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Massage Therapy Letter of Introduction

Richard Lebert, RMT - Letter of IntroductionMy name is Richard Lebert and I am a Registered Massage Therapist practicing in Petrolia. I am writing to introduce myself and tell you about the work I do.Prior to moving back to Petrolia I had been working at The Fowler Kennedy Sports Medicine clinic seeing wide variety of patients. In addition to my massage therapy diploma from Lambton College I also hold certification in Medical Acupuncture from McMaster University. Massage therapy is a […]

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Setting the Groundwork for Evidence-Based Massage: Clinic Resource

Setting the Groundwork for Evidence-Based Massage: Clinic ResourceThis post is part of a series of educational resources to help massage therapists develop their clinical reasoning skills.Exams for Specific Regions from Stanford Medicine• Shoulder Pain• Iliotibial Band Syndrome• Knee Pain• Ankle & Foot Pain• Low Back PainPeripheral Neurological Examination• Dermatomes Upper Limb• Myotomes Upper Limb• Dermatomes Lower Limb• Myotomes Lower LimbYouTube Videos: Treatment & Assessment • Massage Sloth - Massage therapy treatment tips and tricks• MSK Medicine - Musculoskeletal assessments• Physiotutors - Common assess and treatment methods• Health Care Triage - News and comments on evidence based medicineFacebook […]

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Best of 2018: Free Research Articles

If you search Massage therapy on PubMed you will get nearly 14,000 returns. Best of 2018: Ten Free Research ArticlesIf you are a massage therapist who is interested in reading research, PubMed is a great resource. However, sorting through a research database can be like drinking from a fire-hose. So, if you don't feel like sorting through a research database, here is a list of ten open access research articles about pain science, massage therapy and sports injuries.If you don't feel […]

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Setting The Groundwork for Evidence-Based Massage: 10 Influential Researchers

Setting The Groundwork for Evidence-Based Massage: 10 Influential Researchers Evidence-based practice is a process intended to optimize decision-making by emphasizing the use of evidence from well designed research. This includes the use of logical reasoning and the gathering of ideas and knowledge from many overlapping disciplines.This is a list of ten influential researchers that will help to set the groundwork for an evidence-based approach.ONE - Amanda BaskwillAmanda Baskwill is The Associate Dean of Allied Health at Humber College in Toronto […]

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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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Evidence-Based Practice For Massage Therapists: Part 2

Evidence-Based Practice For Massage Therapists: Part 2Massage therapists are learning to adapt to the ever-changing landscape of pain management, but the future's looking bright. A number of practice guidelines now recommends the use of massage therapy as part of a multi-modal approach for chronic pain.Part of being a recognized treatment option for a chronic pain 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 […]

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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 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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