Complementary & Integrative Health Approaches

Including: Disability Inclusion in Yoga & Body Image

Many Americans use medical treatments that are not part of mainstream medicine. When you are using these types of care, it may be called complementary, integrative, or alternative medicine. They include techniques performed by a practitioner (such as acupuncture, spinal manipulation, and massage therapy) and natural products (such as herbs, probiotics, and fish oil).

The claims that non-mainstream practitioners make can sound promising. However, researchers do not know how safe many of these treatments are or how well they work. Studies are underway to determine the safety and usefulness of many of these practices.


View publications from the CLD Team focused on this research topic:

  • Lamarche, L., Bailey, K. A., Awan, A., Ridson, C., Pauw, G., & Vinoski Thomas, E. (2020, in press). A slippery concept: Exploring primary care professionals’ understanding of body image in patient care. Body Image.
  • Webb, J. B., Rogers, C. B., & Vinoski Thomas, E. (2020). Realizing yoga’s all access pass: A social justice critique of Westernized yoga and inclusive embodiment. Eating Disorders: Journal of Treatment and Prevention. doi: 10.1080/10640266.2020.1712636 (invited)
  • Vinoski Thomas, E., Warren-Findlow, J., Reeve, C. L., Webb, J. B., Laditka, S. B., & Quinlan, M. M. (2020). Universal design for measurement: Centering the experiences of individuals with disabilities within health measurement research. Evaluation and the Health Professions, [e-pub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1177/0163278719900530
  • Vinoski Thomas, E., Warren-Findlow, J., Webb, J. B., Quinlan, M. M., Laditka, S. B., & Reeve, C. L. (2019). “It’s very valuable to me that I appear capable”: A qualitative study exploring relationships between body functionality and appearance among women with visible physical disabilities. Body Image, 30, 81-92. doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2019.05.007
  • Vinoski Thomas, E., Warren-Findlow, J., & Webb, J. B. (2019). Yoga is for every (able) body: A content analysis of disability themes in mainstream yoga media. International Journal of Yoga, 12, 68-72. doi: 10.4103/ijoy.ijoy_25_18
  • Vinoski, E., Webb, J. B., Warren-Findlow, J., Brewer, K., Kiffmeyer, K. (2017). Got yoga?: An analysis of thematic content and models’ appearance-related attributes in 40 years of advertisements in Yoga Journal. Body Image, 21, 1-5. doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2017.01.006
  • Webb, J. B., Vinoski, E., Warren-Findlow, J., Padro, M. P., Burris, E., & Suddreth, E. (2017). Is the “Yoga Bod” the new skinny?: A content analysis of female model body image characteristics and caption media frames from Western mainstream yoga magazine covers. Body Image, 20, 87-98. doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2016.11.005