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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 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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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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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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