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Diana Remaley, LMT
19 Compo Road South
Westport, CT

Latest Research

My analysis of the latest studies

Study: Comparative study of stretching modalities in healthy women: Heating and application time  (

Authors' Conclusion: “A 10-minute stretch, when performed over four subsequent days, is suggested for faster increase in flexibility. The results could suggest a systemic warming (such as the one provided by a treadmill workout) before stretching for an acute gain of flexibility in the same day.”

Analysis: This study was to test the effect on flexibility of passive stretching combined with heat from warming muscles by running on a treadmill, or warming muscles from microwave heat. The study concluded that stretching with either type of heat application was beneficial and yielded a greater range of motion than no stretching at all. The treadmill warming group was more effective than the microwave group, “related to the number of sarcomeres”. Sarcomeres are the molecular units in muscles that move and increase in number with movement of muscles. They are beneficial for both building muscle mass and increasing muscle function. Therefore, although this study was small in scale (only 50 participants), it proves certain principles which are known to affect massage therapy: Stretching generally and warming muscles by using them in exercise are beneficial for flexibility.


Study: Effectiveness of myofascial release: Systematic review of randomized controlled trials (

Authors' Conclusion: “The literature regarding the effectiveness of MFR was mixed in both quality and results. Although the quality of the RCT studies varied greatly, the result of the studies was encouraging, particularly with the recently published studies. MFR is emerging as a strategy with a solid evidence base and tremendous potential. The studies in this review may help as a respectable base for the future trials.”

Analysis: This was not a study per-se, but an analysis of previous studies and literature. The conclusion states that effectiveness of MFR could be proven in the future, but more studies are needed. Clinical studies are important for emphasizing the benefits of massage therapy. Until studies are conclusive, we may only take educated guesses at which techniques are useful. I do use MFR techniques in my office, largely because I believe studies will eventually catch up with anecdotal evidence that the techniques are effective.


Study: Transmission of muscle force to fascia during exercise (

Authors' Conclusion: “Substantial stress is transmitted to fascia during muscular exercise, which has implications for exercise therapies if they are designed for fascial as well as muscular stress. This adds additional perspective to myofascial force transmission research.”

Analysis: This is a great, simple overview of how fasica affects muscle, which I am asked about all the time. Clients often ask if fascia affects muscle and vice versa, and the answer is yes. One cannot function without the other, and this study shows that fascial stress is transmitted to muscles during exercise, which is why MFR (as noted above) is needed in the first place. This is a good reminder that massage therapy is especially important as exercise levels increase.


Study:   Comparative analysis of ultrasound changes in the vastus lateralis muscle following myofascial release and thermotherapy: A pilot study (

Authors' Conclusion:  "HPT may produce only superficial effects. Because MFR improved all measured parameters, continuous stretching and pressure are probably important for improving fascial gliding and flexibility of the vastus lateralis muscle."

Analysis:  This study compared heating tissue with ultrasound to Myofasical Release (I technique I perform!).  The MFR technique had more lasting and deep effects.  This study shows how effective this massage technique is, which I love!

I'm always happy to talk to clients about the latest research!  It's exciting to note how science proves and disproves certain methods; I'm always striving to keep up with the latest efficient techniques.  I'll see you in my Westport office!

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Diana Remaley, LMT
19 Compo Road South
Westport, CT