The current edition of the "Technical Manual of Therapeutic Massage in Medical Practice and Complementary Physical Therapy" - revised and completed, is a reference editorial, a reality proven both by the need for professional information in the field and by the presentation of the correlation "massage therapeutic - physiotherapy ”. The author of the paper, Mr. Anghel Diaconu, with over 45 years of experience in the field, approached this topic with scientific, didactic, theoretical and practical value, distinguished by its pragmatism.
In 2008, Mr. Anghel Diaconu transfers for the first time his entire professional and didactic experience in the pages of a work of this type. The manual covered the gap in the medical literature, both in our country and in other countries and proved to be of remarkable use in training and improving the application of therapeutic massage for a significant number of practitioners, from physiotherapists - classical or special post-secondary level, at physiotherapists in the university register, residents and specialists.
This first appearance was requested by an extremely important number of specialists, beneficiaries of the complex information with applicative character regarding the therapeutic massage.
The manual, according to the Order of the Minister of National Education no. 5455 / 18.10.2010, is mandatory for the preparation of all those who will practice massage, regardless of the level of education, because it corresponds to the analytical program for all schools with training in the field.
Following the requests, the Medical Publishing House published the second edition of the "Manual of Therapeutic Massage Technique", revised and completed. Also, the publishing house of the Romanian Academy of Scientists approved and published numerous editions as a Treaty, which are presented at the end of the paper.
The Association of the Blind in Romania, at the request of its members who are preparing and carrying out their activity in this field, has published the "Manual" in Braille.
The paper has been published in the United States in numerous editions as Treatise and Manual, in English, Italian and Romanian, which have been printed by various publishers and are presented at the end of the manual.
Craiova University Publishing House publishes the 13th edition of the paper, entitled Manual of Therapeutic Massage Technique and Complementary Physiotherapy.
Bucharest University Publishing House has published and printed numerous editions distributed through bookstores and online, which are presented at the end of the paper.
The presented works, including the present one, keep a part of the structure and content of the first appearance, update the themes and bring technical and scientific added value, through the vision of the new presentation, by developing the topics in correlative context - "therapeutic massage and associated physiotherapy".
The historical context and the current reality of the European platform regarding the training of various specialists in the recovery group, require continuous professional training (long life learning). Physiotherapy, which requires regular updating of information, is fully responsible for this goal, in order to have a good correspondence between the theoretical and practical aspects of vocational training, at national level and in accordance with the level of training in the European platform. In this context, other publications on therapeutic massage were sporadic and insufficient as a basis for information and training for the specialist practitioner of balneophysiotherapy and massage or balneophysiokinetotherapy and massage, so that the publication of this paper was extremely timely, finding both the place and and utility.
The paper covers an important area of theoretical and practical training needs for the specialist of Balneophysiokinetotherapy, Physiokinetotherapy and Physiotherapy, by structuring the material, by detailing the methodologies for applying different categories of therapeutic massage procedures, with the association of a rich illustrative material.
The content of the Manual is structured logically, initially with specific aspects related to the infrastructure of the physical medicine sector, respectively therapeutic massage and associated physical therapy, continued with the general principles that guide the activity of staff in the therapeutic massage sector.
Through the presentation and organization of chapters, methodologies, notions and technical procedures, the content of the Manual covers the training and improvement requirements of specialists in the field, while corresponding to the analytical program on therapeutic massage indicated as a method of treatment, in the context of recovery programs or in prophylactic programs. Through the content, readers receive information on the peculiarities of different topographic areas, become progressively familiar with the physiological and pathophysiological aspects of the tissues and organs on which massage maneuvers are performed, learn to follow the physiological and therapeutic effects of various forms of massage and find the applicative manner, the justification of the correlations between the therapeutic massage and the associated kinetotherapy.
Chapter I presents essential criteria for selecting people who want to become masseurs. Also, the basic notions that any person who wants to practice this profession and - further - the conditions and equipment of the massage room must be presented.
In Chapter II, the author Anghel Diaconu classifies and details, structured, the technique of performing therapeutic massage maneuvers.
Chapter III contains the general recommendations regarding the technique of correctly performing the methodologies of therapeutic massage maneuvers, the anatomophysiological and topographic description of each region, as well as the technique of performing each massage maneuver on each area and on each region of the body.
Chapter IV presents the technique of performing the general massage, which is a synthesis of the massage by regions. The author insists on the observance of the neighborhood reactions, considering the muscular-vascular ‑ nervous package and the deep organs, on the local or neighborhood algic and trophic particularities and on the particularities of non-specific somatic and psychobehavioral reaction.
Chapter V presents the conditions and the technique of performing massage on children (babies) by parents and / or by masseurs. Next, the role of therapeutic massage in increasing the effectiveness of treatment with lymphatic, reflex and sports massage is presented.
I appreciate and consider (because they are welcome and necessary) the following chapters, presented by top personalities in the medical field, which complete the technical, scientific and practical notions in the field, necessary in the complex training of people who will practice this therapy, to the state of health of those in suffering.
Chapter VI presents craniosacral therapy.
Chapter VII presents massage - particular techniques.
Chapter VIII describes the technique of massaging the patient sitting on a chair.
Chapter IX presents the therapeutic massage - the basic procedure in recovery, medical evaluation, indications and contraindications of this therapy.
Chapter X presents the role of massage in the therapy of neurological and rheumatic diseases.
Chapter XI contains corrective exercises to balance the tone of the muscles, as well as to increase the mobility of the joints, performed by the therapist in collaboration with the patient.
Based on this paper with a clearly presented content, coherently structured and convincingly illustrated, it is possible to make both theoretical presentations and practical works such as comparative demonstrations, application exercises, case studies, situation analysis on different categories of pathology, customized on case. The work can be the basis for acquiring competencies and abilities imposed by the standard of preparation for a good quality professional offer. It has an applicative character, covering a need for information and corrective exercise in the field of physiotherapy, as a specific offer of non-pharmacological therapy. It is also worth noting the novelty aspect for the international specialized literature.
The paper is written after a long experience of knowledge and application of those presented, being the result of professional sequential accumulation, both in the area of therapeutic application and in the area of education. The author, constant and meticulous in his training and permanent improvement, graduated the European level courses of Adult Training Preparation, organized by the National Council for Adult Vocational Training, by the Ministry of National Education and by the Ministry of Labor.
Anghel Diaconu has trained and trained many generations of specialists in the field. He also participated in the research topics on the recovery of work capacity of locomotor deficiencies, within the Research Laboratory of the National Institute of Medical Expertise and Work Capacity Recovery and directly coordinated the training and retraining courses organized by the Ministry of Labor in within the Institute.
At the same time, his work proved its usefulness in preparing people who will practice massage, as evidenced by the appreciation of many specialized units that considered that the author of this work with scientific and didactic content deserves to receive their appreciation, offering the following distinctions:
Diploma of the Romanian Academy of Scientists: "Alexandru D. Radulescu"
Diploma of Excellence from the Medical Rehabilitation Commission - Ministry of Health;
Merit diploma from the National Institute of Recovery, Physical Medicine and Balneoclimatology;
Diploma of excellence from the Ilfov County Emergency Clinical Hospital;
Diploma of excellence from the Post-secondary Sanitary School "Fundeni" and others.
Also, the paper was evaluated by top personalities from education and specialized units: Acad. Prof. Dr. Vasile Candea Prof. Dr. Stefan Suteanu, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Delia Cinteza, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gilda Mologhianu, Dr. Bianca ‑ Doina Posirca and Dr. Cornelia Popescu.
Prof. Dr. Adriana Sarah NICA
Specialist in Recovery, Physical Medicine and Balneoclimatology