University of Southern California
University of Southern California
USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Musculoskeletal Sonography and Occupational Performance Laboratory

Active Research

Mind-Body Interventions in Hand Therapy

Leading medical journals and the NIH are encouraging the use of mind-body techniques as an active component in mainstream medicine and mind-body approaches are a promising strategy for accelerating rehabilitation outcomes. The MSOP lab is engaged in multiple lines of research evaluating the psychosocial needs of individuals in hand therapy and the use of different holistic approaches to care, with a primary focus on the use of mindfulness-based interventions and visual biofeedback with sonographic imaging.

Dr. Roll using sonography to provide patient education and encourage movement of hand muscles as means of biofeedback

Dr. Roll using sonography to provide patient education and encourage movement of hand muscles as means of biofeedback

Mindfulness-based interventions are the most common mind-body techniques being used to engage patients in their own health by developing a non-judgemental sense of attention and awareness of their body and pathology. Sonographic visual biofeedback is useful for demonstrating normal/abnormal dynamic tissue movements to patients and promoting the return of normal movement patterns during the completion of functional tasks. Together, we believe that these types of mind-body techniques can improve efficiency and effectiveness in the rehabilitation of hand injuries. We are evaluating the effects of visual biofeedback, as well as mindfulness training, with a goal of improving patient engagement and outcomes in the rehabilitation process.

Funding

USC Center for Mindfulness Science
USC Collaboration Fund
PI: Cahn; Co-I: Roll
Total Funding: $90,000
Funding Period: 7/1/18-6/30/20

Integrating Mindfulness-Based Interventions with Outpatient Rehabilitation in Hand Therapy
California Foundation for Occupational Therapy
Dissertation Grant (PI: Hardison; Mentor: Roll)
Total Funding: $3,000
Funding Period: 11/1/17-5/15/19

Effects of Mind-Body Interventions on Anxiety, Stress, and Pain
American Hand Therapy Foundation
Founders Grant (PI: Roll)
Total Funding: $3,135
Funding Period: 7/1/14 – 6/30/15

Publications

Roll, S. C., Hardison, M. E., Vigen, C., & Black, D. S. (2020). Mindful body scans and sonographic biofeedback as preparatory activities to address patient psychological states in hand therapy: A pilot study. Hand Therapy, 25(3), 98-106. https://doi.org/10.1177/1758998320930752 Show abstract

Takata, S. C., Hardison, M. E., & Roll, S. C. (2020). Fostering holistic hand therapy: Emergent themes of client experiences of mind–body interventions. OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health, 40(2), 122-130. https://doi.org/10.1177/1539449219888835 Show abstract

Hardison, M. E., & Roll, S. C. (2016). Mindfulness interventions in physical rehabilitation: A scoping review. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 70(3), 7003290030p1-7003290030p9. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2016.018069 Show abstract

Roll, S. C., Gray, J. M., Frank, G., & Wolkoff, M. (2015). Exploring occupational therapists' perceptions of the usefulness of musculoskeletal sonography in upper-extremity rehabilitation [Brief report]. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 69(4), 6904350020p1-6904350020p6. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2015.016436 Show abstract

Roll, S. C. (2015). Role of sonographic imaging in occupational therapy practice [In brief]. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 69(3), 6903360010p1-6903360010p8. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2015.015941 Show abstract

Presentations

Roll, S. C., & Aguillon, A. (2017). Diagnostic ultrasonography: A clinical tool for occupational therapists. Tech Day presentation at 95th Annual Conference of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Stern, B., & Hardison, M. E. (2017). Coaching in hand therapy: Strategies for engagement and empowerment. Poster presentation at 95th Annual Conference of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Roll, S. C., Hardison, M. E., & Black, D. S. (2016). Effects of mind-body intervention on anxiety, stress, and pain in patients receiving hand therapy. Poster presentation at 39th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hand Therapists, Washington, DC.

Hardison, M. E., & Roll, S. C. (2016). Integrating evidence and client perspectives for the use of mindfulness interventions in hand therapy. Paper presentation at 39th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hand Therapists, Washington, DC.

Roll, S. C., Hardison, M. E., & Black, D. S. (2016). Effects of mind-body interventions on stress, anxiety, and pain in hand therapy. Poster presentation at Rehabilitation Research at NIH Meeting, Bethesda, MD.

Hardison, M. E., Black, D. S., & Roll, S. C. (2016). Effects of mind-body interventions on stress, anxiety, and pain in hand therapy. Paper presentation at 5th Annual Occupational Therapy Summit of Scholars, Pittsburgh, PA.

Hardison, M. E., & Roll, S. C. (2016). Mindfulness in rehabilitation: A scoping review. Poster presentation at 96th Annual Conference of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Chicago, IL.

Hardison, M. E., & Roll, S. C. (2015). How does mindfulness impact the experience of healing in clinical environments? Poster presentation at 14th Annual Research Conferences of the Society for the Study of Occupation USA, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Hardison, M. E., & Roll, S. C. (2015). Mindfulness in rehabilitation: A scoping review. Poster presentation at 4th Annual Occupational Therapy Summit of Scholars, Los Angeles, CA.

Roll, S. C., McLaughlin-Gray, J., & Frank, G. (2015). Therapist perceptions of the utility of sonographic imaging in the rehabilitation of musculoskeletal disorders. Poster presentation at 95th Annual Conference of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Nashville, TN.

Roll, S. C., Rocker, J. D., & Aguillon, A. (2014). Enhancing treatment for patients with pain and limitations in functional hand use with sonography. Short course presentation at 94th Annual Conference of of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Baltimore, MD.

Wolkoff, M., McLaughlin-Gray, J., Frank, G., & Roll, S. C. (2013). Therapist perceptions of implementation of musculoskeletal sonography in hand therapy. Poster presented at American Society of Hand Therapists Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.