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Articles Of The Week March 29, 2020

 

These are unprecedented times and it’s really important for us to stay active and healthy, so a big thanks for this article on how to exercise at home during the Covid-19 quarantine.

“Top 10 Exercise at Home Ideas During Coronavirus Quarantine” – Nick Ng

 

Obviously, this pandemic is at the top of everyone’s mind and one of the big questions is whether or not you can become immune to the virus. This article gives some great answers (and would probably be a good one to share with your patients while our clinics are closed down)

Both for physical and mental health, we all understand how important exercise is. However, what exercise is the healthiest? There are many factors contributing to this question and fortunately, they are answered here.

“What Kind of Exercise is Healthiest?” – Todd Hargrove

We all know how important mental health is and at this time, we are all faced with different things that are challenging our mental health. So here’s how we can improve our mental health during this pandemic.

“Improving Mental Health During COVID-19” – Jerome Perera

This one is a little tongue-in-cheek, but gives us a good visual on why it’s important to self-isolate right now.

“Places To Visit This Weekend”

 

Articles Of The Week March 15, 2020

 

The Covid-19 virus is filling all of our news feeds right now and I’m sure we’ve all had a few cancellations in our clinic because of it. One good thing we can do is actually demonstrate to our patients what we are doing to keep things clean, this article gives some great advice on how to do that.

“Massage Therapy—Demonstrating How You Are A Safe Space For Your Clients” – ABMP

I’m sure we’ve all been hearing some new terms in the past couple of weeks with this coronavirus outbreak. A new one for me is: “Social Distancing,” which is explained in this article along with the reasons why we should do it.

“Social Distancing: What It Is And Why It’s The Best Tool We Have To Fight The Coronavirus” – Thomas Perls

Sleep deprivation can cause a whole host of issues for a person, but this is amplified when someone is dealing with a concussion. New research is showing how blue light can actually help those with a concussion get better sleep.

“Light Improve Your Sleep Following Concussion?” – Complete Concussion Management

Leadership is not something that comes easy, but we could use more leaders in our profession, not only for the benefit to other practitioners but also to benefit our patients. This post outlines seven attributes of good leadership that we all could learn from.

“Leadership Matters” – Jason Giesbrecht

Athletes commonly use cortisone injections in their knee to mask pain, but research is starting to show this may actually cause more harm than good.

“Cortisone Injections For Hip And Knee Pain Are More Dangerous Than Was Thought” – Laura Donnelly

 

Articles Of The Week March 1, 2020

I’ve never really given any consideration to the history of cupping but this is a really interesting history on the history of cupping. While it is still an ancient remedy, it did not come from where many blogs and articles have cited it’s history.

“Did Ancient Egyptians Invent Cupping?” – Rachel Scott

Pain is a real part of everyday life for each of us. While some deal with it less than others, we will all experience pain at some point of our lives. So, how do we help our patients who are coming in and dealing with this? By helping them move from being patients, to being people.

“Did You Miss Me?” – Bronnie Thompson

We have long been proponents of involving the reading of research in your practice. This is a great article that will help you determine what’s good research and what’s bad research.

“Six Details To Ask When Reading Massage Therapy Research” – Nick Ng

You know if I see an interview with an athlete praising the use of massage therapy in their recovery, I just have to share it.

“A Conversation With Michael Phelps” – AMTA

This one stirred up some controversy this week, but I still like it. As Massage Therapists, we are involved in healthcare and the way we speak, conduct ourselves, and treat our patients should all be reflective of an evidence based practice.

“Massage Therapy Is Healthcare, So Start Acting Like It” – Lauren Cates

 

Articles Of The Week February 9, 2020

 

While this article is pointed toward physiotherapists, its equally as applicable to anyone in the manual therapy professions. It’s time for our professions to start a philosophical change in how we are helping and educating our patients dealing with pain.

“Philosophical Hurdles For Musculoskeletal Pain” – John Quinter

I was told repeatedly in college that people with a rotated sacrum could be dealing with pain from a resulted leg-length discrepancy. But, is this something we should really be worried about, or defining as the source of someone’s pain? Probably not like we used to believe.

“Should You Fix Leg-Length Discrepancy” – Nick Ng

Have any patients that are considering, or already scheduled for surgery? Here’s a real-time example of someone dealing with the struggles of post-surgery and what patients should probably know.

“Things They Don’t Tell You About Going Under The Knife” – Sarah Black

It’s not uncommon for one of our patients to come in with a hamstring strain and one of the best things we can do for this is to start loading the tissues. Here are some great variations on how you can do this to help with hamstring injuries.

“4 Reasons ‘Tight’ Hamstrings Lead To Hamstring Strains” – The Prehab Guys

When is the last time you took a holiday? It can be a struggle to fit them in sometimes when you’re self-employed, but if we just make a few changes in our schedule, maybe we can fit one in.

“RMT Burnout: Changing Your Schedule Can Free Up Much-Needed Vacation Time” – Ken Ansell

 

Articles Of The Week January 26, 2020

All too often we are blaming back pain on things like degeneration, aging, injury, and using surgery and opioids in treatment. But, as he usually does, Dr. Peter O’Sullivan sheds some better light on back pain.

“A Refreshing Take On Back Pain With Peter O’Sullivan” – Steve Katasi

We discuss pain around here quite a bit and there are many arguments that can be made regarding different aspects of pain. In this post wants to put the sensation vs perception debate to rest.

“Sensation Vs Perception Debate” – Richard McIlmoyle

He has taught us a lot about pain science over the years, but with this post, he shares his own experience with pain (which is really important for us to understand as clinicians).

“Personal Chronic Pain Update” – Paul Ingraham

Researchers have identified a new target of alcohol in the brain. A new study reveals alcohol blocks the KCNK13 potassium channel within the membrane of dopamine-releasing neurons in the ventral tegmental area.

“New Target Of Alcohol In The Brain Identified” – University Of Illinois

You may not deal with head injuries every day in your practice but you will probably see a few in your career. This article shows how football players can be affected by CTE (and it’s symptoms) as the case history of 111 NFL players demonstrates

“111 NFL Brains: All But One Have CTE” – Joe Ward, Josh Williams, and Sam Manchester

Articles Of The Week December 15, 2019

 

There is many a myth in our industry, and while I’ve written about and tried to change some opinions around them, I haven’t been able to cover them all. Fortunately, people like Daniel Wonnocott are trying to do the same and did a great job busting this myth.

“Mythbusting: Massage Reduces Cortisol” – Daniel Wonnocott

I’m sharing this because it’s simply an amazing cause that involves our profession. A group is Rwanda is training visually impaired people to be massage therapists, providing them with a career they may not have had otherwise.

“Seeing Hands Rwanda” – Seeing Hands Spa

There is no shortage of modality classes you can take to learn a different way to touch your patients. However, what if we paid more attention to the concepts behind a treatment application, rather than just the modality itself? I for one think this is FAR more important than any modality and fortunately, this article agrees with me.

“Modalities vs. Concepts in Massage Therapy” – Tania Valasquez

This seems to be a hotly debated topic at times, but it’s a necessary one. It’s important for our business, but also as this article shows, charging for late cancellations is also important for the therapeutic relationship and our mental health.

“Why I Charge For Late Cancellation” – Megan MacCutcheon

While I know (well, at least I hope) none of us are on our cell phones while talking to patients. However, there’s some good advice here about communication in general, and yes, we can apply this to when we are talking with our patients and improve not only our communication but probably our outcomes as well.

“Put Down Your Phone: Why Presence Is the Best Gift You’ll Ever Give” – Will Aylward