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 therapy is beneficial in many ways, but the ill-informed therapist can also easily make their patients’ lives worse by triggering lymphoedema. This article gives you a brief overview of the lymphatic system, a thorough look at how it can be affected by cancer treatment and the adaptations that you need to make to your practice so that you can safely treat patients who have or at risk of developing lymphoedema. This article has been extracted from the authors’ book Oncology Massage: An integrative approach to cancer care, which is a must-read for anyone involved with people with or who have had cancer treatment. Login or register a free account below to access the contents, key points and discussion questions that accompany the article.
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
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
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