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Diana Remaley, LMT
19 Compo Road South
Westport, CT

News & Research:

I'm always interested in research studies, local laws, classes and other events related to massage therapy. Below are my favorite recent tidbits.

July 2019
REHABILITATION AND MUSCULOSKELETAL HEALTH / COMMENTARYThe Critical Role of Development of the Transversus Abdominisin the Prevention and Treatment of Low Back Pain
This was written by my amazing colleague, physical therapist Christine Lynders. She's truly one of the most knowledgeable PTs I've ever met, and her article reflects her passion for reducing pain. There's some simple and effective illustrated exercises that she has witnessed reduce lower back pain. Give this article a read and give the exercises a try!

April 2019
The effect of cold-water immersion on physical performance
Ice baths have long been a part of athletic recovery. This small study shows that performance was decreased after ice application. That's not necessarily a bad thing; recovery is usually after an event anyway. But, it does make me think that perhaps cold application for such a long time isn't beneficial for muscle recovery. Hopefully more studies will come soon.

July 2018
Comparison of a foam rolling session with active joint motion and without joint motion: A randomized controlled trial
Foam rolling is beneficial, but especially so with joint movement. If these motions elude you, I'm always happy to demonstrate them in my office.

July 2018
The effects of cryotherapy versus cryostretching on clinical and functional outcomes in athletes with acute hamstring strain
"Cryo" refers to application of cold to tissue; "cryostretching" refers to, in this study, stretching after cold is applied. Stretching is more effective than cold application alone.

July 2018
A randomised crossover trial comparing Thai and Swedish massage for fatigue and depleted energy.
Both of these types of massage are effective. I love reading these kinds of studies!

January 2018
Electromyographic changes in muscles around the ankle and the knee joints in women accustomed to wearing high-heeled or low-heeled shoes.
Yes, we feel like powerful women when we wear high heels. But please don't wear them consistently. As the study clearly shows, they're bad for our muscles.

October 2017
A comparison of the effect of the active release and muscle energy techniques on the latent trigger points of the upper trapezius.
I use BOTH of these techniques on clients with neck and shoulder pain - I'm glad to read that they both work well!

March 2016
Acute Swedish Massage Monotherapy Successfully Remediates Symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder: A Proof-of-Concept, Randomized Controlled Study.
This study shows gentle massage can help anxiety.

May 2016
The Impact of Massage Therapy on Function in Pain Populations—A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials: Part II, Cancer Pain Populations
This study shows that gentle massage therapy can help alleviate pain in cancer patients. In that population, decreased pain with no side effects is fantastic.

March 2016
A newly discovered muscle: The tensor of the vastus intermedius
The science of anatomy is always changing! This newly discovered muscle is in our quadriceps group on the front of the thigh ("quad" means "four" and this muscle makes that group comprised of FIVE muscles, so maybe the name of the group will change!) This kind of discovery proves that there are still things we don't know about the human body, and that constantly researching and challenging our notions about anatomy are good endeavors!

February 2016
Manual therapy as an effective treatment for fibrosis in a rat model of upper extremity overuse injury.
Rats are often used in science as precursors to human trials. Their anatomy and composition is very similar to our own. This study shows that deep muscle injuries (fibrosis is generally the result of overuse trauma, such as repetitive motion) can be helped with manual therapy (massage therapy).

February 2016
Prevention of Low Back Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
This is an analysis of previously conducted studies, aimed at providing a conclusion to several hypothetical solutions to low back pain. The review showed that low back pain was reduced with "moderate quality exercise and education" [likely regarding ergonomics and posture] but that back belts and shoe insoles had little effect on low back pain. Although these mechanical interventions are part of the solution to low back pain, exercise is still clearly the archetype for providing relief.

January 2016
Mechanical stimulation shown to repair muscle
This is a FANTASTIC pilot study that proves the efficacy of massage therapy. It's displaying very clearly the benefits that massage has on physical muscle tissue.

July 2015
Effect of massage on DOMS in ultramarathon runners: A pilot study
Although few of us will run ultramarathons (100 miles, typically), it's good to know that massage is effective at reducing pain even after such exhaustive exercise. Although this study is just a pilot, the results are very encouraging.

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Research Archive:

March 2015
Ischemic compression and joint mobilisation for the treatment of nonspecific myofascial foot pain: findings from two quasi-experimental before-and-after studies.

December 2014
Effects of massage therapy and occlusal splint therapy on electromyographic activity and the intensity of signs and symptoms in individuals with temporomandibular disorder and sleep bruxism: a randomized clinical trial

November 2014
Regular Exercise and Massage Manipulations Offer Positive Health Effects

July 2014
Effects of joint mobilization on chronic ankle instability: a randomized controlled trial

June 2014
Massage therapy restores peripheral vascular function after exertion

Summer 2014
AMTA Research Roundup: Cardiovascular Health & Massage

Summer 2014
The fascia of the limbs and back--a review

Summer 2014
Fascia: a morphological description and classification system based on a literature review

April 2014
The trapezius - Clinical and conditioning controversies

March 2014
Efficacy of Manual and Manipulative Therapy in the Perception of Pain and Cervical Motion in Patients With Tension-Type Headache: A Randomized, Controlled Clinical Trial

March 2014
Pain Relief by Touch: A Qualitative Approach

February 2014
The trapezius - Clinical and conditioning controversies

December 2013
Evaluation of the effects of supplementation with Pycnogenol® on fitness in normal subjects with the Army Physical Fitness Test and in performances of athletes in the 100-minute triathlon

October 2013
Massage Therapy benefits mental health; reduces stress and anxiety

July 2013
Watermelon juice may relieve sore muscles

May 2013
Mussels may ease effects of exercise-related inflammation

July 2012
Muscle atrophy changes relative to ACL reconstruction

May 2013
Rheumatoid arthritis in upper limbs benefits from moderate pressure massage therapy

January 2013
Providing therapeutic massage improves the quality of life at the end of life for patients and may be associated with further beneficial effects

November 2012
Reflexology Eases Cancer-Related Pain

September 2012
Massage Therapy Produces Short-term Improvements in Balance, Neurological, and Cardiovascular Measures in Older Persons

September 2012
Massage Therapy for Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease

May 2012
Massage therapy effective for knee osteoarthritis, chronic low back pain and fibromyalgia

March 2012
Neck Massage and Spinal Manipulation Reduce Migraine Pain

January 2012
Massage eases inflammation in worn-out muscles

November 2011
Hand pain is reduced by massage therapy

October 2011
Myofascial release decreases frequency of tension-type headaches

October 2011
Myofascial release decreases non-specific cervical and lumbar pain

October 2011
Triggerpoint therapy reduces shoulder impingement pain association

September 2011
Yoga and massage therapy reduce prenatal depression and prematurity

July 2011
Workplace seated massage decreases pain and increases flexibility

July 2011
Massage improves physical and psychological state in breast cancer survivors

July 2011
Massage eases low back pain in randomized controlled trial

July 2011
Massage More Effective Than Usual Care for Treating Chronic Low Back Pain

June 2011
Massage Therapy may improve coping in adults with chronic pain

March 2011
Abdominal Massage relieves constipation

January 2011
Thai massage alleviates triggerpoint-related back pain

January 2011
Myofascial Release reduces tension headache frequency

December 2010
Myofascial Release improves quality of life for fibromyalgia patients

November 2010
Massage therapy improves sleep quality in heart surgery patients

September 9, 2010
A Single Massage can boost the immune system (LA Times)

March 2010
Osteopathic Manupulation improves systolic blood pressure in 12 month study

Massage Therapy may ease pain and improve mood in advanced cancer patients

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Diana Remaley, LMT
19 Compo Road South
Westport, CT