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Hello everyone! We are delighted to share this new post of Thursday’s Food for …

August 12, 2019
Hello everyone!

We are delighted to share this new post of Thursday’s Food for ...


Hello everyone!

We are delighted to share this new post of Thursday’s Food for Thought – a comprehensive review of the published scientific literature.

Introducing: Using pressure massage for Achilles tendinopathy: a single-blind, randomized controlled trial comparing a novel treatment versus an eccentric exercise protocol.

What is the article about: progressive loading has growing evidence that supports its effectiveness with tendon injuries. But how does adding massage or massage alone compare to this?

What are the results of the study: overall, combining the treatments did not bring added benefits. And both approaches were similarly valid with symptoms reduction. It is important to note that the exercise protocol consisted of 1 session with a physiotherapist + home exercises, while 18 massage sessions were provided when results were compared.

Why does it matter: it can be argued that 1 session of exercises and education is as effective as 18 sessions of massage, for long-term outcomes.

What is the take-home message: massage still has its place, especially when patients report an increase of pain with exercises. But in the end, educating the patient about self-management and find an appropriate progressive loading program seems more cost-effective.

Stay tuned and see you next time for an all-new Thursday’s Food for Thought!

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