Massage Research Roundup 2

This time I read a study about the effectiveness of massage therapy and pneumatic compression for recovery after prolonged running. Both were found to be helpful, especially massage at reducing muscle pain and soreness. The next study I looked at demonstrated how massage can help to decrease stress levels and hence craving and tobacco use during pregnancy. When I do pregnancy massage, it is always clear how relaxing massage can be for the patient. And the third study compared the use of pulse ultrasound and kneading massage for lower back pain, pointing to the effectiveness of both. This demonstrates the benefits of a combined approach where appropriate. I often refer my clients to other professionals where I see fit, e.g. osteopaths, physiotherapists or acupuncturists.

From Massage World magazine.