The use of transverse friction massage in the management of chronic bursitis of the hip or shoulder.

Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (Impact Factor: 1.48). 03/1993; 16(2):107-11.
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This article discusses two cases of chronic bursitis of the hip and shoulder treated by transverse friction massage. While clinical evidence has substantiated the benefits of friction massage on chronic tendinitis, previous literature has discouraged the use of friction massage in chronic bursitis. A functional examination and attention to associated biomechanical faults are also necessary for a complete noninvasive manual resolution of the problem.

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    • "Transverse friction massage has been advocated by a number of authors in the management of shoulder disorders [19,34]. Hammer describes friction massage as a technique where an involved muscle, tendon or ligament is massaged by applying pressure with a reinforced finger [19,34]. The transverse motion across the involved tissue and the resultant hyperaemia are said to be the chief healing factors of friction massage [19,34]. "
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