It had been over 16 years since I was on the Toronto TTC taking my last train from Kikkawa College (now called ICT) to my home in Thornhill, Ontario. As I dozed off on the subway car, it arrived at one of its stations. I said to myself ‘oh here we are at Sheppard.’ What was interesting was that I recognized the station not by the signage but by how the car moved on the tracks.
There appears a divide in our industry where some massage therapists hailing from the clinical side view spa massage as “not real massage”. They see spa massage as pampering without true therapeutic value. The marketplace begs to differ as millions of people clamber to spas every year to offset stress and tension, and improve health and wellness.
With recent advances in manual medicine, treatment options for practitioners are growing in number. Various new techniques have emerged both in the literature and in the everyday practice of chiropractors, physiotherapists, massage thera­pists, and athletic therapists.
Most therapists have encountered the phenomenon of the Upper Crossed Syndrome (UCS) previously, whether you have treated golfers or not. It is common to desk workers everywhere and anyone whose work is in front of them (which doesn’t exclude many of us!).
The following is the classic method of investigating the low back and the lower extremities for the cause of neurological symptoms, (parathesia or anesthesia; with/without motor dysfunctions) and/or the causes of suspected neurologically sourced pain.
Joint mobilization is one of those wonderful techniques that both helps assess joint impairments and is available as potentially the most beneficial modality to employ in treating joint dysfunctions. This is true whether these dysfunctions or impairments are intrinsic to the joint [ligament or joint adhesions] and/or whether they are due to the shortened surrounding extrinsic supportive structures like connective tissue and muscle.
The population is aging. The baby boomer generation, the largest of its kind, is now entering its “golden” years. The number of people age 65 and over is expected to double from nearly 4 million in 2000 to almost 8 million by 2026.
A.J. Jacobs, editor at large of Esquire magazine voluntarily decided to read the Encyclopedia Britannica from A to Z. He endured bleeding eyes from the tiny font size and sheer mental exhaustion from such a weighty information download. Jacobs managed to complete the feat, surviving 32 volumes and 33,000 pages of Paleolithic paintings, Plato, Rasputin, Flaubert and gagaku.
Odds are that you’ve assessed and treated a golfer in the past few months. Golfers tend to be similar to the rest of the population – they would love a quick fix for both their game and health challenge.
BACKGROUND: The aetiology of most lower back and pelvic pain has remained obscure.
Marketing may very well be the most difficult aspect of managing your business. An efficient and effective marketing plan is essential to assist you with the continuous and necessary process of finding new customers.
BACKGROUND: Our research group has studied 1,000 Gulf War Veterans and 300 civilians with chronic fatigue. We find decreased balance in almost half of those with symptoms, more marked in those also with fibromyalgia.
Tell us a little about yourself I’m a long-standing, sitting and kneading member of the profession. And, I am darned glad I’m a massage therapist! I’m a father of three boys (14, 16 and 18) and spouse to a massage therapist and yoga teacher. I am surrounded by exciting and loving people. I am also a full-time educator and editor of Massage Therapy a multimedia, online continuing education tool.
This is the final installment in our three-part series exploring principles and concepts of intra-oral applications for the treatment of TMJ dysfunction.
This is the second part of a three-part series exploring principles and concepts of intra-oral applications for the treatment of TMJ dysfunction. In Part One, it was reported that in March 2007, 73 per cent of 180 people surveyed over one week in London, Ontario, indicated they “clenched their teeth.” 1 Even though TMJ dysfunction cases present with many complex sign and symptom variations, this example market indicates many people over-employ their masticatory muscles, often accumulating two common findings: asymmetrical hypertonicity of masticatory muscles; compression in the TM joints (diminished Articular Disc space).
A Part Of Each Other We are each of us a part of each other. We are connected by invisible. But very real and inextricable ties. We feel this bond in a physical body. With a face, a smile and a voice we call by a name.
This is the first of a three-part series exploring principles and concepts in intra-oral applications treating TMJ dysfunction. Developing mastery in intra-oral techniques is highly applicable to many of our clients, quite easy on the therapist, and can establish a niche among an ever expanding community of RMTs. It is a complex area of the body to understand and is therefore extremely interesting.
For the last 18 years, I have been doing and teaching chair massage around the world, and it has been a profound experience to see how touch transcends culture!
A few years ago a client of mine was diagnosed as having carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) by a neurologist. Surgery was recommended in six months if the symptoms stayed the same, but she wanted to try other therapeutic interventions before going this route.
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