Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Research Methods

Assessment Task 1 - Blog 4 - Evaluation of Research Findings.
Hannah Howley.
Due 8th of May 2009 (With Extension)

Unravelling the mysteries of Unwinding.
As a reader, I was pleased with the fact that the article begun in a way in which ‘unwinds’ the title, for want of a better word. It was good to see the writer explain what unwinding meant so it was easier to understand the point of the article.

The first page shed some positive light upon Myofascial Release. It made it seem extremely interesting and worthy of a trial.
There is a large amount of unintentional ambiguity within the article 'Unravelling the Mysteries of Fascial Unwinding' which simply serves to confuse and frustrate the reader. This ambiguity reinforces the intuition that the writer may not entirely know about or understand the topic of which he is attempting to depict and explore. (T, Grinlinton) 2009. This made me very interested to read on with Tessa’s blog because it basically stated what I was thinking and I couldn’t have put it in a better way myself. The possibility of interpreting an expression in more than one way is perhaps not good enough in an article of such calibre i.e., the forcing of tissues.

The article touches upon emotional release but isn’t exceedingly comprehensive. If I didn’t know any better I would be worried that the session/treatment would make me break out in tears or laughter or some kind of emotion. It wasn’t very assuring.

On page 19 of the shorter version, it states that ‘scientific descriptions for the events (unwinding) are lacking’ doesn’t give much positive influence. It then could be viewed as a ‘half-arsed’ physical therapy with no proof which is definitely condescending to the average reader.

Also I would like to state that there were far too many foreign words at hand in the article, especially to the foreign eye. If the reader is inquisitive about such therapy it should really be as black and white as need be without so much ‘medical’ expressions. The article also got very in-depth and technical very quickly, sort of felt like I was rolling down a hill.

All that aside, the article was good and like I said before, shed some interesting light upon MFR and gave some good descriptive analysis‘s of hip, leg and neck unwinding.


Unravelling the mysteries of unwinding.
My Own thoughts.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Research methods

Assessment Task 1 - Blog 3 - Reflection of my research process.
Hannah Howley
Due Date - May 08 2009

During the past few months I have been doing a lot more in depth research and analysis than I would normally be doing. The territory in which I have been entering is very foreign and intense and it has been very hard to get amongst it with ease. It has been quite a struggle with APA referencing and locating information that is of good quality. Although I enjoy using wikipedia, it is hard to use it for everything I need to find with out having things repeated. I find it quite hard to collate a lot of the information that I am finding with having to reference everything I write.

However, I have learnt a few good ways of interpreting and understanding a research related question.

It is important to be able to break down the question into smaller parts and research it with a more narrowed down approach, trying to locate the qualitative aspect of the question and the quantitative aspect.

With regards to our collaborative research assignment we are working on at the moment, our question ( Felicity, you will no) is to do with chronic pain and massage. As of late I have been researching about chronic pain itself and how it comes about and the influences of it. This has helped me understand my question a lot more and brings me to my point of breaking down the question to find an easier approach of researching it.

I have also learnt that with researching, brainstorming ideas of your own help to make the question more comprehensive and you get a better understanding of what you are looking for and what you will find.

All and all, it is a very interesting process and takes a lot more time to get the quality information that you need to create a believable product.