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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 31

Medical massage therapy: India's new manual therapy intervention for temporomandibular disorder and neck pain


President, Punjab Dental Council, Punjab, India

Date of Web Publication15-Mar-2017

Correspondence Address:
Randeep Singh Mann
President, Punjab Dental Council, Punjab
India
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DOI: 10.4103/sidj.sidj_2_17

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How to cite this article:
Mann RS. Medical massage therapy: India's new manual therapy intervention for temporomandibular disorder and neck pain. Saint Int Dent J 2016;2:31

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Mann RS. Medical massage therapy: India's new manual therapy intervention for temporomandibular disorder and neck pain. Saint Int Dent J [serial online] 2016 [cited 2017 Oct 24];2:31. Available from: http://www.sidj.org/text.asp?2016/2/2/31/202225

Medical massage therapy is the new upcoming field in the healthcare sector dedicated to the youth of India. The first medical massage therapy institute was launched at Ranbaj Hospital, Punjab, India, under the name of International Medical Massage Therapy Institute by Mr. Parkash Singh Badal, Honorable Chief Minister, Punjab. Although the horizon of massage therapy is very vast, it has a great role in dentistry by treating patients with temporomandibular disorders (TMDs), neck, and cervical issues.

TMD is a complex and multifactorial diagnosis, yet there are clear ways that dentists can offer support to the TMD sufferer, drawing on manual therapy research and practice. This will include axis I and II considerations, myofascial assessment and techniques, autonomic dynamics, patient self-care.

Neck pain is a common issue for both patients and healthcare professionals, especially dentists. Changes in the biomechanical and neurological properties of the cervical fasciae have been correlated with neck pain; these changes have been seen to reverse with specific and straightforward manual therapy interventions that can be employed in a variety of professional contexts.

Although this profession is very popular in North America, in coming times, India would provide a very strong base for the expansion of massage therapy profession since it originated in India.




 

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