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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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Top Ten YouTube Channels for Massage Therapists

The RMT Education Project is an educational resource to help elevate the profession through evidence-based resources. This post is a list of ten YouTube channels that massage therapist can use to grow their Personal Learning Network. Top Ten YouTube Channels for Massage Therapists• Brookbush Institute - Videos of various treatment methods & remedial exercise• Crash Course - Tons of courses in one awesome channel (anatomy, physiology & science...)• Health Care Triage - News & commentary on evidence-based medicine• Massage Nerd - A youtube channel dedicated to […]

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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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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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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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