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The purpose of this case study is to measure the effects of myofascial release as a manual massage therapy technique in the treatment of idiopathic scoliosis. One 18-year-old female subject underwent 6 weeks of myofascial release treatment consisting of two sessions each week for 60min. Pain, pulmonary function, and quality of life were measured. The subject improved with pain levels, trunk rotation, posture, quality of life, and pulmonary function. The results suggest further investigation is needed using myofascial release, as an effective manual therapy treatment for idiopathic scoliosis.
-- J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2008 Oct;12(4):356-63. Epub 2008 Jun 4. The effect of myofascial release (MFR) on an adult with idiopathic scoliosis.LeBauer A, Brtalik R, Stowe K.

This study evaluated the effectiveness of massage therapy as a component in increasing range of motion, decreasing pain and assisting in healing of a client with low back pain and sciatica symptoms. The client presented with an insidious onset of low back pain and pain that radiated into the right lower extremity (sciatica). The client had been experiencing this pain daily for the past 9 months. The results of this study suggest that massage therapy was effective at reducing low back pain intensity and increasing range of motion for this particular client. LBP intensity was assessed at level one the first three assessment periods. The distinct techniques and stretches used during the course of this study have the possibility of becoming useful, non-pharmacological interventions for reducing or eliminating pain and sciatica symptoms associated with low back pain.
-- J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2008 Jul;12(3):281-9. Epub 2008 Apr 10. Massage therapy helps to increase range of motion, decrease pain and assist in healing a client with low back pain and sciatica symptoms.Bell J.

Adults with low back pain with a duration of at least 6 months received two 30-min massage or relaxation therapy sessions per week for 5 weeks. Participants receiving massage therapy reported experiencing less pain, depression, anxiety and their sleep had improved. They also showed improved trunk and pain flexion performance, and their serotonin and dopamine levels were higher.
-- Int J Neurosci. 2001;106(3-4):131-45. Lower back pain is reduced and range of motion increased after massage therapy.Hernandez-Reif M, Field T, Krasnegor J, Theakston H.

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