Month: November 2015

Massage therapy: understanding the mechanisms of action on blood pressure

Massage therapy (MT) has shown potential in reducing blood pressure (BP); however, the psychophysiological pathways and structures involved in this outcome are unclear. Nicole Nelson from University of North Florida, conducted a review To summarize the current knowledge of the mechanisms of action of MT on BP.   The review included the thematic analysis of 27

Measuring the hemodynamic effects of massage on skeletal muscle

An increase in tissue blood flow is one of the most acknowledged potential effects of massage; however, actual research studies examining this phenomenon are inconsistent and inconclusive. One possible reason for continued uncertainty regarding this topic is methodology, specifically how tissue blood flow is measured because limitations exist in previously utilized technologies. Researchers from University

Neural correlates of a single-session massage treatment

A study from Canada investigated the immediate neurophysiological effects of different types of massage in healthy adults using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). The study suggested that that qualitatively different aspects of massage, such as the nature of human touch, can selectively modulate the activity of certain brain regions. The researchers looked at the problem

Rebuilding muscle from fascia

We know the unique properties of fascia supporting our body, but now research has shown that fascia canbe used to rebuild human muscle. Sgt. Ron Strang suffered a roadside bomb in Afghanistan that blew off part of his left thigh two years ago. The accident made him wonder if he would ever be able to

A single session of massage can boost the immune system

Researchers from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center reported that a single massage produced measurable changes in the immune system and endocrine system of healthy adults. The research was conducted in an outpatient research unit in an academic medical center. Medically and psychiatrically healthy adults, 18–45 years old, participated in this study.The study design was a head-to-head, single-session

Relaxed muscles behave like springs

Australian researchers have discovered an entirely new aspect of human muscle behaviour which has implications for treating stroke and multiple sclerosis. Professor Simon Gandevia, of Neuroscience Research Australia and the University of New South Wales, and colleagues, report their findings in the Journal of Physiology. Gandevia and team have discovered that when human muscles are

Viscoelasticity of the muscle-tendon unit is returned more rapidly than range of motion after stretching

Researchers from School of Health and Sport Sciences, Chukyo University, Japan studied the viscoelasticity of gastrocnemius medialis muscle and tendon after stretching. The study was published in Scandinavian Journal of Medicine Science Sports. In 11 male participants, displacement of the myotendinous junction on the gastrocnemius medialis muscle was measured using ultrasonographic during the passive dorsiflexion

Physiological and clinical changes after therapeutic massage of the neck and shoulders

The study conducted by researchers from Neuromechanics Research Laboratory, at Auburn University, USA, investigated the influence of a standardized clinical neck/shoulder Therapeutic Massage intervention on physiological effect of massage. The physiological measures were: assessing α-motoneurone pool excitability, muscle activity; and the clinical measure of range of motion (ROM) compared to a light touch and control