Articles Of The Week December 19, 2021

Most of the time when someone is dealing with pain, they want to know why. However, when it comes to healthcare, it’s a business and sending people out for more imaging etc. is part of that business. So, it’s great to see a doctor putting out the kind of information that is presented in this article.

Sometimes our joints just hurt, and it’s ok not to know why – Howard J. Luks MD

With all the information being thrown at us on a daily basis (especially in the last couple of years) we can get pretty overwhelmed. So, how do we know what works well for us personally in all this information for sustainable well-being? Here are some tips:

Nailing The Basics Is Simple Not Easy—The Growth Equation Manifesto – Brad Stulberg & Steve Magness

There is many a “myth” around our profession (in fact we’ve written about several of them). However, quite often when we learn that some of the things we’ve been telling patients isn’t true it can be quite disheartening. But as this ebook tells us…don’t lose heart, we are still doing some great things.

5 Myths and Truths about Massage Therapy Letting Go Without Losing Heart – Tracy Walton

Is the medical system lacking humanity? Well, with this article coming from someone who has dealt with persistent pain for most of their life and being put through the medical system, I listen when they talk about healthcare. So, yes, I’d say we need to put more humanity back in healthcare.

We Need to Put Humanity Back Into Healthcare – Keith Meldrum

Getting a good health history is a really important part of what we do. However, there are times where even with a good history we may not be able to rule everything out and in turn could have something confusing happen with a person on our table. This is just one of those situations:

Medical Mystery: A spa day with lasting consequences for US professor – Sandra G Boodman

Articles Of The Week December 5, 2021

We quite often talk about this topic but rarely in the case of athletes. Important for us to take into account how the thought of pain and tissue damage is effecting this population and how we can communicate with them to help.

Why Pain Doesn’t Always Mean You’re Injured – Alex Hutchinson

Well, the holidays are coming and if you’re anything like me you’re probably going to overdo it on the treats and cocktails! However, this shouldn’t discourage us and there are some ways that we can still work to stay healthy during this holiday season.

How To Stay Healthy During The Holidays – Gina Harney

Dec 1st is “World Aids Day”. This is really important because when AIDS & HIV were first known about we had little knowledge about it and unfortunately there wasn’t much in the way of treatment. However, nowadays this is a manageable condition and we are likely to see more people in our clinics with this who could use our help. Thus, it’s really important to educate ourselves on the condition.

World AIDS day | 40 years on – Rehabilitation is Key – Kim Jackson

When I was 19 I got pulled through the wheel well of a tractor and dislocated my patella. Ten years later I had surgery to repair this and my leg was in a splint for 3 months…it was literally 1/2 the size of my other leg when the splint came off. I wish I had access to this article back then!

How to Fight Muscle Atrophy After Injury: A Personal Trainer’s Guide – Michelle Carroll

So it isn’t just the manual therapy professions who deal with poor information getting shared around, it’s rife within the nutrition industry as well. But, there is some really quality, evidence-based information out there…you just have to look for it.

Superstition, sciencestition, and how to stop overthinking food. – John Berardi

Articles Of The Week November 28, 2021

We quite often highlight things around mental health but to this day I don’t think we give enough attention to athletes and the toll mental health can take on them. This is a great example of how a professional athlete is using their platform to raise awareness around this.

Tyson Fury opens up on his mental health: ‘I have been unwell all my life. I didn’t know what it was’ – Kevin Garside

No matter what part of healthcare you work in, informed consent is a crucial part of the patient/therapist interaction. What we see here is a healthcare provider giving treatments with no evidence behind them. Unfortunately, we see this regularly in our profession with many of the narratives behind some modalities that are offered as continuing education. This should be a warning to all of us in healthcare about informed consent and proper treatment.

Naturopath who gave vitamin IVs to mental health patient without doctors’ knowledge faces renewed probe – Bethany Lindsay

We often preach about evidence-based practice and the importance of incorporating research into practice. But it turns out this is even an issue with doctors and this questions their ability to deliver effective care. While we often preach that we can do better as a profession, turns out all healthcare professions need to do better as well.

How doctors are betraying the Hippocratic oathIan A Harris & Rachelle Buchbinder

It’s not often that pain science is applied to athletes but in this study (which highlights the work of our friend Morten Hogh) it argues that, in the context of sports medicine, pain and injury are two distinct entities and shouldn’t be lumped together.

Why Pain Doesn’t Always Mean You’re Injured – Alex Hutchinson

What do we do with the initial information we receive when a new person comes to see us? Well, there are several things and this article gives some great advice on how to proceed.

Making First Contact: What To Do With All That Information! Part 1 – Bronnie Lennox Thompson

Articles Of The Week November 14, 2021

The more we recognize in regards to mental health, the more we will likely see new research coming out about it. This article is proposing that perhaps some mental health issues aren’t a disorder, but rather an adaptation to our environment.

Researchers Doubt That Certain Mental Disorders Are Disorders At All – Alison Escalante

So many things in the manual therapy (and exercise) professions are based on old outdated biomechanical theories. One such thing is doing a squat and not allowing your knees to go past your toes. But, is this really a big deal and could it actually be beneficial in some cases?

How Bad Is It Really if Your Knees Go Over Your Toes During Squats and Lunges? – Caroline Juster & Chris Cooper

More on mental health, but this time we look at how body image affects men. “A new study from Harvard and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is the first of its kind to investigate the cruel relationship between men and their muscles. And the findings suggest boys and young men struggle much more with body image disorders than we were aware.”

Mounting Evidence Shows a Dark Side to Our Obsession With Ripped Men – Carly Cassella

Quite often when people are confronted with facts, they don’t (or refuse to) change their minds. Well, there is apparently a few reasons for this, not the least of which is our societal views.

Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds – Elizabeth Kolbert

If you have a hard time sifting through research papers, here’s a curated list of some that you’ll find useful for your practice.

List of Open Access Research Articles for Massage Therapists – Richard Lebert

Articles Of The Week November 7, 2021

We are continually promoting self-care to our people who come to see us. However, self-care can mean different things to different people, and self-love should be included as part of our human experience.

Self-Care and Self-Love – Pearl Dar

The more awareness we have around trauma and pain, the more we start to (hopefully) understand what a person is going through. However, there are differences between how women’s trauma recovery differs from men along with some new research to show us why.

Same injury, different brain – Hanae Armitage

Are the interventions we use with our patients the same as what is used with Olympic-level athletes? Should they be? Perhaps the intervention we use isn’t as important as the actual support we give to people.

Use the tricks Elite athletes use to get ahead! – Richard McIlmoyle

As it is with so many things, what we once thought we knew…perhaps wasn’t quite right. This holds true with some new information coming out on running injuries, so if you treat runners in your clinic, this article should be hugely beneficial.

What We Think We Know About What Causes Running Injuries Might Be Wrong – Richard A Lovett

We’re big fans of graded exercise around here (heck we even teach some courses on the topic) but as it is with most things in our profession, nothing is ever a one-size-fits-all. Such is the case for those who have myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome as the new NICE guideline recommendations are showing us that graded exercise should not be recommended for this population anymore.

Graded exercise therapy ‘should no longer be recommended for people with ME’ – Jane Kirby

Articles Of The Week October 10, 2021

We are big proponents of implementing research into your practice, but sometimes it can be hard to tell what is good and bad research. A systematic review is generally considered one of the better kinds of research papers to look at, but there can still be flaws with them too. This article helps us understand this a little better.

What is the difference between a systematic review and a meta-analysis? – Jennifer Hanratty

Learning is different for everyone. If you’re teaching in a massage college, or a continuing education course you’ve probably seen how students learn in a variety of ways. Perhaps the exams that go with courses should be changed to a ‘learning opportunity’ to focus on actual learning instead of memorizing?

Why I Went from Proctored Exams to Open-book – Debbie Fetter

Relationships are an important part of being a Massage Therapist. As we know therapeutic relationships are a crucial part of the interaction we have with our patients, but how much attention do we pay to our business relationships?

Why MTs Succeed: Massage Business Relationships – Mark Liskey

Some of the good research that has been done on massage is how it helps improve sleep and mood. So we know there is a potential to help those dealing with depression but we also have to ask is the lack of sleep potentially causing depression or vice-versa? This article can help us understand this a little better and has some great things we could share with our patients.

Does Depression Make You Tired And How? Meredith Flanagan

I think many of us suffer from burnout from time to time (I know I certainly have!). While this article is directed at trainers, many of the same things still apply to us Massage Therapists. Here are 5 signs you might be experiencing burnout and if you are, please talk to someone about it because YOUR mental health is crucially important.

5 Signs You’re a Trainer Approaching Burnout – Chris Cooper