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A Physician's Guide to Therapeutic Massage eBook

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By: John Yates, Ph.D.
eBook Edition
136 pages; contains diagrams and photos
ISBN: 978-0-9878956-1-5

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As consumers increasingly choose to blend their use of medical and complementary modalities, practitioners in all health fields are challenged to understand each other's approaches to patient care. The physician who cannot provide knowledgeable advice about concurrent use of practices like massage therapy risks being out of touch with the benefits they can provide as well as the health considerations for different patient populations. Massage therapists need an evidence-based understanding of their work and a shared language in order to engage in meaningful dialogues with medical doctors with whom they share patients. A Physician's Guide to Therapeutic Massage integrates what is known about massage therapy effects and indications and summarizes this information in an accessible format for quick reference.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition   6

Swedish Massage Technique: Passive Movements   8

Introduction   10

Swedish Massage Technique: Stroking   16

Chapter 1: Understanding the Scope of Application of Therapeutic Massage: The Wellness Model   18

• Swedish Massage Technique: Effleurage   28

Chapter 2: Circulation of Blood and Lymph   30

• Swedish Massage Technique: Petrissage   46

Chapter 3: Skeletal Muscle   48

• Swedish Massage Technique: Frictions   64

Chapter 4: Fibrosis and Contracture   66

• Swedish Massage Technique: Vibrations   76

Chapter 5: Control of Pain   78

• Swedish Massage Technique: Tapotement   88

Chapter 6: Respiratory Function   90

• Swedish Massage Technique: Rocking & Shaking   96

Chapter 7: Psychological Effects   98

Glossary of Massage Therapy Terms   104 

References 108

Index 126

About the Author
Dr. John Yates received his Ph.D. from the University of Manitoba in 1976. He developed a strong interest in complementary healthcare education and research during a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine, following which he joined the Department of Health Care and Epidemiology at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Yates became involved with the West Coast College of Massage Therapy prior to its opening in 1983, and served as is Academic Education Director until 1997. He was also the founding President of the Physical Medicine Research Foundation (PMRF), serving from 1985 to 1990. He has served as Research Director for the Massage Therapists' Association of BC, as a member of the National Leadership Forum of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Soft Tissue Manipulation, and was instrumental in developing the curriculum standard for massage therapy in British Columbia. Dr. Yates is currently living in Arizona where he provides consulting services to accreditation, licensing and certification organizations, professional associations, and colleges of massage therapy throughout North America.