Articles Of The Week June 14, 2020


This is a PHENOMENAL resource for both practitioners and patients alike. Not only does it provide some education on the current research around Osteoarthritis, it provides exercise recommendations, and exercise programs…it’s FREE.

“OA Optimism” – Greg Lehman

Over the past couple weeks, I have taken some time to reflect and have conversations with friends who are far more educated and experienced than me on race and diversity. This is a great resource we can all use to help educate ourselves so we can all have a better understanding.

“Race, Diversity and Cultural Competency Resources for Massage Therapists” – Meg Donnelly

This is a great resource you could share with your patients around some of the myths of low back pain. The best part is it’s presented by people who have lived with chronic back pain!

“10 Facts Every Person Should Know About Back Pain. Presented By Patients”Pain Ed

Much like the last article, it is always important to understand the patient’s perspective when it comes to pain. With this small blog post, a chronic pain patient shares their thoughts on overcoming fear and movement.

“A Path Forward” – Keith Meldrum

I honestly didn’t know that ankylosing spondylitis may be portrayed as a ‘man’s disease’. According to this article, there are hundreds of thousands of women living with it, many undiagnosed. Here are eight things to understand about AS and how it affects women.

“Ankylosing Spondylitis in Women: 8 Key Facts to Stop the Stigma” – Lauren Gelman


Articles Of The Week June 7, 2020

We published an article earlier this week about the therapeutic alliance. What we didn’t talk about in that article is how it is our responsibility to build and maintain that relationship. Fortunately, there are other therapists out there blogging and covering why this is important.

“Welcome to My Practice: The Rules of Conduct” – Jennifer Fleming

We preach regularly about evidence-based practice around here. This article lays out not only the importance of this, but also how to be reasonable about it when taking into account our clinical experience.

“Science versus Experience in Musculoskeletal Medicine” – Paul Ingraham

This past couple of months have been hard on everyone’s business. As a result, many of us could be experiencing some self-doubt regarding their progress and business success. This self-doubt can have major impacts on how we do things, but there are ways to curb this thinking and get back on track.

“Why Questioning Yourself STOPS Your Business – & How To Fix It!” – Vicki Marsh

If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time, you know how strongly we feel about exercise. While the findings and studies are new and limited still, there is emerging evidence to show how important exercise is an effective way to manage stress during to local public health restrictions.

We have published many an article showing how to do graded exposure with patients. While this article is directed towards mental health professionals, the same arguments can be made about exposure therapy in a massage clinic setting. But, if we buy into misconceptions we’re less likely to use something that’s REALLY effective, however, we should be using this with all the confidence that its evidence base deserves.

“Myths About Exposure Therapy” – Dr. Carmen McLean

Articles Of The Week May 31, 2020


We did an article on this topic a couple weeks ago, so it’s great to see the awareness being raised around this topic. There is little correlation to “weak glutes” being the reason for a person’s low back pain, so let’s build resilience with people rather than preaching false narratives.

“Gluteal Amnesia: Real, Relevant or Ridiculous?” – Eric Purves

For those of you who treat kids on a regular basis, I’m sure you’ve seen the importance of having the parents appropriately on board with treatments. However, sometimes they may be sending the wrong message, which can make for a difficult conversation. So, here are some tips on how to manage those conversations.

“Sometimes Parents Are The Problem” – Nick Hannah

This could be one of the most beneficial videos you could share with your patients regarding back pain (especially if they’re considering surgery). I’m hoping this will change a lot of minds having people choose rehab over surgery.

“Could The Billions Of Dollars Spent To Fix Back Pain Be Doing More Harm Than Good?” – Leigh Sales

Love this pain analogy and it’s another one you should DEFINITELY share with your patients. Sometimes we experience pain when our “cup” gets too full, or we can’t get a bigger “cup”. The things happening around this can influence the amount of pain we feel and in turn change how we are managing things in life. So maybe we either need a bigger cup, or decrease what’s in the cup.

“What? Pain Is Complex – The Overflowing Cup Analogy Of Pain.” – Greg Lehman

This is a really important topic for both patient and therapist. Everyone involved in this podcast is doing great work to benefit both patients and therapists, so this is WELL worth the listen.

“Self-Efficacy For Patients And Clinicians” – Dave Moen & The Knowledge Exchange


Articles Of The Week May 24, 2020

I hope this lockdown has brought about some positive change for most of us. Maybe we’ve learned a new skill, made a new connection, developed a hobby, or just come to appreciate our work more. Perhaps there are also lessons to be learned as therapists who are helping people with pain as a result as well.

“5 Things I Learned From Lockdown” – Bronnie Thompson

We’ve all experienced some change during this pandemic both professionally and personally. I know some of our colleagues have been doing some work online with patients and it’s interesting to see how one mental health therapist noticed a difference in doing online appointments.

“The Surprising Intimacy Of Online Therapy Sessions During The Pandemic” – Lori Gottlieb

Quite often when helping a patient and providing homecare, it may be necessary for them to change a certain behavior. This can be pretty tough, but there is science behind why it’s tough. Here are five reasons why.

“Why Behavior Change Is Hard? Science Explains It” – Deb Johnstone

As we start returning to work, we may be seeing some people who have taken up running or some other exercise during the pandemic. As a result we may see some people coming in with some tendinopathy issues. Here’s some advice on how we can help with lower limb tendinopathies.

“4 Great Tendinopathy Loading Programmes Plus An Uncomfortable Truth” – Tom Goom

This generous offer has three different resources to help you grow your business during this pandemic. It might be good to use as things are starting up in some areas.

“Free Covid-19 Business Resources For Massage Therapists” – Vicki Marsh


Articles Of The Week May 17, 2020

It’s a pretty confusing time when we are all looking at possibly re-opening our clinics. What I like about this post is how it is advocating and lobbying for Massage Therapists and their safety.

“An Open Letter about Re-Opening — to Massage Therapy Employers” – Tracy Walton

We would all be better therapists if we could understand more about the patient experience and what they are dealing with. Which is why articles like this are important for us to read. To truly understand the patient perspective with pain.

“My Time At The Mayo Clinic Pain Rehabilitation Center” – Tom Bowen

Unfortunately, the longer someone experiences pain, the less valid standard MSK assessments and treatments become. This is why we need to start looking at things like education, adopting new narratives, and looking at principles over modalities to help chronic pain patients.

“Rehabilitation For The Persistent Pain Patient” – Eric Purves

There has long been a need for quality research around massage therapy as a profession. Here is a great resource of some systematic reviews that show massage therapy has a growing body of evidence supporting its effectiveness in reducing pain and improving health-related quality of life in a variety of health conditions and rehabilitation.

“Systematic Reviews Of Massage Therapy” – Richard Lebert

As we move forward to our clinics opening, there are many recommendations about wearing masks. While this may be important from a safety standpoint, we also have to take into account how this will affect our non-verbal communication and how it can affect our patients.

“The Challenge Of Surgical Masks For Physiotherapists” – Noi Group


Articles Of The Week May 10, 2020


We are in an unprecedented time, which is about to get more confusing. Rumour is we’ll be allowed to go back to work soon and we aren’t really clear on what the rules surrounding that will be just yet. A lot of things will be left up to your clinical decision making and we have to be able to work with a clear conscience. And that will be entirely up to you.

“Your Governor Is Not A Massage Therapist” – Cal Cates

Whether we are using telehealth or seeing a patient in-person part of our job is to help motivate a patient with regards to their homecare. Here’s some great advice with regard to motivating patients for home workouts.

“How to Motivate Clients for Home Workouts” – Guillermo Munoz

During this social isolation, it can be hard to figure out ways to stay active. Here’s some great advice (with an infographic to share) on various ways we can not only stay active but also boost our mental health during this time.

“Stay Calm, Be Active: Simple Ways To Boost Your Physical Activity During COVID-19” – BJSM

I’m sure we’re all taking some online classes right now (or perhaps putting some on) just to kill the boredom. Here are some great tips around the etiquette of taking online classes…and yes, one of them is putting clothes on!

“The Etiquette of Online Classes” – Zeel

There is many a manual therapy myth out there when it comes to patients dealing with low back pain. Here’s another classic example along with the reasons why we need to stop blaming a specific muscle for back pain.

“Why We Need To Stop Blaming Transverse Abdominus For Back Pain” – Brendan Mouatt