Massage therapy has long been known to reduce soreness and tension in muscles, but can it be used in patients who can’t undergo traditional rehabilitation? In this session, examine the latest research on massage therapy as an effective method for decreasing muscle atrophy and helping people recover from muscle disuse. In addition, explore evidence on how massage therapy can prevent fibrosis in muscles.
The Massage Therapy Foundation’s International Massage Therapy Research Conferences are designed to bring together an engaged community of thought leaders, educators, therapists, and allied health practitioners to discuss massage therapy research. This session was originally presented in 2022. For more information, please visit the Massage Therapy Foundation.
When you finish this course, you will be able to:
- Discuss how massage can help patients with muscle atrophy;
- Discuss why preventing fibrosis in muscles with massage therapy is an important component to rehabilitation patients.
Esther Dupont-Versteegden, PhD is a Professor and Director of Rehabilitation and Health Services PhD Program at the University of Kentucky. She holds a BS in Movement Sciences and a PhD in Physiology from the University of Texas Health Science Center. She was previously an Assistant Professor at the University Arkansas Medical Sciences and an Associate Professor of Physical Therapy at University of Kentucky.
Dr. Geoffrey Bove is a pioneer CAM biomedical researcher and has more than 30 years of clinical experience as a manual therapist. He was the first person considered “post-doctoral” by NIH by virtue of a chiropractic degree and was an appointed faculty member at Harvard Medical School. Over the last decade, he has worked closely with manual therapy professions, largely through the Fascia Research Congresses. His research is focused on the effects of inflammation on nerves and axons, musculoskeletal pain, headaches, postoperative adhesions, repetitive motion disorders, among other topics. He currently has a private home-based laboratory, funded by the NIH.
Please note that you must complete each AMTA online learning course and pass the exam one year from the date of purchase. If you do not complete the course and pass the exam within one year, you will be required to re-purchase the course.
Online courses expire one year from the date of purchase. When a course expires, you will no longer have access to the course materials and will be required to re-purchase the course.
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of AMTA unless otherwise indicated in the course. As a reminder, before practicing any new modalities or techniques, check with your state’s massage therapy
regulatory authority to ensure they are within the state’s defined scope of practice for massage therapy.
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