Massage Therapy: The Evidence for Practice

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The first text of its kind to provide evidence-based research on massage therapy. This much-needed volume presents massage-related research on: stress (post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, depression, abuse), spinal cord injuries, enhancing growth (pregnancy and infancy), pain reduction (rheumatoid arthritis, back pain, migraine, and fibromyalgia), pediatrics, the elderly, increasing emplyee satisfaction (chair massage), enhancing cognition (alertness, autism), and immunity (HIV, cancer).

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"I'm very excited about this book. It is a well-organized,easy-to-read collection of important, recent research on the efficacy of massage therapy. I am not aware of any other book of this nature. Massage Therapy: The Evidence for Practice can and should be used in all massage schools for the basic education of new massage therapists. It is the first one that we will add to our basic curriculum!" - Diane M. Sater, Chair, AMTA National Education Committee; President, American Institute of Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy
 
"My sincere thanks to Grant Rich and the many contributors to this book. This begins the massage therapy profession's exciting journey in bringing the research in our field to the members of our profession, our allied healthcare communities, and the recipients of massage's art and science." - E.Houston LeBrun, LMP, Past President, American Massage Therapy Association
 
"Grant Rich has carefully collected an impressive group of reports by major researchers in massage therapy. This book represents an extremely valuable contribution to the literature on evidence-based medicine. It will become a necessary resource for researchers and hospital-based massage therapists as well as for all practitioners at the leading edge of the field." - Lisa Mertz,PhD LMT, Book Review Editor, Massage Therapy Journal
 
"Grant Rich's discerning selection of articles reflects the impressively broad range of applications for massage therapy. Anyone interested in knowing more about massage research today and the potential of therapeutic massage will want to read this book." - Elliot Greene MA NCTMB, Past President, American Massage Therapy Association

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Grant Jewell Rich, L.M.T., N.C.T.M.B., is 2nd vice president of the Ohio chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association and chair of the editorial advisory board of the Massage Therapy Journal, a national quarterly with a circulation of over 60,000. Grant is currently visiting faculty in psychology atOhio State University Mansfield and he has served on the faculties of Antioch College and Columbus State Community College as well. Grant received a B.A.in English from Oberlin College, and a M.A. in psychology from the University of Chicago, where he is a Ph.D. candidate. At Chicago, he received the four-year tuition and stipend University Fellowship and the Bernice Neugarten Award for Dissertation-related research. He has taught numerous courses, including research methods, social psychology, abnormal psychology, and human development. At Chicago, he worked with best-selling author Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, co-authoring work on flow and peak experience, and conducting interviews with eminent creators for Csikszentmihalyi's 1996 book, Creativity, which became a Quality Paperback Book club Top 10 Best Seller.

Grant has given talks and presentations at many national conferences, including the American Anthropological Association, the American Education Research Association, the Pacific Sociological Association, the American Psychological Society, the Society for Research on Child Development, and the Society for Research on Adolescence. He has served as a reviewer for Cambridge University Press, Creativity Research Journal, Journal of Research on Adolescence, Corwin Press, Journal of Marriage and the Family, National Council on Family Relations, Massage Therapy Journal and other journals and organizations. He has served on the boards of several social service organizations including the National Hallof Fame for People with Disabilities and Mentorship Columbus. He serves on the editorial board of the American Anthropological Association's Anthropologyof Consciousness, and is guest editing of special issue of this journal on the "body and consciousness." He has written for numerous publications including Psychology Today, Massage, Massage Therapy Journal, Keyboard, Anthropologyand Education Quarterly, Anthropology of Consciousness, Family Relations, Creativity Research Journal, Skeptical Inquirer, Antioch Review, and Anthropology and Medicine. He has served on the AMTA Foundation research proposal review committee.

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