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International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29209444/a-commentary-on-the-role-of-randomized-controlled-trials-in-massage-therapy
#1
Amanda Baskwill
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2017: International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29209443/incentivizing-peer-review
#2
EDITORIAL
Ann Blair Kennedy
Since the 1700s, peer review has been a part of scientific publication. Quality peer reviews take extensive time and effort yet reviewers are not often compensated. This editorial announces the new offering of the National Certification Board for Thereputic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB)-approved continuing education hours for our peer reviewers who complete timely reviews. Instructions to register as a peer reviewer and how to conduct a review are offered. Thank you to our 2016 and 2017 peer reviewers.
December 2017: International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29209442/getting-to-phase-3-an-interview-with-virginia-s-cowen-phd-lmt
#3
EDITORIAL
Ann Blair Kennedy
I feel that it is important to know the stories behind those who are working hard in the field to bring forward massage therapy research. Interviews with massage therapy researchers will now occasionally be included in the Journal as a new editorial feature. The first interview is with Virginia S. Cowen, PhD, LMT a New York State-licensed and NCB board-certified massage therapist with a PhD from Arizona State. She first became interested in massage therapy research while in massage therapy school, and her most recent work is investigating the integration of massage therapy into medical settings...
December 2017: International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912905/a-case-for-mixed-methods-research-in-massage-therapy
#4
Amanda Baskwill
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2017: International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912904/fasciatherapy-and-reflexology-compared-to-hypnosis-and-music-therapy-in-daily-stress-management
#5
Bernard Payrau, Nadine Quere, Elisabeth Breton, Christine Payrau
BACKGROUND: Patients suffering from stress symptoms due to every-day life who are looking for a non-pharmacological response to their relief expectation are many. Furthermore, early reckoning of the day-to-day stress which may lead to clinical diagnosis is the best way of preventing the stress-related diseases. Among the many alternative medicinal options, there is little evidence that fasciatherapy (Fs) and reflexology (Rf) are effective in this field. PURPOSE: assess incidence of fasciatherapy Danis Bois Method (DBM) and of reflexology on patients' stress level in everyday-life, and provide a more informed choice among the numerous mind and body techniques by comparing them with hypnosis (Hp) and music therapy (Mt)...
September 2017: International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912903/what-did-i-do-practitioner-awareness-of-ethical-issues-in-scientific-publishing
#6
EDITORIAL
Ann Blair Kennedy, Albert Moraska, Grant Rich
Massage therapy practice as well as research in massage therapy is guided by ethical principles and boundaries of professional behavior. Scientific publishing is also guided by a set of ethical standards, about which all aspiring scientific authors should be aware. Honesty, integrity, and conflicts of interest are issues in science and these issues can also impact scientific publishing. Historical ethical issues and current events are discussed.
September 2017: International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690704/experienced-practitioners-beliefs-utilized-to-create-a-successful-massage-therapist-conceptual-model-a-qualitative-investigation
#7
Anne B Kennedy, Niki Munk
BACKGROUND: The massage therapy profession in the United States has grown exponentially, with 35% of the profession's practitioners in practice for three years or less. Investigating personal and social factors with regard to the massage therapy profession could help to identify constructs needed to be successful in the field. PURPOSE: This data-gathering exercise explores massage therapists' perceptions on what makes a successful massage therapist that will provide guidance for future research...
June 2017: International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690703/the-effectiveness-of-thai-massage-and-joint-mobilization
#8
Chantip Juntakarn, Thavat Prasartritha, Prapoj Petrakard
BACKGROUND: Non-specific low back pain (LBP) is a common health problem resulting from many risk factors and human behaviors. Some of these may interact synergistically and have been implicated in the cause of low back pain. Massage both traditional Thai massage and joint mobilization as a common practice has been shown to be effective for some subgroup of nonspecific LBP patients. PURPOSE AND SETTING: The trial compared the effectiveness between traditional Thai massage and joint mobilization for treating nonspecific LBP...
June 2017: International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690702/journal-aspirations-improving-scientific-writing-and-publication-through-a-writing-mentorship-program
#9
EDITORIAL
Ann Blair Kennedy
Looking to help novice scientific writers improve their skills and enhance the likelihood of scientific publication, the IJTMB launched a writing mentorship program. Research indicates that when novice writers have a mentor and work on writing as a team, the authors can gain self-efficacy, manuscripts are improved, thoughts and writing are clarified, and differing perspectives are added. This editorial identifies the process for being recommended to use a writing mentor, discusses recommendations in the forming of a mentor/mentee relationship, describes the qualities of good mentors and mentees, and offers suggestions for improving writing for scientific publication...
June 2017: International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293329/evaluation-of-a-gait-assessment-module-using-3d-motion-capture-technology
#10
Amanda J Baskwill, Patricia Belli, Leila Kelleher
BACKGROUND: Gait analysis is the study of human locomotion. In massage therapy, this observation is part of an assessment process that informs treatment planning. Massage therapy students must apply the theory of gait assessment to simulated patients. At Humber College, the gait assessment module traditionally consists of a textbook reading and a three-hour, in-class session in which students perform gait assessment on each other. In 2015, Humber College acquired a three-dimensional motion capture system...
March 2017: International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293328/launching-of-ijtmb-writing-mentorship-program
#11
EDITORIAL
Ann Blair Kennedy
Having a formalized mechanism for linking novice authors and experienced authors can assist budding writers. Scientific writing is a skill that many practitioners are not taught in school as this type of writing is not generally used in clinical practice. Many of the submissions to the Journal come from authors with a wealth of clinical experience but who lack scientific writing experience; moreover, while the information contained therein is interesting, the articles frequently require extensive re-writes/editing to attain a quality that is publishable...
March 2017: International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974948/utilizing-chair-massage-to-address-one-woman-s-health-in-rural-ghana-west-africa-a-case-report
#12
Cathy J Meryanos
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: There is limited access to health care in rural Ghana and virtually no rehabilitative services available. This situation presents a unique opportunity to utilize chair massage in addressing women's health in rural Ghana, particularly when it comes to muscle pain and fatigue from heavy labor. The objective of this case report is to determine the results of chair massage as a strategy to reduce neck, shoulder, and back pain, while increasing range of motion. CASE PRESENTATION: The patient is a 63-year-old Ghanaian female, who was struck by a public transport van while carrying a 30-50 pound load on her head, two years prior...
December 2016: International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974947/impact-of-massage-therapy-on-fatigue-pain-and-spasticity-in-people-with-multiple-sclerosis-a-pilot-study
#13
Deborah Backus, Christine Manella, Anneke Bender, Mark Sweatman
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, immune-mediated, inflammatory disease that leads to fatigue, pain, and spasticity, as well as other sensorimotor and cognitive changes. Often traditional medical approaches are ineffective in alleviating these disruptive symptoms. Although about one-third of surveyed individuals report they use massage therapy (MT) as an adjunct to medical treatment, there is little empirical evidence that MT is effective for symptom management in people with MS...
December 2016: International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974946/meet-the-new-education-and-practice-section-editor
#14
EDITORIAL
Grant J Rich
This article serves as an introduction to Grant J. Rich, PhD LMT BCTMB, the new IJTMB Education and Practice Section Editor, and describes his education and experience.
December 2016: International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974945/upcoming-ijtmb-initiatives-from-the-interim-executive-editor
#15
EDITORIAL
Ann Blair Kennedy
It is an honor and a privilege to be appointed the Interim Executive Editor for the IJTMB; I am lucky to have some initiatives that were already in development by the previous editorial team that I hope to bring to fruition over the next few months. First, I hope to increase the Journal's Internet presence through social media to expand readership and encourage new submitters. The second initiative is a mentoring program to assist writers with their submissions to the Journal. Finally, I, and the rest of the editorial staff, will continue to evaluate the process, procedures, and forms used in peer review...
December 2016: International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27648111/erratum-oral-poster-abstracts-from-the-2016-international-massage-therapy-research-conference
#16
(no author information available yet)
[This corrects the article on p. 9 in vol. 9.].
September 2016: International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27648110/case-study-the-use-of-massage-therapy-to-relieve-chronic-low-back-pain
#17
Laura Allen
OBJECTIVES: To study the effects of massage on chronic low-back pain in a patient with four different diagnoses: osteoarthritis, scoliosis, spinal stenosis, and degenerative disc disease. The patient's goal was to cut down on the amount of pain medication he takes. METHODS: A 63-year-old man with chronic back pain received four massages across a twenty-day period. Progress was recorded using the Oswestry Low Back Pain Scale, as he self-reported on levels of pain and interference with his activities of daily living...
September 2016: International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27648109/clarifying-definitions-for-the-massage-therapy-profession-the-results-of-the-best-practices-symposium
#18
Ann B Kennedy, Jerrilyn A Cambron, Patricia A Sharpe, Ravensara S Travillian, Ruth P Saunders
BACKGROUND: Massage therapists are at times unclear about the definition of massage therapy, which creates challenges for the profession. It is important to investigate the current definitions and to consider the field as a whole in order to move toward clarity on what constitutes the constructs within the profession. PURPOSE: To determine how a sample of experts understand and describe the field of massage therapy as a step toward clarifying definitions for massage and massage therapy, and framing the process of massage therapy practice...
September 2016: International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27648108/identifying-inconsistencies-and-reporting-deficits-in-therapeutic-massage-and-bodywork-tmb-case-reports-authored-by-tmb-practitioners-a-tmb-adapted-case-report-care-guidelines-audit-through-2014
#19
Niki Munk, Sarah Shue, Emilee Freeland, Rick Ralston, Karen T Boulanger
INTRODUCTION: Case reports are a fundamental tool through which therapeutic massage and bodywork (TMB) practitioners can inform research and impact their field by detailing the presentation, treatment, and follow-up of a single individual encountered in practice. Inconsistencies in case reporting limit their impact as fundamental sources of clinical evidence. Using the TMB-adapted CAse REport (CARE) guidelines, the current study sought to provide a rich description regarding the reporting quality of TMB practitioner authored TMB case reports in the literature...
September 2016: International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27648107/not-birds-of-a-feather-case-reports-case-studies-and-single-subject-research
#20
EDITORIAL
Antony Porcino
If the practice of therapeutic massage and bodywork (TMB) is to become evidence-informed, practitioners, educators, and presenters must better develop their research literacy and critical appraisal skills. Given that the IJTMB supports the publication of case reports as one fundamental form of knowledge development within the fields of TMB, it is imperative that researchers, educators, and practitioners know the difference between case reports and similar, but unrelated, forms of research. There are legal and ethical implications that must be carefully considered for each form of research or reporting...
September 2016: International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
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