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Fascia, Chinese Medicine Meridians & Trigger Points
February 26th, 2007

Fascia, Chinese Medicine Meridians and Trigger Points

This article discusses the relationship between TCM meridians, trigger points and fascia.  In essence, there is a belief that fascia is an overlying connection between them all and that working on one or the other must involve the fascia to optimise results.  The tagline of this article sums it all up according to Dr. Ida Rolf.  “Lines in the body are not mystical, they are where forces balance.”

From: http://www.terrarosa.com.au/fascia.htm 

Intergrated Therapeutic Technique.
February 26th, 2007

Integrated Therapeutic Technique

This is an excellent article that broaches the concept of using a multi-disciplinary approach to our sessions.  It delves into a collaborative joining of Trigger Point therapy, Myofascial Release and also Lymphatic drainage as a way of providing the best possible massage for the client.   The article also provides a treatment template for three common injuries that we may encounter in our practices.  Whiplash, sinusitis and headaches, and how an integrated approach using these three modalities will assist in the treatment of such problems.  As always it is incumbent upon the therapist to only treat within the boundaries of their own specific training and to reseach/study as much as possible if their interest is piqued by this article.

From:-  The Journal of the Australian Association of Massage Therapists.  (August 2004) 

Incorporating Whole-Body Health Into Your Massage Practice
February 26th, 2007

Incorporating Whole-Body Health Into Your Massage Practice.

This article looks at health and massage treatments from a holistic approach.  Rather than just treating the site of the injury or pain, the author discusses how we, as massage therapists, can  educate our clients into reducing systematic inflammation by the use of proteolytic enzymes.  Use of such enzymes through massage oil has helped this particular author in his own practice.  For anyone that has a basic interest in nutritional medicine or just wants to impart some more knowledge to their client, this article is a good place to start when beginning your own research.

From: Massage Today. (February, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 02) 

Massage Therapy Makes the Difference in Sports and Execise Benefits.
February 26th, 2007

Massage Therapy Makes The Difference in Sports and Exercise Benefits.

This article discusses the use of massage therapy in the treatment of a general range of soft-tissue injuries but specifically mentions “shin splints”, “tennis elbow”, and “muscle pulls”.    It raises an interesting discussion about the use of trigger point therapy, as well as educating the client about their own “sports health and well-being”.  The author, Benny Vaughn has been a Massage Therapist for over 25 years, and  specialises in orthopaedic and clinical sports massage.

From: – http://www.biotone.com/art_art0805_1.html 

Managing Passivity
February 26th, 2007

Managing Passivity

Dr. Odette Reader discusses the issue of “Passivity” where a client person will generally remain in his/her comfort zone, and it’s relevance to the massage industry.  Dr. Reader looks at the 4 main “passive behaviours” and gives some tips on how to move the client on so that their health is improved.
Whilst Dr. Reader does not voice an opinion on the economics of moving a client on, rom a therapists point of view, there is an ethical judgement to be made in relation how much treatment the client may need.  This is a question that each therapist will have to decide for themselves however it is hoped that the therapist would only work to serve the client rather than drip feed their own income.

From:  The Journal of Australian Association of Massage Therapists.  (May 2004)

Piriformis Syndrome
February 23rd, 2007

A Case Report of the Treatment of Piriformis Syndrome

As the title of this article suggests, this is an very detailed explanation of what “Piriformis Syndrome” actually is, and the use of massage therapy/bodywork therapy to treat this condition. One of the main techniques promoted and discussed is the use of “Deep Transverse Friction” or “Cross Fibre Friction” and the results gained from its use. Any therapist who has experienced this problem or who work closely with high-impact sports should want to read this article and take careful note of the conclusions.

From:- Massage Today (January, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 01)

Your Services Are Sorely Needed
February 23rd, 2007

Your Services Are Sorely Needed

This is an interesting article that promotes the use of Massage Therapy as well as other alternative modalities in the treatment of many modern-day ills and pains. Whilst America as a country (and one would presume most other westernised countries) is growning older, the question begs as to whether they are living in a sense of “wellness”. This article discusses the benefits that massage therapy to treat back pain, migraine and other sites of chronic pain.


Massage Today. ( January, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 01)

For the Client
February 23rd, 2007

“Make the Most from Every Massage”

An article found on www.antmt.com by Jodi Saum-Stockner


February 23rd, 2007

“Is truth on stretching, stretching the truth”?
by Elizabeth Large.
Reprinted from
“The Age” Monday 6 November 2000.

Long-held beliefs about the benefits of both pre and post-exercise stretching are called into question. There appears to be absolutely no physiological benefit that stretching provides to muscles.


Does Stretching Prevent Injury

From From:- Channel 9 Network – Australia via www.terrarosa.com.auhttp://health.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=108680

Another important article that helps to debunk the long-held myth that stretching is the all-important method to prevent muscular tears and injury. This is a short article based on a television review on the effects of stretching. Whilst it is not very detailed, the points raised should be enough to make many therapists investigate further into this issue for the benefit of both themselves and their customers/clients.


Fibromyalgia – Fact or Fiction?

From: “Massage and Bodywork” – February/March 2006.

Author Erik Dalton delves into the relatively new ‘phenomenon’ of Fibromyalgia to discuss whether this is a real disease or simply a new name for an old undiagnosed problem. Some of the questions raised include whether this may be just a psycho-somatic illness, and what do the sometimes confusing symptoms tell us. There is a section pertaining to a thorough examination of a patient with some of these symptoms yet the strongest point that Mr. Dalton makes for massage therapists is to avoid making a clinical diagnosis. Therapists generally lack the skills and knowledge with which to be able to so efficiently and effectively.

Development of a Taxonomy to Describe Massage Treatments for Muscle Pain

The electronic version of this article is the complete one and can be found online at:

A extremely indepth study related the development of the above-mentioned taxonomy. It is heavy reading however extremely interesting and a lot of credit is due to the research team for both their studie and their conclusions.

Research Matters

From:- http://www.massagemag.com/Magazine/2005/issue118/Research118.1.php

This article written by Janet Khan Ph. D. discusses some of the major issues surrounding research into the alternative health industry.


“Monash University Study”

Discusses results of a recent survey into people’s opinions of alternative therapies. Many people have a positive attitude towards alternative therapies and a desire to use natural remedies. This study looks at the reasons why this is the case, and disccuses massage therapy and its relevance to current mainstream medical therapies


“AAMT Member Survey”

This article looks at some of the issues that Australian Massage Therapists find to be important in the buidling of their business, their skill level, and the general public opinion regarding massage therapy.

February 23rd, 2007

Achilles Tendinopathy

From: – The Journal of the Australian Association of Massage Therapists. (Feb 2005) http://www.aamt.com.au/journals/Feb2005/Achilles%20Tendinopath1.pdf

This is a fantastic article for anyone who is involved in the treatment of any achilles tendon injury. Author James Barker discusses the anatomy and pathology of the tendon as well as the signs/symptoms and aetiology of the injured structure. He also delves into the most suitable types of treatment that all therapists SHOULD be able to provide for the benefit of the client. This is a brilliant article.

Injury, tissue damage, healing and return to function.

This is an excellent article that discusses the three main phases of injury – Inflammation, Repair and Remodelling. The healing process of damaged tissue, and how different types of massage – specifically “Deep Transverse Friction” can assist in a quicker return to normal function are also discussed in depth.

Australian Journal of Therapeutic Massage
February 2004


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