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Complementary Therapies

Mario Bernardo-Filho

Rio de Janeiro State University

Dr. Mario Bernardo-Filho is the Head of the Laboratory of Mechanical Vibration and Integrative Practices, Rio de Janeiro State University. He finished his academic course in Biomedicine (1974). He started and supervises researches (2010) involving integrative and complementary medicine and mechanical vibrations generated in the vibrating platform that produces whole-body vibration exercises (WBVE) when a subject is in contact with a vibrating platform.


Redha Taiar

University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne

Prof. Redha Taiar is a Professor at the University of Reims. His last and present positions: head of the Master of Biomechanics, head of the University diploma of Podiatrics, head of the laboratory of Biomechanics, Reims, Vice head of the department of Sport Science, Head of RTBE (Redha Taiar Biomechanical Engineering) Society developed for Sport and medical advice for industry, Vice head of the congress of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Society Reims, France.

Danúbia Sá-Caputo

Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro

Prof. Danúbia da Cunha de Sá Caputo is a specialist on Physical Therapy, Exercise and Rehabilitation. She is a member of World Association of Vibration Exercise Experts and vice president of Associação Brasileira de Fisioterapia Integrativa e Práticas Integrativas e Complementares, Brazil. She did a Pos Doctorate in the Université de Reims.


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Various complementary therapies are used in different clinical situations. It is important to highlight that these complementary therapies are effective and, in general, without side effects or complications when properly performed. Among several complementary therapies, it is possible to consider acupuncture, auriculotherapy, herbal medicines (Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicinal plants), exercises (Tai Chi Chuan, Yoga, Lian Gong), manual therapy (chiropractic, shiatsu, osteopathic manipulations), homeopathy, meditation, and hypnosis.

This book will explore six topics involving the information and the comprehension of the use of complementary therapies in (i) COVID-19 individuals to manage symptoms and sequela related to the disease, (ii) oncology and in palliative care to manage pain, lymphoedema, fatigue, and anxiety, quality of life, (iii) pain management in several musculoskeletal conditions, (iv) health promotion, wellbeing, human development, aging and women’s and men’s health, occupational health, ergonomic intervention, and workplace intervention. (v) sports to the prevention and treatment of sports injuries and (vi) neurology and mental health with an emphasis on rehabilitation.

The readers of this book will have the opportunity to contact with the latest findings related to the use of complementary therapy in several fields related to the health sciences.

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Mario Bernardo-Filho

Rio de Janeiro State University

Mario Bernardo-Filho is the Head of the Laboratório de Vibrações Mecânicas e Práticas Integrativas-LAVIMPI, Instituto de Biologia Roberto Alcantara Gomes, Departamento de Biofísica e Biometria, Policlínica Piquet Carneiro, UERJ. He finished the academic courses of Biomedicine, and Physiotherapy and obtained his PhD (1988). In 1999, he participated in a competition to be Full Professor (UERJ). He started and supervises researches (2010) involving integrative and complementary medicine (auriculotherapy and acupuncture) and mechanical vibrations generated in vibrating platform that produces whole body vibration exercises (WBVE) when a subject is in contact with a vibrating platform. Studies to evaluate the consequences of WBVE and extracts of medicinal plants in rats are ongoing. Investigations about the effects of the WBVE in individuals with different diseases and healthy people are ongoing too. He is the supervisor of Master of Sciences and PhD Thesis and participated in various national and international congress and lectured in various national and international congress. He is Editor in Chief of the Brazilian Journal of Health and Biomedical Sciences, and Guest Editor of some scientific journals. He is the reviewer of several scientific journal indexed in the PubMed and Scopus.

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