Massage Therapy

The Evidence for Practice

  • Grant Jewell Rich
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This book aims to present, in a single volume, the best of modern massage research. While research indicates that 1 in 3 Americans use alternative health care modalities, little research has been completed and disseminated in the area of massage therapy. This volume will present about ten chapters in areas of research probably including studies of massage for: stress (post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, depression, abuse), spinal cord injuries, enhancing growth (pregnancy and infancy), pain reduction (rheumatoid arthritis, back pain, migraine, and fibromyalgia), pediatrics, the elderly, increasing employee satisfaction (chair massage), enhancing cognition (alertness, autism), and/or immunity (HIV, cancer).The first text to provide the evidence which the profession is looking for to support its practice - BRINGS IT ALL TOGETHER IN ONE BOOK. Editorial comment will show the relevance of the research evidence to the day to day work of the practitioner Brings together material which at the moment is not readily available to the non-academic therapist Up to date and credible- the latest and most important findings by the key names Common structure to all chapters will make it easier for the reader not used to reading research to follow. Readable, reliable, referenced.
SECTION 1: METHODS AND MASSAGE. Introduction. Evidence-based massage therapy: a contradiction in terms? Methodological issues in the design and conduct of massage therapy research. SECTION 2: MASSAGE RESEARCH ON VARIOUS CONDITIONS. Introduction. Massage therapy for immune disorders. The effect of massage therapy on self-reported anxiety, depressive mood and pain in ovarian cancer patients: a pilot study. An economic evaluation of massage therapy in controlling chemotherapy-induced emesis in women undergoing treatment for breast or ovarian cancer. Massage as a modality to improve health following spinal cord injury. SECTION 3: MASSAGE ACROSS THE LIFE-SPAN. Introduction. Supplemental tactile and kinesthetic stimulation for preterm infants. Hand massage in the agitated elderly. SECTION 4: MASSAGE AND THE WORKPLACE. Introduction. Employee outcomes following work-site acupressure and massage. Index
"One of the few books that documents recent research findings, this is most definitely a must have... The great thing about this book is it s accessibility. It is well organized, easy to read and clearly covers methodological challenges as well as documenting research studies ." Sandrine Dodson, The international Journal of Aromatherapy, Vol 12 No 2, June 2002 Journal of Bodywork and Movemnet Therapies, Leon Chaitow, January 2004 "The fact that results are as good as those emerging from the evidence presented in this book suggests that if a higher standard of training existed, worldwide, results would be even more impressive. The book is well organized, and works to the strengths of massage with the text divided into logical sections."
Uitgavejaar 2002
ISBN 9780723432173
Verschijningsdatum 11 apr. 2002
Omvang 232
Auteur(s) Grant Jewell Rich
Bindwijze Paperback
Taal Engels
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