Massage is a useful aid to training/sport recovery and is increasingly being seen as relevant to recreational athletes as well as elite professionals. However, the traditional barriers to massage (cost, time, access to a professional) combined with the advent of doing everything at home during the Covid-19 pandemic have increased the popularity of ‘self-massage’. For the massage professional this might not seem like a great idea, but if this is what your clients want to do we have to respect their choice. This article will help you to educate your patients to perform self-massage safely, even if they can’t do it as effectively as a trained professional. Login or register a free account below to access the contents, key points and discussion questions that accompany the article.
The importance of fascia and the fascial system in both movement and impaired movement has grown in recent decades along with the knowledge base about it to the point now that we understand that fascia,... Read More
In recent years, cupping for therapeutic purposes has been growing in popularity, with an increasing number of high profile athletes displaying the tell-tale red circular marks. This article describes how cupping is performed, what it... Read More
Many people, if not most, think of yoga as being useful for developing flexibility or perhaps for rehab, and know that it has ‘some sort of mindfulness’ aspect. This article sets straight some of the... Read More
Given that the statistics suggest that one in two of us will get cancer at some point in our lives, we will undoubtedly see patients who have been or are being treated for cancer. Massage... Read More
Covid-19 infection is known to cause cardiovascular injury. However, the incidence of silent cardiac injury after recovery from Covid-19 is unknown. If any potential cardiac damage in athletes is left unidentified and return to play... Read More
Covid-19 and the physical distancing measures introduced to help reduce its spread have spurred many businesses to find new ways of working. Many occupations, even ones traditionally believed to need face-to-face contact, are being done... Read More
This article provides an overview of the structures that make up the pelvic girdle. It summarises the main joints, their functions and ranges of motion; the associated common injuries and red-flag signs; and the necessary... Read More
Having read Part 1 of this article, you will be aware of the complex and varied nature of conditions that Covid-19 survivors might face. Reading this article will enable you to assess all the needs... Read More
In the UK we have been living in lockdown since 23 March 2020 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, which has killed hundreds of thousands of people – an almost science-fiction-style scenario. Even with this... Read More
Endurance athletes, while being incredibly fit, are not necessarily very healthy. The demands placed on their bodies by intense and prolonged training regimes can leave them with high levels of inflammation – something that is... Read More
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... Read More
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
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