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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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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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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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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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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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