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Older people with age-related loss of muscle mass and strength may be at greater risk of falling and bone fractures, according to new research led by the University of Southampton in the U.K.
Most practitioners understand the various theoretical uses for kinesiology tape, yet the precise physiological mechanism for how kinesiology tape seems to work remains elusive.
EDMONTON – A multidisciplinary approach is essential to effective management of concussion in athletes, according to sports psychologist Nicolas Allen. Allen was speaking to massage therapists attending the annual conference of the Canadian Sport Massage Therapists Association (CSMTA) held in Edmonton this weekend.
More than 100 million people in the U.S. alone have pain that won't go away. Many of these chronic pain sufferers fail to get relief from pills, shots and even surgery, while others temporarily trade the pain for side effects such as drowsiness or digestive problems. Unfortunately, too many become addicted to medications while trying to relieve their pain.
Patients with hypertension treated with acupuncture experienced drops in their blood pressure that lasted up to a month and a half, researchers with the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine have found.
Drivers who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia appear to have an elevated risk of being involved in motor vehicle crashes, even years after their initial diagnosis, research suggests.
Massage therapy for animals is not a recent phenomenon. Historians trace its roots back thousands of years to Greeks who would massage both warriors and horses before battle.
Recent research has warned of the health detriments associated with sitting for long stretches of time at the office, but what about the nearly half of all employees worldwide who are required to stand for more than 75 per cent of their workdays?
Trends in Practice is a new video series on Massage Therapy Canada offering massage therapy practitioners insights and inputs on the latest in techniques and technologies related to their practice.In this episode, Nicole Nifo, a registered massage therapist who specializes in infant and pregnancy massage talks about ways a practitioner can incorporate an integrated family practice by specializing on massaging the little ones.
Advanced manual techniques are powerful tools that enable the therapist to perform outstanding work.
Building stronger supports to meet the needs of seniors through simplified patient pathways, more flexible home care and reduced hospital visits was the main focus of a two-day meeting involving provincial health-care partners recently held in British Columbia.
A new study has shed light on how cancer patients’ attitudes and beliefs drive the use of complementary and alternative medicine. Published early online in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the findings may help hospitals develop more effective and accessible integrative oncology services for patients.
RMT, author and speaker Andrea Collins discusses some practical ways massage therapists can raise their profile in their community to build your practice, help bring in new patients and enhance patient retention and referral. Collins was a speaker at the 2015 Massage Therapy Canada Business Forum held last September.
Massage Addict has launched its latest clinic in Milton, Ontario – marking its 50th clinic opening since the franchise was launched in 2008 in Halifax, N.S.
The Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) has released communication material in an effort to help reduce fraud in health-care services for auto insurance and provides suggestions on what health practitioners can do to protect themselves.
The ultimate goal for chiropractors and massage therapists is better health for our patients. This common ground helps explain why many chiropractors and massage therapists are able to work together successfully. During nearly four decades of chiropractic practice, I have had the pleasure of welcoming many RMTs into my clinic. Each of these caring individuals has taught me something about treating patients, managing a clinic and the joy of being a health-care provider. There were a few bumps along the way, but they helped improve the situation to everyone’s benefit.
Whether your massage business has been long established, or you’re a shiny new grad laying the foundation of your practice, how do you set yourself apart? Learning how to be competitive yet unique in a saturated market is the easiest way to attract clientele. Social media has helped immensely with free advertising and client education. Blogging provides an interactive resource for proactive clients eager to research more about their conditions, hydrotherapy, remedial exercise and complementary therapies.
Have you ever reflected on the relationship between your business policies/procedures and your technology choices/usage, such as a practice management system (PMS)?
Let's face it, when you own your own business you can do what you want. After all, who's going to tell you otherwise? At the end of the day, however, if you don't complete the tasks at hand, not only will you be forced to work longer hours, you may also have some very unhappy clients.
Navigating the world of online marketing, health-care practitioners and clinic owners need practical tips and insights on how to use blogs as a marketing strategy to enhance patient base and increase credibility. Online marketing expert Andrei Petrik showed how blogging need not be as complicated, time consuming and brain draining as one might think.
Many businesses live or die by the reviews they receive. The problem is that negative reviews can be unfair, exaggerated or just untrue. And in these cases it's tempting to lash out at the author, resulting in an online war of words.
There are two main components that determine the value of a business: assets and goodwill. Assets are the things you own and are set up on a depreciating market value basis. Goodwill is less tangible and therefore more variable. Unlike in other business valuations where the assets make up a higher percentage, goodwill makes up the majority of the value of a chiropractic practice.
Organizations that offer health benefits to their employees are looking for more information and analysis regarding their plans, according to the 2015 edition of The Sanofi Canada Healthcare Survey, a comprehensive survey on Canadian health benefit plans.
Taxes are inevitable. The amount of tax you pay is often your highest lifetime expense. With inadequate planning, Canada Revenue Agency can become the largest beneficiary of your hard-earned dollars.
The province of Manitoba has approved the regulation of massage therapy following the release today of a report by the Health Professions Advisory Council recommending the regulation of the profession.
Health care regulators in Ontario will be hosting a webinar on Nov. 18, about the proposed regulation of health care clinics. The webinar will be followed by a series of stakeholder consultations in six cities across the province between Nov. 23 and Dec. 9.
The College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) will embark on a public consultation to seek inputs from massage therapists, patients, other health professionals and businesses on the planned establishment of a clinic regulation model.
Practice Points with Don Dillon is a new web video series featuring Don Dillon's insights and commentaries on developments that affect the massage therapy profession. In this first episode, Dillon discusses ways to positively affect insurer perceptions about the massage therapy profession and position massage therapists as an important component of health care promotion and disease prevention.Dillon, a massage therapist, is a sought after speaker, author and thought leader in the profession.For more on what the profession can do to change perceptions by insurers, read Dillon's artice, Breaking down ill perceptions.
Successful patient-centred practice requires interprofessional collaboration to maximize care outcomes. This was emphasized recently by Toronto-based massage therapist Paul Lewis at the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic (AECC) in Bournemouth, U.K. where he recently served as a guest lecturer. Lewis is recipient of the 2015 Training Provider Highly Commended award from the U.K. and Ireland's Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT).
The Massage Therapy Foundation is now accepting scientific abstract submissions for the upcoming International Massage Therapy Research Conference (IMTRC). The IMTRC will be held on May 12 to 15, 2016, at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel in Seattle, Wash.
Massaging patients on a gurney with tubes running across the bed and around them might not seem like the ideal treatment set-up, but massage therapists who work in hospitals say it is one of the best clinical experiences a therapist can ever have.
The general practice policies for record-keeping deal with the procedures you have set up in the front office: your fee schedule, cancellation policy, appointment record and privacy plan.
The College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) sat down with research consultant, Ania Kania-Richmond, as she talks about her examination of massage therapy in Canadian hospitals. She holds a doctorate from the University of Calgary, faculty of medicine, department of community health sciences. Hospital-based massage is happening already, and there’s great potential for the inclusion of this type of patient care by licensed therapists in hospitals of the future.
I haven’t made the leap to practice software yet, and I’m quite motivated to get there. There are many impressive features available from over a dozen vendors, but there are some features I’m still waiting to be integrated.
The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is proposing new legislation aimed at strengthening privacy rules that protect people's personal health information.
With its mandate to advance knowledge and understanding of massage therapy, the Registered Massage Therapists' Association of British Columbia (RMTBC) has granted a $14,000 scholarship to Robert Hemsworth, registered massage therapist, to continue his education in the master of rehabilitation science program at the University of British Columbia.
Strong evidence suggests that implementing workplace-based resistance training can help prevent and manage musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) of the upper extremity, which includes the neck, shoulder, arm, elbow, wrist and hand. That's one of the key findings coming out of a systematic review conducted by the Institute for Work & Health (IWH), published today as an open access paper in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (doi:10.1136/oemed-2015-102992).
Most people take breaks during their workdays. Coffee breaks. Lunch breaks. Short chats with coworkers. Maybe late afternoon walks around the building. But are they taking the best type of breaks? Breaks that boost energy, concentration and motivation?
A new report has put a price tag on aging in Canada.
Alberta's Department of Health has launched a Mental Health Review questionnaire to collect inputs from Albertans on how to improve the lives of those living with addiction and mental health challenges.
A study suggests men taking opioids for chronic pain are twice as likely as women to escalate to a high dose and die from drug-related causes.
The CFL and NFL have teamed up to add a two-minute test to standard sideline examinations for suspected concussion, with the aim of quickly determining whether a player should be pulled from the field or can safely return to play.
Canadians will now be rewarded for good health behaviour through Green Shield Canada's (GSC) Change4Life health portal, a first in the country, according to the company.
Paramedics in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island are being trained to help palliative patients manage their pain at home.
Children, aged four to 17, are increasingly using a variety complementary and alternative health care, according to a new report by the U.S. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH, formerly NCCAM).
Canadian economists received a pleasant surprise recently: expenditure growth on public health care in Canada finally appears to be slowing down. However, it is unclear if this slowdown is the result of explicit success in sustainably bending the cost curve or more short-term cost cutting in response to slower economic growth or future federal health transfers. So is it a blip on the health-care horizon or the beginning of a trend?
The Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA) today announced the top five trends Canadians should be aware of when shopping at their local health food store in 2015. With winter in full swing, Canadians are eager for the inside scoop on new, effective ways to optimize their health, naturally, throughout the season and into the New Year.
Dec. 15, 2014 – Dramatic improvements are needed to provide quality palliative care for all patients facing the end of their lives, including boosting the number of health providers trained in specialized care of the dying, says an Ontario health advisory agency.
It may seem counterintuitive that exercise could help people with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions, but a new study finds that a low-impact exercise program is improving quality of life for many older adults with these conditions.
That sense of well-being, freedom and extra energy that runners often experience is not just a matter of endorphins. A study at the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM) shows that the "runner's high" phenomenon is also caused by dopamine, an important neurotransmitter for motivation.
The Institute for Work and Health (IWH) is now accepting abstracts for presentation proposals for the 19th International Scientific Conference on the Prevention of Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders (Premus 2016).
Five men with complete motor paralysis were able to voluntarily generate step-like movements thanks to a new strategy that non-invasively delivers electrical stimulation to their spinal cords, according to a new study funded in part by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH).
A new study suggests children with multiple sclerosis (MS) who exercise regularly may have a less active disease. The research is published in the August 12, 2015, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
Developing any habit – good or bad – starts with a routine, and exercise is no exception. The trick is making exercise a habit that is hard to break. According to a new Iowa State University study, that may be easier to accomplish by focusing on cues that make going for a run or to the gym automatic.
New research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) challenges the common belief that males and females process pain in the same way.
More than 35,000 college athletes and cadets at U.S. service academies are helping researchers write a new, extensive and groundbreaking chapter in the study and tracking of concussions.
Fighting climate change will bring important public health benefits around the world, says a study in a top medical journal. Failing to meet that challenge could undo 50 year's worth of progress in global public health, according to The Lancet.
It looks like back pain is affecting more men in their younger years, according to a new report from the British Chiropractic Association (BCA). A consumer research study conducted by the BCA determined that the average age when men feel the strain of back and neck pains is 37. The study surveyed 2,127 U.K. adults of which 908 were men between the ages of 16 and 55+.
Funding from the Mark Cuban Foundation, run by the well-known owner of the Dallas Mavericks, will allow University of Michigan scientists and physicians to study how human growth hormone may aid recovery from an ACL tear – one of the most frequent, traumatic and dreaded knee injuries among athletes.
Commuting length, distance and means are stress factors that can lead to burnout, according to a new study from the University of Montreal.
Massage therapy in hospitals is not a new thing – as RMTs have been working in hospitals in Canada for at least three decades now – but it had been a slow progress.
In the last few months Canadians have been subjected to political debates, catchy sound bites, media ads and social media bickering – all for the purposes of scoring political points and winning votes.
Charting is an essential component of a massage therapist's practice. Beyond regulatory record-keeping requirements, charting provokes a practitioner to listen attentively and analyze critically when capturing a subject's case history, measuring benchmark neuro-musculoskeletal and quality of life indicators and comparing these to post-session outcomes. Charting and forming a treatment plan provides the compass, keeping the practitioner on track toward realizing patient/client objectives.
An April 13th article in the Toronto Star titled, “Rise of the Three Amigos in Health Care,” clearly illustrates how far we have to climb in building insurer relations.
The 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games being held in Toronto this summer will be one of the biggest international events the city has ever hosted.
What follows is a letter to the editor I recently sent to The Toronto Star’s Adam Mayers, in regards to Mayer’s article published on April 13 titled, The Rise of the Three Amigos of Health Care.
The popularity of massage therapy has waxed and waned in North American culture, but its greatest push came with the massive economic boom in post-World War industrial and information eras.
Throughout 2014, Massage Therapy Canada has been reporting on developments in the massage therapy profession across Canada through our Regional Focus series.
Emerging developments in the massage therapy profession suggest a surge in cross-Canada collaboration, a pooling of resources and perhaps a more cohesive, potent profession.
The isolated nature of a massage therapist’s practice is something we often hear from industry observers and has always been cited as one of the many challenges facing massage therapists.
Canadian philosopher of media and communications Marshall McLuhan was a man ahead of his time.
March 11, 2014 — In order for the massage therapy profession in Canada to continue developing as a health-care profession, they body of knowledge informing practice must advance through research. Stakeholders, including professional associations, practitioners, educators and regulators, are increasingly engaged in the various areas needed to support the research capacity and literacy of the massage therapy profession.
FitMag contains a 100 per cent naturally occurring form of magnesium chloride, according to its proponent Matt Selma founder of FitMe Inc.
Vitality Depot has launched Pain Gone, a clinically tested pen-like device that patients can use for pain management.
Length Tension Testing provides clear and comprehensive descriptions and photos for assessing flexibility and length tension in the muscles of the lower quadrant. Book 1, Lower Quadrant includes techniques for the lumbar spine and pelvis, hip, knee, and foot and ankle, while Book 2, Upper Quadrant features techniques for the cervical spine, temporomandibular joint, thoracic spine, shoulder, elbow, and wrist and hand.Each technique listing includes concise, standardized descriptions of the actions and positions involved, high-quality colour photos and alternative positions to accommodate patient variability and comfort. Most of these tests can be adapted into treatment techniques. These resources are designed to help physiotherapists, kinesiologists, chiropractors, massage therapists, and osteopaths improve patient care, and they will be invaluable references for students at the college and university level, book proponents say.Length Tension Testing is written by Paolo Sanzo and Murray MacHutchon. Sanzo is an assistant professor in the school of kinesiology and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine at Lakehead University. A practicing physiotherapist at the Victoriaville Physiotherapy Centre in Thunder Bay, Ont., Sanzo is also an examiner and instructor with the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. MacHutchon is a physiotherapist at Pembina Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic in Winnipeg, Man. He is also an examiner and instructor with the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.
Brain Stars: Glia Illuminating CranioSacral Therapy by Tad Wanveer, LMBT, CST-D, has simplified the complexity of the function of glial cells within the craniosacral system. Upledger Institute International is excited to announce the release of this highly informative book.The information presented, along with the author's own numerous illustrations, make it a valuable resource to any CranioSacral Therapist (CST) desiring to grow in their understanding of how the body functions, and for those wanting to further their ability to help their patients overcome dysfunction. CranioSacral therapists have a wealth of knowledge to gain and nothing to lose by reading this book, according to Upledger Institute.Brain Stars: Glia Illuminating CranioSacral Therapy can be purchased at: for $74.95.
LifeLabs Medical Laboratory Services has launched JOINTstat, a diagnostic blood test for rheumatoid arthritis. The JOINTstat blood test is the first test of its kind available in Canada that aids in the early detection and diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis. When caught and treated early, rheumatoid arthritis outcomes can be greatly improved.
Massage therapists have a new convenient option for processing client payments. Amazon is taking direct aim at mobile payment systems such as Square by introducing the Amazon Local Register, a credit-card processing device and mobile app designed to help small business owners accept payments through their smartphones and tablets. The move places the largest U.S. e-commerce retailer in competition with Square and other established mobile payment processing systems such as PayPal Here and Intuit's GoPayment.
Massage Warehouse, providers of high quality, cost-effective massage products, announces the release of its paraben-free line of Massage FX lotions and creams. Parabens, preservatives that are quickly absorbed through the skin, have been shown to mimic the activity of estrogen in the body’s cells. Some researchers suggest that methylparaben, which is widely used in cosmetics and skin creams, may increase risk of breast cancer, or accelerate the growth of these tumors.
July 17, 2014 – Laser Therapy University will host a free webinar entitled, A Look BACK at the Spine,  featuring Drs. Christopher Carraway and Brian Fitzpatrick. The webinar will be held on Thursday, July 24, at 1:00 p.m. (EST).
Dr. Chris Oswald had been practicing chiropractic in the Toronto area for 16 years when he reached a point of frustration and decided to change the game.
While people usually think of sports when talking about athletic activity, most Canadians engage in some form of physical activity every day. Whether it’s lifting an infant into a highchair, running for the bus or bending to reach a fallen sock behind the dryer, people move and exert their bodies constantly – sometimes feeling the pain from those movements.
May 20, 2014 – Tiger Woods still doesn't know when he'll return. For a while, he didn't know whether he would return at all. On Monday, Woods said his back injury became so debilitating this year it caused him to doubt his ability to play golf again.
May 14, 2014 — A new study from the University of Messina in Italy and University of Louisville in Kentucky shows wearable pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF) device may help reduce pain for patients with osteoarthritis.

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