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Simplifying the treatment and management for low back pain

Simplifying the treatment and management for low back pain

The chances are you will have experienced an episode of low back pain at least once in your life.  You’ve probably experienced it many times.  Low back pain is one of the most normal things a human can experience.  It’s estimated in some studies that over 80% of people will get an episode of back pain at least once every…

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Gluteal Amnesia: Real, Relevant or Ridiculous?

Gluteal Amnesia: Real, Relevant or Ridiculous?

Gluteal Amnesia, Sleepy Glutes, Lazy Butt Syndrome These are some common terms used to explain to clients why they are experiencing pain in their low back, sacral, hip or buttock area.  Or why they present with a perceived excessive anterior pelvic tilt, ‘tight’ hamstrings, or difficulty performing certain physical tasks.  This concept is based on the belief that the gluteal…

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Rehabilitation for the Persistent Pain Patient

Rehabilitation for the Persistent Pain Patient

The objectives for rehabilitation in musculoskeletal medicine is to restore a patient to their former capacity by therapeutic means or to improve physical function so they can return to meaningful and constructive activity.  For acute pain management with moderate limitations to functional activity, a therapist can follow a relatively linear process of assessing for any major health concerns and then…

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Treatment of Pelvic and Abdominal Pain for the RMT

Treatment of Pelvic and Abdominal Pain for the RMT

Thanks to Jocelyn Kirton RMT for her following article. Jocelyn is an RMT currently based in Surrey, BC at ClaytonCrossingRMT.com and has a practice focused on treating pelvic and abdominal pain. She is the first guest author for ericpurves.com Chronic Pelvic Pain Imagine experiencing pain in the most intimate of areas. The narrow variety of treatment options available yields increasingly frustrating results…

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Edge Work and Novel Movements with Cory Blickenstaff – Course Review

Edge Work and Novel Movements with Cory Blickenstaff – Course Review

I have attended dozens of continuing education courses in my almost 15 year career, and I rarely write reviews.  I was inspired to write this blog when a colleague asked me, ‘what is the best continuing education course you’ve taken?’  That answer was easy,  Edge Work and Novel Movements with Cory Blickenstaff! When I reflect on those who have influenced…

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2019 RMTAO Biopsychosocial Conference

2019 RMTAO Biopsychosocial Conference

This blog is significantly delayed being posted.  Better late than never. The Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of Ontario (RMTAO) educational conference was held in Toronto on June 1st/2019.  The conference theme fit my personal bias, biopsychosocial (BPS). The idea was to introduce some current evidence based BPS topics to RMTs.  I loved the idea of the conference, but the structure was a…

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