment protocols." LEFT: COURTESY MASSAGE ENVY; © GETTY IMAGES Mind Over Meds A program offering group support, acupuncture, mindfulness, massage and gentle exercise may help prevent patients on prescription opioids from spiraling down to drug misuse and overdose, according to a study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), compared pain symptoms and medication use in 41 participants who had been on prescription drugs such as hydrocodone, oxycodone and methadone for at least three months with 20 other would-be participants who expressed interest in the program. In addition to a 12 percent drop in pain intensity in the study participants, compared with no change in pain among the comparison group, results also indicated a 22 percent boost in patients' ability to manage and function in their daily life despite their pain, compared to a decline among the control group. After completion of the three- month program, patients continued to have access to weekly groups offering the same ser vices. Opioid prescription use remained consistent during the program and dipped slightly three months later. "Treatments such as acupuncture and massage are not always available to those of lesser means, but we found that patients with complex lives and limited income can really benefi t from this integrative approach," says fi rst author Maria T. Chao, DrPH, MPA, of the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. "We are ver y committed to broadening these types of treatment options for all."

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