Category Archives: Massage

Exploring Massage Therapy: Acupressure (Part II)

Last week I wrote about acupressure, defining the modality and describing its benefits generally. This week I want to examine the specific benefits acupressure provides, as detailed in recent scientific research. The first study comes from a 2010 issue of … Continue reading

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Exploring Massage Therapy: Acupressure (Part I)

Acupressure is an intriguing modality of massage therapy as its methods and potential benefits are extremely expansive. It’s also hard to get a precise definition of what acupressure actually is, which is what we will try to do in today’s … Continue reading

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Sports Massage: Using Massage Therapy to Improve Range of Motion

An exciting finding recently published in the academic Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research shows that short, targeted massage therapy sessions can increase an individual’s range of motion. While more research needs to be done to examine whether different types … Continue reading

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Massage Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis: An Effective CAM Therapy

As we have written, massage therapy is an excellent Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), and can be a CAM therapy for many different conditions (for example, see last week’s entry on burns and massage therapy). Recent research has shown massage … Continue reading

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Massage Therapy Shown as an Effective Complementary Treatment for Burn Patients…Again

Most people, especially readers of this Blog, know that massage therapy can be a soothing complementary treatment to medical conditions such as cancer and asthma. New research is showing that massage therapy can help burn patients as well, a conclusion … Continue reading

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Massage Therapy and Veteran’s Day

Last month I wrote a Blog post that was somewhat critical of the Massage Therapy Journal, a publication put out by the American Massage Therapy Association. Today, with Veteran’s Day coming up next week, I want to commend the AMTA … Continue reading

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Massage Therapy Industry Trends Difficult to Predict (Part III)

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve been looking at general trends in the massage therapy industry (click here for earlier entries). So far we’ve been able to conclude that the industry is generally growing rapidly (especially from 2005 to … Continue reading

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Massage Therapy Industry Trends Difficult to Predict (Part II)

Last week I wrote about the increase in the size of the massage therapy industry over the past five years, but concluded that workplace massage was most likely not responsible for that. This week I’ll explain why.

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Massage Therapy Industry Trends Difficult to Predict (Part I)

Last week I wrote a somewhat disparaging entry about the Massage Therapy Journal, and how it made a claim (that workplace massage is increasing) and then failed to back it up. After examining the AMTA Consumer Survey Fact Sheets from … Continue reading

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Workplace Massage: A Growing Trend or Compelling Anecdote?

Skimming through back issues of AMTA’s Massage Therapy Journal, I came upon an article about workplace massage with a compelling headline: More Businesses are Offering Massage Therapy as an Employee Benefit. This was published in June, 2009, right as the … Continue reading

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