Technique
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.
Opioid cessation in non-cancer pain may be more successful when depression is treated to remission, a study from Saint Louis University in Missouri shows.
As you may know being a registered massage therapist, chiropractor, physiotherapist or other licensed health-care practitioner, it is difficult at the best of times to provide relief for patients who suffer from trigeminal neuralgia (TN).
Can acupuncture and yoga help to fight the opioid epidemic? These and other integrative medicine approaches have shown at least preliminary evidence of effectiveness in pain management, according to an article in the December issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia – a special thematic issue addressing the opioid crisis.
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) could be a powerful tool to help elite sportspeople improve their performance by handling stress more effectively, new research has found.
Just 10 minutes of daily mindful mediation can help prevent one's mind from wandering and is particularly effective for people who tend to have repetitive, anxious thoughts, according to a study from the University of Waterloo.
San Diego, Calif. – Surgical approaches to treating tennis elbow may not offer additional benefit to patients, according to research presented at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's (AOSSM) Specialty Day in San Diego. The study, a randomized, double-blinded clinical trial, explored patient responses to a common surgery aimed at repairing a damaged elbow, compared to a placebo procedure.
Music therapy decreases pain in patients recovering from spine surgery, compared to a control group of patients who received standard postoperative care alone, according to results of a new study.
Frail and critically ill patients can safely bike in the intensive care unit, even early in their ICU stay. These are the exciting findings from an in-bed cycle program that aims to get hospital patients – even in intensive care units – pedalling as soon as possible with therapeutic bicycles, so they are functioning better by the time they leave hospital.
The Canadian Chiropractic Guideline Initiative (CCGI) has launched a series of video resources for clinicians and patients in an effort to promote the effective application of recently released clinical practice guidelines.
In a previous article, I discussed how active isolated stretching can help extend practice potential for massage therapists and improve treatment outcomes for patients. As earlier stated, active isolated stretching (AIS) is a vital component for injury prevention and rehabilitation.
As trained health professionals we might say, “Health is the absence of disease.” A client in pain, on the other hand, might be more inclined to answer: “Not having to live with pain.”
The most decorated Olympic athlete in history sparked controversy throughout the media with his use of cupping – an ancient Chinese method used to treat musculoskeletal pain and other disorders.
In this episode of Practice Points, Don Dillon talks about revisiting a practitioner's delivery of care model and thinking about ways to deliver the best possible patient outcomes in a more efficient yet effective manner. For more on this topic, also read Dillon's article, Tools, team, technology.
While corresponding to the shoulder in terms of position and joint type, hip conditions and treatment differ from the shoulder. Both attach the extremity to the torso and both are ball and socket joints. However, beyond that, they differ profoundly.
Evidence suggests that myofascial release is an effective technique for a number of injuries. However, when it comes to anything fascia-related, the professional community is divided with fundamentalist views on both sides. Some therapists approach myofascial release as a panacea, while others regard fascia as ‘dead tissue’ with no clinical significance.
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