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


Articles Of The Week December 8, 2019


Resilient is one of my favourite words and it’s something we should be working to instill in all of our patients. However, what about when we need to be resilient ourselves? This article gives some great tips and advice on how we can become emotionally resilient.

“How To Become Emotionally Resilient” – Marta Brzosko

You know how much we love pain science around here and the group over at modern pain care do too. Fortunately, they’re willing to share their knowledge and this even comes with a downloadable PDF so you can keep it handy in your clinic.

“10 Steps To “Pain Sciencing” With Success” – Modern Pain Care

Athletes love their ice baths and quite often take them because they see images of their sports heroes doing it as well. However, this may not be as beneficial as we used to believe and may even be hindering muscle growth.

“Cold Water Immersion Cools Muscle Growth” – Alicia Filley

It’s no secret that our healthcare systems need to change it’s the approach to pain management and how patients respond to pain. We need a push to get away from opioids and use more conservative care using education and multidisciplinary care, so it’s great to see major media outlets publishing articles like this one.

“Our Dangerous Fear Of Pain” – James D. Hudson

This is a great infographic to dispel the myth of knees over your toes in a lunge or a squat is a bad thing.

“You’re Over The Line” – Physio Praxis


Articles Of The Week November 24, 2019

A tale of two nails shows us how thoughts, beliefs, perceptions, emotions, past experiences, context, and input from your body all affect your experience of pain. This also shows us (and our patients) how tissue damage is not an accurate indicator of tissue damage.

What Changes Pain? – Rachel Zoffness PhD

With our ever-growing technology, there is an increasing epidemic of loneliness and isolation in our modern society, which can have a major impact on our social culture. Part of what we can do as therapists is create a safe place for people to experience touch which is sadly lacking in our modern society. And the best part, it doesn’t have to be filled with fancy techniques to be helpful!

“Touch: The Need For Comfort In Times Of Isolation” – Heather Thuesen

For any athlete a warm-up before and a cool down after competition is important. However, the way we have done it for many years may not be the best way, and could even be causing harm. Research has told the Australian ballet that strengthening in end ranges to be more valuable than stretching.

“Why The Australian Ballet Dancers Quit Stretching” – Lara Bianca

I love this post because it preaches simplicity. All too often as therapists, we think some huge detailed exercise prescription is necessary to help a patient. But, you know what will help them more? The exercise they will actually do, and quite frankly…the simpler, the better.

“Less Is More…Some Thoughts On Exercise Prescription” – Mike James

Have you ever felt little nodules around the iliac crest on a patient? Turns out these have a name, and there is a possibility it could contribute to a patient’s pain experience.

“What In The World Are Back Mice” – Whitney Lowe


Articles Of The Week November 10, 2019

This one hits close to home but is amazing to see. Last year in Canada a junior hockey team was in a severe bus accident that killed some and left others paralyzed. With a new surgery, one of those players who were left paralyzed is actually moving his legs due to an implant that stimulates certain nerves.

“Paralyzed Humboldt Broncos player moves legs after experimental surgery in Thailand” – Joel Dryden

I always find this topic interesting, what does ‘deep tissue massage’ really mean? Another way to look at it is does this really matter? Should we be focusing on the modality or the person?

“Swedish or Deep Tissue Massage: What Do These Terms Really Mean?” – Nick Ng

Have any bad habits? I have about 1000 of them, so I could lend you one if you need it. However, this is probably a better approach, stopping bad habits. Here are nine ways you can stop them.

“How to Stop Bad Habits: 9 Scientifically Proven Methods” – Leon Ho

Here is a curated list of open access case reports on various topics surrounding massage therapy and it’s use. It might save you some time while looking for research.

“Open Access Case Reports For Massage Therapists” – Richard Lebert

As business owners, we are always looking at ways to market our business (even when it’s super busy at the end of the year with people trying to use up their benefits). So here’s something to share…reasons to give and get massage therapy as a gift.

“15 Reasons To Give (and Get) Massage as a Gift” – Raechel Haller