Many people, most of the time, move without thinking about what they are doing. The right muscles fire at the right time to prepare, support and execute the desired moment. Sometimes, though, perhaps in response to pain or injury, we change the way we move, using some muscles too much as a stabilising strategy, which can become a ‘lock’ and create knock-on imbalances in the kinetic chain. This article looks at some of the locks that you are likely to see in your patients and how you can treat them. This article has been extracted from chapter 6 of the author’s book The Power and the Grace.
Last time, Part 1 of this article looked at the interplay between flexibility, stretching and yoga and what type of stretches to do depending on the desired outcome. Part 2 here further discusses some... Read More
How often do you encounter a patient with ‘tightness’ in parts of their musculoskeletal system and encourage stretching to ‘loosen’ it and improve flexibility and range of motion? How often do we ourselves practise yoga... Read More
You have probably read articles about fascia, what it is and how it connects everything, and you have probably read articles about how to treat fascia-related problems; however, do you know how to identify if... Read More
Manual therapy (MT) is a commonly used therapeutic technique, which may be applied to both joints and soft tissue. As we saw in the article ‘Clinically Effective Manual Therapy for the Hip’, MT has quantifiable... Read More
It is now understood that that poor thorax biomechanics can play a role in multiple conditions and at regions far removed from it. This article describes the Integrated Systems Model approach for holistic assessment and... Read More
In order for an effective manual therapy treatment programme to be chosen and instigated there has to be accurate clinical assessment of the patient’s condition or injury. This article discusses how the spine functions according... Read More
A mainstay of treatment for tendinopathy is exercise and load management but pain can make patients reluctant to thoroughly attempt their rehabilitation programmes. Although massage is not a cure for tendinopathy, it can play a... Read More
Chronic pain can be treated in a number of ways and each method has its proponents, making it difficult to know which method to choose. Turning to the literature to make evidence-based decisions reveals a... Read More
According to research, 88% of physiotherapists are aware of the current Chief Medical Officer's Physical Activity Guidelines, but only 16% answered the three specific components correctly in a study published in the Lancet in 2016.... Read More
Although Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been used for over 5,000 years, Western practitioners can struggle with how it can fit into Western medicine. This article reveals the similarities between TCM and Western practices and... Read More
Optimal recovery from an intense training session or event is of the highest importance to an athlete, and massage has for a long time been an integral part of the recovery process. But is massage... Read More
This article explains the proposed underlying neurophysiological mechanisms of acupuncture within the path of pain and then goes on to explore the analgesic mechanism of acupuncture. Accredited training is now available for a wide range... Read More
In this week's Massage Monday video, we assess how the ankle glides, responds to flexion, extension and rotation, and the quality of movement all the way up the chain, including hip and lower back. Brought... Read More
This article and associated supporting material outlines a massage therapy treatment strategy for patellar tendonosis. The author outlines a restricted reciprocal inhibition condition which is commonly found in people with patellar tendon pain, which leads... Read More
Each week Susan Findlay, the director of the North London School of Sports Massage (NLSSM) releases weekly videos giving advice and practical tips on massage therapy. We've compiled a few of the best here. They're... Read More
We have all been in the situation where a patient presents to us with severe pain and impaired motion in a particular direction. We want to relieve their pain but don't want to do too... Read More
This review looks at the recently published title Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction and Piriformis Syndrome by Paula Clayton. Reviewed by senior soft tissue therapist Dan Buchanan. The review is open access.
This buyers guide to massage couches has been written by one of our commercial partners, Physique. It asks key questions about what you need from your massage couch and outlines some important considerations about the... Read More
This article outlines the benefits of muscle energy technique (MET) in the clinical setting and its diverse use in a variety of clinical presentations as well as its versatility in terms of its application (isometric,... Read More
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