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The effects of massage on the circulation in normal and paralyzed extremities

PainSci » bibliography » Wakim et al 1949
Tags: massage, random, manual therapy, treatment

Three articles on PainSci cite Wakim 1949: 1. Does Massage Therapy Work?2. The Pressure Question in Massage Therapy3. Does Massage Increase Circulation?

PainSci commentary on Wakim 1949: ?This page is one of thousands in the bibliography. It is not a general article: it is focused on a single scientific paper, and it may provide only just enough context for the summary to make sense. Links to other papers and more general information are provided wherever possible.

Note that this study compares a more vigorous sports massage style with more common Swedish petrissage techniques. Vigorous massage did indeed show significantly increased circulation! However, this technique is rarely used — the vast majority of Registered Massage Therapists in British Columbia rarely treat their clients with vigorous sports massage techniques, yet they still have a habit of claiming that massage increases circulation.

~ Paul Ingraham

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