Research: POSADZKI and COLLEAGUES,

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Abstract

POSADZKI and COLLEAGUES,  University of East Anglia School of Medicine, Health Policy and Practice, Norwich, Norfolk, United Kingdom review [59 references] the published evidence for massage and passive movement which they suggest may be combined in a variety of clinical settings.

Background

This article narratively reviews the evidence of 2 therapeutic modalities, massage and passive movement.

Methodology

The authors suggest that these 2 treatment techniques may be combined as 1 treatment to be used in a variety of clinical settings.

Results

We present the rationale through which the concept of massage with movement (MWM) has been developed and constructed from the principles of passive movements with gentle massage during Lomi Lomi massage.

Conclusion

It is hypothesized that through further investigation and empirical studies, this concept may allow bodywork and movement therapists, nurses, physiotherapists, and occupational therapists to combine the positive effects of passive movements with those of massage for patients' health benefits, most notably through enhanced relaxation. [References: 59]

References

Posadzki P, Smith TO and Lizis P. Lomi Lomi as a massage with movements: a conceptual synthesis?. [Review] [59 refs]. Alternative Therapies in Health & Medicine. 15(6): 44-9. Nov-Dec 2009.

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