Ligamentous Articular Strain Technique

Robert Libbey, RMT’s class (through World Massage Conference) was another very thought-provoking one! He researched a lot about another researcher, Andrew Taylor Snow, who found that ligament injuries are not seen, anymore, as simple musculoskeletal injuries. Ligament are, ultimately, the same as muscles and other tissues. Fascia, specifically, produces 2,000 pounds of pressure/1 square inch! It is throughout the body, decreases tension, and is symmetrical and nonlinear. Lastly, it is a feedback system (and I think it’s easy to see why b/c it has receptors) that affects the human body in a powerful way (good and bad), even when (and maybe ESPECIALLY when) only small changes are received from the body!

Massage Therapy and Heart Health

In February 14, 2017’s Institute for Integrative Health Care, Leslie DeMatteo, LMT, MS, wrote Massage Therapy’s Role in Heart Health. Clinically, massage has been shown to significantly reduce pain levels. When humans are in pain, the stress response is activated; this releases cortisol and adrenaline, which brings on a state of stress for the body and, specifically, a strain on the heart, eventually causing damage. A study of massage therapy on hypertensive women showed that over four weeks, Swedish massage therapy was shown to significantly reduce blood pressure and heart rate! Another study of children who had heart disease demonstrated that massage therapy was beneficial  for the children who had undergone heart surgery, reducing their blood pressure and pain.

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.