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Nov. 25, 2009 – Rick Rosen writes a report for massage therapists and where the profession stands today in comparison to related careers.
I live in the Niagara region beside a beautiful wooded area along the famous Welland Canal, with easy access to bicycle/walking trails, farmers markets and open spaces. My wife Cheryl has tolerated marriage to me these last 17 years (I don’t know how she does it) and we have two children – Gabriel, 15 years, and Noah, 13 years. I love the outdoors and spend much of my time there, when I’m not working.
This issue of Massage Therapy Canada marks the first under new ownership. Annex Publishing & Printing is picking up where MT Publishing left off. Yet not all has changed. I will remain as editor, continuing doing what I enjoy most: communicating with massage therapists coast to coast and advocating for our national voice.
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is a condition that is somewhat controversial. There are varying opinions as to whether such a condition exists. What is certain, however, is that symptoms/impairments causing; pain, altered sensation, weakness and a distress in the region of the thoracic outlet and arm, does exist and clients presenting with this distress require relief.
Have you ever just taken a moment to pause and think about what meaning your life has on this earth? Am I making even a small contribution by utilizing the gifts I was given to help those less fortunate than me? As a 22-year-old woman in this complex and often crazy world, I find myself perplexed with the meaning of my life and wonder what I could be doing to make the world a better place.
Very few massage therapists, who have gone through a 2200+ hour program, would feel as though they were given too little information to learn while in school. Yet, many massage therapists do not have the knowledge and skills to comprehensively treat the soft tissue and joints of the body. What is missing?
In massage therapy training, most learn about the “4 Ts” of palpation: Tone, Texture, Temperature, and Tenderness. This is an extremely useful list that aids the therapist in remembering and organizing; what is being felt, what that might tell us about the state or acuity of the tissues and what to do about it.
With over 15 years of practice under my belt, I’ve begun to feel the strain of treating patients day after day. Many seasoned therapists have related to me the challenge of providing enough care to make a reasonable living, and yet address fatigue, overuse strain and trying to protect one’s vitality.
For the past several years, the Atlantic College of Therapeutic Massage (ACTM) has been involved in several research projects associated with the health and wellness of Massage Therapists (MTs). To date, the research literature on the profession of massage therapy has centred around the validity of specific techniques or case studies on the efficacy of specific modalities. Unlike many professions, MTs use their bodies as their work tool and, therefore, place physical and biomechanical strain on their musculoskeletal system.
The bulk of MTs in Canada use a case history form, or intake form, with new patients. These forms may vary greatly in length and in the amount of information and detail that the therapist wishes to gather initially from the patient, but they do have basic common elements.
There are a broad number of opportunities for massage therapists and other complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) professionals to initiate and engage in research. This article addresses four of such opportunities. Moreover, this article endorses use of a community based participatory research (CBPR) approach as a practical way for massage therapists and others to conduct research, wherein its use may serve as a practical means to effectively ascertain a given communities real health service needs.
Those of us who write about massage therapy have become accustomed, when we do literature searches, to finding only a small number of citations on our subjects of interest. Certainly when I began researching massage therapy and cancer topics in the mid-’90s, I felt lucky to find 10 or so useful references. The studies were all tiny, usually done by nurses, and some were questionable, but after eliminating various pieces about topics nominally called massage, I was happy to find there were still some I could work with.
In the previous issues, I wrote about internet providers, websites and how to market your website to gain new customers. This issue, I will write about retaining your existing customers.
In the last issue we talked about local ISPs, how to surf the web and about e-mail. This time we will talk about the basics of a website and how to get started.
Hello, my name is Max Fanderl and I am an Internet Marketing Consultant with 2mDesign and DiscoveryWeb and Book24-7.com.  I am pleased to write Internet Marketing related articles for Massage Therapy Canada’s readers.
This Summer 2005 issue of Massage Therapy Canada takes a look at the Trends that are happening in our profession and in our country today. It is clear that when attempting to cover such a broad topic, one magazine issue can hardly do it justice.
How many times have you busily scurried through a never-ending parade of obligations only to remark, “where does the time go?” As another year bids you farewell, you may be anxiously anticipating what’s next. Will this New Year be a successful one?
Walt Disney is quoted as saying “Do what you do so well, people will come back to see you do it again.” I believe this is a wonderful definition of excellence … to do what you do so well that people will come back to see, or experience, it again.
I met Lena Austin in May of 2004 at the International Symposium on the Science of Touch in Montreal, Quebec. Lena, accompanied by a group of delegates, were sharing stories and information about their amazing approach to facilitating massage for children by children. I was incredibly intrigued.
The purpose of this paper is to familiarize the reader with the condition of primary lymphoedema (LE) by giving the definition, pathology, diagnosis, course of the condition and therapies available. At the end, there will be a case study with a description of treatment given and how it relates to our profession.

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