Articles Of The Week February 13, 2022

We all have patients that use them, and I’m sure we’ve all recommended them. However, what does the science say about their use? Well…the evidence is mixed.

Is foam rolling effective for muscle pain and flexibility? The science isn’t so sure – Ken Nosaka

It is really important for us to understand how a treatment affects the people we are helping. Equally important is taking into account contextual factors of treatment and the language we use, or the things we say are just as important to understand.

Nocebo Effect Vs. Placebo Effect: Language Can Affect Outcomes – Joe Camoratto

We know how much the brain influences pain and the perception of pain. Turns out some mindfulness work can influence your thoughts to modulate perceptions of pain which utilizes a completely separate brain pathway than the pathway used to send the physical pain signal to your brain.

Neuroscientists Identify How Mindset Alters Pain Perceptions – Christopher Bergland

Change is difficult, REALLY difficult. However, our profession needs change but we are not alone, every manual therapy profession needs change. The best way to cause change in the profession is to look within and be the change we wish to see, this will cause a ripple effect.

Our Toxic Massage Community Can Change When We Work Together – Stephanie Rodriguez

Science is REALLY cool. While it’s still early and only one person so far, it looks like scientists have found a cure for Type I Diabetes that hopefully will change the lives of so many.

First person cured of Type I Diabetes thanks to stem cells – David Zarley

Articles Of The Week February 6, 2022

When we look at many of the things recommended as a major component of physical fitness flexibility is one of the topics that inevitably comes up. When we compare this to things like cardiovascular endurance, strength, or muscle endurance, is it really as important?

The Case Against Stretching – Alex Hutchinson

I sometimes wonder why others are able to accomplish more than me and honestly I get a little jealous about it. I’ve always thought maybe I just don’t have enough grit to get certain things done. However, it turns out this line of thinking can actually be detrimental.

How I Learned About the Perils of Grit – Todd B. Kashdan

We have always been big fans of movement as a tool to help patients who come in for help. Sometimes it can be a bit confusing on just how much movement to recommend (and this obviously depends on what the person is dealing with). So how much movement in general is beneficial for people? Well, here’s some guidelines!

24 Hour Movement Guidelines – Canadian Society For Exercise Physiology

At this time of year we may have people coming in with new years resolutions about health and fitness along with maybe a new gym membership. As it is with pain there may be a biopsychosocial influence behind why a person wants to do this, and it’s important we take it into account.

I Didn’t Start Weight Lifting Because I Wanted to Be Strong – Casey Johnston

It is often said that word of mouth is the best advertising. What if we took it a step further and took word of mouth online? As this article points out getting patient reviews can not only do great things for people who are booking in but also for the culture in your clinic.

Harnessing the power of patient reviews – Katie McBeth

Articles Of The Week January 30, 2022


We talk to our patients about taking care of themselves to prevent disability, but what about when it happens to us? We are in an interesting position as most of us are contractors so unless we pay into it ourselves, likely don’t have any kind of disability insurance. Many of us may push through injury, but how does this really affect us?

When Massage Quits You: The Tangible – Corey Rivera

Remember back in school when we used the pain scale of 1-10 as an assessment for pain? Well, times are changing. Instead, the focus is becoming more around the person’s ability to function. “The assessment of functionality is less subjective than the traditional numeric scale. But that’s not its only advantage. It’s also patient-centred.”

Tired of Rating Your Pain by Numbers or Smiley Faces? There’s A New Way to Communicate Coming – Avery Hurt

Sometimes when a person comes to see us they may have a condition we may know a lot, a little, or nothing about. In a case like Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, all of the above may apply. I did not know there are thirteen different types, nor did I know how it is diagnosed or many of the other things this informative post teaches us.

What Are The Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes? – Ehlers-Danlos Society

We talk a lot about the biopsychosocial aspects of pain. Usually, when we talk about this we’re looking at how these things influence pain. What about when an injury is influencing psychological factors and influencing things like anxiety? Concussions are one of those injuries that can cause anxiety so it’s important for us to understand the symptoms and how to influence better outcomes.

Concussion and Anxiety – Complete Concussion Management

I usually don’t include things I’m involved in with our articles of the week but I think this one is really important. RMT burnout is an important discussion (especially from the last two years) because while we work so hard to take care of the people who come to see us, it’s just as important to take care of ourselves and each other.

RMT Burnout – Jamie Johnston, Eric Purves, Stephania Johnson, Taylor Laviolette, Jocelyn Delorme

Articles Of The Week January 23, 2022


How many times have you had a person looking to book because they need help with vertigo? I had it happen this week and didn’t know what I should do. Fortunately, this post has a three-step guide to understanding when this is a red flag, being able to identify different types of vertigo, and when to refer out.

Referral Strategies for Persons Experiencing Vertigo-Like Symptoms – Chris Burgard

Science is pretty amazing! Researchers are working on a way to help people with Osteoarthritis by developing a device that appears to regrow cartilage in a damaged knee with every step taken. While this is a long way from being implemented in humans, this looks pretty interesting.

Suffering from osteoarthritis? This breakthrough could be the key to relief – John Elder

We love analogies around here and this one is pretty awesome. Here are four reasons why massage is like ice cream (and honestly, who doesn’t love both!?).

Why Massage Is Like Ice Cream – Matt Scarsbrook

One of the biggest reasons people come to get a massage is to help with pain. While massage is pretty reliable at helping people with this, there are other factors at play contributing to a person’s pain experience where we can’t help but could refer out. Turns out our metabolic health can have a profound effect on joint pain and even contribute to Osteoarthritis.

Metabolic Health: How Our Diet Affects Joint Pain – Howard J. Luks MD

For the past month or so I’ve been going through treatment for insomnia with a Psychologist and learning more and more about sleep and how it works. While I don’t agree with everything in this post there is some valuable information on the importance of sleep and being in business, which is important for all of us as we are all our own business!

Regaining Control of Your Sleep Life…From a (Recovering) Insomniac Entrepreneur – Greg Smith

Articles Of The Week January 16, 2022

So normally these posts are full of articles we’ve scoured the internet to find. However, this link is a really useful tool we can all use for research papers. This google chrome extension actually makes it so you can get access to research papers you may not have been able to access before. Download it and see how many more papers you can get access to.

Unpaywall: An open database of 31,026,169 free scholarly articles. – Google Chrome

We talk lots about the benefits of movement when it comes to helping patients dealing with pain. This is an inspiring story of someone who has RA and finds that going to the gym and lifting weights is helpful in their pain journey. While we always want to take an individualized approach (as this story may not work for every person who has RA) this is a great story of resilience and someone not letting their diagnosis define them.

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Strength Training – Starting Strength

Do you have any patients who need help with TMJ pain? This is a great youtube video that not only gives a great description of how the TMJ works, pain referrals, reasons for extraarticular problems, and even some massage and exercise. This could be a good resource to share with patients.

Exercises and massage for temporomandibular joint dysfunction – Dr. Andrea Furlan

There is a big push in our profession towards evidence-based practice (which I’m clearly a fan of). In order for us to do this there are some things we need to recognize like, where did our beliefs come from, do we need evidence, and why research evidence? Then of course there are logical fallacies and other things we need to unpack. This article has some great takeaways we can use and also does this from a very humble standpoint.

On Beliefs vs. Evidence – Michael Rey

A lot of therapy is now going online and this is a great new program out of Ireland helping people reduce the risk of falls. “Our programme teaches people how to analyse their falls and what caused it and gives them management strategies to prevent future falls.” While it is only a pilot programme they are getting some good results, so down the road, we may be able to refer some of our patients to a program like this.

Pilot online exercise programme aims to reduce risk of falls – David Raleigh

Articles Of The Week January 9, 2022


Quite often we have people who experience persistent pain where we can’t necessarily help their pain but can make a difference in their disability. Sometimes it isn’t about taking pain away but rather helping their quality of life.

STUDY: Treatment for pain versus disability – Paul Ingraham

While this article is aimed at convincing science deniers on bigger topics like climate change, we could use the same information when it comes to other therapists in our industry who deny what current research has to say about what we do.

How to convince a science denier to reconsider their beliefs – Lee McIntyre

There seems to be a theme here this week! Reflexology is one of those techniques that are commonly used in our profession, yet there isn’t any good research behind its use, other than some anecdotal evidence. The reality is that using something like this can do more harm than good with the people we are trying to help.

Reflexology Research Doesn’t Put Its Best Foot Forward – Jonathan Jarry

I’d love to say that I’m some sort of out of the box thinker, but alas..I am not. However, there are ways that we can learn to become a more lateral thinker, so maybe there’s hope for me yet!?

The most undervalued skill? Lateral thinking – Matt Davis

Richard does a great job of putting together lists of research papers for Massage Therapists and he’s at it again. Here is a list of papers from the past year that could be beneficial for your practice.

10 Impactful Open Access Papers for Massage Therapists – Richard Lebert