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3 If you believe there are errors in any of the references or information Broadway NSW 2007. P: 02 9211 2441. in this document, please notify AMT via email to E: page 2 Classified Massage Therapy Research Association of Massage Therapists Ltd State of the evidence January 2015. A large body of empirical evidence supports Musculoskeletal pain, A 2013 meta-analysis and systematic review also the established effects of Massage Therapy for including low back pain showed that Massage Therapy is an effective the following conditions and populations: A significant body of evidence, including intervention that may provide immediate relief of Cancer systematic reviews, supports the effectiveness of neck and shoulder Over the last six months, evidence for the positive Massage Therapy in the treatment of a range of A large body of Research exploring the connection effects of Massage Therapy in the management of musculoskeletal presentations.
4 Between active myofascial trigger points and cancer patients has continued to burgeon, with There are five systematic reviews of Massage and various kinds of myofascial pain and dysfunction, several new Level 1 and 2 studies being published. low back pain, including a Cochrane Systematic provides underpinning evidence for the use of Although Massage Therapy is clearly not a Review in 2008, which was updated in trigger point techniques, including myofascial treatment for cancer itself, it is effective in the The most recent review, published by the dry needling. A team of Spanish researchers management of symptom distress and palliation.
5 Ottawa Panel in 2012, concluded that Massage in the Department of Physical Medicine and It can also ameliorate the mood effects of a cancer interventions provide short-term improvement of Rehabilitation at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos diagnosis, such as stress and depression. sub-acute and chronic low back pain symptoms have established a substantial body of work in this A substantial body of systematic reviews and decrease disability at immediate post area, with a particular focus on headache, neck supports the efficacy of Massage Therapy in treatment. Massage Therapy provides short-term and shoulder treating the side effects of cancer, including a relief when combined with therapeutic exercise There is also modest evidence for the effectiveness Cochrane Systematic Review in 2004, which was and of Massage Therapy in ameliorating the symptoms updated in There are five systematic reviews of neck of fibromyalgia.
6 A 2010 review revealed short-term The largest single study of Massage and cancer and shoulder pain, including a Cochrane benefits, with one single arm study reporting was conducted at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Systematic Review in 2012 which concluded longer term Cancer Centre, where 1290 patients were treated that Massage Therapy provides short-term relief with Massage Therapy over a three-year of mechanical neck A systematic review published by the Ottawa Panel in 2012 reached a similar page 3 Classified Massage Therapy Research - State of the evidence Association of Massage Therapists Ltd Mood Infant/Paediatric Athletes/Sports/Exercise Anxiety reduction is one of the most well- A 2004 Cochrane Systematic Review found Systematic reviews show that Massage Therapy established effects of Massage Therapy with that Massage of pre-term or low-weight infants is effective in reducing delayed onset muscle
7 Evidence for this crossing multiple presenting improved daily weight gain by grams and soreness and enhancing recovery after strenuous conditions and populations. In a 2004 meta- appeared to reduce the length of hospital stay A number of RCTs have also shown anaylsis of 37 studies, reductions in trait anxiety by A 2006 Cochrane review also found positive effects of Massage on pain and recovery and depression were identified as Massage evidence of benefits in connection with mother- after strenuous exercise. Therapy 's largest A number of studies infant interaction, sleeping and crying, and on also show that Massage Therapy increases hormones influencing stress oxytocin, which may be one of the mechanisms A 2007 review established the efficacy of Strong preliminary evidence also points by which it mediates anxiety.
8 Paediatric Massage for a range of conditions; toward the clinical efficacy of Massage Therapy however, significant reductions in state anxiety in the treatment of the following conditions: Pre/Post operative A significant body of RCTs demonstrate the were identified as one of the strongest Headache and migraine efficacy of Massage in the management of pre- A 2013 meta analysis concluded that Massage A 2010 systematic review of manual therapies and post-operative pain, anxiety and tension, Therapy may be a safe and cost-effective practice for migraine found that Massage Therapy , and post-operative nausea. A 2009 Cochrane to improve weight gain and decrease the hospital physiotherapy, relaxation and chiropractic spinal Systematic Review found that acupressure stay of clinically stable preterm manipulative Therapy might be as effective as stimulation of the P6 acupoint significantly Older adults propranolol and topiramate in the prophylactic reduced post-operative nausea and vomiting, and A body of RCT evidence supports the efficacy management of A number of RCTs the need for of Massage in treating a range of conditions investigating headache and migraine also report associated with aging.
9 A Cochrane Database positive results for Massage . Pregnancy/Labour/Post-natal A significant body of evidence supports the Review of Massage and touch for dementia found Arthritis efficacy of Massage throughout pregnancy, that Massage Therapy may serve as an alternative A number of promising RCTs support the efficacy and particularly during labour. A 2012 Cochrane or complement to other therapies for the of Massage Therapy in treating both osteo and Systematic Review found evidence that Massage management of behavioural, emotional and other rheumatoid arthritis. One recent RCT of Swedish improves the management of labour pain with conditions associated with Massage for osteoarthritis of the knee revealed few adverse side Another 2012 Cochrane significant improvements across a range of review found that Massage may have a role in measures compared to usual This dose- reducing pain and improving women's emotional finding study built on an earlier study that experience of produced similar page 4 Classified Massage Therapy Research - State of the evidence Association of Massage Therapists Ltd A study released in 2013 found that twice weekly, 4.
10 Brosseau L, Wells GA, Poitras S, Tugwell P, Casimiro L, Novikov Jones L, Othman M, Dowswell T, Alfirevic Z, Gates S, Newburn 12 . self- Massage of the quadriceps muscle improved M, Loew L, Sredic D, Cl ment S, Gravelle A, Kresic D, Hua K, M, Jordan S, Lavender T, Neilson JP. (2012). Pain management Lakic A, M nard G, Sabourin S, Bolduc MA, Ratt I, McEwan J, for women in labour: an overview of systematic reviews. pain, stiffness, physical function and knee Furlan AD, Gross A, Dagenais S, Dryden T, Muckenheim R, C t Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2012 Mar 14;3:CD009234. range of motion in adults with diagnosed knee R, Par V, Rouhani A, L onard G, Finestone HM, Laferri re L, Smith CA, Levett KM, Collins CT, Jones L.