The link above goes to an article titled: "The Modern Research of Meridians and Muscle Fascia" ......
I often hear that there is very little research showing the benefits of massage therapy. And yes, I will concur that it is a practicum that is more suited to qualitative research (versus quantitative). It is what I would call a "new science"....although it is not new if you go East of Western Medicine.
Every day..... there is a growing amount of research, and favorable research.
And, if we get down to where the tire meets the road.....
.......if you have experienced personally that massage therapy has helped you..........
.......all the research in the world - no matter what those findings are..........
.........makes little difference to you.
It is a matter of: "sometimes you know what you know."
<><><>>< Here is an excerpt from the article noted above.......a short and worthy read. The White Tiger Qigong Website has additional links to explore and other information. which may interest you.
Enjoy....and have a great day.
"Modern research has shown the link in both form and function between the workings of acupuncture and the fascial network in general. Prominent acupuncture and researcher, Dr. Helene Langevin have shown that connective tissue along with collagen fibers and fibroblasts wind around the end of an acupuncture needle when it is rotated in place creating detectable mechanical effects. Dr. Langevnin concluded that oriental acupuncture meridians may follow intramuscular or intramuscular fascial planes."
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