The Somatic Connection  |   October 2016
Japanese Massage Improves Shoulder Range of Motion in Elderly Patients With Late-Stage Parkinson Disease
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  • University of California, San Diego School of Medicine 
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The Somatic Connection   |   October 2016
Japanese Massage Improves Shoulder Range of Motion in Elderly Patients With Late-Stage Parkinson Disease
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, October 2016, Vol. 116, 683-684. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2016.133
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, October 2016, Vol. 116, 683-684. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2016.133
Suoh S, Donoyama N, Ohkoshi N. Anma massage (Japanese massage) therapy for patients with Parkinson’s disease in geriatric health services facilities: effectiveness on limited range of motion of the shoulder joint. J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2016;20(2):364-372. doi:10.1016/j.jbmt.2015.11.008. 
The American Osteopathic Association has prioritized research to examine the benefits of osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) in the management of Parkinson disease (PD) and has awarded research grants to evaluate this possibility.1 Gait characteristics and lack of mobility in patients with PD are commonly examined outcome measures used to evaluate the effects of OMT on patients with PD.2,3 Previously, researchers in Japan examined the effect of Anma massage on shoulder range of motion (ROM) in elderly patients with PD.4,5 This article, also from Japan, was selected for review because of its relevance to current OMT research and to highlight the synergy of the worldwide research effort in PD management. 
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