Articles Of The Week September 2, 2018

This is a great start to our articles from Greg Lehman. The words and language we use with patients matters and some of the language has to stop! The article generated a lot of discussion on our facebook page, so hopefully, it will get more therapists thinking about their communication with patients.

“Watch Your Mouth, The Nonsense Is Breaking Many” – Greg Lehman

This is another article attempting to dispel some myths, however, its about strength and conditioning. Fortunately, some of the topics are still applicable in manual therapy as well.

“10 Strength And Conditioning Practices That Are Overhyped” – Carl Valle

This one is actually a podcast and its a quick listen, so worth your time listening. One of the points I loved, is how the term “pain science,” has taken on its own life when in reality it’s just science. What matters is understanding how to help people who are in pain.

“Massage Therapy Now” – Eric Purves

We all have to prepare for the unknown. Whether it’s an injury, retirement, or just simple issues that could come up with our practice, we need to be prepared. This article shares some ideas on how to prepare, but also some ideas for extra income, or career shifts.

“Who Knows What Is In Your Future” – Sinead Kelly-Barber

Massage is a valuable healthcare modality, but it for some reason when it comes to the financial cost of getting a massage, some companies are undercutting prices, and in turn the value of our profession. This article shares some ideas on how to give your patients an experience they will value enough for you to charge appropriately.

“The Value Of Massage” – Julie Onofrio

Articles Of The Week July 29, 2018

We have preached about these kind of things many times, but it’s great to see bigger organizations like the AMTA spreading the word as well. Let’s get rid of these many myths in our profession and start sharing quality information with our patients. 

“Myths Vs. Truths In The Massage Therapy Profession” – Renee Zagozdan

This is just a simple quick video, but it’s an important message that NEEDS to be shared. So many practitioners are still using language like “slipped disc” when talking to patients about pain. Well, that needs to stop.

“You Can’t Slip A Disc” – Lorimer Moseley

We quite often promote looking at research, making sure it’s good research, and making sure it’s up to date. But, as pointed out in this article, there’s still lots we can learn from older research that can still be applied and used within our practice.

“Learning From Old Research, (Digging Into History)” – Bronnie Lennox Thompson

This is a great post that outlines 50 quotes on pain from Louis Gifford. They are well worth the read, and many of them you could use to help explain some things to your patients.

“Louis Gifford And His Legacy” – Lars Avemarie

Quite often we hold on to old theories because we believed they worked, and have had some success with them in practice. However, sometimes those things need to be challenged, and in this post the rotation of the sacrum on the ilium and treatment of it is discussed. Give the videos a watch as Sam gives a good explanation of what is actually happening and how we can reshape our testing and treatment of the area in our practice.

“Reconsider Those Theories: Cognitive Biases In Action” – Samuel Jarman

Articles Of The Week July 14, 2018

Joletta has always been great at sharing her pain experiences, so we can better understand what the patient is going through, but with this post, she shares some more personal information on a few topics including grief. And as always, it’s well worth the read.

“Our Shared Humanity, Grief, Why I’ve Been Away, And Some Musings On Pain, Biology, Life…” – Joletta Belton

As we have talked so many times about how pain is an output of the brain and has so much to do with the processing of injuries. Neuroplasticity of the brain is a component to this and this research review discusses neuroplastic changes and its role in moving an injury from acute to chronic long term.

“Research Review: Neuroplasticity In The Central Nervous System” – Whitney Lowe

We know how important educating our patients is, a study showed that education can actually lead to a significant reduction in disability, and improved mental and physical health.

“Don’t Be Afraid Of Pain” – Nicholas Bakalar

As someone who does a lot in the sport massage world, this is an interesting article. The title seems to reflect negatively on massage, but this isn’t the case. The broader point is to take into account what is better psychologically for the athlete.

“Massage Therapy Is No Better Than Dynamic Warm Up To Improve Sprinting Acceleration” – Nick Ng

This is a great interview with our friend Shelly Prosko on how to integrate yoga as part of your practice to help patients with pain.

“How To Integrate Yoga Practice Into Modern Pain Practice” – Shelly Prosko



Articles Of The Week July 8, 2018

There seems to be constant debate around the topic of trigger points, and these first two articles are just that! Both articles are worth the read, and I’m sure the debate will be contested regularly.

In this article, the author discusses whether trigger points are a tissue-based sensitization or a result of central sensitization? The author goes on to argue that they are not a result of central sensitization.

“Trigger Points And The Nervous System: Myth Or Reality?” – Cesar Fernandez-de-las-Penas

This is in response to the above article. The argument is that trigger points are the result of sensitized peripheral neural tissue.

“Tilting At Trigger Points” – John Quinter

A new study shows that aerobic exercise 24 hours after a concussion can be beneficial. However, it should be exercise with minimal head movement, like stationary cycling. Exercises involving head movements like swimming, or jogging would not be recommended.

“Starting Aerobic Exercise Soon After Concussion Improves Recovery Times” – University Of Toronto

A key goal in tendinopathy rehab is improving the capacity of the tendon and muscle to manage load. We also want to reduce pain, and this article shows how to properly progress a tendinopathy rehab program.

“Tendinopathy Rehab Progression Part 1” – Tom Goom

While this post is probably meant for a bit of humour, it hits home an important point. This is why a good intake and communication with patients is crucial, as is the knowledge of various conditions and their contraindications.

“The Masseuse Who Pulled My Arm Out” – Angela Clarke