Spa treatments don't stop with people. You won't see any aromatherapy candles around, but animals get massages, too, and it's become a regular service that many pet owners value as more than just glorified petting. “People call me because their dogs are having problems,” said Shelah Barr, a San Francisco dog massage therapist. “The work I do is important for animals so they have a high quality of life.”
Nov. 5, 2014 – Soft tissue mobilization may be beneficial for athletes experiencing lateral knee pain, according to a new case study published in the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (IJTMB).
Nov. 4, 2014 – If you’re like most business owners, you’re probably wearing far too many “hats” – taking on responsibilities like sales, marketing, purchasing, et al. While you already know you need to delegate more, let’s face it, it likely won’t happen any time soon. So let me share with you five tools that will save you time while still allowing you to manage every detail, no matter how small.
As massage therapists, our biggest asset is touch. However, through age-old inaccuracies we often avoid the most touch-starved individuals.
Assessment is a way of looking at anatomy with our hands. Teaching assessment can be a way of teaching more than tests, we can teach living anatomy through palpation. We can teach how to have X-ray vision, to see the motion of bones through flesh.
Sept. 3, 2014 – Sports-related concussions in children and youth constitute a significant public health issue that requires serious reform in public policy to address the harm associated with them, a new Canadian paper argues. The article, which appeared in Neurosurgeon, an online publication of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, suggests there is an ethical responsibility to take action on the issue.
August 26, 2014 – British Columbians and their families who are struggling with addiction can expect more help with a $3-million government investment to expand and support a provincial addiction medicine education and research training program for clinicians, making it the largest in North America.
A new research has shown massage therapy helps with impairments associated with scars formed by bilateral cleft lip reconstruction. Results of this research by Ottawa-based RMT Emilie McKay was published in the June 2014 edition of the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) sufferers may find relief from their symptoms with massage therapy treatments, a study has found. A study reported in the Multiple Sclerosis Journal indicated lower pain levels of up to 50 per cent across three months by those participants who received 10 weeks of massage therapy, according to U.S. massage therapy treatment provider Massage Envy Spa. Long known for its stress-busting abilities, massage has a powerful effect on health and overall wellbeing. And because stress may trigger or worsen MS symptoms, it is important for sufferers to find ways to relax.
Those living in a regulated nursing home are likely in the frailest condition of their lives, and approaching the end of life. The individual reasons for entering a nursing home are many, but commonly, residents require intense personal care for an indefinite period of time. Nursing home residents often require significant assistance because many suffer from chronic conditions which impair their capacity to live on their own. Residents rely heavily on the nursing home to ensure their protection and well-being. So it is paradoxical — some would say tragic — that nursing home residents are too often put on drugs they don’t need, which can be dangerous, and may even kill them.
Lymphedema is a condition of chronic and progressive swelling that can be inherited or acquired. If it is left untreated it can become disfiguring, potentially disabling and, possibly, even life-threatening.
Metagenics, Inc., a nutrigenomics and lifestyle medicine company focused on improving health, will host its third annual Lifestyle Medicine Summit in Nashville, Tenn. on September 26-28, 2014. This series of educational events convenes leading health-care professionals and researchers to share contemporary approaches to lifestyle medicine for greater effectiveness in addressing a wide range of conditions that affect an ever-increasing number of patients around the world.
The chief therapist for the 2015 Canada Winter Games is calling on registered massage therapists in British Columbia to get involved with the medical services group that will provide care for 3,500 athletes participating in the Canada Games.
May 7, 2014 — Calgary police are cracking down on illegal “body-rub centres” within the city in hopes of diminishing illicit sexual activities and maintaining credibility for reputable massage therapy businesses, according to a Metro News article.
May 1, 2014 — Researchers have been able to rebuild severely damaged leg muscles in a small number of patients by implanting a pig bladder “scaffold” that draws the body's own stem cells to the site and coaxes them into becoming new muscle cells.
April 22, 2014 – The Massage Therapists’ Association of British Columbia (MTABC) has cautioned its members about the use, and misuse, of social media by massage therapy professionals. In a statement posted on its website, MTABC communications chair Michael Reoch urged massage therapy professionals to engage in social media responsibly.
There are numerous dimensions to the practice of massage therapy: not only is there a vast spectrum of techniques, but inherent in these are issues concerning the intention and purpose of massage therapy.
Growing up, our family lived in the country and had a well, which meant water usage was constantly being monitored by my dad.
March 31, 2014 — The University of South Australia is set to begin a new study into low back pain, a condition which affects more than 80 million people globally. The study will investigate whether physical activity – specifically walking at an intensity based on how individuals feel – will assist people suffering from chronic low back pain, where their low back pain symptoms have persisted for longer than three months.
Functional medicine expert Dr. Jeffrey Bland will be travelling to Toronto and several U.S. cities for special book signing events for his latest work, The Disease Delusion: Conquering the Causes of Illness for a Healthier, Longer and Happier Life.

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