The foot is our point of contact with the ground. Uniquely, the human species transfers all the weight of our long bodies down though the delicate collection of bones that is the foot.
Note to reader: This is a true account of an experience submitted by a client. The names of the people involved in this account have been changed.
The Pressure Gradient System (PGS) was created in order to refine student massage therapy skills in relationship to soft tissue manipulation and to form a framework for therapist to therapist communication.
As the baby boom generation approaches retirement, an unprecedented number of workers will be leaving the workforce. According to Canada’s Urban Futures Institute, there are some 9.8 million Canadian baby boomers, people born between 1946 and 1964, approaching their retirement. By 2020, the number of Canadians retiring each year will be 425,000.
A massage therapist promotes his business by pressuring his clients into participating in print testimonials, even though some of them feel uncomfortable doing this.
We like to believe that we should be judged by our best intentions, good motives and noble aspirations but in reality we are all too often judged by our actions and by the consequences of our actions.
Massage therapy (MT) may be a novel and creative intervention to promote health. This brief essay serves to introduce one area of investigation where the results are compelling and also to show the diversity in populations that may be well served by use of this therapy. First, a brief account of the history and current status of use of MT in Canada will be given. Then a short review of the literature pertaining to MT effects on general clinical disorders will be presented. A more detailed presentation of recent studies relevant to the effects of massage therapy on disorders of mental health will be offered. The essay will conclude that recent research suggests that at least in selected populations the future for positive impact in the community is promising and that more research is needed.
Many professional codes of ethics documents contain a clause or at least a statement encouraging health professionals to respect and support each other. Collegiality is highly valued in the health care professions and, in fact, quite often a norm of professional practice. Banding together to protect common interests is considered highly desirable. In fact, some healthcare professions and in turn their codes of ethics even contend that health professionals have a duty of loyalty or fidelity to their fellow professionals to try and ensure that no harm is done to them. In addition, health professionals have personal relationships and emotional ties with colleagues as associates, employers or employees.
Respect and the concept of ‘Respect for Persons’ is a central part of the ethical value system of all professional health care providers.
A diagnosis of cancer generates a host of emotions and the painful question: will I survive this disease? Cancer treatments, long and sometimes painful, can propel a patient, family and friends into a whirlwind that affects all domains: physical, social, emotional and professional. In such a time of torment and upheaval, many patients with cancer turn to complementary therapists for ease and respite from the long journey through illness and treatment.
If, in fact, we could say that massage therapy as a profession possesses a core value that might begin to define and distinguish our commitment to our patients and clients, I believe many of us might describe “caring” as that value.
Most of us are familiar with the Hippocratic maxim “physician heal thyself” and while Hippocrates clearly was not specifically referring to self care, I think we can apply this maxim to the ethical virtue of self-care.
I have always wanted to go to Ireland. I had thought about exchanging places with an Irish massage therapist. I could wander about looking for signs of ancient relatives, leaving an Irish massage therapist to care for my clients while I was abroad doing the same for him/her.
The Canadian health care system is re-orientating itself to include greater emphasis in the areas of public health and primary health care. Both of these domains are striving for better collaboration so as to improve population health.
In everyday language we often use the words law and ethics as if these two terms were synonymous. We say that a specific practice, for example breaching confidentiality in a privileged relationship is unethical when what we really mean is that it is illegal and that another practice, lying about that breach is illegal when what we really mean to say is that it is unethical.
In 2003, the AMTWP Standards Review Task Force (SRTF) included in its recommendations “That, in formulating its policy on Uniform Standards and Regulation, the AMTWP considers … conducting a formal survey of the membership for additional information.”
Geraldine Yaworski is married to Kevin, a Canadian, and they have two children, ages 5 and 3. The Yaworski family moved to England to work and travel. 
The early Greek philosopher Socrates once wrote that “knowledge was virtue.” He believed that if we knew right from wrong we would choose right. Though a brilliant philosopher and founding forefather of western thought, history has proven that on this one at least, Socrates was wrong.
Randy Smith is an RMT employed by the Good Health First multi-disciplinary clinic, which also employs a chiropractor, naturopath and personal fitness trainer. Abigail White is a middle-aged client of the clinic who has received therapeutic services from both Randy and the clinic’s chiropractor, Dr. Peter Allen.
Attempts at smoking cessation have been correlated with severe withdrawal symptoms, including intense cigarette cravings, anxiety, and depressed mood. Massage therapy has been shown to reduce anxiety and stress hormones and improve mood.
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