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July/August 2013

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neWs nOtes Massage Therapy Foundation Announces New Editorin-Chief Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Beneļ¬ t from Massage Therapy A study by the Touch Research Institute (TRI) at the University of Miami School of Medicine has found that moderate-pressure massage therapy decreases pain in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. Study subjects also showed greater grip strength and range of motion, plus reduced anxiety and depression, after one month of weekly massage therapy sessions. "As patients with RA work with their doctors to determine the best treatment option, we recommend discussing routine massage therapy," says Tiffany Field, PhD, of TRI. The results of the study were presented in conjunction with Massage Envy and can be accessed at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ctcp.2012.12.001. 20 massage & bodywork july/august 2013 Karen Boulanger, PhD, CMT, has been named editor-in-chief of The International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (IJTMB), the open-access, peer-reviewed publication of the Massage Therapy Foundation. Boulanger, a nationally certified massage therapist since 1999, conducts research at Stanford University on the benefits of massage for children. She was formerly the practice section editor of the IJTMB, and will be replaced in that capacity by Niki Munk, PhD, LMT. Sign up for free access at www.ijtmb.org.

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