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A List of Systematic Reviews of Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is a clinically-oriented healthcare option, that is increasingly being used alongside standard medical care to help manage a number of symptoms. In this post I wanted to highlight a number of recent systematic reviews that support the use of massage therapy. What is a Systematic Review? Designed by Jessica Kaufman, Cochrane Consumers & Communication Review Group, Centre for Health Communication & Participation, La Trobe University, 2011. Systematic reviews are used as part of an evidence-based model of care […]

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Massage Therapy and Fibromyalgia

Research shows that mind-body approaches massage therapy, acupuncture, tai chi, & yoga may help relieve pain & reduce anxiety when integrated with standard care. What is Fibromyalgia?Fibromyalgia is used to describe a ‘constellation of symptoms’ characterized by widespread pain in the muscles and joints, fatigue, insomnia and cognitive difficulties. The most recent research suggest that symptoms are caused by inflammation of the central nervous system. More specifically sustained glial cell activation and elevated levels of certain inflammatory substances (Albrecht et […]

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10 Open Access Case Reports for Massage Therapists

Ten Open Access Case Reports 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 put […]

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Complementary Care for Breast Cancer Patients

Image Credit - MesserWoland - own work created in Inkscape, based on the graphics by Niki K, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1681992 The RMT Education Project is an initiative that is working to promote the benefits of massage therapy to an international audience, here I have to put together a list of research papers relevant to the practice of oncology massage.Complementary Care for Breast Cancer PatientsIt is estimated that 40% of cancer survivors use integrative approaches to manage symptoms and improve […]

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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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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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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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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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Personal Learning Networks for Massage Therapists

Personal Learning Networks  for massage therapists Building Your Personal Learning NetworkThe RMT Education Project is an initiative that is working to promote the benefits of massage therapy to an international audience. In this post I have to put together curated selection of videos, articles, and podcasts that will help massage therapists establish an online presence and grow their personal learning network.Facebook Groups for Massage Therapists• Canadian RMT News & Discussions• Exploring Pain Science • Registered Massage Therapists' Association of Ontario • Pain Science for Canadian RMTSTwitter […]

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