Massage & Bodywork

May | June 2014

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Performance Health Acquires Bon Vital' Performance Health, manufacturer of leading bodywork products including Biofreeze and TheraBand, announced its acquisition of Bon Vital', Inc. Bon Vital' produces innovative, all-natural, and organic topical products for the massage therapy and spa professions. Marshall Dahneke, president and chief executive offi cer of Performance Health, says, "Strategically, we plan to combine and leverage the strengths of Performance Health and Bon Vital' in the massage therapy and spa markets through product bundling, cross-promotions, improved school support, and more value-added services. In addition, we will explore opportunities to promote certain Bon Vital' products through Performance Health's international and retail distribution channels." Former Bon Vital' President Thomas Heidenberger is now part of the management team at Performance Health and works closely with newly promoted Vice President (Massage and Spa) Lynda Solien-Wolfe. Massage Eases Hypertrophic Burn Scars The results of a recent randomized controlled trial (RCT) that measured the effectiveness of massage therapy on hypertrophic burn scars suggest that burn rehabilitation massage therapy may be effective in improving pain, pruritus, and scar characteristics. In the RCT, 146 burn patients with hypertrophic scars were divided into a control group and an experimental group. All patients received standard rehabilitation therapy for hypertrophic scars, while the 76 patients in the experimental group received additional burn scar rehabilitation massage therapy. The massage group demonstrated signifi cant improvement over the control group in a number of scar characteristics, including scar thickness and skin distensibility. Read the full abstract at www. burnsjournal.com/article/ S0305-4179%2814% 2900065-5/abstract. Thumbby™ Travel Massage Kit includes a Thumbby™ Soft Massage Cone, Magic Massager® cloth, drawstring bag, and instructions. www.thumbby.com To Order Call Toll-Free: 877-338-8485 The Co. Effective self-care massage any time (even fully clothed) Green kit $44.00 Aqua-glow kit $49.00 (prices includes S&H)

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