Joint Mechanoreceptors

Christy Cael’s article of that title, in newest edition of ABMP’s Massage & Bodywork, was a nice refresher (as it was chocked full of information!) The three types of articular mechanoreceptors are: ruffinian, pacinian, and Golgi-like-fusiform. They are similar to, and different than, each other and all the rest of the body’s receptors, pain and non-pain alike! Lastly, she emphasized how all the receptors in the human body work with each other and the rest of the nervous system, central and other parts thereof! Therapists CAN alleviate patients’ signs and symptoms after dysfunction of the body’s mechanoreceptors; to me, it’s actually one of my favorite benefits of massage therapy!


Scalenes and Neck Myofascial Techniques

Just finished another ABMP continuing-ed class. Til Luchau’s Scalenes and Neck Myofascial Techniques was quite intense! He taught 2 or 3 different versions of The Anterior Scalene Technique, Vestibular Orienting Technique, Sleeve Core Differentiation (the practitioner works UP the neck!), Upper Rib Release (very relevant b/c I feel that rib work is neglected AND it correlates Thoracic Outlet Syndrome because so many tissues form a lot of joints there and a lot of nerves go through there!), and The Mother Cat Technique (which can be quite effective for loosening up, hereby preparing for deeper work and ending work on a very relaxing note). He also reiterated that the scalene muscle group is where the brachial plexus passes through!

When is Massage Appropriate for Shoulder Pain?

In Institute for Integrative Healthcare’s latest (7/28/16), Leslie DeMatteo, LMT, MS answered that question. It’s only INappropriate (and for the entire human body) when a fracture’s involved. For bursitis, arthritis, tendonitis, rotator cuff injuries, and frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis), the therapist will probably modify a session, but massage can help to keep the shoulder as healthy and strong as can be by helping to strengthen the structures in and around it (ie.: muscles, tendons, ligaments, etc.)!

Last of Thoracic Spine

For the conclusion of his article that I’ve been speaking about, Dr. Joseph Muscolino gave us therapists a review of kyphosis as well as a new technique! Lastly, when he spoke of specific thoracic joints, he reminded us of a technique that most of us would have to refer out to a chiropractor or other practitioner as it’s not in most of our scopes of practice!

Glute bodywork

Glute (gluteus muscle group) work doesn’t even have to be a full, outright massage to benefit and/or just plain feel good. At my chiropractic appointment this week, Doctor Keeler did his normal warming up of the parts he was going to work on; this included my glutes. Even just warming up felt SO good, relaxing, and beneficial. After all, a lot of other muscles and soft tissue connect there, so it’s a classic case of don’t neglect any part of the human body because chances are, you’re going to affect, with bodywork, another part!