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Trauma, MDMA Psychotherapy, and the Body (with Marcela Ot’alora G.)

Summary Til Luchau talks about trauma, psychedelic psychotherapy, and the body, with Marcela Ot’alora G., the principal investigator in a very promising FDA-approved study into MDMA-assisted therapy for PTSD.   Til Luchau: ABMP is proud to sponsor the Thinking Practitioner Podcast. ABMP membership gives massage therapists and bodyworkers exceptional liability insurance, numerous discounts, and great […]

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Scars and Scar Tissue (with Cathy Ryan)

Summary Til and Whitney talk to Cathy Ryan RMT about her book ‘Traumatic Scar Tissue Management: Massage Therapy Principles, Practice and Protocols,’ co-authored with Nancy Keenan Smith.   Til Luchau: Til Luchau here. When I was looking for a publisher for a book I wanted to write, I was fortunate to have ended up with […]

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How To (Not) Fix It (with Cal Cates)

Summary Til and Whitney talk to Healwell’s Cal Cates about how their work with death and dying brought perspective and presence to their work as a massage therapist; and to living itself.   Whitney Lowe: Welcome to The Thinking Practitioner. Hi, I’m Whitney Lowe and this episode of The Thinking Practitioner is co-sponsored by Handspring […]

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The coracoclavicular ligaments
Image is from 3D4Medical’s Essential Anatomy 3 application

Understanding Shoulder Separation

Summary Understand shoulder separation and the misconceptions surrounding it, as well as how to accurately identify and treat the condition.   Introduction There are numerous orthopedic disorders that develop a common name by which they are more frequently known. Examples include runner’s knee or tennis elbow. A shoulder separation is another condition that has come […]

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The compression test

The Accuracy of Sacroiliac Joint Evaluation Tests

Summary Learn about some of the difficulties in sacroiliac joint evaluation tests, and the issues with common procedures used to identify sacroiliac joint dysfunction.   The sacroiliac joint (SIJ) is a complex anatomical structure. It is the joint where the weight of the upper body, borne by the skeletal elements, is transferred to the lower […]

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Is it Time to Reconsider Cryotherapy?

Summary Learn about new research indicating that the standard guidelines for cryotherapy may need to be reconsidered.   Practitioners frequently get asked whether to use heat or cold for soft-tissue pain and injury problems. Of course, the correct answer is always that it depends on the nature of the client’s condition. But what are the […]

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Patellar ridge fitting between femoral condyles
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Tracking Anterior Knee Pain

Summary An overview of the structural and mechanical issues often causing anterior knee pain, and how to identify and address these issues with massage.   Introduction How many times have you heard someone say “Oh my aching knees?” It happens with frequency among athletic populations, but just as frequently plagues individuals who are not highly […]

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Axis of rotation at the atlanto-occipital joint for cranial flexion and extension
Image is from 3D4Medical’s Complete Anatomy application

Circling Around the Axis of Rotation

Summary An explanation of the term Axis of Rotation pertaining to the body and how it enhances understanding of muscle action in our clinical practices.   Each day we move our limbs through thousands of movement patterns without considering the fascinating mechanics that make this movement even possible. Our movement is accomplished via muscle contraction, […]

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Pain most commonly felt moving from flexion into extension

Exploring Elusive Knee Pain: The Synovial Plica

Summary Massage is great for many soft-tissue pathologies. However, sometimes various conditions exist that seem like a common pathology, but then don’t respond to the treatment. In some cases an undiscovered problem may exist. In this issue we’ll take a look at the synovial plica, a cause of knee pain that can easily mimic other […]

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