Therapeutic Massage

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What is massage? Art, spiritual healing or part of modern medicine with a scientific approach to its therapeutic possibilities? The author offers the reader an opportunity to study and practice massage as a part of modern science.

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by R. TURCHANINOV, MD

vThe Therapeutic Massage section of Video Library is based on this book. Please visit www.scienceofmassage.com to see massage techniques presented in video format.

ISBN 0-9675868-1-X
Soft, laminated cover. 242 pages with 123 photos and diagrams. 350 references.

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What is massage? Art, spiritual healing or part of modern medicine with a scientific approach to its therapeutic possibilities? The author offers the reader an opportunity to study and practice massage as a part of modern science. Inside this book, the reader will find comprehensive theoretical and practical information on this matter.

The theoretical background of this publication is formed by the review of 350 of the most important and influential articles, books and other publications from all around the Western world dating from the middle of the 19th century to the present time. The analysis of this extensive information also includes the modern theories of the physiological and therapeutic impacts of massage on the human body. Readers will find information on how modern science sees and explains the way mechanical stimuli evoke intimate processes on the cellular and tissue levels and how the therapeutic impact of massage therapy is formed.

Another positive side of this book is its representation of the modern view on the physiology of the pain, the “gate control” theory of pain, and rules of using a pain analyzing system for the patient’s benefit. If it is necessary to activate pain receptors during the treatment, measures to control pain are discussed as well.

In the special chapter: “Hand as therapeutic tool” the author presents extremely valuable information for everyone who practices massage therapy. Readers will find a lot of practical tips on how to effectively use their hands to be able to work longer and more productively, how to prevent injuries during massage treatment, and measures to increase their hands’ endurance and decrease their exhaustion.

Finally the author summarizes and represents in detail more than 60 variations of 7 basic therapeutic techniques (effleurage, friction, kneading, vibration, percussion, compression, and stretching) which are employed by Western massage schools. Some of these techniques are used in Swedish massage, but some are quite unique. They were created during decades of experimental and clinical studies by scientists who shaped the Russian massage school.

The book is richly illustrated with 126 diagrams and photos.

 

Table of Contents - Therapeutic Massage 

INTRODUCTION

 

I. THE METHODS OF WESTERN MASSAGE THERAPY.

A. PREVENTIVE MASSAGE THERAPY

1. STRESS-REDUCING MASSAGE
2. THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE

 

B. MEDICAL MASSAGE

1. SEGMENT-REFLEX MASSAGE
2. CONNECTIVE TISSUE MASSAGE
3. PERIOSTAL MASSAGE
4. MUSCLE-ENERGY TECHNIQUES
5. STRETCHING MASSAGE
6. LYMPH DRAINAGE MASSAGE

 

C. SPORTS MASSAGE

II. HISTORY OF RUSSIAN MASSAGE SCHOOL

III. PHYSIOLOGICAL AND THERAPEUTIC EFFECTS OF MASSAGE ON THE SYSTEMS AND ORGANS OF THE HUMAN BODY

A. NERVOUS SYSTEM

1. CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM
2. PERIPHERAL NERVOUS SYSTEM

 

B. CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM

1. CARDIAC AND CEREBRAL CIRCULATION
2. PERIPHERAL ARTERIO-VENOUS CIRCULATION
3. EFFECT OF MASSAGE ON BLOOD PARAMETERS

 

C. LYMPHATIC SYSTEM

1. EXPERIMENTAL STUDIES
2. CLINICAL STUDIES
3. VODDER’S LYMPH DRAINAGE MASSAGE

 

D. MUSCULAR SYSTEM

1. EXPERIMENTAL AND CLINICAL STUDIES
2. MASSAGE AND ATHLETE’S RECOVERY

 

E. SKELETAL SYSTEM

F. RESPIRATORY SYSTEM

1. EXPERIMENTAL STUDIES
2. CLINICAL STUDIES

 

G. DIGESTIVE SYSTEM

H. URINARY SYSTEM

I. GENITAL SYSTEM

1. FEMALE GENITAL SYSTEM
2. MALE GENITAL SYSTEM

 

J. MASSAGE THERAPY DURING PREGNANCY

K. MASSAGE IN PEDIATRY

L. MASSAGE IN DERMATOLOGICAL PRACTICE

M. OTHER EFFECTS OF MASSAGE THERAPY

IV. PRESSURE AND MECHANISMS OF THE THERAPEUTIC EFFECT OF MASSAGE THERAPY

A. MECHANISMS OF THERAPEUTIC IMPACT OF MASSAGE THERAPY

1. INDIRECT, REFLEX MECHANISM
2. DIRECT, LOCAL MECHANISM OF MASSAGE THERAPY
The Effect of Mechanical Stimuli on the Cellular Metabolism. Role of Cytoskeleton
Effect of Pressure on the Orientation of Collagen Fibrils. Phenomenon of Piezoelectricity
3. GENERAL RECONSTRACTION OF EVENTS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE LOCAL THERAPEUTIC EFFECT OF MASSAGE
ADVERSE EFFECTS OF PRESSURE

 

V. PATHOPHYSIOLOGY OF PAIN. THE PAIN-ANALYZING SYSTEM AND ITS CORRECT ACTIVATION BY MASSAGE THERAPY

A. PATHOPHYSIOLOGY OF PAIN

B. “GATE-CONTROL” THEORY OF PAIN

C. PAIN AND MASSAGE THERAPY

1. INHIBITORY REGIME OF MASSAGE THERAPY
2. GRADUAL INCREASING OF APPLIED PRESSURE
3. PERMANENT VIBRATION
4. ACTIVATION OF CENTRAL CONTROL TRIGGER

 

D. OUTCOMES OF INAPPROPRIATE APPLICATION OF PRESSURE DURING THE MASSAGE TREATMENT.

1. WITHDRAWAL REFLEX
2. FAST PAIN SYSTEM OR “A” NERVOUS FIBRES
3. INDIRECT ACTIVATION OF MUSCLE SPINDLE RECEPTORS

 

E. GENERAL RULES OF CORRECT APPLICATION OF STRONG PRESSURE

VI. THE HAND AS A THERAPEUTIC TOOL. THE CONTACT AREAS FOR MASSAGE TREATMENT

A. ANATOMO-BIOMECHANICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE HAND FROM THE MASSAGE THERAPY POINT OF VIEW

1. SKELETON OF THE HAND
2. LIGAMENTAL SUPPORT OF THE HAND
3. MUSCLES OF THE FOREARM AND HAND
4. SKIN OF THE HAND

 

B. PROFESSIONAL INJURIES AND DISEASES OF THE HAND

C. GENERAL MEASURES FOR INJURY PREVENTION

D. CONTACT AREAS OF THE HAND

VII. THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE TECHNIQUE

EFFLEURAGE
A. GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS
B. TECHNICAL DISTINCTIONS
C. TYPES OF EFFLEURAGE

1. FLAT SUPERFICIAL EFFLEURAGE
2. FLAT STRONG EFFLEURAGE
3. GRASPING PERMANENT EFFLEURAGE
4. GRASPING PERMANENT WITH UNEQUALLY DISTRIBUTED PRESSURE
5. GRASPING INTERRRUPTIVE EFFLEURAGE
6. RIDGING EFFLEURAGE
7. RAKING EFFLEURAGE
8. EFFLEURAGE WITH LOCKED HANDS
9. PINCHING EFFLEURAGE

 

FRICTION
A. GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS

B. TECHNICAL DISTINCTIONS

C. TYPES OF FRICTION

1. SAWING FRICTION
2. ALIGNED FRICTION
3. STRETCHING FRICTION
4. PLANNING FRICTION
5. SARKISOV-SIRASINI’S FRICTION
6. CROSSING FRICTION
7. CYRIAX’S FRICTION
8. RIDGING FRICTION
9. FRICTION-KNEADING
10. SUPERFICIAL FRICTION

 

KNEADING
A. GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS

B. TECHNICAL DISTINCTIONS

C. TYPES OF KNEADING

1. LONGITUDINAL PERMANENT KNEADING
2. TRANSVERSE PERMANENT KNEADING
3. LONGITUDINAL AND TRANSVERSE INTERRUPTIVE KNEADING
4. SIMPLE KNEADING
5. DIGITAL KNEADING
6. SCROLLING KNEADING
7. DOUBLE CIRCULAR KNEADING
8. MOBILE KNEADING
9. PINCHING KNEADING
10. WAVE KNEADING
11. ROLLING KNEADING
12. STRETCHING KNEADING
13. TISSUE DISPLACEMENT KNEADING

 

VIBRATION
A. GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS

B. TECHNICAL DISTINCTIONS

C. TYPES OF VIBRATION

1. DIRECT MANUAL VIBRATION
2. SUPPORTIVE TECHNIQUES OF VIBRATION

a. Shaking
b. Rocking
c. Pushing
d. Pinching

PERCUSSION
A. GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS

B. TECHNICAL DISTINCTIONS

C. TYPES OF PERCUSSION

1. SIMPLE PERCUSSION

a. Tapping
b. Slapping
c. Hacking
d. Beating

2. CUPPING
3. WHIPPING PERCUSSION

COMPRESSION
A. GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS

B. TECHNICAL DISTINCTIONS

C. TYPES OF COMPRESSION

1. REGIONAL COMPRESSION
2. PUMPING
3. ISCHEMIC COMPRESSION

PASSIVE STRETCHING
A. GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS

B. TECHNICAL DISTINCTIONS

C. TYPES OF PASSIVE STRETCHING

1. SEGMENTAL STRETCHING
2. LOCAL STRETCHING

 

REFERENCES

INDEX