Clinical Relevance of Overpronation

Whitney Lowe’s article, from ABMP’s Massage and Bodywork, was informative in a complicated-because-it-is kinda way! First, he told that the term is actually not universally recognized. Then, he discussed two primary causes of the condition. Lastly, he talked of treatments for therapists, one of which, retraining the patient’s gait, will probably help the advancement of it!

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Postural Plasticity

Still from my July/August edition of ABMP’s Massage and Bodywork (yes-I need to start on my September/October edition!), Erik Dalton, PhD’s article was quite common-sensical. Soft tissue or other injuries or conditions impact the nervous system, which remembers and continues to impact the body. He ends with “Remember, your brain is like an overprotective mother; it decides how much activation to allow, and it always errs on the side of caution. The brain can activate or inhibit muscle tone and balance depending on what it determines to be the safest course. We are wired for survival. Your brain is designed to protect you and, when functioning properly, knows when too much or too little of a good thing is just right for you.” Now, to start reading that next edition I spoke of!

Biomechanics of Tendon and Ligament Tissue

Still getting through my July/August (yes-on August 31st!) edition of ABMP’s Massage and Bodywork, and Whitney Lowe’s article was a good one! He differentiated again the differences between these 2 connective tissues; then he stressed that these differences impact injuries and treatment. Also, he relayed that recent research has shown that common injuries (specifically, tendonitis and tenosynovitis) may happen because of inflammation AND other reasons!

Scoliosis: Clinical Orthopedic Manual Therapy Treatment

Joseph E. Muscolino, DC’s article, from July/August edition of ABMP’s Massage and Bodywork, was, I believe, very thorough! From defining, treating the underlying cause, the effect, and soft-tissue manipulation to stretching, using bolsters to stretch and treat, adding in stretch from the extremities, lateral flexion-break tables, and joint mobilization, he delineated the therapist’s scope quite positively!

Levers in the Human Body

From the July/August edition of ABMP’s Massage and Bodywork, Christy Cael’s article was a reminder to therapists! Joints in the body are levers; therefore, the forces, axes, and resistance contribute to injury, and therapists should consider that when determining a treatment plan!!

Massage Therapy and Childhood Asthma

Institute for Integrative Health Care’s 4/11/18 edition had Jenny Baltazar, LMT, RYT’s article, and it was a simple reminder. The 2 primary breathing muscles are the diaphragm and intercostal muscles. After years of difficult breathing, a child with asthma may have extreme tension in those and the accessory breathing muscles. If therapists can normalize the movement of the respiratory muscles, the modified breathing becomes more easeful and soothes tension naturally. Over time, muscles will heal and work more efficiently, thereby reducing asthma symptoms. Lastly, she relayed that caregivers and parents can help the children develop body awareness!