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Catch up on this quarter's essential massage therapy research. Our Massage Therapy Journal Watch brings you all the most important journal discoveries with our own unique sportEX take-home messages. This is one of our most... Read More
In the previous issue (sportEX dynamics 2015;43:8–11 (Jan 2015)), Brad Hiskins wrote about the situation concerning professional standards in the soft tissue industry in Australia. In a response to his article, Paul Medlicott voices his... Read More
Dry needling is a technique similar to acupuncture that is used for the treatment of trigger points and muscle pain. This article describes its effects, dangers and technique as well as providing details of how... Read More
This article explains the importance, for therapists, of experiencing human dissection as a teaching and professional development aid. With the empathy of a clinical anatomist and a doctor, who are also manual therapists, these experienced professionals understand and appreciate what therapists need to know. Touching a body is the key to most, if not all, movement and physical therapies; cadaver dissection helps in understanding the architecture beneath the skin which provides a much greater depth and breadth of knowledge or human anatomy for the practitioner.
In a previous article physiotherapist and sports massage therapist Bob Bramah looked at why the majority of massage research is flawed. Despite this, massage remains a popular treatment modality at all levels of sport and exercise especially within the elite and professional ranks. In this, the first of two further articles, the author looks at what research evidence is available to justify massage as part of a general conditioning programme and before, during or after activity. Part 2 reviews the use of massage following injury and travel. As discussed in the previous article there are over 100 types of massage described in the literature but the majority of techniques used are those described as ‘Swedish’ namely, effleurage, petrissage, tapotement, and frictions. This article examines the evidence for the use of these methods.
Kinesiology tape (K-tape) has been increasingly applied to both amateur and elite athletes since its rise to popularity at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. K-tape has been reported to enhance muscular flexibility, through mechanisms which are not well understood, but are thought to be due to fascial manipulation. This article discusses the current research and ideas about flexibility and how K-tape might enhance it.
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