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The Role of Continuing Education for Massage Therapists

Overview Unlike other healthcare fields, such as physical therapy or occupational therapy, massage therapy is actually two primary “tracks.” The first track is geared towards the use of massage as a personal care service, with a focus of general relaxation and wellness enhancement. While massage performed for personal care can enhance health, the focus of […]

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Two types of certificate programs and certification programs

Certificate vs. Certification: Credentialing Terminology Matters

There is a great deal of confusion in our profession (as well as many others) about the terms certificate and certification. We have an abundance of marketing and promotional materials in our field which advertise for “certification” in particular modalities or technique methods. However, this illustrates a common misunderstanding about the distinction between a certificate […]

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The Potential and Challenge of Online Learning

Introduction In the last decade, the popularity, availability, and complexity of internet-based learning increased dramatically.  The most noteworthy and significant changes are in the educational and technological strategies created by developers working in advanced online education platforms. While the massage profession may be slow to adopt advanced forms of online learning, the influence of online […]

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Upper limb neurodynamic test #4 puts tensile stress on the ulnar nerve and may reproduce symptoms

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Nerve pain in the hand is a common complaint for clients but can also be an occupational challenge for massage practitioners. The most common cause of nerve compression symptoms in the upper extremity is carpal tunnel syndrome. However, other upper extremity nerve compression problems exist and are frequently overshadowed by it. One such problem that […]

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Flexor hallucis longus and flexor digitorum longus

Flexor Hallucis Longus Dysfunction

Soft-tissue foot pain is widespread, especially in active populations. Problems such as plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, or tarsal tunnel syndrome are commonly reported causes of chronic pain and disability. However, another muscle in the foot should be considered when investigating medial ankle or plantar surface foot pain. Disorders of the flexor hallucis longus (FHL) are […]

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What Massage Technique Should I Use?

Open up any trade publication or listing of continuing education courses and you will see a vast array of different techniques you can learn. Many of these technique approaches claim to be new “inventions” and completely revolutionary. While there are clearly novel approaches to bodywork treatment, many of these techniques are simply variations on traditional […]

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