Evidence-Based Massage Therapy
Copyright Year: 2018
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This open textbook presents a very comprehensive evidence-based picture of the theories of and behind many forms of massage and soft tissue mobilization (STM). The author presents an easy to follow and logically organized format including the... read more
This open textbook presents a very comprehensive evidence-based picture of the theories of and behind many forms of massage and soft tissue mobilization (STM). The author presents an easy to follow and logically organized format including the history of massage/STM, discussion of pain science, the theories of and rationale for massage, the importance of thorough client assessment, and application of many forms of massage or STM including more alternative treatment concepts such as instrument-aided STM, foam rolling, kinesiotaping, and cupping. References are summarized and listed for each chapter in addition to being cited within the text with links available that will take the reader to the PubMed page for each. The author also presents several common pathologies both general (eg., strains, DOMS, tendinopathies), and more specific (eg., TMD, migraines, TOS) that may benefit from STM and provides the reader with information not only on treatment recommendations for each, but also lists clinical special tests that may be employed (by PTs/OTs/ATs) relating to the pathology, as well as Outcomes Assessment tools/measures that may be applied. Links to TED Talks and online videos are found throughout to aid the reader in understanding. The reader would need to have a separate text or information on human anatomy, of course, and specific strokes such as effleurage or petrissage, are not covered in-depth, although links are provided to some online tutorials.
Because this text is heavily evidence-based using more current research, the content presented is quite up to date without being biased.
As mentioned, this text incorporates some of the "newer" STM methods that are being employed clinically, which is not always the case in other massage texts. Chapters on Instrument-Aided STM, kinesiotaping, cupping, foam-rolling, and even medical acupuncture are included.
The content is presented in a very concise, clear manner. I do feel that it may be presenting some information that is not within the scope of a massage therapist if this text is to be used for those students, as it recommends the reader/practitioner employ the special tests prior to STM...i.e. "Incorporate one or more of the following physical examination tools and interpret examination results in the context of all clinical exam findings" (Hawkins-Kennedy, Neer, AC Shear, Yocum's, etc.)
Very consistent throughout in terms of organization. Chapters on pathologies include very basic pathophysiology; basic examination components, appropriate screens/special tests, outcome assessments; and basic prognosis. References are summarized for each chapter and cited within. A thorough glossary is provided.
Very concise and "chunked" for easy reading. Charts and diagrams help with understanding. Links are provided in easy to find figures/screenshots that take the reader to online videos/tutorials that aid in understanding.
Logical sequence from theory to intervention.
Links that I clicked on took me directly to where they were supposed to, although I can't comment on every single link. Links were easy to find throughout the text whether in PDF or online format.
I found no grammatical errors in my reading of this text.
This open access text would serve as a nice adjunct text to PT students within their curriculum as they cover STM. It reiterates special tests that are associated with certain conditions or body segments/joints, and lists many outcomes measures/assessments, as well.
Because the material is presented as a handbook, it cannot be all inclusive of the practices of a massage therapist. However, of what is presented the author provides concise, practical and accurate information for the novice massage therapist... read more
Because the material is presented as a handbook, it cannot be all inclusive of the practices of a massage therapist. However, of what is presented the author provides concise, practical and accurate information for the novice massage therapist and a refresher resource for the experienced therapist.
The content as presented appears to be error-free and does not appear to be biased. There are very few books which offer evidence-based information for the massage therapist. The author follows the strict guidelines as prescribed by the American Massage Therapy Association.
The content is up to date as of the publication date. The authors state that It will be continuously updated as new research becomes available.
The text does not required additional explanation of terminology used within the sections. In addition, there is a glossary provided at the end of the book.
I could not find any inconsistencies in terms of the terminology and framework within the text.
Each of the five sections within the handbook provides concise and accurate information. The table of contents links is very user friendly providing immediate access to each section of the book.
The topics in the text are presented in a plausible, unambiguous manner.
All display features were free on any interface issues.
Any grammar errors were minimal.
The text does not appear to be culturally insensitive or offensive in any way.
Evidence based research in the field of massage therapy is welcomed by the massage therapist who is state licensed and board certified with the credentials LMT and NCBTMB. Having the two credentials helps, (according to the NCBTMB) to earn the public's trust and confidence, enhances the reputation of the profession, and safeguards the interest of individual clients. A massage therapist with both credentials has a practice based on high ethical standards. Therefore, this textbook provides scientific evidence of the skills and techniques used by the massage therapist to support the quality of their practice.
The text Evidence-Based Massage Therapy provides introduction to managing musculoskeletal pain with massage therapy. The author uses a consistent, easy to follow framework for each module. Each topic stays specific to the topic, while integrating... read more
The text Evidence-Based Massage Therapy provides introduction to managing musculoskeletal pain with massage therapy. The author uses a consistent, easy to follow framework for each module. Each topic stays specific to the topic, while integrating videos and key takeaways. The table of contents is arranged to provide an inclusive presentation of information, including intent of the text, history of massage therapy, theories in pain science, role and importance of clinical examination, and specific disorders/conditions of musculoskeletal related pain. Also, the author includes a thorough list of supplementary resources, general reference texts, technical texts and research articles. The glossary is thorough. The format for each pain condition/disorder is comprehensive in that each module includes the basic pathophysiology; examination components, including appropriate screens and outcome measures; areas of the body to consider; prognosis; and references. It is this holistic approach to musculoskeletal pain with massage therapy that really makes the text comprehensive.
This text is accurate and uses sound resources. There are scope of practice differences for massage therapists in the United States compared to Canadian massage therapists. It is up to the reader to ensure state practice and professional scope is maintained.
As a resource that can be easily kept to date, this text is relevant to Allied Health and Bodywork professionals.
Content is clearly presented in a logical format, then summarized at the end of each module. The glossary is inclusive enough and easily accessed for any technical terminology used.
Terminology and framework is consistent throughout the text.
This text could easily be realigned to meet the need of presenting modules/information when using a different sequence than the author.
The progression from purpose/intent of the text to history, to pain theories sets the stage for a logical sequence throughout the text.
Interfacing with this text was easy and intuitive. At times, the content tab did require multiple 'clicks' to open.
One typo noticed under Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, first sentence under pathophysiology--the "t" was left off of "the". Otherwise no grammatical errors noted.
No cultural bias determined.
This is a good resource for practitioners and as an educational tool for educators. OER format enables equity in access and provides development of content in a timely manner.
Table of Contents
- I. Setting the Groundwork for Evidence-Based Massage
- II. Theories and Treatment Strategies
- III. Clinical Examination
- IV. Massage Therapy for Musculoskeletal Pain
- V. Complementary Therapies
About the Book
Massage Therapists want to help people, and part of our approach requires having a clear message of who we are and the value we offer. Adopting an evidence-based conceptual framework offers a solution, as it can provide a cohesive message of our nature and value.
This clinical practice handbook will prove essential to massage therapists, physical therapists, chiropractors, medical doctors, psychologists and other health professionals who care for people with musculoskeletal pain. It will be continuously updated as new research becomes available.
About the Contributors
Richard Lebert is an educator, researcher, and health care professional with a focus on digital literacy, interprofessional collaboration and person-centred care. He is Associate Faculty in The School of Health Science, Community Services and Creative Design at Lambton College and a Registered Massage Therapist with over ten years of experience. In addition to his training as a massage therapist, Richard has certification in Medical Acupuncture from McMaster University and a Certificate of Online and Open Learning from The University of Windsor.