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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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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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How Does Massage Therapy Work?

In a contemporary framework the beneficial effects of massage therapy are described as a collection of interconnected responses.Massage has been used by most societies throughout history to treat people with illnesses and disabilities. It is widely accepted that massage feels good, but it is only recently that scientists began asking, why is massage good for aches and pain?Combing through the available evidence it is clear that the best way to describe the effects of massage therapy, is not in a […]

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Setting The Groundwork for Evidence-Based Practice: 10 Influential Researcher

Setting The Groundwork for Evidence-Based Practice: 10 Influential Researcher 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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Why Does Massage Therapy Work?

Five science backed ways massage makes you feel better In a contemporary approach massage therapists use a clinically-oriented multi-modal treatment (manual therapy, remedial exercise and patient education) based on the biopsychosocial model of health and disease. Massage has be used by most societies throughout history to treat people with illnesses and disabilities. It is widely accepted that massage is good for aches and pain, but it is only recently that scientists began asking, why is massage good for aches and […]

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Massage Therapy Is Safe and Effective At All Stages of Pregnancy

More to ExploreChaillet, N., Belaid, L., ... Bonapace, J. (2014). Nonpharmacologic approaches for pain management during labor compared with usual care: a meta-analysis. Birth.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24761801Chamorro Comesaña, A., Suárez Vicente, M.D., ... Pilat, A. (2017). Effect of myofascial induction therapy on post-c-section scars, more than one and a half years old. Pilot study. J Bodyw Mov Ther. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28167179Field, T., Figueiredo, B., ... Ascencio, A. (2008). Massage therapy reduces pain in pregnant women, alleviates prenatal depression in both parents and improves their relationships. J […]

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Massage Therapy Is Safe and Effective At All Stages of Pregnancy

More to ExploreChaillet, N., Belaid, L., ... Bonapace, J. (2014). Nonpharmacologic approaches for pain management during labor compared with usual care: a meta-analysis. Birth.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24761801Chamorro Comesaña, A., Suárez Vicente, M.D., ... Pilat, A. (2017). Effect of myofascial induction therapy on post-c-section scars, more than one and a half years old. Pilot study. J Bodyw Mov Ther. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28167179Field, T., Figueiredo, B., ... Ascencio, A. (2008). Massage therapy reduces pain in pregnant women, alleviates prenatal depression in both parents and improves their relationships. J […]

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A Contemporary Model of Massage Therapy

A Contemporary Model of Massage Therapy A Contemporary Model of Massage Therapy A wall painting found in the tomb of the highest official after the Pharaoh - Ankhmahor (dated back to 2330 B.C) Massage has be used by most societies throughout history to treat people with illnesses and disabilities. These cultures inherently believed that massage is beneficial, but it is only recently that scientists have began to ask, why is massage beneficial?Combing through the available evidence it is clear that […]

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Research Literacy For Massage Therapists

Research Literacy For Massage TherapistsA recent survey of Registered Massage Therapists in Ontario indicated that research awareness is one of the top priorities for the massage profession (Baskwill & Dore. 2016) Since the use of research evidence in clinical decision-making is a core skill for health care practice. It is important that students learn to think critically and evaluate research as part of their entry to practice program. However, there are a number of limitations to incorporating research into an […]

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