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April 15, 2008

Weekly Massage Therapy News

Throughout the week I am always coming across interesting articles about massage therapy. Starting today, I will gather these links into a weekly post and share massage therapy news.

Here are this week's interesting links:

Appalachian State University's The Appalachian continues its series on alternative medicine with an article on massage therapy, and interviews both a practicing massage therapist as well a a student.

“Far beyond simply ‘feeling good,’ massage has an impressive range of therapeutic effects and benefits, many of which have been documented in research studies conducted in the U.S., Europe and Asia,” said Caroline Briggs, a licensed massage and body work therapist at the Neuromuscular Massage Center and Day Spa.

The Buffalo News examines the positive effects of prenatal massage.

Like Carol Kaminski. A Buffalo resident, Kaminski, who gave birth to Olivia Rose in February, was so worried about suffering worsened neck pain and stiffness during labor — an outgrowth of a chronic neck pain condition — that she went for prenatal massage sessions once or twice a month throughout her pregnancy.

She said she attributes her good experience during labor, in part, to those massages.

“I did get a lot of relief,” said Kaminski, who works as an MRI technologist. “It was preventive medicine, I felt. It was so important that I keep that pain at bay. It was a wonderful, wonderful experience.”

The Buffalo News also examines the changing public persona of massage therapy.

She had to go to school to be licensed in the profession, taking some of the anatomy and physiology courses required of medical students. “That’s why I get very frustrated, because people who are [running massage parlors] are looking at the anatomy and physiology in a completely different manner,” she said. “If that’s what you want, you can get it. I would recommend that you go past the place with the New York State license. And just don’t call it massage therapy; call it a bubble bath salon. As you can see, I’m a little passionate about this.”

The Fort Worth Journal Gazette interviews a local, practicing massage therapist.

After working as a licensed practical nurse, Wright said he learned about alternative therapy from his doctor, who recommended he try massage to relieve physical ailments including a torn rotator cuff and back problems.

Though skeptical about his doctor’s recommendation, Wright tried massage therapy and, after three visits, he experienced enough improvement to prompt him to talk to other massage therapists.

“I was just amazed at the type of response they had been getting from people who had been suffering from chronic problems for months and years at a time.”

In the Malden Observer, a dentist explains the causes of TMJ (Temporo-Mandibular Joint) Dysfunction, and recommends massage therapy as a treatment option.

Definitive treatment for Temporo-Mandibular Joint Dysfunction becomes necessary for pain that does not respond to rest, is unrelenting, or returns frequently. Treatment includes creating an effective bite with removable devices, fixed and removable bridgework, or orthodontic braces. Many people find relief with massage therapy, chiropractic, biofeedback, and acupuncture. Dentists rarely recommend surgery.

The OC Register interviews a local massage therapist who specializes in prenatal massage.

Q. Exactly what kind of training should a therapist have for this specialty?

A. In my center I require my therapists to not only have the mandatory 1,000 hours of massage therapy training, but I require they take an extra 35 hours of class with one of two schools: The Pre/Peri-Natal Massage given in only San Diego County or Body Work for the Child Bearing Year given in Northern California.

The AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association) has updated its fact sheet.


Posted by linda at April 15, 2008 11:29 AM

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