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Massage Therapy and Ankle Sprains

Massage Therapy and Ankle Sprains Following an initial ankle injury there is a risk of re-injury dependent on a combination of factors including, but not limited to: sensorimotor deficits and changes in ankle biomechanics. Massage therapists are uniquely suited to incorporate a number sensory-targeted rehabilitation strategies for patient with chronic ankle instability (Mckeon et al. 2016). A multi-modal rehabilitation approach utilizing exercise (proprioceptive and strengthening) and manual therapy (plantar massage, joint mobilizations and neural mobilization) to enhance motor control in patients […]

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Research Review: Peripheral Nerve Entrapment & Massage Therapy

Peripheral Nerve Entrapment & Massage TherapyMassage Therapists may be aware of some of the research behind peripheral nerve entrapment from Michael Shacklock and his book Clinical Neurodynamics. In this book the author provides some insight into how mechanical irritation may lead to localized nerve inflammation.Running parallel to this work - Geoffrey Bove and Mary Barbe have investigated how trauma and ongoing inflammation can be a contributing factor to connective tissue changes (increased collagen and TGF-β1 deposition). This process has been […]

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American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine

Introduction I am delighted to have the opportunity to collaborate with Jacqueline Tibbett and Jolie Haun on a presentation about the current state of evidence as it relates to massage therapy. In preparation for this upcoming talk at the 95th annual American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM).In the coming weeks I will be posting some of the key points, and a summery of the presentation. In this post, I have posted some of the references and supplemental information.Evidence-Based Benefits of […]

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Broke your arm? Exercise the other one to strengthen it…

Broke your arm? Exercise the other one to strengthen it... In a research study, students with an immobilized left arm who trained their opposite wrist completely preserved both the strength and muscle volume in the left arm. (Shutterstock) Jonathan Farthing, University of Saskatchewan and Justin Andrushko, University of Saskatchewan If you have ever broken an arm and had to wear a cast or splint for a few weeks, you will be familiar with the alarming loss of muscle and uneasy […]

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Massage Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis

Massage Therapy for Plantar FasciitisMassage therapy as a therapeutic intervention is being embraced by the medical community. This is in part because it is a non-pharmacological therapeutic intervention that is simple to carry out, economical, and has very few side effects.One area of the body that massage therapy has been shown to be particularly helpful for plantar fasciitis (Fraser et al. 2018). This is a particular type of foot pain that is generally described as sharp or stabbing heel pain […]

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Needless procedures: knee arthroscopy is one of the most common but least effective surgeries

Needless procedures: knee arthroscopy is one of the most common but least effective surgeries Knee arthroscopy requires admission to hospital and an anaesthetic. It carries some risk of harm such as infection or further damage in the joint. from shutterstock.com Ian Harris, UNSW; Denise O'Connor, Monash University, and Rachelle Buchbinder From time to time, we hear or read about medical procedures that can be ineffective and needlessly drive up the nation’s health-care costs. This occasional series will explore such procedures […]

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Massage Therapy for Athletes

Growing up I was involved with hockey, soccer and distance running, so I had my fair share of injuries, most of these were minor muscle strains. Whenever I was injured I was interested in the rehabilitation process and how I could speed up my recovery and return to play quickly. This got me interested in the concept of performance support for athletes.The goal of performance support is ensuring that athletes possess the health, physical and mental capacities necessary to compete […]

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Does the brain really feel no pain?

Does the brain really feel no pain? Happy cake Happy cafe/Shutterstock.com Janet Bultitude, University of Bath The brain has no nociceptors – the nerves that detect damage or threat of damage to our body and signal this to the spinal cord and brain. This has led to the belief that the brain feels no pain. A belief that has entered popular culture. In the 2001 movie Hannibal, there is a gut-twisting scene in which the eponymous Hannibal Lecter cuts out […]

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Evidence-based Practice For Massage Therapists: Part 1

Evidence-based Practice For Massage Therapists: Part 1Massage Therapy has exploded into mainstream healthcare, it is now a recognized treatment option for a wide range of injuries. This means the profession is moving into new formal settings. As part of this shift, it is important that therapists learn to think critically and evaluate research. In an effort to bridge the gap between research and clinical practice, I have compiled a number of resources setting groundwork for evidence-based practice 1. Establishing A […]

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Ten Must Read Open Access Articles for Massage Therapists

Ten Best Open Access Research Articles for Massage Therapists If you are a massage therapist who is interested in reading research papers, PubMed is a great resource but most massage therapists do not have academic access to journals. This is not the only barriers to entry, sorting through the data is like drinking from a fire-hose, if you search Massage therapy on PubMed you will get nearly 14,000 returns. So, if you don't feel like sorting through all those listings I have […]

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