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.
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Many competitive and professional athletes live with some form of chronic or persistent pain that is not caused by tissue damage. This article will allow you to distinguish between ‘pain’ and ‘injury’ and to treat pain in the athlete in a holistic manner using physical therapy as well as a biopsychosocial approach, a positive unified message across the interdisciplinary team, informed and shared decision-making that empowers the athlete. Login or register a free account below to access the contents, key points and discussion questions that accompany the article.
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These days it is understood that for most chronic pain, ongoing nociceptive triggers are rare. Instead, therapists have to treat a much more complex mix of central sensitisation, anxiety and fear of pain. This involves having a thorough knowledge of pain neuroscience as well as biopsychosocially-driven pain management strategies. This article will allow you to start by understanding your patient before educating them to understand their pain and then to deliver a graded cognition-targeted exercise therapy plan to free your patient from their fear and limitations of chronic pain. Login or register a free account below to access the contents, key points and discussion questions that accompany the article.
As of April 2021, it is estimated that there are 1.1 million people in the UK living with long Covid, according to the Office of National Statistics: a condition that did not exist one year ago (https://bit.ly/3p2r8Qf). Yet, since March 2020 many massage therapists have been unable to work hands-on in clinic and so as a profession we have little or no clinical experience of treating people with long Covid. With many massage therapists being independent self-employed practitioners, how can we best inform ourselves for treating this new cohort of clients? We need to have some clear ideas to develop our clinical reasoning behind our treatments based on the experience of those within the medical profession. Even then, we need to realise that our understanding of long Covid is developing and, as yet, there is not a clear definitive strategy to ‘fix’ long Covid symptoms. Login or register a free account below to access the contents, key points and discussion questions that accompany the article.
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