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The first text of its kind to provide evidence-based research on massage therapy. This much-needed volume presents massage-related research on: 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 emplyee satisfaction (chair massage), enhancing cognition (alertness, autism), and immunity (HIV, cancer).
|Author Information||By Grant Jewell Rich, PhD, NCTMB, Massage Therapy Practitioner, Alaska|
|Published Reviews||"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."
|Table of Content||
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.