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How to Increase Credibility

How to Increase Credibility

Let’s face it, factions exist within every profession and there are several in the massage profession.  Some argue which techniques are valid, some want increased research literacy requirements, and some push for increased licensing and regulations.  Others aren’t interested in any of this and want to practice without regulatory constraints.  My personal view about faction is to leave out the “f” letter and promote action that helps everyone. Action that helps calm discord, supports respect for all Massage Therapists, and advances practitioners and the profession through inclusion. An important unifying factor is learning how to professionally manage your clients’ care...

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How Structural Misalignment Can Cause Pain and Dysfunction

How Structural Misalignment Can Cause Pain and Dysfunction

Erik Dalton’sMyoskeletal Alignment Techniques Pain is neurologically transmitted and typically classified based on its presumed underlying pathophysiology. Different types of inputs may or may not cause pain sensation. Instead of “pain receptors” sending pain signals to the brain, there are different types of sensory receptors found in various bodily tissues and areas of the brain that can influence pain signals and perception. Sensory nerve classifications include proprioceptors that provide information about balance and position in space and between body parts and are abundantly found in articular regions, other mechanoreceptors that detect deep pressure, stretch, vibration and temperature, and nociceptors which...

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How to Create a Successful Practice

How to Create a Successful Practice

Approximately thirty percent of Massage Practitioners drop out of the profession each year. That’s an unfortunate loss for those practitioners and for clients who could have benefitted from their care.  A major problem many Massage Therapists discover is their hands-on skills alone don’t necessarily increase their practice success. They had erroneously believed that if they acquired enough technique credentials and expertise, clients would be impressed with their work, automatically refer others to them, and their practices would be successful. Let me explain. I’m the first to agree that it’s essential for Massage Therapists to master and provide high quality hands-on...

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Manual Therapy Can Help Reduce Unwanted Adhesions

Manual Therapy Can Help Reduce Unwanted Adhesions

Adhesion formation is the result of inflammation which lays down fibrotic tissue mostly composed of collagen. This brief article will not describe details of how this process occurs, and is intended to point out that massage therapy is one of the most effective treatment applications for helping to prevent inflammation from causing excess undesirable adhesion formations, and in many cases dispelling formed adhesions. Properly applied manual pressure and movement strokes can help loosen and break up undesired adhesions from forming and developing, while also helping direct normal, smoothly striated, better aligned connective tissue formation in many instances, especially those involving...

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Science of Massage Institute, Person of the Month #2 - 2016

Science of Massage Institute, Person of the Month #2 - 2016

This interview is a direct outcome of social advantages offered by modern technology. Unfortunately, I’ve never met Dr. Michael Koplen. I have the privilege of knowing him only thanks to the Internet. While scanning different massage forums and discussion boards I noticed posts which were filled with scientific data and excellent clinical advice and educational suggestions. Dr. Koplen was their author and it sparked my professional interest. I noticed how personally Dr. Koplen takes any unscientific claims from people in the massage profession and how strongly he fights for massage science. I greatly appreciate how quickly and caring his advice...

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