The Many Faces of Thoracic Outlet Syndromes

Well, Whitney Lowe (in the Sept./Oct. edition of ABMP’s Massage and Bodywork) explained and reiterated so well, as usual, something that most therapists would agree is very involved! He believes the pluralization of Syndromes is necessary and should be into the following four categories based on tissues involved: cervical rib compression, anterior scalene, costoclavicular, and pectoralis minor. I love his reiteration and openmindedness.

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Massage Therapy and Fibromyalgia

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Healthcare’s September, 2017 journal article was, as often is the case, promising! Results of a recent (2014) systematic review and meta-analysis concluded that massage therapy with a duration of 5 weeks or longer had beneficial, immediate effects on improving pain, anxiety, and depression. It was 9 randomized controlled trials involving 404 participants with fibromyalgia syndrome, and a 2015 systematic review and meta-analysis of ten randomized and non-randomized controlled trials involving a total of 145 participants concluded that overall, most styles of massage therapy consistently improved quality of life of patients with fibromyalgia syndrome.