Research Information Articles

Thank you for the encouragement and feedback from our previous facts sheets. The consensus was that it is useful information. Many practitioners commented that they provided this information to patients, saying that many are seeking information and appreciate that their care is founded on research. This has motivated me to finish some more and put together a proper practitioner resource. You'll find linked below several facts sheets and articles you can read yourself or give to patients. Any feedback or suggestions will be most appreciated. It is very easy to update or add more.

Complete booklet of articles


Complete set of reseach based articles and information sheets.

Individual articles


This fact sheet covers research on the use of localised vibration massage to reduce post exercise soreness and speed recovery. This is excellent information for all your patients/clients who exercise or play sport.



This fact sheet covers reseach showing the use of vibration massage to relax/lengthen muscles and increase joint ROM. his has significan implication for rehabilitation and biomechanical correction.



We understand the vibration massage causes muscle to relax, and we speculate that a localised increase in blood flow will aid healing. However, scientists used a battery of tests and investigations to fund out what it really does. Their findings are pretty amazing.


Research & Usage Information

General

What vibration massage actually does

Regular massage for health and wellbeing

How to reduce post exercise soreness and speed recovery

Enjoy the benefits professional sports people get

Vibration massage show to have a similar effect to that of stretching

An easy safe way to improve sleep quality while reducing anxiety, heart rate and blood pressure A recent study published in the journal Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention showed that a simple 15 minute back massage each day for a week reduced anxiety, lowered heart rates and blood pressure, and improved sleep quality... read more

Research shows a common overlooked cause of rapid fatigue and pain, and an inexpensive solution. Research shows that most people have those tender spots in tight muscles that masseurs love to find, and that they cause rapid fatigue and pain upon exertion.  In spite of this they are too often overlooked as a cause of unexplained fatigue.... Read more

Research findings: fibromyalgia caused by trigger points and successfully treated by trigger point therapy According to a review of research relating to the association between fibromyalgia and myofascial trigger points (trigger points) , trigger points are an important cause of fibromyalgia.... read more

Research findings: undetected trigger points in your muscles cause poor coordination and joint injury

Adding manual therapies directed at improving function produces far superior results
The control and co-ordination of joint movement is largely determined by factors that are not under conscious control... read more

Exercises shown to not correct abnormal muscle activation patterns
Most movements require the co-ordinated contraction and relaxation of numerous muscles.  The neurological control of this is known as a muscular activation pattern... read more

The relationship between latent (pain free) trigger points and depression
Latent (pain free) trigger points are those tender spots in tightened muscles that you do not know are there until a masseur presses upon them. ... read more

How “pain free” trigger points cause muscles and joints to malfunction: causing injury and long term damage
Latent (pain free) trigger points are the tender spots in tight muscle you don’t know you have until a masseur presses upon them causing shooting pain... read more

Good news for shoulder pain sufferers
Do you suffer from long-term shoulder pain that does not seem to respond to treatment?  According to research the commonly blamed causes of shoulder pain... read more

Relief From Chronic Tension Type Headaches
The most common type of headache is the chronic tension type. The most common cause is said to be “trigger points” in the muscles of the head and neck... read more

Regular “corporate” massage shown to increase movement while decreasing pain and discomfort
A “chair massage” is typically where a person seated and clothed receives a short massage around the neck and shoulders.  ... read more

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Repeated simple massage/soft tissue therapy shown to reduce anxiety, reduce heart rate and blood pressure, and improve sleep quality A recent study published in the journal Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention showed that a simple back massage repeated over a period of time improved anxiety state, lowered heart rates and blood pressure, and improved sleep quality... read more

Latent (pain free) trigger points shown to cause rapid fatigue with pain-and underlie many other issues A study published in the journal Pain Medicine 2011 found that muscles containing latent (pain free) trigger points fatigued quickly and became painful.  This is not surprising considering a trigger point is part of a muscle constantly in a hyper-contracted state, and already suffering from local hypoxia and a build up of metabolites... read more

Research findings: fibromyalgia caused by trigger points and successfully treated by trigger point therapy According to a review of research relating to the association between fibromyalgia and myofascial trigger points (trigger points) , trigger points are an important cause of fibromyalgia.... read more  

Adding manual therapies directed at improving function produces far superior results The control and co-ordination of joint movement is largely determined by factors that are not under conscious control...read more

Exercises shown to not correct abnormal muscle activation patterns
Most movements require the co-ordinated contraction and relaxation of numerous muscles.  The neurological control of this is known as a muscular activation pattern... read more

The relationship between trigger points and depression
A study published in the journal “Clinical Rheumatology” investigated the the prevalence of latent (pain free) myofascial trigger points (MTPs) in the scapular muscles of apparently healthy pain free adults, and whether they were associated with depression... read more

Latent (Pain Free) Trigger Points Alter Neurological Control of Shoulder Movement Causing Damage, Impingement and Injury
This article summarises the very important clinical implications of the research done by Dr Karen Lucas in Melbourne for her PhD Thesis.... read more

The presence and treatment of myofascial trigger points in chronic shoulder pain
The authors of two pieces of research state that although myofascial trigger points (MTPs) are well accepted as a source of pain they are barely... read more

Relief From Chronic Tension Type Headaches
The most common headache is said to be the chronic tension type.    In a study of this type of headache 31 subjects were examined for myofascial trigger points (MTPs)... read more

Regular "corporate" massage shown to decrease pain and discomfort while increasing range of motion
A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine Showed that a simple corporate chair massage done twice weekly over a period of one month ... read more