"Our skin is able to detect different feelings. The skin uses different cells inside of it to tell us feelings such as touch, vibration and pain. Scientists think perhaps the feeling of being tickled comes when the skin cells are telling us we are feeling pain and touch together."Read More
The RMT Education Project
Interpreting and applying research to the field of massage therapy.
Posts look at ideas, discoveries and developments in the fields of sports medicine, neuroscience, pain physiology and clinical anatomy.
I have been revisiting my notes on neuromodulation after his group released a very promising research study that looked at the effects of vagus nerve stimulation for Rheumatoid Arthritis. This was a landmark study that demonstrated for the first time that vagus nerve stimulation inhibits TNF production and attenuates inflammation in humans.Read More
Massage therapy has been shown to be an effective way to relieve pain, decrease stress and promote overall well being. The best way to describe the effects of manual therapy is not a single, unified response but a collection of interconnected adaptive responses within the nervous system and soft tissue structures.Read More
Last week I provided some studies that look at the effect of acupuncture on patients with knee osteoarthritis. It is clear that the placebo response is a big part of why patients feel better, but it is also a within the realm of reasons that patients have a complex biopsychosocial response to acupuncture that INCLUDES but is not LIMITED to placebo.Read More
In any field it is common that one approach gets turned into gospel, the world of massage therapy is no exception. We have strong advocates of triggerpoint therapy, myofascial release and more recently pain science, that argue tooth and nail that their approach is far superior.Read More
This week I got my hands on Life on the Edge: The Coming Age of Quantum Biology, I have been waiting to read this book for awhile now after seeing Jim Al-Khalilis' Ted Talk on Quantum Biology. Things get weird in the world of Quantum Biology this includes the collective intelligence of active matter. This has opened up many new fields of studies and now biologists are working to understand how these groups self-organize. An excellent introduction to the fascinating world of active matter is this recent paper on collective cell durotaxis.
Image Credit: Bare Dreamer - Flickr, CC BY 2.0.Read More