Research in a Nutshell

Learn about research for massage therapy and acupuncture.

Can massage help Achilles Tendonitis?

In the September 2006 Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, researchers found that applying strain-counterstrain techniques, a injury treatment method commonly used in massage, on the soleus of those with Achilles tendonitis produced a 23.1 percent decrease in localized stress. The largest tendon in the body, the achilles tendon attaches to the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles of the...

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Massage for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Click here to read the article. “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome symptoms are lessened following massage¬†therapy” Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies in 2004. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a common repetitive stress disorder now more than ever because of the amount of time people spend doing repetitive activities. This painful condition is common for people who spend a lot of time at a...

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Myofascial Release and Fibromyalgia

Click here to go to the article. “Benefits of massage-myofascial release therapy on pain, anxiety, quality of sleep, depression, and quality of life in patients with fibromyalgia” from “Evidence Based Complementary Medicine” on December 28, 2010. As described in the article, “Fibromyalgia is a chronic syndrome characterized by generalized pain, joint rigidity,...

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Blood Circulation and Massage

Click here to read the abstract for¬†“Therapeutic massage of the neck and shoulders produces changes in peripheral blood flow when assessed with dynamic infrared thermography.” From the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medcine on July 16, 2010. For many years, massage therapists have maintained that massage therapy increases circulation. Now new research is helping prove...

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