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May 18 2015

The Effects of Employer-Provided Massage Therapy on Job Satisfaction, Workplace Stress, and Pain and Discomfort

■ Chris Back, BSc, CCPE ■ Helen Tam, BSc (OT) ■ Elaine Lee, BSc (Kin) ■ Bodhi Haraldsson, RMT
Long-term care staff have high levels of musculoskeletal concerns. This research provided a pilot program to evaluate the efficacy of employer-funded on-site massage therapy on job satisfaction, workplace stress, pain, and discomfort. Twenty-minute massage therapy sessions were provided. Evaluation demonstrated possible improvements in job satisfaction, with initial benefits in pain severity, and the greatest benefit for individuals with preexisting symptoms. A long-term effect was not demonstrated. KEY WORDS: massage therapy, musculoskeletal injury, workplace stress Holist Nurs Pract 2009;23(1):19–31
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to represent an unsolved problem. It is well established in the existing literature that musculoskeletal problems have multifactorial etiology.7 Also, there is an extensive body of research on the work-related physical risk factors such as working postures and manual lifting and handling, as well as on the role of nonpsychological individual factors (age, gender, physical exercise) in musculoskeletal pain. There is also an increasing body of evidence that the psychosocial factors play an important role in the development of MSI.
Musculoskeletal injury (MSI) prevention programs in healthcare have primarily focused on education, ergonomic training, and engineering controls. However, the rate of MSIs in this industry continues to be of very high incidence. High work demand, small recovery time, fatigue, and escalated pressure can all lead to MSI and low job satisfaction.
MASSAGE THERAPY
The art and science of massage has a time-honored history in western medicine dating back to ancient Greece.8 Although there are different types of massage, including aromatherapy, reflexology, sports massage, and shiatsu, Swedish (or classic) massage remains the most commonly practiced.9 Classic types of massage includes effleurage (stroking), pe ́trissage (compression), tapotement (percussion), vibration, and friction.9
More and more, massage therapy is being utilized to relieve health problems.10 In his meta-analysis of massage therapy effects, Moyer reports that a single applications of massage therapy reduced state anxiety, blood pressure, and heart rate but not negative mood, immediate assessment of pain, and cortisol level. Multiple applications reduced delayed assessment of pain. Reductions of trait anxiety and depression were massage therapy’s largest effects, with a course of treatment providing benefits similar in magnitude to those of psychotherapy.
Massage therapy is considered a form of medical treatment in several countries where it is covered by national health insurance, including China, Japan, Russia, and West Germany. On the European continent, massage has been a routine form of therapy for acute and chronic lower back pain for many decades.11 In Canada, massage therapy still is considered an alternative therapy. Nonetheless, its popularity seems to be growing.
Massage therapy has been described as having 4 principal goals of treatment: (1) to promote relaxation and wellness (relaxation massage); (2) to address clinical concerns (clinical massage); (3) to enhance posture, movement, and body awareness (movement reeducation); and (4) to balance and “move” subtle energy (energy work).12
The College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia defines the practice of massage therapy as the assessment of soft tissue and joints of the body and the treatment and prevention of dysfunction, injury, pain, and physical disorders of the soft tissues and joints by manual and physical methods to develop, maintain, rehabilitate, or augment physical function to relieve pain and promote health.
Massage therapy has been recommended by many studies as an effective intervention to combat work-related anxiety, depression, and musculoskeletal pain.13–15 Tsao in her systematic review of the massage therapy literature notes that “existing research provides fairly robust support for the analgesic effects of massage for nonspecific low back pain, but only moderate support for such effects on shoulder pain and headache pain. There is only modest, preliminary support for massage in the treatment of fibromyalgia, mixed chronic pain conditions, neck pain and carpal tunnel syndrome.”16(p165)
Massage therapy has also been attributed with increasing serotonin and dopamine levels, 2 important neurotransmitters. Cherkin et al17 reported in their study that those who received massage therapy had less severe back pain symptoms than the control group or those that received acupuncture. In a study by Brennan and De Bate,14 nurses in the study group received a 10-minute chair massage while the control group received a 10-minute break.18 Using the Perceived Stress Scale, the study group reported significantly lower stress perception after the chair massage, whereas the control group reported no significant changes. In addition to reducing pain and tension levels, massage therapy has been found to increase relaxation and improve the overall mood of patients.19
With past initiatives focusing primarily on physical factors in the reduction/elimination of musculoskeletal injuries, this research endeavored to explore the effects of a wellness intervention program on psychological well-being, physical health, and safety. The holistic approach of a wellness intervention focuses on the promotion or maintenance of good health rather than correction of poor health.
Thus, this article presents an examination of the impact of massage therapy, used as an experimental intervention, on healthcare workers’ health, especially from the work-related injury prevention and control point of view.
MATERIAL AND METHODS
Research design
The evaluation of this project followed a quasi-experimental time-series design. The intervention facility was George Pearson Centre (GPC), a facility with high rates of sick time and MSI. The GPC is a residential care facility with 200 employees providing care for adults with severe disabilities in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The first questionnaire was distributed on February 1, 2005, after ethics approval was received from the University of British Columbia Behavioral Research Ethics Board. Figure 1 presents a graphical representation of the study time frame and methodology.
Questionnaires
Six matched questionnaires were distributed: 3 preintervention (Q1, Q2, and Q3) and 3 postintervention (Q4, Q5, and Q6) during the period February 1, 2005, to August 16, 2005. Each participant was assigned an encrypted identification number for the entire study. In Q1, 107 participants were asked to rank a descriptive list of 4 personal wellness programs (massage therapy, integrative energy healing, nap/sleep room, and no wellness program) according to their first and last preference. Massage therapy was chosen as the most preferred relaxation modality by 94 (88%) of the 107 respondents.
Questionnaires Q1, Q2, Q5, and Q6 were placed in the facility mailbox of each staff member. Completed questionnaires were returned to the unit clerk at each of the 6 wards. The ward that submitted the most questionnaires during each phase of the evaluation
received a gift basket. Participants completed Q3 in conjunction with a medical case history form immediately before receiving their first massage therapy session. Q4 was completed by participants immediately following their final massage therapy session, or during the week following the massage program (intervention period) if they did not receive a massage in the final week of the program. Originally, this project was intended to evaluate the effects of a relaxation modality on direct patient care staff only. Q1 and Q2 reflect this intention. However, after further consideration of the evaluation, the sample was expanded to include nondirect patient care staff in Q3, Q4, Q5, and Q6.
The questionnaires contained questions relating to “psychological and social factors at work,” as derived from the constructs developed by the General Nordic Questionnaire for Psychological and Social Factors at Work (QPS Nordic),20–24 which referred to organizational culture, job demands, social interaction, and control at work. Questionnaires Q3 to Q6 also included the Brief Pain Inventory (Appendix).25
A total of 107 subjects participated in the Q1 survey and 81 in Q2. Massage therapy services were offered to 145 healthcare workers immediately after Q3. Participants completed questionnaires postintervention at week 4 (Q4), week 10 (Q5), and week16 (Q6).
Relaxation intervention: Massage therapy sessions
Massage therapy sessions took place in a designated room at the GPC with a waiting area and water cooler adjacent. The treatment room, illuminated by natural and fluorescent light, was divided into 3 sections with curtains that could be drawn around each section. Art decorated the room walls and soft music was played at all times.
Massage therapy sessions were offered for 4 weeks at the facility by a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT), Monday to Friday from 1 to 5 PM. Participants were allowed to sign up for one 20-minute massage therapy session each week. The employer allowed
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FIGURE 1. Evaluation methodology. Q = Questionnaire.
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participants to take a paid break from work (in addition to regular breaks) to attend their session. Sign-up took place in the cafeteria each prior week.
Four RMTs provided massage therapy. For the 4 weeks, 2 RMTs worked Monday to Friday, 1 worked 4 days (Monday to Wednesday and Friday), and 1 worked Thursdays only. Participants were assigned to the next available RMT when they arrived for each session and did not necessarily receive treatment from the same RMT in all their sessions.
At their first session, participants completed a medical case history form to identify contraindications to massage therapy. The massage therapy was performed with participants fully clothed, sitting prone on a massage chair. On the basis of recommendations of the Massage Therapy Association of British Columbia, the RMTs were instructed to use only the following treatment techniques: tapotement (vibration, percussion), effleurage (glide, touch, or stroke lightly), pe ́trissage (kneading, rolling, wringing), passive stretching, grade 1 or 2 joint mobilization and traction, as well as active and passive range of motion. Treatment was limited to the neck, shoulders, upper back, lower back, and arms. These treatment techniques reflected massage therapy for the purposes of general relaxation rather than specific therapy. Areas treated, treatment techniques used, and home treatment recommendations were recorded for each session.
Statistical methods
Standard descriptive statistics (eg, mean, standard deviation, and percentage) were calculated to demonstrate the demographics of subjects and characterize the distribution of variables. Questionnaires Q1, Q2, and Q3, containing 13 items derived from QPS Nordic, were used to construct the domains of the QPS Nordic instrument. An exploratory factor analysis with rotated component matrix for each questionnaire (107 subjects from Q1, 81 from Q2, and 145 from Q3) was conducted by entering all 13 items. The results were consistent across 3 questionnaires and the confirmed 4 domains in terms of loading factors (≥0.50):
• Organizational culture (6 items): [The people I work with encourage each other to work together; consid- ering all by efforts and achievements, I receive the respect I deserve at work; I feel that individual differ- ences (gender, race, education) are respected at work;
I feel that different perspectives are encouraged at work; I feel that I get appreciated for the work I do; I am very satisfied with my job],
• Job demand (4 items): [I feel that my job is phys- ically demanding; I feel that my job is emotionally exhausting; over the past year, my job has become more demanding; I feel frustrated from my work.], and
• Social interaction (2 items): [I feel that there is a lack of recognition for good work; I feel that there is a lack of support from management and control at work (I have the ability to decide how I do my work)].
Internal consistency of the QPS Nordic instrument was tested using Cronbach α coefficient, calculated for each domain of the QPS Nordic instrument. From surveys Q1, Q2, and Q3, Cronbach α coefficients were .787, .790, and .802 for organizational culture; .703, .740 and .707 for job demand; and .731, .893, and .821 for social interaction. Cronbach α coefficients of ≥.70 indicated high internal consistency.8 Test-retest reliability was assessed for the QPS Nordic instrument by establishing the intraclass correlation coefficients (ICCs) for Q1 and Q2 responses. The ICC values were .711, .774, and .789 for organizational culture, job demand, and social interaction, respectively, each meeting the recommended threshold for test-retest reliability (ICCs ≥ .70).8 Total scores were computed for each domain of the QPS Nordic instrument in subjects who answered all of the questions for each domain. Individual questions, such as control at work, feeling exhausted, quality of working life,
willingness to recommend the program, and willingness to participate in the program were analyzed separately.
According to the scoring booklet for the Brief Pain Inventory, the mean of pain severity was computed over 4 severity items; the mean of pain interference was computed over 7 interference items; and pain relief was an individual question expressed as a percentage, with 0% indicating no relief and 100% representing complete relief. The Friedman test, a nonparameter method, was used to test differences for each domain of the QPS Nordic instrument, the control at work and the individual questions, as well as the mean pain severity and mean interference across questionnaires 3, 4, 5, and 6. All tests were 2-sided significance levels of P ≤ .05 estimated from Statistical Package for the Social Sciences version 14 (Chicago, Illinois). Partially missing values were automatically excluded from the analyses.
TABLE 1. Demographic data subjects at baseline survey
Number of subjects
Age 98 (years)
Demographic
Age group, (y) 21–30
31–40
41–50
51–62
Gender Male
Female Job title
RCA
Registered nurse LPN/LRN OT/UC/PT/RA
Affiliation HEU
BCNU HSA BCGEU Other
Job status Full time Part time
Casual Rotating shift
Yes
No
Shift hours
Mean ± SD 46.4 ± 8.9
Number of Subjects
5 20 37 36
21 83
49 16 18 11
19 25 5 30 18
73 31 2
79 26
17
78 >8 3 <8to8 5 8to>8 3
Median Min Max
48 25 62
Percentage (%) of Total
5.1 20.4 37.8 4.7
20.2 79.8
52.1 17.0 19.2 11.7
19.6 25.8 5.2 30.0 18.6
68.9 21.2 1.9
75.2 24.8
16.0 73.6 2.8 4.7 2.8
<8 8 RESULTS Percentages of questionnaires returned were: 69% for Q1; 52% for Q2; 100% for both Q3 and Q4; and 53% for both Q5 and Q6. Table 1 provides demographic information at baseline for 107 subjects. Mean age was 46.4 years, with a standard deviation of 8.9 years. Eighty percent of the participants were women. Most participants (38%) were aged between 41 and 50 years The Effects of Employer-Provided Massage Therapy 23 or between 31 and 40 years (20%). See Table 1 for further demographic results. Number of massage therapy sessions Participants received up to 4 sessions of massage therapy over a 4-week period. The average number of participants receiving massage therapy sessions increased each week: 17.4% (week 1), 25.7% (week 2), 19.4% (week 3), and 37.5% (week 4). Statistical analysis showed that the number of massages received by a participant did not influence their perception of psychosocial constructs. Psychological and social constructs As shown in Figure 2, work culture showed a significant decrease from Q3 to Q6 (P = .01) while massage therapy had no significant impact on job demands, social interaction, or control at work. Data showed trends toward improvement of quality of life associated with the massage intervention, but this decreased after the intervention period, as indicated by responses in Q4 (Fig 3). There was no significant change in staff feeling a lack of recognition in the workplace (Fig 4) although lack of recognition scores increased from Q3 to Q6. Pain severity, pain interference, and pain relief As seen in Table 2, pain severity showed significantly different means between Q3 to Q6 (P = .038). Post hoc analysis showed pain severity decrease significantly between Q3 and Q4 (P = .013). However, pain severity showed an increasing trend from Q4 to Q6. Neither pain interference nor pain relief showed any significant change. When only Q3 and Q4 were considered in paired t test (sample size increased to n = 84) there was still a statistically significant decrease (4.33 vs 3.96, P = .026) in means between Q3 and Q4. Perception of massage therapy In Q3 to Q6, respondents were asked to indicate their perception of massage therapy. Positive perception of massage therapy significantly increased from Q4 to Q6 using χ2 test (P = .002), with 80% of respondents perceiving that massage therapy was effective in Q6 in comparison with 79% in Q5 and 59% in Q4. 24 HOLISTIC NURSING PRACTICE • JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2009 FIGURE 2. Measurement scores of work culture (WC), quality of work life (QOWL), and recognition at George Pearson Centre by survey time. DISCUSSION In recent years, profound changes have taken place in the nature of work.26 The most striking development seems to be its increased psychosocial workload or work stress. Today for many employees, and in healthcare in particular, work poses primarily psychological and emotional demands, instead of physical demands, and the pace of work is more and more dictated by patients, clients, and so on.26,27 It is also evident that the consequences of an increased workload may be expressed in employee adverse health, such as burnout, psychosomatic health complaints, absenteeism, and even disability.28 Although high workload is experienced in healthcare work, there seems to be no adequate compensation in terms of occupational rewards like salary and promotion prospects.29 Finally, the main reasons for work disablement are, among other things, high job demands and poor occupational rewards. Research has shown that this is particularly true for work in the healthcare sector.30 Research on the Canadian workforce has consistently indicated that healthcare workers have a FIGURE 3. Quality of work life scores (out of 5) at George Pearson Centre. greater risk of workplace injuries and more mental health problems than any other occupational group. According to Statistics Canada, in 1999 nursing personnel had a longer duration of time loss and were more likely to miss work each week due to an illness or injury than employees in any other sector or in other types of shift-working occupations.31 Studies with on-site massage therapy programs in healthcare demonstrate that these programs have a positive impact on different aspects of the participants.19 This evaluation endeavored to explore the effects of a wellness intervention on psychological well-being and physical health. Results demonstrated initial benefits in terms of pain severity, with a possible improvement in job satisfaction and morale. Massage therapy appears to have a significant effect on pain severity and, therefore, the greatest benefit on individuals with preexisting musculoskeletal symptoms. However, a long-term effect was not demonstrated. In fact, 6 weeks after the intervention ceased, pain symptoms became worse and, in addition, job satisfaction decreased and lower morale was observed. It is possible that massage therapy sessions led participants to greater body awareness and pain FIGURE 4. Recognition scores (out of 10) by survey time.  TABLE 2. Description and comparison of frontline workers’ pain severity, pain interference, and pain relief among Q 3, 4, 5, and 6 Pain severity Q3 25 Q4 25 Q5 25 Q6 25 Pain interference Q3 25 Q4 25 Q5 25 Q6 25 Pain relief Q3 12 Q4 12 Q5 12 Q6 12 4.55 (2.08) 4.46 (2.13) 5.06 (2.21) 5.08 (2.33) 3.53 (2.14) 3.82 (2.60) 4.33 (2.60) 4.41 (2.74) 42.50 (21.37) 50.83 (20.65) 57.50 (22.21) 53.33 (31.43) .188 .504 N Mean (SD) Min Max Pa .038 0.25 8.50 0.50 8.00 0.00 8.25 0.75 8.00 0.14 7.71 0.00 8.86 0.00 9.14 0.00 9.14 0 80 20 80 20 90 0 90 aP values were derived from Friedman Test, a nonparametric test, and the significant difference is at .05 level. awareness. The contrast between days when massage therapy was received with those when it was not may have become more noticeable. The perception of massage therapy effectiveness increased from Q4 to Q6, possibly due to the decreased number of respondents between Q4 and Q6, with a higher percentage of massage therapy “advocates” responding to the final 2 questionnaires. However, it is also possible that, as time elapsed after the intervention (Q4 to Q6 was 12 weeks), the participants’ realization and perception of the benefits of massage therapy increased. Clinical implications The results of this project indicate that targeted individuals (ie, those with preexisting musculoskeletal signs and symptoms) are most likely to benefit from a massage therapy workplace wellness program. The programmustbesustained,asonlyshort-termpain relief was observed. The short-term effect may be due to using only treatment techniques for general relaxation rather than specific therapy. For further impact, combining a massage therapy program with other health and safety programs is strongly recommended. With an aging workforce who may have chronic conditions, a combination of relaxation techniques with specific therapy techniques may produce longer-lasting effects. A recent study of psychological distress in nurse aides found that work factors explain only a modest part of psychological distress.32 Exposure to role conflicts and high workloads can overcome the benefits of massage therapy, unless the intervention is continuous. This study was conducted using a quasi-experimental time-series methodology, in which baseline data is established to confirm validity of data collected before and after the intervention. Although it is advantageous for identifying systematic patterns from data collected in equally spaced periods of time, it lacks the power of a study involving a control group. A control group was not used in this study because of the difficulty in finding similar participants to compliment the staff at this unique facility. Using different wards at the GPC as a control group for each other was considered. This idea was rejected because of the possibility of communication between staff on these wards influencing the results. Funding limited the length of time of each massage therapy session, as well as the number of weeks of intervention. Longer massage sessions over more weeks may have impacted the results. The massage techniques were intentionally limited but may have influenced the results. We concluded that healthcare occupations are exposed to working conditions that result in injuries and low job satisfaction. Resulting time lost from work or lowered performance can have detrimental consequences for both the worker and their patients. Employers must evaluate methods of lowering work place injuries, tension, and stress to combat such health and safety hazards. Massage therapy holds much potential in benefiting healthcare workers. 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Construct Job demands Job demands Control at work Org. culture Job demands Strongly Strongly disagree Disagree Neutral Agree agree 1. I feel that my job is physically demanding 2. I feel that my job is emotionally exhausting 3. I have the ability to decide how I do my work 4. The people I work with encourage each other to work together 5. Over the past year, my job has become more demanding 1 2 1 2 1 2. 1 2 1 2 3 4 5 3 4 5 3 4 5 3 4 5 3 4 5  Construct Org. culture Job demands Org. culture Org. culture Org. culture Social interactions Org. culture Org. culture Strongly Strongly disagree Disagree Neutral Agree agree 6. Considering all my efforts and 1 achievements, I receive the respect I deserve at work 7. I feel frustrated from my work 1 8. I feel that individual differences 1 (gender, race, education) are respected at work 9. I feel that different perspectives are 1 encouraged at work 10. I feel that there is a lack of 1 recognition for good work 11. I feel that there is a lack of support 1 from management 12. I feel that I get appreciated for the 1 work I do 13. I am very satisfied with my job 1 2 3 4 5 2 3 4 5 2 3 4 5 2 3 4 5 2 3 4 5 2 3 4 5 2 3 4 5 2 3 4 5 Q1, Q2, Q4, Q5, Q6 14. In general, I rate my health as. . . Please circle only one number where 1 is Poor and 5 is Excellent Q1 The Effects of Employer-Provided Massage Therapy 27 Poor  Excellent 12345 15. After your last workweek, please rank the level of pain you felt in the following body parts (Please rank each body part from 1 to 5 where 1 = minimal pain and 5 = severe pain) Q1–Q6 16. I feel exhausted at the end of my typical shift? Please circle only one number where 1 is strongly disagree and 5 is strongly agree 17. Overall, I would rate the quality of working life at George Pearson Centre as excellent? Please circle only one number where 1 is strongly disagree and 5 is strongly agree Neck Shoulder Upper back Lower back Arms Strongly disagree Disagree Neutral Agree Strongly agree 1 2 3 4 5 Strongly disagree Disagree Neutral Agree Strongly agree 1 2 3 4 5  28 HOLISTIC NURSING PRACTICE • JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2009 18. I would strongly recommend this hospital to a friend looking for a job? Please circle only one number where 1 is strongly disagree and 5 is strongly agree 19. I would be willing to participate in a program designed to improve my personal wellness? Please circle only one number where 1 is strongly disagree and 5 is strongly agree Q1 20. For the list of personal wellness programs below, rank the list from your most preferred (1st) method to your least preferred (4th) method. Strongly disagree Disagree Neutral Agree Strongly agree 1 2 3 4 5 Strongly disagree Disagree Neutral Agree Strongly agree 1 2 3 4 5 Massage Therapy: The treatment and prevention of injury and pain of muscles and joints by manual and physical methods to develop, maintain, rehabilitate, or increase physical function to relieve pain and promote health. Integrative Energy Healing (IEH): The goal is to support multidimensional, human energy field repatterning in order to awaken the body’s innate healing potential. The practitioner places his or her hands directly above the client’s body and moves through the human energy field. Based on this energetic assessment, the practitioner places their hands directly upon, or above, the client’s body in order to shift their energy field into a balanced state. Nap/sleep room: A quiet space will be provided for staff to sleep and rest Nothing Q1 21. For the personal wellness program, how often would you like to receive it? Please check (√) only one box Q2 20. The most preferred relaxation modality selected by direct-care workers at George Pearson Centre in Staff Survey 1 was massage therapy. How often would you prefer to receive a 20-minute massage therapy session per week? Please check (√) only one box. Q2 21. How likely is it that you would come to George Pearson Centre to receive a 20-minute massage therapy session if it was your day off? Once per week  Every other week  Once per month  Twice per week  Once per week  The Effects of Employer-Provided Massage Therapy 29 Please circle only one number where 1 is very unlikely and 5 is very likely If you answered “very unlikely” or “unlikely,” what would be the main reason for your answer? Q1 Work History For each statement below, please indicate the answer that best describes you and your work situation. Very unlikely Unlikely Neutral Likely Very likely 12345 Age (in years): Gender: Male/Female My job title is: My affiliation is: ❏ Manager ❏ B.C.N.U. ❏ BCGEU ❏ H.E.U. ❏ H.S.A ❏ Other Status: ❏ Full time ❏ Part time ❏ Casual Shift: ❏ Less than 8 hours ❏ 8 hour shifts ❏ More than 8 hours Rotating shifts: ❏ Yes ❏ No Total years working at George Pearson Centre:  years Q3–Q6 Brief Pain Inventory (Short Form) 1. Throughout our lives, most of us have had pain from time to time (such as minor headaches, sprains, and toothaches). Have you had pain other than these everyday kinds of pain today? 2. On the diagram, shade in the areas where you feel pain. Put an X on the area that hurts the most. 3. Please rate your pain by circling the one number that best describes your pain at its worst in the last 24 hours. 1. Yes 2. No 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 No Pain Pain as bad as you can imagine  30 HOLISTIC NURSING PRACTICE • JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2009 4. Please rate your pain by circling the one number that best describes your pain at its least in the last 24 hours. 5. Please rate your pain by circling the one number that best describes your pain on the average. 6. Please rate your pain by circling the one number that tells how much pain you have right now. 7. What treatments or medications are you receiving for your pain? 8. In the last 24 hours, how much relief have pain treatments or medications provided? Please circle the one percentage that most shows how much relief you have received. 9. Circle the one number that best describes how, during the past 24 hours, pain has interfered with your: A. General activity B. Mood C. Walking ability D. Normal work E. Relations with other people F. Sleep G. Enjoyment of life 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 No Pain Pain as bad as you can imagine 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 No Pain Pain as bad as you can imagine 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 No Pain Pain as bad as you can imagine 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% No relief 100% Complete relier 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Does not interface Completely interfaces 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Does not interface Completely interfaces 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Does not interface Completely interfaces 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Does not interface Completely interfaces 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Does not interface Completely interfaces 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Does not interface Completely interfaces 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Does not interface Completely interfaces  The Effects of Employer-Provided Massage Therapy 31 How did massage therapy help or not help you complete day-to-day tasks? Please give specific examples. Q5 18. Did you participate in the massage therapy program at George Pearson Centre in May and June 2005? ❏ No ❏ Yes Q5, Q6 19. I would like to see a massage therapy program continue at George Pearson Centre. Please circle only one number where 1 is strongly disagree and 5 is strongly agree Please provide comments (for example, how long and how often?). Intake (Q4), Q5, Q6 20. Are you currently receiving massage therapy? a. No b. Yes → If yes, how long and how often are your sessions? Q6 21. Were you receiving massage therapy before this study? a. No b. Yes → If yes, how long and how often were your sessions? Please comment. Q5 22. What positive or negative changes did you notice in your life since the completion of the massage therapy sessions at George Pearson Centre? Please give specific examples. Q6 23. What positive or negative changes did you notice in your life after the massage therapy program at George Pearson Centre was finished in June? Please give specific examples. Intake (Q4), Q5, Q6 18. What is your perception of massage therapy? ❏ It is effective ❏ It is not effective ❏ Don’t know/unsure Q6 1. Please provide any additional comments about the way this study was run.

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May 01 2015

The effect of a corporate chair massage program on musculoskeletal discomfort and joint range of motion in office workers.

Abstract
OBJECTIVES:
The aim of this study was to determine the effects of workplace manual technique interventions for female participants on the degree of joint range of motion and on the level of musculoskeletal ache, pain, or discomfort experienced when performing workplace responsibilities.
DESIGN:
Nineteen (19) female volunteers were given chair massages on-site twice per week for 1 month.
SETTINGS/LOCATION:
Participants included individuals in administration and management from a company in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
SUBJECTS:
A total of 19 female volunteers 40-54 years of age enrolled for this study. Fifteen (15) of them completed all measurements.
INTERVENTIONS:
The Cornell Musculoskeletal Discomfort Questionnaire was used, and range-of-motion measurements in degrees were taken.
OUTCOME MEASURES:
Subjects completed a series of self-report questionnaires that asked for information concerning musculoskeletal discomfort for the neck, upper back, and lower back in the form of a body diagram. A range-of-motion test (to compare the change in joint angles) was performed with a goniometer to assess cervical lateral flexion, cervical flexion, cervical extension, lumbar flexion, and lumbar extension.
RESULTS:
Between the first and the last measurements, a significant difference (p<0.05) was found in increased range of motion for cervical lateral flexion (28.8%). Wilcoxon signed rank test showed a significant increase (p<0.05) in range of motion for cervical lateral flexion (42.4±6.3 to 48.3±7.3), cervical extension (63.2±12.4 to 67.2±12.3), and a significant decrease (p<0.05) in the Cornell Musculoskeletal Discomfort Questionnaire values for the neck (2.7±0.8 to 1.9±0.6) and the upper back (2.7±0.7 to 2.2±0.8) from the phase 2 to 3. Significant reductions were also shown in the Cornell Musculoskeletal Discomfort Questionnaire values for the neck (2.8±0.8 to 1.9±0.6) and the upper back (2.7±0.8 to 2.2±0.8) from the phase 1 to 3. CONCLUSIONS: On-site massage sessions twice per week for 1 month are the most effective interventions (compared to one session or no massage intervention) for decreasing the duration of musculoskeletal ache, pain, or discomfort and for increasing range of motion. PMID. as stated before you can't deny that corporate massages with chair massages is the way to go for office staff. book now at www.therapy4u.biz

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Apr 28 2015

Dalk (Therapeutic Massage) & Their Indication for Musculoskeletal Disorder in Unani Medicine

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Massage is one of those terms, which are easily understood then expressed. Throughout the history massage has been used not only by sick but also by the healthy people for therapeutic, restorative as well as preventive purposes. Massage is probably one of the oldest healing therapies known to mankind. The message of massage is universal: you can use your hand to help literally anyone. One of the many reasons for its increased popularity is that massage allows us to reach out and to touch each other. It is a formalized touches; giving us a licence to touch within clearly defined boundaries 1. In Unani system of medicine (USM) massage is called as “Dalk” and is frequently used as preventive, curative and rehabilitative purposes since centuries. Here we will discuss the indication of massage for the musculoskeletal disorders.

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Apr 25 2015

Impact of a Pedometer Program on Nurses Working in a Health-Promoting Hospital

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Lavoie-Tremblay, Mélanie N.PhD, FRSQ; Sounan, Charles PhD; Trudel, Julie G. PhD; Lavigne, Geneviève L. PhD; Martin, Kara MA; Lowensteyn, Ilka PhD

The aim of this research was to describe the impact of a pedometer-based activity program on a subset of nurses in a university-affiliated, multisite health care center in Canada. This study used a longitudinal design with preintervention-postintervention (8 weeks) and follow-up (6 months). At baseline, 60 nurses participated; 51 (85%) remained for the postprogram assessment and 33 (55%) also completed the follow-up questionnaire. Data were collected through self-administered questionnaires (weight, height, fatigue, insomnia, stress and step data) and blood tests (total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol). At postprogram, participants reported 12 thinsp;912 steps on average per day. At follow-up, 79% of participants indicated that they maintained their physical activity after the pedometer program. A significant decrease in insomnia was evident in postprogram scores compared with baseline scores, and this decrease was maintained at follow-up. A significant decrease in minutes spent sitting per week was also observed from baseline to postprogram and also maintained at follow-up. Participants’ stress and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels decreased from baseline to postprogram (marginally significant). Finally, their weight decreased from baseline to follow-up (marginally significant). The pedometer program generated some positive outcomes for nurses after 6 months.

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Apr 25 2015

Development of a manualized protocol of massage therapy for clinical trials in osteoarthritis

Ali et al. Trials 2012, 13:185 http://www.trialsjournal.com/content/13/1/185
TRIALS
METHODOLOGY Open Access
Ather Ali1*, Janet Kahn2, Lisa Rosenberger3 and Adam I Perlman4
Abstract
Background: Clinical trial design of manual therapies may be especially challenging as techniques are often individualized and practitioner-dependent. This paper describes our methods in creating a standardized Swedish massage protocol tailored to subjects with osteoarthritis of the knee while respectful of the individualized nature of massage therapy, as well as implementation of this protocol in two randomized clinical trials.
Methods: The manualization process involved a collaborative process between methodologic and clinical experts, with the explicit goals of creating a reproducible semi-structured protocol for massage therapy, while allowing some latitude for therapists’ clinical judgment and maintaining consistency with a prior pilot study.
Results: The manualized protocol addressed identical specified body regions with distinct 30- and 60-min protocols, using standard Swedish strokes. Each protocol specifies the time allocated to each body region. The manualized 30- and 60-min protocols were implemented in a dual-site 24-week randomized dose-finding trial in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee, and is currently being implemented in a three-site 52-week efficacy trial of manualized Swedish massage therapy. In the dose-finding study, therapists adhered to the protocols and significant treatment effects were demonstrated.
Conclusions: The massage protocol was manualized, using standard techniques, and made flexible for individual practitioner and subject needs. The protocol has been applied in two randomized clinical trials. This manualized Swedish massage protocol has real-world utility and can be readily utilized both in the research and clinical settings.
Trial registration: Clinicaltrials.gov NCT00970008 (18 August 2009) Keywords: Massage, Manualization, Clinical trial, Manual therapy, Swedish
Background
Among the challenges in research in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is the necessity to de- sign clinical trials that are methodologically rigorous as well as consistent with prevailing clinical practice pat- terns [1-3]. This difficulty has been mentioned in trials of botanical medicines [3], mind-body interventions [4], and manual therapies [5,6]. Many CAM disciplines es- pouse patient-centered care that often results in some individualization of treatment. Thus, standardization of interventions for clinical trials poses a particular chal- lenge. Clinical trial design of manual therapies may be
* Correspondence: ather.ali@yale.edu
1Department of Pediatrics, Yale University School of Medicine, 2 Church Street South, New Haven, CT 06519, USA
Full list of author information is available at the end of the article
especially challenging since techniques are often practitioner-dependent as well as patient-oriented [7,8].
Massage therapy is one of the most popular CAM techniques in the USA [9]. Between 2002 and 2007, the 1-year prevalence of use of massage by the US adult population increased from 5% (10 million) to 8.3% (18 million) [9]. Massage is generally used, with some re- search support, to relieve pain from musculoskeletal dis- orders and cancer, rehabilitate sports injuries, reduce stress, increase relaxation, decrease feelings of anxiety and depression, and aid in general wellness [10-24].
The identification of massage therapy for patients with osteoarthritis as a research priority derives directly from a CDC-funded systematic evidence mapping project ap- plied to CAM [25], leading to our pilot study evaluating the safety and efficacy of a 1-h whole body Swedish
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massage in adults with osteoarthritis of the knee [26]. After 8 weeks of massage therapy (biweekly × 4 weeks, weekly × 4 weeks), scores on the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Arthritis Index (WOMAC) [27] global score improved significantly (55%) from baseline (P <0.001), as did the scores in each subdomain (pain, stiffness, and physical functional disability), with effects persisting 8 weeks after treatment cessation [26]. Swedish massage techniques were chosen for their practical util- ity; being the most widely taught and practiced massage method that is well defined procedurally, and safe when administered by trained massage therapists [28-30]. Manualization was initially developed for the cre- ation of standardized treatment protocols for psycho- therapy, both to help provide methodologic rigor for evaluation, and as a means to provide specificity and guidelines regarding individualized treatment [31]. Massage therapy, as an intervention in clinical trials has similar needs for methodologic rigor to standardize patient-customized treatments and practitioner vari- ation [32,33]. In 2002, Schnyer and Allen published their methodology on developing treatment manuals for acupuncture interventions used in NIH-funded trials. These manuals served as a means to facilitate the training process, enable evaluation of conformity and competence, and increase the ability to identify the active therapeutic ingredients in clinical trials of acupuncture [34]. The Institute of Medicine has noted that manualization is an integral component for rigor- ous research on CAM therapies [35]. This investigative team collaborated again in a 2-year single-blinded randomized controlled dose-finding study, aiming to identify an optimal-practical dose and treat- ment regimen of an 8-week course of Swedish massage for osteoarthritis of the knee. The intervention develop- ment phase of this dose-finding study incorporated a formal manualization process. Here we describe our ap- proach in developing a standardized massage interven- tion tailored to subjects with osteoarthritis of the knee while respectful of the individualized nature of massage therapy [34], as well as the implementation of this man- ualized protocol into two NIH-supported randomized controlled trials. Methods Development of the manualization process, conducted over the course of 2 months, involved the input of methodologic and clinical experts. The manualization process was aided by a committee organized and under the direction of the former Research Director (JK) of the Massage Therapy Research Consortium (MTRC). The MTRC was a consortium of schools in the United States and Canada collaborating to build Page 2 of 6 research capacity and to advance research in the field of massage. Four meetings were held by telephone conference call. Participants included members of the investigative team, massage therapists from both clinical sites, and massage therapy researchers. Each meeting reiterated the over- arching goals of the manualization process: 1. To create a reproducible, semi-structured protocol for massage therapy for osteoarthritis of the knee, while allowing for some latitude based on therapists’ clinical judgment. Four distinct ‘doses’ varying on duration (30 min vs. 60 min) and frequency (weekly or biweekly) to assess dose–response effects. 2. To be consistent with the protocol delivered during the pilot study [26]. Thus, only the Swedish massage techniques of effleurage, petrissage, tapotement, vibration (including rocking or jostling), friction, and skin-rolling were to be used. These are standard Swedish strokes and massage techniques taught in schools accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA) [36]. The manualization team tailored the treatment proto- cols to the over-arching goals of subsequent clinical trials; that is to determine the efficacy of a standardized Swedish massage protocol for treatment of patients with osteoarthritis of the knee. The putative mechanisms of massage as related to treating osteoarthritis (relaxation, reducing inflammation, improving flexibility) were con- sidered when designing the protocol. The protocol of the dose-finding study, consent form and all recruitment materials were approved by the In- stitutional Review Boards of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (Newark, NJ, USA), Griffin Hospital (Derby, CT, USA), and the Saint Barnabas Medical Center (Livingston, NJ, USA). The study was conducted in accordance with the Declar- ation of Helsinki [37]. Results The manualized protocol specifies the body regions to be addressed, with distinct 30- and 60-min protocols, as well as the standard Swedish strokes to be used (effleur- age, petrissage, tapotement, vibration, friction, and skin rolling) [38] (see Table 1). Each protocol specifies the time allocated to various body regions (lower/upper limbs, lower/upper back, head, neck, chest) and specific areas of emphasis. The order of body regions, patient position (supine or prone), technique sequence, or technique type is left to the discretion of the therapist to account for individual practitioner preference and patient needs. Ali et al. Trials 2012, 13:185 http://www.trialsjournal.com/content/13/1/185 Table 1 30- and 60-minute massage protocols Page 3 of 6 Allowed Swedish massage techniques: Effleurage, petrissage, tapotement, vibration, friction, and skin rolling Region Lower limbs Upper body Discretionary Lower limbs Upper body Discretionary Time allotted 12 to 15 min (45% to 50% of session) 8 to 12 min (36% to 44% of session) 2 to 5 min (6% to 19% of session) 20 to 27.5 min (45% to 50% of session) 15 to 24 min (36% to 44% of session) 3.5 to 20 min (6% to 19% of session) 30-minute protocol (25 minutes of table time) Distribution From knee down including lower leg, ankle, and foot. From knee up including hips, pelvis, buttocks, and thigh. Lower and upper back; head/neck/chest. Therapist to expand treatment to other affected areas; that is rib cage, flank, upper limbs, et cetera. 60-minute protocol (55 minutes of table timea) From knee down including lower leg, ankle, and foot. From knee up including hips, pelvis, buttocks, and thigh. Lower and upper back; head, neck, and chest. Therapist to expand treatment to other affected areas; that is rib cage, flank, upper limbs, et cetera. aAccounting for time spent in transition including the welcome, transition to the massage room, taking off jewelry, and other preparatory activities. The protocol further specifies intentions/attentions for the study therapists consistent with massage therapy practice, specifically: 1. Assess and address relevant imbalances in posture 2. In general, seek to establish symmetry 3. Strengthen muscles around knee joint 4. Compensate weak muscles 5. Disperse stress to bring balance 6. Decrease sympathetic activity 7. Diffuse inflammation 8. Reduce inhibition in anti-gravity muscles Each study therapist was trained in the protocol, and signed a form attesting to adherence to the manualized massage protocol after each massage session. No devia- tions from the protocol were reported for the duration of the dose-finding trial at either site. The manualization team agreed that the knee must be regarded as a functional unit. Thus, the protocol expli- citly does not specify the percent of time to be spent dir- ectly on structures of the knee. Rather, time variables included the upper and lower leg, both including the knee (see Table 1). The manualized 30- and 60-min protocols were imple- mented in a 24-week randomized dose-finding trial of massage therapy for osteoarthritis of the knee [39]. Sub- jects (n=125) were randomized to one of four regimens of the manualized massage intervention (30 min or 60 min weekly or biweekly) or to a usual care control. Outcomes were assessed at baseline, 8, 16, and 24 weeks and included the WOMAC, visual analog pain scale, range of motion, and time to walk 50 feet. The initial randomization occurred in October 2009 and the last sub- ject completed the 8-week intervention in October 2010. Both 60-min regimens (weekly or biweekly) demon- strated significantly improved WOMAC global scores (24.0 points, 95% CI varied from 15.3 to 32.7) compared to usual care (6.3 points, 95% CI 0.1 to 12.8) at the pri- mary endpoint of 8 weeks. Further, the 60-min regimens demonstrated significant improvements in WOMAC subscales of pain and functionality, as well as the visual analog pain scale compared to usual care. No significant differences were seen in range of motion at 8 weeks, and no significant effects were seen in any outcome measure at 24 weeks compared to usual care. A dose–response curve based on WOMAC global scores shows increasing effect with greater total time of massage; with 60-min doses scoring significantly better than 30-min doses. No significant differences were seen in WOMAC global scores between the 60-min doses (weekly or bi- weekly) [39]. This trial thus established an ‘optimal-practical’ dose (60-min once-weekly) of this manualized Swedish mas- sage regimen for osteoarthritis of the knee. This deci- sion was based on the superiority of the 60-min compared to 30-min regimens, the essentially similar outcomes of the two 60-min doses, the convenience of a once-weekly protocol (compared to biweekly), cost savings, and consistency with a typical real-world mas- sage protocol [39]. This optimized dose of manualized Swedish massage therapy is currently being implemented in a large-scale (n=222) NIH-funded 52-week efficacy trial of massage therapy for osteoarthritis of the knee at three clinical sites[40]. Ali et al. Trials 2012, 13:185 http://www.trialsjournal.com/content/13/1/185 Discussion Clinical trials of massage therapy are inherently chal- lenged by an inability to blind practitioner and recipient. Furthermore, massage practices are heterogeneous with procedures utilized from different schools of massage in- corporating a variety of techniques. Some of these schools include Swedish massage, neuromuscular, myo- fascial, Chinese, other Asian, medical, osteopathic, or na- turopathic manipulative therapies [41]. Massage is a pleasant and desirable intervention and is safe when delivered by trained practitioners using stand- ard Swedish techniques [28]. Demonstrating the efficacy of massage therapy in clinical trials requires reproducible treatment regimens. To our knowledge, this is the first report to describe the manualization of massage therapy. The feasibility of this protocol is demonstrated by implementing this standardized regimen in two clinical sites in the rando- mized dose-finding trial [39], as well as in a larger three-site efficacy trial [40]. A few published reports of implementing standardized Swedish massage regimens in randomized trials exist. Pat- terson et al. published a standardized massage (and con- trol) regimen in a clinical trial assessing fatigue reduction in cancer chemotherapy, though no results have been published [36]. Sharpe et al. published the results of a pilot randomized trial assessing the effects of a standar- dized Swedish massage regimen vs. guided relaxation on stress and wellbeing in a pilot study (n=54) [42], though there are no reports of implementing this regimen in a larger sample. Taylor et al. also report using a standar- dized Swedish massage protocol though the protocol was not described to the point that the intervention could be reproduced [43]. Cherkin et al. assessed a standardized Swedish protocol (‘relaxation massage’) [44], other mas- sage techniques (‘structural massage’), and continuing usual care in a three-arm randomized controlled trial for patients with chronic back pain. Both massage regimens were found to be superior to usual care, with no clinically meaningful differences seen between the relaxation and structural massage arms [7]. Other randomized trials of Swedish massage therapy have not used standardized massage interventions, com- promising external validity and reducing the ability to replicate positive results [45,46]. The concept of ‘dose’ has never been formally defined for massage. Prior to determining specific study protocols, the manualization team had to operationally define ‘dose’ of massage therapy. If dose, for example, was defined only by the length of time, it may be assumed that a single 60-min session and two 30-min sessions would be equiva- lent. This assumption was tested by assessing the effects of frequency of massage therapy. Thus, in our manualiza- tion process, two variables germane to dosing were Page 4 of 6 assessed: frequency of massage therapy and duration of treatment. Frequency was varied between weekly or bi- weekly sessions, based on practicality and current practice standards. Duration of treatment was negotiated by the expert panel to provide a dose that is clinically effective while avoiding possible overtreatment. Finally the team explored the issue of what constituted ‘massage for the knee’. In this study the team chose to view the knee in its functionality and distribute the apportioned time not to specific muscles, tendons or ligaments, but rather to the two regions of the knee and lower leg (ankle, foot, and lower leg) and the knee and upper leg (including hips, pelvis, buttocks, and thighs). Massage treatments are often focused on a particular functional issue or anatomic region, though they typically also include some broader treatment to promote relax- ation [7]. Relaxation has been thought to be helpful to many healing processes, and from a massage therapy per- spective, to aid in whole body integration to supporting proper gait and biomechanics of the joint(s). Thus, the protocol involved regions beyond the knee; time was allot- ted to the upper and lower back, neck, chest, and head. One of the limitations of this manualized Swedish massage protocol is that the protocol may not be as effi- cacious as real-world practice as fully individualized treatment is precluded. In addition, other techniques (that is, neuromuscular and myofascial) may be more ef- fective in altering posture and gait in ways that might affect osteoarthritis symptoms and progression. The one known study comparing Swedish massage with myofas- cial and neuromuscular techniques for treatment of back pain showed no significant difference in ability to affect pain or function [7]. Conclusions The resulting massage protocol was manualized [40], using standard Swedish techniques [26,28], and made flexible for individual subject variability. This manualized Swedish massage protocol has successfully been imple- mented in a dual-site dose-finding clinical trial and a three-site efficacy trial. The manualized Swedish mas- sage protocol has real-world utility and can be readily utilized in clinical trials and clinical practice. Abbreviations CAM: Complementary and Alternative Medicine; CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; MTRC: Massage Therapy Research Consortium; NCCAM: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine; NIH: National Institutes of Health; WOMAC: Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Arthritis Index. Competing interests The authors declare that they have no competing interests. Authors’ contributions AA led the manualization process, participated in the design and coordination of the study, and drafted the manuscript. JK provided technical Ali et al. Trials 2012, 13:185 http://www.trialsjournal.com/content/13/1/185 expertise in massage therapy. LR assisted in the clinical trial and provided critical review of the manuscript. AP conceived of the study, and participated in its design and coordination, and critically reviewed the manuscript. All authors read and approved the final manuscript. Acknowledgements We thank the study subjects for their participation. Licensed massage therapists Linda Winz, Michael Yablonsky, Susan Kmon, and Lee Stang provided massages for study subjects. Mary Carola, Margaret Rogers, Carl Milak, Anna Davidi, and Dr. Valentine Njike provided technical and administrative support. This publication was made possible by grants R01AT004623 and K23AT006703 from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) at the National Institutes of Health. 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Apr 24 2015

Republished: Stem cells, angiogenesis and muscle healing: a potential role in massage therapies?

Abstract
Skeletal muscle injuries are among the most common and frequently disabling injuries sustained by athletes.

Repair of injured skeletal muscle is an area that continues to present a challenge for sports medicine clinicians and researchers due, in part, to complete muscle recovery being compromised by development of fibrosis leading to loss of function and susceptibility to re-injury.

Injured skeletal muscle goes through a series of coordinated and interrelated phases of healing including degeneration, inflammation, regeneration and fibrosis. Muscle regeneration initiated shortly after injury can be limited by fibrosis which affects the degree of recovery and predisposes the muscle to reinjury. It has been demonstrated in animal studies that antifibrotic agents that inactivate transforming growth factor (TGF)-β1 have been effective at decreasing scar tissue formation. Several studies have also shown that vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) can increase the efficiency of skeletal muscle repair by increasing angiogenesis and, at the same time, reducing the accumulation of fibrosis. We have isolated and thoroughly characterised a population of skeletal muscle-derived stem cells (MDSCs) that enhance repair of damaged skeletal muscle fibres by directly differentiating into myofibres and secreting paracrine factors that promote tissue repair. Indeed, we have found that MDSCs transplanted into skeletal and cardiac muscles have been successful at repair probably because of their ability to secrete VEGF that works in a paracrine fashion. The application of these techniques to the study of sport-related muscle injuries awaits investigation. Other useful strategies to enhance skeletal muscle repair through increased vascularisation may include gene therapy, exercise, neuromuscular electrical stimulation and, potentially, massage therapy. Based on recent studies showing an accelerated recovery of muscle function from intense eccentric exercise through massage-based therapies, we believe that this treatment modality offers a practical and non-invasive form of therapy for skeletal muscle injuries. However, the biological mechanism(s) behind the beneficial effect of massage are still unclear and require further investigation using animal models and potentially randomised, human clinical studies.

Correspondence to
Dr Burhan Gharaibeh, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh, Suite 206, Bridgeside Point II, Pittsburgh,PA 15219, USA; burhan@pitt.edu
Received 14 August 2012
Accepted 30 October 2012

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Apr 24 2015

Perceptions and benefits of, and barriers to, degree-based education for massage therapy

Abstract:
Smith, Donna

Within New Zealand, the practice of massage therapy for health and wellness is part of the growing complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) industry and is a popular treatment for a wide range of health conditions. Over the last 20 to 30 years, massage therapists have taken some steps in the process of professionalisation for the purpose of creating legitimacy and acceptance as a serious health care option. However, to date, the practice of massage therapy within New Zealand is unregulated, there is variation in education and practice standards, and massage therapists are still seeking credibility. Higher education is one means to recognition and professional expertise, and has been central in the development of many CAM occupations. A bachelor’s degree for massage therapists was first available in New Zealand in 2002, but has not been embraced by many within the massage therapy industry and reasons for this stance are unknown.
The purpose of this research was to investigate the range of perceptions and attitudes toward degree-based education across the stakeholder groups within the massage therapy industry, namely: massage educators; practicing massage therapists; and massage therapy students. More specifically, the perceived necessity of degree-based education for the practice and growth of massage therapy, and the benefits and barriers to degree-based education, were explored. An interpretive, two phase, sequential, mixed methods approach was used. First an online survey (n=128) was conducted with stakeholder groups. The second phase of the research used semi-structured interviews to further explore participants’ views (n=20).

The survey findings indicated a nearly equal amount of agreement (45.6%) and disagreement (40.1%) for degree-based education being essential for massage therapists practicing in New Zealand. Many (84.8%) disagreed that a bachelor’s degree in massage therapy should be the minimum qualification to practice as a relaxation massage therapist, but nearly half of participants (49.6%) agreed that a bachelor’s degree in massage therapy should be the minimum qualification to practice as a therapeutic/clinical rehabilitation massage therapist. There was more agreement (54.7%) than disagreement (25.8%) that degree-based education was essential for the growth of the massage therapy industry. The perceived benefits of a massage degree were: elevating standards, building expertise, increasing research capability, providing individual and collective benefits and new opportunities, improving the image of massage therapy, and building credibility. The perceived barriers to a massage degree included: accessibility issues such as time, location, and finances; and perceptions of a degree, namely, a lack of knowledge, and the view that a degree was unnecessary or restrictive. Strategies including building a strong massage therapy identity and profile, regulation, and making degree-based education accessible, were suggested for moving the massage therapy industry towards professional recognition. Findings were used to build a conceptual model which shows a coalition is needed between degree-based education and a strong professional association to advance the massage therapy industry if credibility, best practice, and a professional identity are to be achieved.

This thesis provides an informative insight into the factors that contribute to resistance to, and engagement in, degree-based education and can guide the next phase of massage therapy development within New Zealand. Findings make an original contribution to the literature on massage therapy and provide direction for future studies. The thesis has also highlighted the need for clarification of the identity of massage therapists, and the necessity to manage diversity within this occupational group if the benefits of higher educational standards and practice are to be realised as a collective

http://hdl.handle.net/10523/5610

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Apr 22 2015

The Effectiveness of Massage Therapy

The Effectiveness of Massage Therapy Intervention on Reducing Anxiety in the Workplace. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science 32.2. (1996): 160-173. Shulman, Karen R, and Gwen E. Jones.
The effectiveness of an on-site chair massage therapy program in reducing anxiety levels of employees was evaluated. The study found significant reductions in anxiety levels among employees receiving 15-minute weekly massages for 6 weeks. A control group of employees, who received a 15-minute break weekly, experienced no such effect.

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Apr 21 2015

Massage myths busted

True or False: Massage therapy after strenuous exercise relieves soreness by stimulating blood flow which assists in the removal of lactic acid and other waste products from muscles.

If you answer “true” then you are certainly not alone. For decades, many massage therapists have adhered to the notion that a deep, penetrating massage gets the blood flowing.

But a new study by researchers at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., suggests that the opposite is actually true – it inhibits circulation at least for a while.

The researchers – led by kinesiologist Michael Tschakovsky – recruited 12 healthy male university students for a series of experiments. Using ultrasound and blood tests, they observed the effects of massage on forearm muscles after the volunteers had performed hand-grip exercises.

“Every time you squeeze the muscle [with massage]you actually squeeze shut the blood vessels in the arm which prevents blood flow,” Dr. Tschakovsky said in an interview.

That means lactic acid would hang around in muscles even longer with massage. But, according to Dr. Tschakovsky, that’s not necessarily a problem. “There’s lots of robust evidence to show that lactic acid does not contribute to muscle fatigue.”

Why then does a massage feel so good? Dr. Tschakovsky can’t yet say for sure, but he suspects that it helps stops muscle spasms. “The pressure applied to the muscle … breaks the cycle of the nerve that is causing the muscle to contract so your muscle will relax,” he speculated.

The study’s findings will be presented later this month at the annual American College of Sports Medicine conference in Seattle.

PAUL TAYLOR
The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, May. 21 2009, 2:41 PM EDT
Last updated Wednesday, Mar. 16 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

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