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Results of a recent study found that multiple 60-minute massages per week were more effective than fewer or shorter sessions for people with chronic neck pain. The study, which was funded by the U.S. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), suggests that several hour-long massages per week may be the best “dose” for people with chronic neck pain condition.
July 24, 2014 – Acetaminophen isn't any better at relieving back pain than a fake pill, despite almost universal recommendations to take the drug, according to results from the first big trial to test it.
July 11, 2014 – Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose has announced funding for three recipients of the Partners for Engagement and Knowledge Exchange (PEKEs) grants through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s (CIHR) Pathways to Health Equity for Aboriginal Peoples (Pathways) signature initiative.
June 11, 2014 – There seems to be a catch-22 at play for adults in the working world living with the chronic strain of arthritis.  
May 29, 2014 - Almost a third of the world is now fat, and no country has been able to curb obesity rates in the last three decades, according to a new global analysis.
May 13, 2014 – Two new independent clinical studies demonstrate that massage therapy eases pain and improves recovery time for people suffering from lower back injuries and burns. The two studies support recent findings from the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) that found 43 per cent of consumers reported their primary reason for receiving a massage in the previous year was for a medical/health care reason. And, physicians play a key role in discussing massage therapy with patients – 48 per cent of respondents indicated they were encouraged by their doctor to receive a massage.
Massage therapy improves general blood flow and alleviates muscle soreness after exercise, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The study, reported online in advance of print in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, also showed that massage improved vascular function in people who had not exercised, suggesting that massage has benefits for people regardless of their level of physical activity.
Two parallel bars hang securely from the ceiling. A body lies prone on a massage table with the cervical spine neutrally aligned in a face cradle.
Behind some of the greatest athletes in the world is a team of health-care practitioners ensuring these contenders compete at their greatest physical condition.
Canadian author Carole Staveley's new book, Not Lying Down: How I Conquered Years of Pain to Triumph at the Finish Line, is a personal and heart wrenching story of one woman's dream of overcoming years of chronic pain and despair to becoming an Ironman finisher. The book is the story of the author, a 47-year-old mother of two, and her amazing 17-year journey from pain to triumph, challenging the medical establishment and discovering the champion within: from chronic pain to Ironman Triathlon.
March 18, 2014 — The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) has announced Dr. Mehmet Oz will be the keynote speaker at the AMTA National Convention this September in Denver.   Dr. Oz will address attendees at the opening session of the convention Thursday, Sept. 18 and then participate in a special book-signing session in the exhibit hall. The focus of his talk will be massage therapy and health and wellness.
March 11, 2014 — The Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF) has launched a new research project with Samueli Institute. MTF selected Samueli Institute, based in Alexandria, Va., to lead an independent exploration of the impact of massage therapy on chronic pain, and to identify gaps in knowledge that can help direct future research.
I was surprised to see this headline. Actually, Ontario has a manual therapist (chiropractor) who does tackle concussions. If you follow up on this story there are many more details that could be discussed.
Feb. 12, 2014 — The U.S. National Pain Foundation (NPF), based in Golden, Colorado, plans to create global digital communities for people suffering from pain in an effort to increase understanding of pain, its treatment and management.
Feb. 6, 2014 — Vancouver-based Krystal Johnston, 29, has carpal tunnel syndrome. Two surgeries, one on each wrist, failed to fix the loss of feeling in her hands and arms.
Feb. 4, 2014 — Performance Health, manufacturer and marketer of TheraBand, Biofreeze, Perform, Cramer and Hygenic branded products, has announced its acquisition of Bon Vital', Inc. Bon Vital' is a formulator, manufacturer and marketer of topical products serving the massage therapy and spa professions. Bon Vital' was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Hartland, Wisconsin.
Jan. 29, 2014 — The department of applied medicine and rehabilitation at Indiana State University, in Terre Haute, Indiana, is researching a possible new massage treatment option for people suffering from fibromyalgia syndrome.
Dec. 3, 2013 — The Canadian Interdisciplinary Network for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research has announced the 2013 Massage Therapy Research Fund competition is now accepting applications. The application deadline is December 31, 2013.
New research from McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ont., showed using simple compression bandages may be used as treatment for lymphedema, in the absence of daily lymphatic massage therapy.
Oct. 24, 2013 — A new study suggests that mindfulness therapy is not effective at lowering blood pressure. Toronto researchers found that people who learned and applied the technique did not end up with lower blood pressure readings than people who did not use the approach.

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