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Without that grounding this chocolate box mentality will keep regenerating and society itself will degenerate. Market commodity attitudes sadly relate now to quasi relationships in both young and senior male mentality.

Love and committment is awafer like veneer until the next shiny chocolate comes along. Love respect and committment are verbs , acts of doing , working through continually. You do not get a beautiful piece of art instantly it takes years of work training and committment ,so to takes a loving intimate relationship.

From a wiser older woman as the holy book says What you sow you reap. Until women wise up about the cattle market philosophy and learn to respect themselves take things slow leave those seeking free samples to the free market. Chasing the wind leads to empty lives often alone. Old rakes are a sorry site to behold believe me. Ive met quite a few.

Women themselves need to learn age old guidelines are there for a purpose ,to protect them and society. The line that spoke volumes to me was; " The reason Diamonds are pricey? Women are a man's greatest treasure on Earth. When women become too "available" their value declines. Gruen's article distills this glaring problem which affects us all. God created everything with purpose. This is what a man is looking for in a wife.

Timeless wisdom on being a man," I asked women what they thought was the most important thing a man wanted in a wife.

All of them said sex. When I asked men the same question, they said they want a woman who is a partner who will help them achieve their goals and stand by them in good times and bad. To suggest that the main reason men get married is for sex overlooks the insights that Judaism provides. Jennifer , October 19, The state of marriage wouldn't be what it is today. There are many lovely women who are not married simply because some men gravitate towards low-hanging fruit.

I am not saying this to disparage men. However; your comment seems to imply that women just need to understand men better and are mistaken. We know that today many simply live together with a partner or they are "fiances" indefinitely. This is about sex and misses the entire purpose of marriage; to become a better person, put another first, and two complimentary becoming one--growth.

There is a saying I think it applies today. Not calling women cows, but I am still looking for a man that is a "strong man a woman wants". Just try talking to a man about a future or a relationship and they bolt faster than a horse at a 4th of July firework display! To suggest that all women believe men want sex as a reason for marriage when that isn't true sets women up to be the bad guy girl? Maybe some women do believe this way, but many don't.

Therefore; blaming all women for having the wrong impression of what men want is disingenuous. Elliott Katz , October 19, Hi Jennifer Thank you for your comment on my comment. It was not meant to criticize or blame women.

My point was that Judaism provides tremendous insights on the holiness of marriage and I don't believe it's a Jewish idea to say the main thing men want in marriage is sex. I think this is spot on. We humans do not like the idea of our "freedoms" restricted, but, as the evidence shows, we sacrifice a greater gift in our pursuit of pleasure outside the intended boundaries. Society doesn't do a thing to encourage and support the development of good men. Look at what happens to whistleblowers in this country and this country has a culture of hating rat finks, stool pigeons, etc.

In addition, wealthy people and CEOs has uncut men when it comes to giving them a good education, good paying jobs, better labor and employment rights plus better unemployment benefits and real job training when men lose their jobs. There is also the problem of sending the jobs overseas or importing foreign labor to replace men. If you have not read the book Men on Strike, please do so. They are also ready to end a marriage instead of working on it. Finally, unless society is going to support men with good income and a strong social safety net to support families, people are not going to get married and start a family.

Look at what has happened to the young people in South Korea? The Koreans companies have recovered from the economic meltdown in the s; however, those companies are still not hire people on a permanent, full-time basis. This is an extremely important topic that is not talked about too much, but has a serious impact on the continuation of Judaism itself.

Young women need more messages like this one to strengthen their commitment to staying true to the Torah's value of intimacy and marriage. Based on modern US culture and values, the last thing anyone wants to do is talk to men.

There is no reason one should since the media won't publish a mens' point of view anyway. A survey of men is all well and good, but seems to have missed key information. The author lost me when she said " reflects a colossal inequity in male-female relationships. If one takes the time to speak with men's groups or real men you will find that the war against fatherhood or any form of patriarchy makes fatherhood a situation to be avoided.

Family law finishes the deal, since men end up losing any parental rights they recognize as such, although lawyers and feminists say differently. It is time to wake up and address real issues. Judy Gruen , October 17, 7: Hello Jobardu, When I used the phrase colossal inequality in male-female relationships, I was referring only to the fact that even today, marriage proposals nearly always are generated by men. For women who are marriage-minded and waiting for their boyfriends or "significant others" to propose, it feels very lopsided when they may have parity in most other aspects of the relationship.

The other points you make regarding men's reasons for avoiding marriage are very real but were outside the scope of this article. I appreciate your taking the time to read and comment. Anonymous , October 19, 3: Maybe part of the answer is for more women to pop the question. Cut to the chase, as it were. Puts the man on notice of what to expect in terms of equality in the relationship.

Sure, this would be almost entirely contrary to Jewish tradition, but we're not living in a 5th or 10th or 15th or 20th century world. My wife proposed to me, and we just celebrated our 33rd anniversary. So, someone please tell me, what would be wrong with more women making marriage proposals? IrisB , October 19, 1: More women should feel empowered to "pop the question" and not wait for the man to do so.

It gives the male partner a clear message of what the woman wants. She should not be fearful of stating her mind to a man she wants to spend the rest of her life with.

Canuck , October 17, 9: And I assume your last paragraph deals with the overwhelmingly anti-male bias of today's divorce courts. I know several divorced men who are living in poverty-level rooming houses, while their ex-wives were awarded the luxurious family house sometimes without even any young children still at home. Here are two other salient facts not mentioned: This is true in all countries around the world.

What sane man would entertain this idea? But go ahead and continue with the "Peter pan," "women outperforming man" and other shaming tactics. These feminist ideas have brought such joy to this world. Anonymous , October 17, 7: Hello Anonymous, My comment about "Peter Pans" was indeed a deprecating comment, but it does not apply to all men of course. And just as your facts about divorce rates and that women initiate most divorces is true, it is also true that today, at least in the US, women are outperforming men in terms of getting college degrees.

Both can be true. Implicit in my article is that the feminist "ideal" of having women "play the field" as men have long done has hurt both women and men. Anonymous , October 17, 8: Where did your statistics come from? Also, do you know the meaning of the word feminism, or are you simply angry and frustrated? Mike , October 19, The 'social changes' or 'changed perspectives' have brought women a feeling of entitlement in both the romantic and the professional sphere.

It's not working out to their favor in the romantic sphere. As a single woman who has been in relations and was previously married, I could not agree with you more. I always counsel young women in the value of finding the right mate early and be prayerful about it. Not to be taken lightly and to dispense with the idea of a romantic partner that Glamour or Elle or any other magazine is so apt to tout.

They are disastrous for women and only end up hurting women. Marriage takes two people willing to learn how to be [patient], accepting and being non-judgmental. Also, using your "forgiveness" muscle and letting go of resentment and anger.

In the age of "I can order modify, custom build anything online; tailor made for me," both men and women are perhaps not committed to the long haul of the mutual growth process. To love is to accept, not try to change someone else.

We want instant gratification, when perhaps we should follow our soul what the soul needs and not what the [physical] part of us needs.

I'd like to see an article about the role of substance abuse and the decline of desirable potential marriage partners. This is a very interesting artcle, yet I think there are other major factors involved. Trigger points may respond to massage, and that is certainly my impression from three decades of rubbing my own trigger points and trying to help other people with theirs. It has rarely been directly tested and it has never been done well and never for back pain specifically, which is probably of the greatest interest.

Dial up even a mild cynical impulse, and the evidence collectively looks more like a damning failure to produce any clearly good news. But, done with humility, informed consent, and some caution, it can be a safe, cheap experimental treatment that is at least pleasing. Nothing in massage is more satisfying than a good trigger point rub: The phenomenon is common and particularly tends to crop up as painful complications of many other kinds of painful problems.

And so many such problems seem to be at least partially helped simply by rubbing muscles in the area, creating some illusion that all problems are muscular problems. Back pain is the classic example. If this theory is correct, or even half-right, it would go a long way to explain the strong appeal of massage — maybe it actually can take the edge off a great variety of problems — but also its inability to work miracles.

If trigger points are the main reason massage seems at least a little bit helpful in so many cases, they are also the reason that the results are so unpredictable. The best ways to treat trigger points are simply unknown, and it may be next to impossible.

All trigger point therapy is guesswork. Therapists have greatly variable education, skill, and luck in this process. Even when you have found them, we have no idea if they can actually be treated by any well-known method, none of which has ever been clearly shown to be effective.

There are many kinds of treatments for trigger points, and not one of them is much more than an educated guess. And every patient seems to respond differently for instance, some patients have clear cravings for brutal intensities of treatment that would cripple another patient. Countless known and unknown factors influence the outcome of any massage — far too many. The result is a weird mix of genuine potential with therapeutic unpredictability and mediocrity.

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So I just offer my customers prices converted at slightly better than the current rate. Massage is a profoundly valuable service regardless of what specific effects it does or does not have on pain, tissues, or pathologies. A pleasant, relaxing experience may have any number of minor therapeutic benefits, such as bringing your blood pressure down.

However, the subtler benefits of massage extend well beyond that, into the territory of emotional and psychological benefits that are virtually impossible to define or measure — and surprisingly potent. Recently, after a long interval without massage, I got a brief chair treatment. Any massage therapist who has been working for more than a month has observed the curious way that touch provokes introspection, insight, and inspiration.

Intense and novel sensations can be a catalyst for personal growth. Above all, massage reminds us what it feels like to feel good… and we often badly need that reminder.

Whether it is the actual goal of therapy, or just an intriguing side effect, the sensations of massage can change our sense of ourselves, how it feels to be in our own skin, and perhaps bump us out of some other sensory rut 82 — and that, in turn, may give us some leverage on our emotional ruts.

The sensory experience may have complex effects on emotions and cognition. And personal growth and emotional maturation probably have some clinical relevance to recovery and healing see Pain Relief from Personal Growth: Treating tough pain problems with the pursuit of emotional intelligence, life balance, and peacefulness.

Sloth Cuddles Cat 4: The road to intellectual dishonesty is paved with good intentions. When I worked as a therapist, there were times when — confession! Sometimes it seemed okay because the atmosphere of experimental treatment was thick already, with a desperate patient who had low expectations and was pretty much there to try anything. After all, if patients were my experimental research subjects, shouldn't I have been paying them? And many are unwary and have no idea that what they are doing is unethical.

Such therapists are mostly ignorant of how science works, and actually hostile towards the idea of evidence-based care. If scientifically unsupportable practices are surprisingly common medical massage therapists, they are close to universal among barely-trained and untrained bodyworkers.

And that is why most people still go to a doctor or physiotherapist when they have an obvious injury. Does it work for what? What kind of massage therapy? How do we even define the benefits?

Is modest, unreliable, temporary relief from muscle pain a significant enough benefit to base a profession on? Good massage therapists are the ones with more training and a bigger toolkit. They do what they can with the tools they judge to be the most useful, and they candidly discuss risks, benefits, evidence, and controversies.

Meanwhile, bad massage therapists oversell a narrow selection of less effective and mostly faith-based options, and generally lack the training or critical thinking skills to recognize their own limitations. This is no different in principle than any other health care profession. I am a science writer, former massage therapist, and I was the assistant editor at ScienceBasedMedicine.

I have had my share of injuries and pain challenges as a runner and ultimate player. My wife and I live in downtown Vancouver, Canada. See my full bio and qualifications , or my blog, Writerly. You might run into me on Facebook or Twitter. I wish I could agree. There are many reasons why massage therapists get this wrong. And note that she is describing the sort of things she used to buy into literally.

Laura Allen is a self-described reformed flake. We took turns lying down on the classroom tables, closing our eyes, and running our hands over the bodies of our supine partners and then experiencing them doing the same to us. We also went on to do Reiki II, which was optional. That was where we learned how to do distance healing.

Yes, I actually believed that you could be in Alaska, and that I could be sitting in my North Carolina home sending you a healing. The owner of the school collected and sold crystals, and used them for healing purposes. I ended up amassing quite a collection of my own, using them to do chakra balances on people, performing psychic surgery with them, and any number of woo procedures.

I also purchased magnetic pads for my massage table. I attended homeopathy workshops. I stayed there as the administrator and an instructor for five years after I graduated, and during that period of time, I could not possibly even name all the things I went through. I had a lot of psychic readings. Mercola, [sic] 84 which basically consists of tapping on meridian points in order to relieve emotional negativity, food cravings, and pain.

I also used the chi machines, the detox foot baths and pads, biofeedback and all kinds of computer programs designed to balance your body, mind and spirit, and most New Agey-sounding things in existence at the time. If it was out there, I tried it. While we were on a road trip out west, I collected some buffalo dung—I actually witnessed the buffalo relieving himself, waited until he ambled off, and I jumped out of the car with a zip-lock bag to harvest it for future ceremonial purposes.

Since it had come from a buffalo on the reservation I figured it was more powerful than your average cow dung. In , the Facebook page Anatomy in Motion published this infographic , which quickly went a bit viral with hundreds of likes and shares, as infographics do. AiM is popular with massage therapists, and the comments on the post were overwhelmingly positive, reflecting the strong tendency in the massage therapy community to uncritically embrace anything sciencey that makes massage sound good.

Typical examples with typical grammar and spelling reflect rather poorly on the profession:. Unsurprisingly, there are almost no comments questioning or challenging anything about the image. Julie Onofrio chimed in with one of the only genuine criticisms: If there was stronger evidence to cherry-pick in service of promoting massage as medicine, it would have ended up on this infographic. Exaggerated claims, or about right?

Yes, certainly it is a bit exaggerated. But it could be a lot better. Citing single cherry-picked studies to support broad treatment claims is weak sauce, even if the picks are good and clearly not all of these are. The evidence and claims here that are stronger are also less important … and those that are more clinically important are also less sound. In ten years working as an RMT, I think I did that kind of abdominal massage maybe a half dozen times — demand for the service was rather low.

Flipping it the other way, the infographic features a particularly obvious example of an important-but-weakly-supported claim: I can increase my ROM with a few seconds of stretching, too … and stretching does not enhance performance look it up. What would all the athletes who win medals without massage make of that? But it something like this will get applause from almost everyone who sees it, because people love to love massage, because massage is a lovely experience for all kinds of reasons.

But whether or not it massage is good medicine is still an open question, and this infographic is really just a bit of mild-mannered propaganda. Amatereurish boosterism never does a profession any favours. Paying lip service to science for promotional purposes cheapens it and impedes progress and understanding. Enthusiastically approving of such poor-quality information is a disturbing sign of how far the profession of massage therapy still has to go before it can be taken seriously as a full partner in health care.

This article thoroughly discusses massage therapy in a way that is quite unusual in the profession: This is normal in modern medicine, where critical self-appraisal is a formal part of the professional culture.

Founder and moderator Brantley Moate:. Scientific skeptics are the kind of people who would go to an amazing meeting , or less-amazing nights with some other skeptics in the pub. We are used to being misunderstood. Almost no one really knows what scientific skepticism is all about. Such skeptics are obviously a rarity in massage therapy, a profession notorious for attracting people with New Age and fringe science beliefs. The kind of people who would happily pay through the nose for tickets to see Deepak Chopra talk and think Mercola.

Modern social media excels at bringing together special interest groups with low-density populations. This is one of the best examples I can think of. This is one of the oldest articles on PainScience. The update log is woefully incomplete, but that it will probably improve in and beyond. July — New Section: Sports massage before competition. I updated the evidence for massage for back pain at the same time, with similar results.

I updated the evidence for trigger point massage at the same time, with similar results. Massage for back pain: The scientific case for massage therapy. Added a footnote linking to an interesting article about the neurology of touch as a major mechanism of massage. Added an important point about the potential of novel sensory input to treat chronic pain. An expanded and improved introduction, and a new smartphone-only article summary.

New bad news evidence about manual lymphatic drainage. Just a new section. Added a table of contents finally. Added an appendix about the Skeptical Massage Therapists Facebook group. Skeptical massage therapists unite.

Massage for fibromyalgia is not very promising. Trivial but fun addition of the sloth cuddling cat video. Important good-science-news additions about the effects of stretching on heart rate regulation, and the effects of massage on anxiety and depression it reduces them.

Also a few tweaks of related content. This is exactly the right idea and the right spirit. It is not expressed nearly often enough, or firmly enough:. If massage therapy is to be taken seriously, then massage therapists must take science, research and continuing academic education seriously. There is no room for amateurism in health care. Many possible questions arise!

Could a combination of methods be effective where another combination fails? How well trained is the therapist? Or maybe the basics are the basics because they really work?

How much massage therapy? Could five sessions succeed where two would fail? Could nine sessions actually be better still? Can anything be done with short sessions, or are long ones needed?

If massage works, how much of the benefit can be attributed to non-massage elements like bedside manner, relaxation, and reassurance? How much do those factors define massage? And worth the expense?

Massage therapy research is stunted, and not showing signs that it is ready to progress. Some might disagree, and would point to the increasing number of massage therapy studies. But I would counter by noting that there is no discussion in the field. The studies are conducted and published in isolation. They are not often being critiqued, and researchers with different theories and perspectives are not addressing each other in the literature or even at conferences.

Christopher Moyer, Facebook post. This geeky basic neurology experiment produced a rough estimate of the density of nerve endings in human glabrous hairless skin: They measured an average nerve diametre of about 3 thousandths of a millimetre.

The discovery may explain why touching the skin can relieve pain. It strongly implies that neurological responses to touch have considerable complexity. This seems like a fairly straightforward bit of good-news science about stretching.

Two general effects [of massage, MT] are well-supported by scientific data and widely agreed-upon by MT researchers. Quantitative research reviews show that a series of MT treatments consistently produces sizable reductions of depression in adult recipients. The effects of MT on anxiety are even better understood. Single sessions of MT significantly reduce state anxiety , the momentary emotional experiences of apprehension, tension, and worry in both adults and in children, and multiple sessions of MT, performed over a period of days or weeks, significantly reduce trait anxiety, the normally stable individual tendency to experience anxiety states, to an impressive degree in adults.

Together, these effects on anxiety and depression are the most well-established effects in the MT research literature. They are especially important for us to understand not only for their own sake, but also because anxiety and depression exacerbate many other specific health problems.

This study evaluated the effectiveness of a min. Analysis showed a significant reduction in participants' systolic and diastolic blood pressure after receiving the massage although there was no control group. This is both a scientific blow for massage therapy and a nice validation at the same time. But it also reinforces the reassuring idea that any kind of touch is therapeutic, and that skill may not be a critical factor in the value of massage therapy to some patients.

Incomplete blinding is a significant weakness in the study. The massage therapists knew what treatment they were giving: Prolonged wearing of a collar is associated with persistence of symptoms. This is a test of manual lymphatic drainage MLD , a gentle massage-like technique that allegedly reduces swelling by stimulating the natural mechanisms that drain excess fluids from between cells.

Compared to 30 others who got a placebo. It did reduce pain quite a bit right in the early stages, which is a nice demonstration of something we already know — gentle touch is quite soothing — but does little itself to justify MLD as a modality. A bit of good news: And the MLD treatments were done by therapists we have every reason to have confidence in: The same therapist performed all of the study treatments for a given patient.

This review of six studies of manual lymphatic drainage for breast cancer-related lymphedema is about as on-point as we can hope for if we want to know if MLD works.

Note that swelling reduction is by far the most important outcome measure. But mostly the evidence is a classic example of damning with faint praise. This may be the first ever scientific test of friction massage for tendinitis. In when I was graduating from high school! This paper is an entertaining chapter in the history of the science of alternative medicine: Therapeutic touch practitioners could not demonstrate any ability to detect a person by feeling their aura, let alone manipulating it therapeutically.

The test made them look ridiculous. A short but clear, compelling, and strong critique of cranial osteopathy. As an osteopath himself, Dr.

I think it is more that they are circumspect than pessimistic. Speaking as a scientist, we are very careful to guard against declaring a finding if there is even a small risk of it being a false positive. So, I think they are hewing to scientific norms in this regard, and I do not fault them for that; it is important to be careful in science.

But was it because the results were less positive? Or just that the evidence is such junk? In fact, their data showed that the benefits of massage were minor to begin with, and barely detectable after six months. They concede the flaw but fail to acknowledge its serious implicates: Never in a million years would I have summarized the way they did.

Scientifically unsupportable ideas are common among massage therapists, according to Dr. And even worse, massage therapy schools, publications, and professional groups are an integral part of the deception.

I agree with almost every detail of the article and wrote a letter of support to Dr. Barrett, which is published as an addendum to it. That said, the article does neglect some nice things that can be said about massage therapy, and it contains a few minor errors. But I applaud the intent and embrace and welcome most of the criticism. Interestingly, that means that most of these patients experienced no noteworthy effect at all, good or bad!

Researchers tested two physicians with training in manual medicine to see if they could detect the painful side of the neck or back by touch alone, feeling for tension in the spinal muscles. An odd anomaly occurred in the difference between the left and right side: The results are underwhelming. As well, they were only attempting to detect the side of pain. Imagine how much worse their performance would have been if they had had to identify the location more precisely, or if the pain could have been anywhere or nowhere.

So they barely passed the easiest possible test, and probably would have failed a harder one and done no better than guessing. An obvious weakness of the study is that only two examiners of uncertain skill were tested, and so the results are inconclusive. One would still hope for a better detection, though, even from professionals with only average examination skills. Note that this study compares a more vigorous sports massage style with more common Swedish petrissage techniques.

Vigorous massage did indeed show significantly increased circulation! However, this technique is rarely used — the vast majority of Registered Massage Therapists in British Columbia rarely treat their clients with vigorous sports massage techniques, yet they still have a habit of claiming that massage increases circulation.

This study compared the effects of massage and minimal exercise therapy on poor circulation venous insufficiency in post-menopausal women. Superficially it looks like a good news story for massage, and in some ways it is.

Only the statistical significance of the results is touted in the abstract, not their size. This almost always means a real effect that was too small to emphasize. So I read the full paper and, sure enough, the effects of massage were positive but modest at best and in many cases trivial.

There were a lot of measures of success, and none changed all that much. Also, some of the measures also seemed barely useful. And it was really a lot of massage expensive in the real world. I wish the study had included a third group doing more exercise, perhaps a half hour of brisk walking per day. And walking is notably a lot cheaper than massage.

This review of 35 tests of treatments for delayed onset muscle soreness DOMS is strongly consistent with my own past interpretations of the research: This study is the source of a new massage myth that massage reduces inflammation.

Unfortunately, the results of this study were actually negative: There are several major problems with the study: David Gorski at ScienceBasedMedicine. It is frequently asserted that massage therapy MT reduces cortisol levels, and that this mechanism is the cause of MT benefits including relief from anxiety, depression, and pain, but reviews of MT research are not in agreement on the existence or magnitude of such a cortisol reduction effect, or the likelihood that it plays such a causative role.

A definitive quantitative review of MT's effect on cortisol would be of value to MT research and practice. One of the great unanswered questions in physiology is why muscles get tired.

The experience is universal, common to creatures that have muscles, but the answer has been elusive until now.

Scientists at Columbia say they have not only come up with an answer, but have also devised, for mice, an experimental drug that can revive the animals and let them keep running long after they would normally flop down in exhaustion. For decades, muscle fatigue had been largely ignored or misunderstood.

Leading physiology textbooks did not even try to offer a mechanism, said Dr. Andrew Marks, principal investigator of the new study.

A popular theory, that muscles become tired because they release lactic acid, was discredited not long ago. Perspective cuts both ways here. But when you take a pill, the side effect is usually unrelated to the problem i. In manual therapy, most adverse events are backfires — that is, you go for a neck adjustment at the chiropractor, and you come out with more neck pain instead of less.

And you pay through the nose for this! Manual therapy is much more expensive than most drug therapy. Manual therapists routinely claim that their services are much safer and more effective than drug therapies. Yet this data pretty clearly shows that the difference is really not great. Depending on how you look at it, drugs are only a little worse in some ways, or maybe a little better in other ways. More investigations of this subject are urgently needed.

Of the criteria used to determine the location of trigger points, the most reliable were localized tenderness. Therefore, my conclusion is that this review was mostly inconclusive, but actually found evidence that trigger point reliability is probably not all that bad — as compared to most comparable assessment procedures.

P a i nScience. SUMMARY Therapeutic massage is expensive but popular and pleasant, with obvious subjective value, and proven benefit for anxiety and depression… but no other clear biological or medical effects.

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Types of massage therapists. Part 2 Massage Science and Mythology. The trouble with studying massage. Moyer is a psychologist and a rare example of a real scientist — someone trained and expert in research methodology — who has chosen to focus on massage therapy: In , my wife is recovered from serious injuries she got in a car accident, including a spinal fracture.

Guess what exercises she has to do? Early mobilization and range of motion exercises! This is just mainstream, standard post-injury care. If a massage therapist prescribes it, does that make it massage therapy?

Is massage therapy is working for that patient? In a sense, yes …. This topic is covered much more thoroughly in PainScience. This is an abridged excerpt. But know one actually knows if it does, because the evidence all boils down to this: Can I cherry pick my way to a happy ending? Many experts and skeptics seem to like massage or at least tolerate it , and few are critical. This is about the science, so here goes: When massage goes badly. Hopefully they enjoyed the massage at the time … Another article covers this subject in more detail: Massage Therapy Side Effects What could possibly go wrong with massage?

The many myths of massage therapy. On a closely related note… Fascia matters. And now for 13 seconds of random massage humour: The lactic acid myths and detoxification in general. Why Drink Water After Massage? A blast of novel stimuli can be surprisingly disorienting, even if it is also invigorating. Same with even a small amount of pain.

A traditional warmup was better. Not-so-magic hands Thanks to reader SKY her actual initials for sharing this cringe-inducing tale of low palpatory intelligence: And so, on average: Your mileage may vary. Science just has no idea if it works.

Economic pressure and the stereotype of hippy health care. For the unwary, such dishonesty can become routine. The explanation for the title of this section comes right at the end of the quoted passage below. It was, indeed, powerful bullshit! Founder and moderator Brantley Moate: I was a Registered Massage Therapist with a busy practice in downtown Vancouver from — Since then, I have made my living writing about musculoskeletal medicine and pain science, with a reputation for a skeptical perspective.

This article is biased in the direction of debunking, but I also have a real soft spot for massage therapy, and still make a large percentage of my income from selling a book about trigger point therapy — a popular idea in massage that is maligned by many other skeptics and with good reason.

So I actually have competing, complicated biases. I try to compensate for them by sticking to what the evidence can support, and clearly identifying speculation and experimental therapy for what it is. It is not expressed nearly often enough, or firmly enough: This is actually strongly relevant to massage research.

For a surprisingly interesting detailed explanation, with comic strips and funny videos, see Statistical Significance Abuse.

Vision of Specialization for Registered Massage Therapists. What are their effects on joint range of motion and pain? A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. J Bodyw Mov Ther. Quantification of myelinated endings and mechanoreceptors in human digital skin. Coding of pleasant touch by unmyelinated afferents in humans. How Does Massage Work? Pain is a lot like these amazing illusions — that is, it is warped by our expectations and point of view see Pain is Weird.

But that challenge is what recovery is all about: Massage therapy may be one of the very best sources of the sensory data needed to change our perspective. Acute effects of stretching exercise on the heart rate variability in subjects with low flexibility levels. J Strength Cond Res. Int J Ther Massage Bodywork. The effectiveness of massage therapy intervention on reducing anxiety in the work place. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science.

Massage therapy as a work place intervention for reduction of stress. High blood pressure and associated symptoms were reduced by massage therapy. Effect of a back massage and relaxation intervention on sleep in critically ill patients. American Journal of Critical Care.

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