Skillfully applied sport massage therapy can increase performance, decrease potential injury and assist the athletes’ mental preparations. The techniques require a skillful and appropriate application, as it can result in the difference between qualifying, winning, losing, or obtaining a personal best time or score for the athlete.
Assessment, often only practised on initial treatments, is a powerful tool to have, as RMTs answer not only our own questions, but the client’s as well. Assessment and orthopedic testing reinforce that we are professionals and informs the public and other health-care professions that we have knowledge and understanding of human anatomy and are able to differentiate conditions from serious pathologies.1
The language we use every day holds a lot of power. Language has the power to make us look like we know what we are talking about or...make us look the fool. Our words have the power to uplift our patients on their health journey, or to defeat them.
All too often joint mobilizations are dismissed as a modality worthy of being merely a footnote. During RMT schooling they are covered in techniques class. However, they are often relegated to the proverbial back pocket – to the therapist’s and patient’s detriment.
Visceral massage is a massage therapy that focuses on a complex part of anatomy; namely the gastro-intestinal tract (the gut).
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.
It all started when the two of us sat down over a cup of coffee. As a family physician and endocrinologist, we stand on opposite sides of a large chasm called patient wait times, and we both started seeing more and more of our patients getting swallowed up by this abyss.
Canadian certified sport massage therapist Aurel Hamran planned his vacation to Hungary in July. What he was not planning for was a call from the Hungarian Swimming Federation by Fodor Szabolcs, leader of the open water department. Szabolcs asked him to help their swim team as a full member at the FINA 2017 Aquatic World Championships, in Hungary. He didn't hesitate, and accepted the invitation.
TV infomercials offer a world of potential solutions for back pain, but most of them have at least one of three problems – they're unproven, unworkable or just plain unattractive.
EDMONTON – Alberta's auditor general has called for immediate action to improve a health-care system he says is still falling short despite years of recommendations on how to make it better.
Chiropractic is included in St. Michael’s Hospital services in Toronto. In fact, chiropractic is a salaried position in a number of Canadian hospitals, confirms Dr. Deborah Kopansky-Giles, a chiropractor and clinician-scientist on staff in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto.
Professional athletes in the CFL make their living on their legs for 20 grueling weeks each regular season. Recovery is key, but downtime is slim to none, so training staff must constantly find new ways to help their athletes make the most of muscle recuperation.
Common postures and how they affect the lower back(For more details on types of postures and the impairments they present with, see: Janda & Jull 1987; Kendall et al. 2005; Magee 2014.)
We often see clients spend their days sitting behind desks at their nine-to-five office jobs or standing for prolonged periods working in manufacturing or retail.
Charting is an everyday aspect of your practice – and a requirement for a regulated health profession. In my reviews of practitioner records, there has been great variability in charting comprehensiveness and style.
DURHAM, N.H.--Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have found that young adults who experienced repetitive mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), or concussions, can experience persistent cognitive changes as well as altered brain activity.
Researchers found that gently stroking a baby seems to reduce activity in the infant brain associated with painful experiences. Their results, appearing December 17 in the journal Current Biology, suggest that lightly brushing an infant at a certain speed--of approximately 3 centimeters per second--could provide effective pain relief before clinically necessary medical procedures.
DURHAM, N.C. -- Patients with arthritis in their knees experienced significant improvement in pain and mobility after undergoing a weekly, whole-body massage for two months, according to a study led by researchers at Duke Health.
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Calgary Wellness Expo
March 8-9, 2019
Canadian Pain Society 40th Annual Scientific Meeting
April 2-5, 2019
RMTBC Annual Symposium
April 12-13, 2019
MTAM Annual Conference
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