November 12, 2009 — The following articles are the top 15 most-read news stories for October on

A news item on how massage therapy can address cancer patients’ depression topped the list, followed by several technique and practice building articles, as well as health and industry news.

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Top 15 most-read news stories—October:
1. Depression Affects Cancer Patients’ Survival; Massage Eases Depression
Massage therapy has been shown to ease depression and also address cancer patients’ depression, pain and anxiety. A new research review shows that depression can affect a cancer patient’s likelihood of survival, according to an abstract published on … Read more

2. Therapeutic Insight: The Myofascial Release Perspective—Female Problems
The fascial female pelvis is unique due to the inseparability of its structure/function. Comparatively, a woman’s pelvic joint surfaces are flatter than a male’s and, therefore, more easily moveable. A woman’s pelvis is wider and more easily torqued and traumatized. Every month when a woman experiences her menstrual period, relaxin is released in her system, slacking her ligaments and making her more prone to trauma. … Read more

3. Shiatsu Benefits People with Schizophrenia
Studies have suggested a possible role for shiatsu—a bodywork technique from Japan whose name translates to “finger pressure”—in addressing a variety of mental and physical ailments. Researchers in Israel set out to see if shiatsu can provide clinical benefit to individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia. … Read more

4. Craniosacral Therapy Brings Relief to Fibromyalgia Patients
Craniosacral therapy, a light-touch technique that addresses the cerebrospinal fluid, is practiced by dedicated therapists and also incorporated into massage sessions by therapists trained in the technique. New research shows that craniosacral therapy can benefit fibromyalgia patients. … Read more

5. Advice for Massage-Job Seekers
Working for a spa or massage franchise is a viable career choice for many massage therapists, whether they maintain a private practice as well. If a massage therapist decides to become one of the employed, how can he or she best land a job? … Read more

6. Research: Healthy Muscles and White Blood Cells
In some studies, massage therapy has been shown to increase white blood-cell count. In a new study, European scientists have found that, when a muscle is injured, white blood cells called macrophages play a crucial role in its regeneration. … Read more

7. Extend Simple Pleasures to Expand Your Revenue
Today, almost every industry has felt the effects of the economic downturn in one way or another. The massage and spa industries are no exception. During the past few months, these markets have seen a dramatic shift in consumer behavior. Some massage professionals have seen a decrease in new clients as well as less frequent visits from regular customers. … Read more

8. What to Do When Clients Experience an Emotional Release
We all learn about emotional release in school. Painful memories trapped inside tissue can sometimes bubble up to the surface during a massage. Do you know what to do when this happens on your massage table? … Read more

9. Why Muscles Age
A study led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, has identified critical biochemical pathways linked to the aging of human muscle. By manipulating these pathways, the researchers were able to turn back the clock on old human muscle, restoring its ability to repair and rebuild itself, according to a press release from UC Berkeley. … Read more

10. The Tongue: How Craniosacral Therapy Can Help This Important Muscle
Normal tongue structure and function are crucial during such essential activities as chewing, sucking, swallowing, breathing and speaking. Dysfunction of these activities can occur when either the form or position of the tongue is disturbed; when structures attaching to the tongue are compromised; or when the tongue’s neurological pathways are adversely stressed. Craniosacral therapy can help the body create optimal, balanced free motion of the tongue by decreasing dysfunctional biomechanical or neurological strain upon it. … Read more

11. Deep-Tissue Massage Resources
From the MASSAGE Magazine article, “Deep-Tissue Massage Made Easy,” by Eric Stephenson, in the October 2009 issue. Article summary: It’s no secret physical injury is a major cause of compromised daily life for therapists and forced premature exit from the profession. In a growing attempt to meet the demand for deep-tissue massage, many therapists find themselves in pain. Deep tissue made easy is not just an approach; it’s a mindset. It seeks to provide the most comfort for both client and therapist, rather than for one at the expense of the other. … Read more

12. NCBTMB Suspends Instructor/Proctor Requirement for Home Study, Distance Education Programs
The definition and delivery of continuing education (CE) continue to evolve rapidly in this country, and NCBTMB is committed to ensuring that its policies reflect current standards and best practices. … Read more

13. Combat Massage Business Lethargy
Most massage therapists know it’s important to keep in touch with their clients. Constant client contact is a crucial part of the marketing plan. … Read more

14. Reiki Shown to Improve Health
Reiki is a type of energy work used by some massage therapists during massage sessions. New research shows reiki has positive effects on well-being and health. … Read more

15. Nursing Home Residents’ Pain Underestimated
As the aging of America continues, assisted-living centers and nursing homes provide a viable source of clients for massage therapists. New research from The Netherlands shows that both health staff and relatives underestimate chronic pain experienced by nursing home residents, and the researchers call for more education and greater awareness of strategies that don’t involve drugs, such as massage therapy, to address pain. … Read more