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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.
Dedicated to the newly emerging field of “Fascia Studies,” the Fourth International Fascia Research Congress (FRC) will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Reston, Virginia, near Washington, DC, September 18 – 20, 2015.
Elise Yanover's body showed no signs of strain as she laced up the day before her 10-kilometre run. It was a far different story when she took part in the downhill race. Already overtrained and exhausted from a gruelling fitness regimen, the 10K quickly took its toll on the elite triathlete.
In the article, Boom, Bust, Bane & Breakthrough (MTC Spring 2015), I described the economic drivers nurturing the growth of the massage therapy profession, as well as threats (some self-imposed) stalling it’s evolution during this economy shift. In this article, I’ll outline several marketplace developments that are changing the way massage therapists deliver service, and some tangible markets the profession can explore.
Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), first documented in 1916, is the most common cause of acute paralysis in North America and Europe – it is diagnosed 80-120 times per week in Canada and the United States alone.
A new study from the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania reveals physical therapy may be just as effective as surgical intervention for patients with lumbar spinal stenosis.
Holidays, snow days, sick days can stunt the growth of your business. At his presentation during the 2015 Canadian Chiropractor Business Forum, Dr. Anthony Lombardi shared some tried and tested best practices on how to prevent these disruptions from taking hold of your practice growth and momentum.
The last time we spoke on the subject of search engine optimization (SEO) was in 2011, so it is high time for an update.
Hoping to fund your retirement by winning the lottery is a ridiculous idea. Sure, someone has to win, but banking your future well-being on a cheap ticket, a handful of carefully chosen numbers and near-impossible odds isn't financial planning – it's wishful thinking. But if you're fond of daydreaming about winning the big jackpot, how much would you actually need to win to quit your job for good?
Ontario's Liberal government is promising legislation this fall to double the fines for people who access patients’ medical records without authority, and make it easier to prosecute offenders.
It's been said there's nothing better than being your own boss. However sometimes the weight of "wearing all the hats" can be emotionally and spiritually draining. So next time things seem a little overwhelming, refer to these five principles every happy business owner lives by.
It’s tax season again. Recurring tax deadlines can be a serious source of stress for individuals and corporations alike.
Having a blog can certainly help your practice connect with potential, current and past clients.
Jeri Denomy didn’t mean to upset anyone. Still, the Owen Sound, Ont., RMT made a handful of folks angry when she published her blog post on myomassology last summer.
Two-timers get a bad rap in the dating world, but, when it comes to savvy career moves, two jobs can make financial sense. A physically demanding position can be balanced by a creative pursuit.
Social media has come a long way since it was first introduced to the online world.
Value for money appears to be finally getting the attention it merits as Alberta’s new health minister, Stephen Mandel, takes the reins of the portfolio that is close to consuming 50 per cent of the province’s operating budget. This is an area of magnificent opportunity.
WorkSafeBC’s recent amendments to its policies on activity-related soft tissue disorders (ASTD) – such as carpal tunnel syndrome and bursitis – will take effect March 1, 2015.
For some massage therapists, having the rare opportunity to work alongside elite athletes in major sporting events involves two essential factors: skill and circumstance.
Last spring, I travelled to Guatemala with the Global Healthworks Foundation and its founder, Dan Wunderlich. It was my third annual Jornada. A Jornada Medica is a health outreach directed toward underserviced populations. I met Dan while teaching acupuncture at McMaster University in 2008, and we quickly recognized in each other a commitment to betterment of ourselves and others.
British Columbia’s Ministry of Health has made amendments to the province’s Health Professions Act pertaining to the massage therapy profession.
Massage therapists have standards they need to be aware of. The regulated provinces have colleges that set guidelines and standards of practice that must be maintained.
April 1, 2015 – Ontario's move to regulate the field of homeopathy in a way similar to how it governs doctors and nurses, making it the first province to do so, is being greeted with skepticism from some in the medical and scientific community.
Stefan Shuster has been in practice since November 1988. Quick math? That’s 26 years of massaging. He is a fan favourite at the Langdon Hall Country Hotel and Spa in Blair, Ont., where his Santa-like laugh shakes up the traditional hush and whispers of the spa setting. His hands are probably known second to his mustache which has seen more styles and wax than most of us have had with our hair. Gregarious and approachable with a full arsenal of one-liners, it’s easy to see how Stefan slides from his role as a massage therapist at a five-diamond hotel to his own Uptown Waterloo business – he operates the idyllic Hillcrest B&B with his wife Wendy.
A new online office ergonomics training program was jointly launched today by the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) and the Public Services Health & Safety Association (PSHSA).   
The Collège des médecins of Quebec (CMQ), the organization that regulates medical profession in the province, has expressed its support in the regulation and professional supervision of massage therapy in Quebec.
The Federation of Massage Therapy Regulatory Authorities of Canada (FOMTRAC) has announced that work is underway to refine and revalidate the Inter-Jurisdictional Practice Competencies (PC) and Performance Indicators (PI).
The Fourth International Fascia Research Congress (FRC) will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Reston, Virginia, near Washington, D.C., Sept. 18 – 20, 2015. The principal focus of the conference is to bring scientists and clinicians together in the interest of furthering understanding of the unique role of fascia in health. Presentations will include the latest and best scientific research on human and animal fasciae in all its forms and functions. Pre and post conference workshops will be held on the Sept. 17th and 21st.
The job of a massage therapy professional can sometimes be isolating – working long hours within the confines of a treatment room.
Regulating the massage therapy industry is spreading east across Canada.
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.
A new company in Toronto is aiming to change the face of health care by using technology that allows people to take charge of their own health, and is urging health professionals to join the beta program.
Some patients with chronic pain could be better served by being prescribed vitamin D supplements by their health-care provider, according to research at the University of Adelaide in Australia.
New research has found current national vitamin D intake recommendations are too low and that body weight must be taken into account to determine the appropriate vitamin D dose in any given individual, a statement from Pure North S'Energy Foundation said.
With the holiday season upon us, many business owners struggle between making time for their family while giving their chiropractic practice or business the attention it needs. The fact is that in most cases, it's the business that wins.
August 19, 2014 – The federal government is putting stronger warninglabels on extended-release painkillers like OxyContin in an effort to prevent the abuse of opioids. “Too many people are abusing prescription drugs,” Health Minister Rona Ambrose told the annual conference of the Canadian Medical Association on Monday.
Almost continuously since the second half of the 1990s, Canadians have pointed to health care as their largest national concern and the issue that should receive the greatest attention from Canada’s leaders. Polls taken over the last decade or so have found that health care is typically the highest priority among voters. It is also the policy area in which governments often score most poorly. This sentiment has become so commonplace across the political spectrum of voters that we take it for granted that it was always so.
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.
Researchers from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., may have uncovered the body’s secret to physically aging well and keeping muscle strength in tact.
Fibromyalgia is the second most common rheumatic disorder behind osteoarthritis and, though still widely misunderstood, is now considered to be a lifelong central nervous system disorder, which is responsible for amplified pain that shoots through the body in those who suffer from it. Daniel Clauw, a medical doctor and professor of anesthesiology, University of Michigan, analyzed the neurological basis for fibromyalgia in a plenary session address at the recent American Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting.
Detailed gait analysis reveals that people with clogged leg arteries rely more on muscles in the back of the calf when they walk to compensate for weakness in certain hip muscles, according to a new study presented at the American Heart Association's Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology/Peripheral Vascular Disease Scientific Sessions 2015.
Dehydration may not be the threat to sporting performance that athletes have been led to believe, a new study suggests.
New research from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids confirms several “disconnects” in the pain-related communication between health-care prescribers of prescription opiates and their patients. The new data was fielded by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, in collaboration with the American Cancer Society, the American Academy of Pain Management and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals to gain a better understanding of the interactions between opiate-prescribing health-care providers and patients.
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.
My son is 15 years old and he has a philosophy about everything. Mostly based on something he heard in class and interpreted in a way that would have him question the very foundation of life. I was once 15, and completely understand that it is his turn to question the universe, however, I can’t seem to stop myself from getting caught up in his ‘beliefs’ and defending my own. He keeps telling me, ‘It’s not an opinion; it’s proven by science.’
I have the privilege of taking over the reins as editor of Massage Therapy Canada. We thank the previous editor, Maria DiDanieli, for all her work in maintaining a high quality publication.
I have the privilege of taking over the reins as editor of Massage Therapy Canada. We thank the previous editor, Maria DiDanieli, for maintaining such a high quality publication.
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: shop.iahe.com 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.
One massage therapy school in Alberta is taking advantage of new technologies to optimize learning for its students. MaKami College, which has campuses in Edmonton and Calgary, offers its students the latest in tablet technology – the iPad Air – to enhance their learning experience.
May 6, 2014 – The Massage Therapy Research Foundation (MTRF) has completed its 2013/2014 competition, doling out nearly $40,000 to grant recipients.

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