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Whiplash - Massage Therapy May Help

  • Decrease muscle spasm and strain
  • Restore range of motion
  • Improve muscle strength and endurance
  • Reduce headache
  • Improve function and return to activity

        

Research:  Bone and Joint Decade 2000-2010 Task force on neck pain and it associated disorders

Key findings: Best evidence synthesis suggests that therapies involving manual therapy and exercise are more effective than alternative strategies with neck pain. Exercise training, mobilization and acupuncture are more effective in the short term than conventional medical care or "usual care." A number of alternative and complementary medicine interventions have more evidence of efficiency than conventional medical care.


 Low Back Pain- Massage Therapy May Help
  • Decrease pain
  • Decrease muscle spasm
  • Improve function and range fo motion
  • Provide an exercise program to assist return to full function

Researchers have found that 70% of acute patients with nonspecific low back pain will improve within two weeks, and 90% will improve and resume normal activity within four to five weeks.

 Research:  Review of the evidence for the effectiveness, safety, and cost of acupuncture, massage therapy and spinal manipulation for back pain
 The study showed that massage therapy was more effective and also more cost effective in the treatment of low back pain, than acupuncture or spinal manipulation. (Daniel C. Cherkin et al, Annals of Internal Medicine 2003, 138:898-906)

 
Massage for low back pain

New, high quality trails show that massage gives some relief from back pain that has continued for many weeks or months-and the benefit may continue at least a year after the course of massage is over. Massage was more likely to work when combined with exercises (usually stretching) and education. There is a trend showing that the greatest benefit came with massage from an experienced RMT. (Furlan AD, Brosseau, Imamura M, Irvin E., The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2006 Issue 1, Copyright 2006 The Cochrane Collaboration)

 
Stress Release- Massage Therapy May Help

  • Reduce muscle soreness
  • Decrease stress and anxiety
  • Promote relaxation
  • Decrease muscle tension
  • Improve sleep
  • Decrease depression


Research:  Stress hormone is reduced by massage therapy
 In this article the positive effects of massage therapy on biochemistry are reviewed including decreased levels of cortisol and increased levels of serotonin and dopamine. Research reviews included studies on depression (including sexual abuse and eating disorder studies), pain syndrome studies, research on auto-immune conditions (including asthma and chronic fatigue), immune studies (including HIV, breast cancer), and studies on the reduction of stress on the job, the stress on ageing, and pregnancy stress. (Field T, Hernandez-Reif M, Diego M, Schaunberg S, Kuhn C., Int. J Neurosci. Oct:115(10):1397-413).

 
Osteoarthritis

Registered Massage Therapy may improve the course of OA by:

  • Slowing disease progression, reducing pain and relieving symptoms
  • Improving function, flexibility and mobility
  • Reducing disability
  • Improving sleep
  • Improving quality of life by providing home exercise advice


Research:  Ottawa Panel Evidence-based clinical practise guidelines for therapeutic exercises and manual therapy in the management of osteoarthritis
Based on their thorough review of research the Ottawa Panel recommends the use of therapeutic exercises, especially strengthening exercises and general physical activity, particularly for the management of pain and improvement of functional status. Manual therapy combined with exercises also is recommended in the management of patients with OA. (Ottawa Panel. Physical Therapy 2005;85(9):907-971).

 
Massage Therapy for OA of the knee

 This study suggests that massage therapy using Swedish technique is safe and effective for reducing pain and improving function in patients with symptomatic OA of the knee. (Al. Perlam, A Sabina, AL Williams, V Yanchou Njike, DL Katz. Archives of Internal Medicine. 2006; 166: 2533-2538
This study suggests that massage therapy using swedish technique is safe and effective for reducing pain and improving function in patients with symptomatic OA of the knee. (Al. Perlam, A Sabina, AL Williams, V Yanchou Njike, DL Katz. Archives of Internal Medicine. 2006; 166: 2533-2538

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