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Technique Isn’t Enough: The Importance of Clinical Reasoning

Take a look through any of the popular trade publications in our field and you’ll find a wealth of advertising for courses that are teaching you new techniques. The extravagant claims for methods that provide “permanent pain relief” or “immediate results in one or two treatments” can certainly pique your interest and make you think […]

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What in the World Are Back Mice?

Back pain is one of the most pervasive causes of disability and a frequent reason for people to visit massage therapists. Many causes of back pain have no specifically identified tissue pathology and therefore get labeled “non-specific” low back pain. However, sometimes there is a primary tissue dysfunction present that just doesn’t get evaluated properly. […]

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Putting the Squeeze on Morton’s Neuroma

One of the more common nerve entrapment problems affecting the lower extremity is Morton’s neuroma. The term, neuroma, is a bit of a misnomer because this condition generally does not involve a true neuroma, which is essentially a nerve cyst or tumor, and instead involves nerve impingement in the forefoot region. In most cases it […]

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Exploring Upper Limb Neurodynamics

Nerve compression is a recognized cause of soft-tissue pain and disability for many. Nerve compression syndromes, and especially upper extremity nerve disorders, came to the forefront in the last few decades as a result of increasing injuries among those whose occupations require repetitive activities. Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS)  is the most well-known of the upper […]

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Long Thoracic Nerve Compression

Introduction There are numerous nerve compression syndromes that cause significant pain or dysfunction in the upper extremity. Massage therapists often decry the limited focus on the neurological system in their basic education. Yet neurological sensation is a foundational and critical component of every client’s experience. This post explores long thoracic nerve compression, which can go […]

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The role of sensitization in musculoskeletal shoulder pain.

Borstad, J., & Woeste, C. (2015). The role of sensitization in musculoskeletal shoulder pain. Brazilian Journal of Physical Therapy, 19(4), 251–7. For many years the primary pain models suggested that pain was an indicator of tissue damage or injury. If pain was felt in the body, it meant that some tissue damage or dysfunction existed […]

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Online Education for CE renewals in Massage Therapy

Online education has increased dramatically in the massage therapy profession in the last 10 years. At this time, it is used primarily in continuing education, although it is making increasing inroads into entry-level education as well. Many states have set limitations on the amount of continuing education credits that can be earned through online education. […]

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Miserable Malalignment Syndrome

The November/December issue of Massage and Bodywork magazine concludes the two-part series I wrote on miserable malalignment syndrome (MMS) (click here to view the article). To recap, MMS involves a series of interrelated biomechanical dysfunctions throughout the lower extremity kinetic chain including: a broad pelvis, a large Q angle, femoral anteversion along with a squinting […]

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Recognizing Cauda Equina Syndrome

More people than ever before are using massage for a wide variety of ailments, especially back pain. Low back pain is one of the most challenging medical conditions as it is still very difficult to make a direct cause between many low back pain complaints and specific tissue pathology. Massage can be of great benefit […]

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