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Your Work, Your Massage Therapy Techniques, YOU Still Matter!

Your Work, Your Massage Therapy Techniques, YOU Still Matter!

This is a guest post by my colleague Chrystal Ladouceur RMT.  She discusses some very important concepts for RMTs and manual therapists.  In order to become an evidence based profession we need to challenge unhelpful and unsupported ideas.  Challenging these ideas does not mean your techniques or interventions are useless.  Please read her article below for further insight. You still matter…

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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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The Biopsychosocial Model:  What it Means for RMT’s

The Biopsychosocial Model:  What it Means for RMT’s

This article was originally written for the magazine, Massage Therapy Today.  I have edited it slightly for this blog post.  It was used as part of the promotion for the RMTAO’s educational conference in Toronto on June 1st, 2019.  The conference theme is the biopsychosocial model for RMTs. I feel honoured to be presenting on two topics. The concept and application of BPS can…

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Massage Therapy Needs Research

Massage Therapy Needs Research

Sound like a dull title?  Please keep reading, it should get better.  I believe talking about and understanding research does not need to be boring or difficult.  Analyzing the intricacies of research from scientific and professional journals isn’t fun for most.  However, being aware of what the research means and how it is applicable to the profession is necessary to…

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