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How to Stay Impassioned About Practicing

How to Stay Impassioned About Practicing

Every practitioner faces the same challenge: how do we stay passionate about our work?

The key is to be crystal clear WHY you are doing what you are doing.

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What Causes Post-Surgical and Other Pain?

What Causes Post-Surgical and Other Pain?

A highly seasoned, well-respected practitioner asked our massage & bodywork group to describe what might have caused her to experience pain and protective feelings following her abdominal surgery. It seems most likely that they resulted from the pain and trauma memory she experienced before and after the procedure when her anesthesia wore off. In such cases involving surgery, or most any other tissue-nervous system insult, the pain she experiences is not just "caused" by her brain. What actually occurs is the insult to her nervous system that happened at the site, stimulates receptors to send action potential signals which go to...

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What are Programs of Care?

What are Programs of Care?

We share three common goals and values:  1. Provide the best care we can. 2. Increase professional respect and credibility. 3. Receive satisfying financial rewards. How come every practitioner doesn’t achieve this the way they wish? My practice once struggled until learning how to turn things around. What was the key ingredient? While practitioners have different ways of attaining professional satisfaction and financial success, two things propelled me:  1. Implementing programs of care. 2. Generating huge numbers of quality referrals without having to promote or advertise.  In this brief article, we’ll talk about programs of care. What exactly is a...

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Can Manual Therapy Alter or Deform Connective Tissue?

Can Manual Therapy Alter or Deform Connective Tissue?

The most extensive known research on manual therapy's ability to alter and deform connective tissue (CT) was examined by Joseph Threlkeld, PT, PhD. In this month's Masters In Massage blog we're posting excerpts from his published research article. The full article can be purchased at https://academic.oup.com/ptj/article-abstract/72/12/893/2728889?redirectedFrom=fulltext “Manual therapeutic techniques are used to relieve pain and to increase the mobility of joints. The techniques that are specifically utilized to affect connective tissues (CT’s) could be generally categorized as either stretching or compression and include massage, fascial/tendon stretching, traction, and articulation thrust techniques. One of the principal uses of manual therapy is to produce elongation...

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EMBRACE THE SPECTRUM!

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EMBRACE THE SPECTRUM!

Some in the massage profession avoid discussions about courses like "medical massage" or even The Chiropractic-Integrated Massage Practice, fearing it could pave the way for increased requirements for massage schools and massage therapists. I personally don't get involved in political discussions in the massage profession. As far as I'm concerned, that's up to the school owners and association leaders to determine. Nor do I advocate any particular type of massage approach or way to practice, as long as it's legal, ethical and plausible. There will always be a spectrum of approaches and practitioners⎯and a need for all of them⎯ranging from...

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