Many already view massage as an important approach to relieving muscle pain or as a means to relax. However, working with a qualified massage therapist can also play a significant role in improving cardiovascular health as evidenced by a growing body of research, according to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).
Oct. 8, 2014 – Rheumatoid arthritis is a very painful and tiring condition and, not long ago, being diagnosed with it usually meant having to leave the workforce. But improvements in treatment mean more people can now remain at work in spite of their rheumatoid arthritis. Though their productivity levels at work may lag, especially during flare-ups, it’s common today to see people with this condition cycle through phases of missing work, struggling through work, and being fully functional and symptom-free.
Oct. 3, 2014 – Thirteen research projects totaling approximately $21.7 million over five years will explore nondrug approaches to managing pain and related health conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), drug abuse and sleep issues. The effort seeks to enhance options for the management of pain and associated problems in U.S. military personnel, veterans and their families.
Oct. 2, 2014 – The U.S. National Multiple Sclerosis Society has committed nearly US$19 million to support an expected 54 new MS research projects. These are part of a comprehensive research strategy aimed at stopping MS, restoring function that has been lost, and ending the disease forever.
Sept. 11, 2014 – Leading researchers and industry experts gathered in Ottawa to discuss how to accelerate the development of new treatments and technologies to help people with dementia, their families and caregivers.
Sept. 4, 2014 – Researchers at the University of Calgary say they may be getting closer to figuring out the mysteries of chronic pain. Dr. Gerald Zamponi, a neuroscientist with the university's Hotchkiss Brain Institute, says they've discovered that with people who suffer chronic pain, there's a biochemical change.
August 26, 2014 – Canadian doctors have begun using stem cell transplants to treat “stiff person syndrome,” a rare neurological condition in which a patient's leg and other muscles suddenly contract painfully, often leaving them immobilized like a tin soldier. The disorder, which affects an estimated one in a million people, occurs when the immune system turns against a person's own tissues, in this case attacking cells in the brain and spinal cord.
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.

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