Personal Learning Networks
for massage therapists
Building Your Personal Learning Network
The RMT Education Project is an initiative that is working to promote the benefits of massage therapy to an international audience. In this post I have to put together curated selection of videos, articles, and podcasts that will help massage therapists establish an online presence and grow their personal learning network.
Facebook Pages/Groups for Massage Therapists
YouTube Channels for Massage Therapists
• Crash Course - Tons of courses in one awesome channel (anatomy, physiology & science...)
• Health Care Triage - News & Comments on evidence based medicine
• Khan Academy Medicine - Videos providing an overview of anatomy & physiology
• Massage Sloth - Massage therapy treatment tips and tricks
• MSK Medicine - Musculoskeletal assessment techniques
• Physiotutors - Common assess and treatment methods
• Professor Moyer - Chris Moyer hosts a journal club & comments on a number of topics
• TED-Ed - Short animated videos exploring a wide variety of topics
• TEDMED - Bridges the gap between science and the public with sharing stories
• Yoga With Adriene - Stretches and online yoga videos
Research Databases for Massage Therapists
Links To Research Databases
• NIH: Evidence-Based Medicine: Literature Reviews
• NIH: Massage Therapy Resource
• NIH: Acupuncture Resource
• NIH: Cupping Resource
• NIH: Pain Information for Health Professionals
• Pain Research - Papers of The Week
PubMed searches by keyword
• Massage Therapy
• Manual Therapy
News Articles for Massage Therapists
• The Neuroscience of Pain - Nicola Twilley
• Where Pain Lives - Cathryn Jakobson Ramin
• Are you sitting comfortably: the myth of good posture - Luisa Dillner
• A Comprehensive Guide to the New Science of Treating Lower Back Pain - Julia Belluz
• How Meditation, Placebos And Virtual Reality Help Power 'Mind Over Body' - Jo Marchant
• Starting Rehab Early Can Speed Recovery From Muscle Injuries - Alex Hutchinson
• Back pain: how to live with one of the world’s biggest health problems - Moya Sarner
• To treat pain, study people in all their complexity - Beth Darnall
Neuroplasticity and The Science of Touch
• The Social Power of Touch - Lydia Denworth
• The Power of Touch - Maria Konnikova
• No hugging: are we living through a crisis of touch? - Paula Cocozza
• Research into our sense of touch leads to new treatments for autism - Emily Kuehn
• Massage may aid muscle regrowth, even in an opposite limb - Colorado State University
• Acupuncture in Cancer Study Reignites Debate about Controversial Technique - Jo Marchant
• Should doctors recommend acupuncture for pain? - The BMJ
Blogs for Massage Therapists
The RMT Education Project - A resource that provides insight into the body and a number of open access resources for massage therapists.
• Dupuytren's Disease
• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
• Does Massage Work: A Review of The Research
• How Does Massage Therapy Work?
Better Movement - Maintained by Todd Hargrove, this blog regularly posts high quality content that discuss the science of movement and pain.
• Why Do Muscles Feel Tight
• A Systems Perspective on Motor Control, Part One
• Can Pain Be a Tip With No Iceberg?
• How Does Foam Rolling Work?
BodyinMind - Developed by researcher Lorimer Moseley as a method to promote better understanding of the clinical pain sciences. Most post are from academics, so the quality of the content is high but often requires an eye for detail, in order to pull out the salient points.
• Time To Embrace Bioplasticity?
• Everything You Wanted To Know About CENTRAL SENSITISATION
• Isometrics reduce tendon pain
• Classification of patients with low back-related leg pain
PainScience - One of the most comprehensive resources available for therapists looking for insights into aches and pains. The author is a retired massage therapists from British Columbia who now writes and maintains the website full time.
• Trigger Point Doubts
• Pain is Weird
• Your Back Is Not Out of Alignment
• Frozen Shoulder Guide
The Massage Therapists Development Centre - This blog is all about changing the perception of massage therapy.
• Myofascial Release & Massage Therapy
• Back Pain Myths: Posture, Core Strength, Bulging Discs
• Back Pain And Pregnancy
• What Is Really CI’d With Hypertension?
Academy of Clinical Massage - Is run by Whitney Lowe, an American massage therapy educator. There are a number of posts that provide an in-depth overview of the peripheral nervous system.
• Exploring Synovial Plica of The Knee
• The Long and Winding Nerve
• The Myth of Pain Receptors
• Deciphering Elusive Symptoms of Nerve Injury