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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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Anchoring Heuristic Error

Anchoring Heuristic Error

The anchoring heuristic error in clinical decision making Every clinical interaction requires healthcare professionals to make reasoned clinical decisions about the treatments they perform and the recommendations they make.  Evidence informed and defensible decisions need to be based on appropriate findings and current understanding of pain and biopsychosocial processes. Cognitive bias affects much of our clinical reasoning and decision making. …

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