Greater Rochester Chiropractic’s article

I love that the wonderful home of my office, Greater Rochester Chiropractic, wrote the article, “Taking Care in Winter Weather”! First, they told us that we should replace walking or running shoes that have lost their tread, and that they should still be comfortable with thicker socks. Next, they talked of our proprioceptive system, which tells us of our location in three dimensions. This system works because of specialized nerve endings. We can do little, simple things like bending our knees when we expect to encounter a slippery area. As long as we keep the input to our system going (of course, our nerves thrive on stimulation!), we can eliminate slips and falls or reduce the injury if they do happen! So, there is no need not to walk or run during the winter months.

Gentle Techniques for the Jaw and TMJ

Til Luchau’s article is the last in latest of ABMP’s Massage and Bodywork. It was enlightening! He suggested MANY possible culprits to temporomandibular dysfunction and two (Fly Landing (a person’s proprioceptive abilities can be enhanced by an especially light touch) and Horseshoe Grip) possible techniques for therapists to try!

Putting the Squeeze on Morton’s Neuroma

Whitney Lowe’s article in latest edition of ABMP’s Massage and Bodywork was, as usual, very informative. First, he differentiated between Morton’s Foot and Morton’s Neuroma. Then, he stressed that Neuroma is, in this case, a misnomer; it is, in fact, a compression of branches (the plantar digital nerves) of the sciatic nerve. He then stressed that, like plenty of conditions, it can be helped by eliminating some everyday habits. Lastly, he stressed that nerves do NOT like to be stretched, so a therapist should stretch the soft tissue around the compression site!

Massage and multiple sclerosis

The latest edition of International Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork revealed findings of a study by many PTs and doctors. Multiple sclerosis is an inflammatory, immune-mediated, chronic condition that manifests itself by the following signs and symptoms: fatigue, pain, spasticity, other sensorimotor changes, and cognitive changes. The study showed significant improvement (in 24 of 28 females that completed the massage therapy session and outcome assessments) in the Modified Fatigue Index Scale, MOS Pain Effects Scale, Mental Health Inventory, and Health Status Questionnaire. Massage therapy was thereby found to be a safe and beneficial intervention for management of fatigue and pain (helped by, and because of, the mental health statuses) in people with multiple sclerosis.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

From Integrative Health Care’s 12/7/16 article, Massage’s Powerful Role in Relieving Pain from Rheumatoid Arthritis, by Leslie DeMatteo, LMT, MS, I feel she really must have researched many types of autoimmune arthritis maladies! Rheumatoid arthritis typically affects the small joints and is the most-common form of the autoimmune arthitises. Inflammation of the synovium, the lining of the joint, causes an inability of it to produce synovial fluid, so this decreases movement ability, and, over time, even actually damages the bone. Moderate pressure massage works best at pain reduction and increasing mobility (as well as reducing depression and anxiety!). In a study by Field, et.al, 2013, moderate pressure did both those wonderful things and increased grip strength compared to light pressure! In 1997, another study by Field, et.al. showed that the stress hormone, cortisol, reduced immediately for RA patients! In 2011, a study by Cubick, et.al, showed that myofascial massage 3x/week over 2 weeks provided significant pain relief from RA symptoms. Deep tissue massage and trigger point therapy can cause a flare up of inflammation, especially near affected joints. If there is no inflammatory response, the patient and therapist can try the work with a little deeper pressure, etc. the next time!

Working With Sacroiliac Joint Mobility

The last article in latest edition of ABMP’s Massage and Bodywork, by Til Luchau, was fantastic! He answered the questions, “Does the amount of SIJ movements relate to pain? And if it does, is more or less movement better?” by going against conventional wisdom. Most people will have pain on one side, the more mobile, of the joint, so a therapist can either “avoid/ignore” that side, thereby increasing mobility on the stiffer side OR work on the already-more-mobile side. Of course, the therapist must adjust after feedback from the patient! He also talked quite a lot about the Interosseous SI Ligament Technique, which embodies nerves and receptors (mechano, proprio, and nocico!), and shares a lot with a common test, the SI distraction or “squish” test! This test/technique can result in less pain and more effectiveness of the aforementioned proprioceptors!

The Hidden Nervous System: A Look at the Small Culprits

This article, by Whitney Lowe in latest edition of ABMP’s Massage and Bodywork was refreshing! It was that because he talked of a therapist listening (not just assuming) to patients’ complaints of low back and/or nerve symptoms. The human body has A LOT of nerves, and they are EVERYWHERE. A therapist should not only think of the big, obvious nerves. He talked of intervertebral disc pathology that usually causes nerve maladies. I was most excited that he reminded that a therapist should perhaps think that deep (and direction of) pressure will be detrimental to a patient with disc and nerve low back complaints!