"In the old days, pain was pain, and there was not a lot of differentiating on the best way to treat it. Then came along powerful morphine in the late 1800s, and more than a century later, powerful opioid painkillers. Marketing by opioid manufacturers led many people to believe, several lawsuits claim, that there were few downsides to using powerful opioids to treat pain. Well, we know differently now."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.
Physicians, now more than ever are recommending conservative treatment including massage, spinal manipulation, acupuncture and exercise as part of a multi-modal approach for patients suffering from neck pain, anxiety and stress.Read More
If you look at the research on the biological mechanisms of action, acupuncture needles and dry needles are doing the same thing: providing a novel stimulus to the CNS which has effects on many neuroanatomical regions associated with pain. Needle insertion stimulates nerve endings which can block nociceptive signaling according to gate-control theory, needle insertion also stimulates endogenous opioid release, purinergic signaling and modulation of the endocannibinoid system.
Another interesting concept is acupuncture helps to stimulate improved micro-circulation, while encouraging the removal of cellular exudates and drainage of metabolic waste.Read More
A biopsychosocial model of massage therapy helps put into context the interconnected and multidirectional interaction between: physiology, thoughts, emotions, behaviors, culture, and beliefs.Read More