Massage & Bodywork

NOVEMBER | DECEMBER 2015

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NEWS NOTES compiled by Brandon Twyford ABMP Assistant Editor | brandon@abmp.com Whitney Lowe Receives Performance Health/MTF 2015 Humanitarian Award Renowned author and educator Whitney Lowe was honored with the 2015 Performance Health/Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF) Humanitarian Award in August, for his humanitarian efforts in promoting the power of massage. Lowe, author or contributor to nine books on massage therapy, has served on numerous advisory and editorial boards supporting the advancement of research and education in the profession. Performance Health CEO Marshall Dahneke presented the award to Lowe at the MTF's annual donor reception and also donated $2,500 in Lowe's name to the MTF. "The Massage Therapy Foundation is pleased to award Whitney Lowe this 2015 Humanitarian Award," says MTF President Jerrilyn Cambron. "He has supported the foundation in so many ways … Thank you, Whitney, for sharing your knowledge, kindness, and generosity with the profession." Read more about the Massage Therapy Foundation, Performance Health, and Whitney Lowe at www.massage therapyfoundation.org, www.performancehealth.com, and www.academyofclinicalmassage.com. More Evidence for the Effectiveness of Soft-Tissue Therapies A systematic review published in Manual Therapy found that manual soft-tissue therapies are effective in treating certain musculoskeletal disorders and injuries, including carpal tunnel syndrome, lateral epicondylitis, and plantar fasciitis. The review critically appraised seven articles published between 1990 and 2015, with the purpose of clarifying the role of soft- tissue therapies in the management of upper and lower extremity musculoskeletal disorders and injuries. The review concluded that: • Myofascial release therapy was effective for treating lateral epicondylitis and plantar fasciitis. • Movement re-education was effective for managing lateral epicondylitis. • Localized relaxation massage combined with multimodal care may provide short-term benefit for treating carpal tunnel syndrome. Read the full review at www.manualtherapy journal.com/article/S1356-689X%2815%2900174-5 /fulltext. Call for MTs: Week-long Training in Elite Sports Massage for NFL Hopefuls XPE Sports and CORE Institute announced a new advanced certification training in CORE Sports & Performance Bodywork through a week-long program in Boca Raton, Florida. Therapists will have the opportunity to provide manual therapy services to elite college football athletes as the athletes prepare for the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine. The therapists will study myofascial therapy protocols and structural integration strategies in the morning, then put these skills to real-life practice on athletes in the afternoon. Tony Villani, founder of XPE Sports, is known as the "speed guru" for hundreds of NFL athletes who return for off-season training at XPE Sports. George Kousaleos, LMT, founder of CORE Institute, was general manager of the 1996 British Olympic Preparation Camps Sports Massage Team, co-director of the 2004 Athens Health Services International Sports Massage Team, and currently directs the CORE Sports Bodywork team, which provides the Florida State University football team with structural and myofascial bodywork. The application process for participation in this unique certification program is underway. Interested participants must submit a professional resume, two letters of recommendation, proof of professional liability insurance, and perform telephone or Skype interviews. For more information and application deadlines, visit www.xpecoresportsbodywork.com or contact George Kousaleos at 850-222-8673 or geocore27@gmail.com. F r e e S O A P n o t e s w i t h M a s s a g e B o o k f o r A B M P m e m b e r s : a b m p . u s / M a s s a g e b o o k 17 Whitney Lowe

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