Shock wave therapy (SWT) has been used in Canada for more than two decades. It is taught and has been part of the curriculum at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College for almost ten years. It has been so progressive and intuitive that the CMCC and other leading institutions such as McGill, Queens and Cleveland Clinic have instituted a multidisciplinary approach to incorporating SWT into their curriculum and treatment of multiple musculoskeletal conditions.
It is upsetting to see anyone in pain, but it's especially heartbreaking to watch a child endure chronic pain.
Today’s massage therapy profession is committed to utilizing techniques informed from research and evidence.
For many massage therapists, there is an endless quest to improve patient care and decrease the time frame by which patients have to deal with acute or chronic conditions.
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?
How we communicate today is vastly different from how we did just a few years ago. Texting, social media, and quick emails have become the preferred method over more traditional channels. However, it can be argued that this trend has resulted in older methods being more impactful and effective. After all, when was the last time you marked a handwritten letter as spam?
Regardless of what planning stage you are at (daydreaming, writing out rent cheques or already in the aisles of Ikea furnishing your space), designing your treatment room can be daunting. When you begin taking all the critical elements into consideration, the hands-on massage would seem like the easiest part.
In this issue we review some business technology trends that we foresee affecting RMTs in 2016 and beyond.
In this second episode of Practice Points, Don Dillon talks about some of the features in massage practice management software he would like to see and some he can do without. Dillon expounds on these points in his article, Wanted: Practice software.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.
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.
Vancouver, B.C. – Langara College has announced that the first cohort from the registered massage therapy program has graduated. Langara's two-year program was launched in 2013 and is the first public post-secondary institution in B.C. to offer training in this field of study.
In the increasingly changing marketplace for massage therapists, do you have what it takes to take on the corporate world? In this latest episode of Practice Points, Don Dillon discusses employment as a viable option for massage therapists and cited some of the challenges employers are finding when hiring RMTs. If you're considering employment as a career option for your massage therapy practice, reflect on these important points to make yourself employable.
What trends are occuring in the marketplace that are directly affecting the massage therapy profession? In this third episode of Practice Points, Don Dillon dicusses several changes in the marketplace that professionals should be aware of and be prepared for. Read more on this in Dillon's article, Breakthrough: Tangible opportunities for massage therapy practice.
She is the recipient of several business awards and has spoken confidently at community and health-care events throughout her 24-year career, but when Margaret Wallis-Duffy was about to deliver a keynote presentation to attendees at the Massage Therapy Canada Business Forum last September, her hands were shaking.
Speaking at the 2015 Massage Therapy Canada Business Forum, Don Dillon, gave his insights on the state of the RMT profession, the successes and missed opportunities, and offered some suggestions on how to further advance the profession.
More than 1.8 million people in Ontario have a disability. For many of them, accessing goods, services and employment is a challenge because society does not always, or consistently, consider the accessibility needs of people with disabilities.
Margaret Wallis-Duffy is a registered massage therapist based in Brampton, Ont., who has built a successful mustidisciplinary health care practice that is fundamentally based on her strong passion for wellness and in elevating the massage therapy profession. At the 2015 Massage Therapy Canada Business Forum, she shared success stories and lessons learned, her business experiences in building up her practice and her multimedia organization.
Jonathan Maister, certified sport massage therapist, discusses the advantages of pursuing a massage specialty designation and how it can increase a massage therapist's skills and expertise, as well as enhance practice growth potential. Maister was a speaker at the 2015 Massage Therapy Canada Business Forum held in September.
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.
Denver Broncos defensive lineman Antonio Smith is a rarity in the NFL: He does not get injured. The Super Bowl marked his 179th appearance in 180 games since the middle of the 2005 season, a decade of astonishingly good health in a relentlessly violent sport.
Ontario is launching a plan to help first responders deal with the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder, which the government calls a serious and debilitating injury.
A new study found that eating less fiber, more saturated fat and more sugar is associated with lighter, less restorative, and more disrupted sleep.
Wishing friends, family and clients a "Happy New Year" is all well and fine, but if you're serious about spreading cheer in the New Year, consider passing along more specific advice from a psychologist who studies the science of happiness at Washington University in St. Louis. There is no secret to happiness, but there is a science to it, says Tim Bono, a psychology lecturer in arts and sciences who teaches courses on happiness at the university.
For a second year in a row, Canadian fitness experts are touting functional fitness and high-intensity interval training as top workout trends.
Carbohydrates are the body's main energy source during high-intensity, prolonged running, a new study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology reports.
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.
Breaking a major bone may increase risk of widespread chronic body pain in later life, a new study has found.
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.
Today marks the 6th year of the Bell Let's Talk Day, a national campaign to raise awareness about mental illness and get people talking about this invisible disability that affects one in five Canadians.
Our profession can be guilty of floating some pretty novel notions. As a practitioner, practice manager, lecturer, trainer and previous assessor in the auto-insurance realm, I have seen convictions RMTs treat as factual – even gospel – without critically examining their plausibility.  
This year is ending with a somewhat positive development from Manitoba, which can potentially have a big impact on massage therapists across the country.
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.
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: 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.

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