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A unifying neuro-fasciagenic model of somatic dysfunction – Underlying mechanisms and treatment – Part II

Tozzi, P. (2015). A unifying neuro-fasciagenic model of somatic dysfunction – Underlying mechanisms and treatment – Part II. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 19(3), 526–543.

This review paper explores the fascia-mediated mechanisms underlying manual therapy. The article discusses fascia-related mechanisms of action through manual therapy, including: structural changes, cell-based mechanisms, neuromuscular interaction, autonomic influence, viscoelastic changes, fluid dynamics, endocrine-immunity response, epigenetics, respiration, vibratory and oscillatory activating forces, and bioenergetic interactions. The authors also address an integrative model including nutrition, physical activity, and mind-body therapies to enhance the therapeutic effects of manual therapy.

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Creating integrative work: A qualitative study of how massage therapists work with existing clients

Fortune, L. D., & Hymel, G. M. (2015). Creating integrative work: A qualitative study of how massage therapists work with existing clients. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 19(1), 25–34.

This qualitative study explores how massage therapists use clinical reasoning with their existing clients. 10 massage therapists participated in the study. Each massage therapist was videotaped during a massage session with a client. Immediately afterwards, the primary researcher, massage therapist, and the client watched the video of the session while narrating the activities. Findings from the study indicate that massage therapists rely heavily on commonsense, practical knowledge, intuition and view their work primarily as a biomechanical intervention. The authors conclude that scientific evidence should play a larger role in the day to day lives of massage therapists.

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Classified Massage Therapy Research

Association of Massage Therapists. (2015). Classified Massage Therapy Research.

This extensive document, published yearly by the Association of Massage Therapists in Australia, summarizes the current state of massage therapy research. The document contains citations of massage therapy studies, and classifies them according to the type of research (e.g. systematic review, randomized controlled trial). Articles are categorized by topic area, including: safety and cost effectiveness, cancer, chronic pain, myofascial pain, low back pain, neck and shoulder pain, headache and migraine, fibromyalgia, arthritis, orthopaedics, spinal cord injury, hypertension & circulation, diabetes, immune function, mood and sleep, operative/post-operative, HIV/AIDS, constipation, scars, pregnancy/labour/post-natal, infant/paediatric, older adults, athletes/sports/exercise, workers, technology, workforce development, usage, and miscellaneous. No specific conclusions or recommendations are provided, only a summary of recent research.

Access full text online at: http://www.amt.org.au/downloads/practice-resources/AMT-Classified-Resear...

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Recent advances in massage therapy--a review

Liu, S. L., Qi, W., Li, H., Wang, Y. F., Yang, X. F., Li, Z. M., … Cong, D. Y. (2015). Recent advances in massage therapy--a review. European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences, 19(20), 3843–3849.

This short review article provides a summary of recent advances in massage therapy. Topic areas covered include: physiology of massage therapy, massage therapy and cancer, mechanics of massage therapy, massage therapy and psychology, massage therapy and joint pain, massage therapy and spine, and massage and periarthritis of the shoulder. No specific conclusions or recommendations are provided, only a summary of the research.

Access full text online at: http://www.europeanreview.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/3843-3849.pdf

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RMT Profession

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