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Using clinical reasoning, we can evaluate these practices and apply them effectively. Put simply, clinical reasoning is the process by which a therapist interacts with a client, collects information, and tests a hypothesis to determine an optimal treatment plan. It is a reflective process of inquiry between therapist and client with the aim of understanding more about the context and clinical presentation of the pain.
Normally, it’s not the gross motions creating dysfunction within the hip’s truncated joint capsule, but RESTRICTIONS OF MINOR MOVEMENTS caused by such things as iliofemoral ligament adhesions. Therefore, a rational treatment approach would begin with mobilization of the adhesive anterior hip capsule, followed by the iliosacral and sacroiliac alignment techniques. Read more and learn the assessment technique for SI Joint, the MAT way! Click on pin.
Our bodies are home to an intricate hormonal system that constantly works for our survival. This system produces feel-good chemicals as the motivation and reward for taking steps toward what’s good for us. Together, these hormones create a desirable brain state that keeps people coming back for more.
Ida Rolf really had this technique down - I've never seen anyone do it before her, but she never did say why she did it like that. I think it's because by using your ulnar bone you can hook the connective tissue with a stronger hold than any other way. Try it out and let me know how it goes! For the technique - see my blog "Slipping and Sliding" - click on pin.
Overall body balance is best achieved by leveling the head and tail during a single therapy session and retesting in subsequent visits. Learn MAT from your home and improve your massage therapy practice with techniques that will change your clients' lives! Click on link to read blog on neck spasm. Visit website for more details on Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques (MAT).
This is due to the biomechanical complexity of the sciatic nerve and the tremendous torsional forces traversing the pelvis and lumbar spine during daily activities. Piriformis syndrome, gemelli-obturator internus syndrome, ischial tunnel syndrome, and greater trochanteric pain syndrome are but a few of the names used to describe symptoms associated with tendinopathies and sciatic-nerve entrapment sites in the buttocks. Learn Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques to help clients relieve buttok pain!
IT-Band friction is thought to be a multi-factorial, non-traumatic, overuse condition in which the distal aspect of the iliotibial band rubs over the lateral femoral epicondyle during repetitive knee flexion and extension movements. According to Dr. Fairclough et al findings, it appears the ITB is actually prevented from rolling over the epicondyle, partly because of its femoral anchorage and partly because its fibers are bound tightly to the tough enveloping fascia lata. Learn more in blog.
When learning something new that you want to come "naturally," utilizing a variety of inputs will get you there faster. As you learn MAT, make sure to utilize the following to truly master the craft: visual, touch, audio, movement, and other sensory inputs. A great start would be to participate in various hands-on workshops and research conferences. This will exposes the brain to diverse viewpoints on the same subject, making learning more fun and engaging, and more effective. Click on link.
The term Double Crush Syndrome (DCS) was coined by Harvard University plastic surgeons Albert Upton and Alan McComas. Their double crush research began after observing that many carpal, cubital, and radial tunnel patients also complained of unilateral shoulder, chest, and upper back pain. While the DCS mechanism is not completely understood, it likely involves nerve sensitization and neuroplastic changes in the pain-modulating systems of the brain and spinal cord.
In an environment that promotes relaxation under the guidance and reassurance of a qualified bodywork professional, I believe a client’s brain can be trained to associate slow, precise, graded-exposure stretching maneuvers with security instead of pain. Pain is essentially a threat warning, so pain exposure therapy (PET) requires time for the brain to process these bodily changes.
From “Anatomy and Physiology of Headache" by Nikolai Bogduk, MD, PhD and published in 1995. He explains that head pain arises from overstretched and compressed upper cervical spine dura and nerve roots. Bogduk was one of the ﬁrst to focus on cervicogenic head pain.
The following conditions often go hand-in-hand with a weakened core and loss of proper diaphragmatic breathing: Chronic low back pain; Frequent tension-type headaches; Emotional system overload, high stress and persistent anxiety; Chronic postural strain from desk-occupied postures; Repetitive and painful rib fixations
DCS - Double Crush Syndrome. Prolonged nerve root compression may begin to obstruct the transport of proteins and other cell parts to and from the neuron’s cell body. This breakdown of nerve conduction was coined as DCS. In some client cases, the cause of sciatica may be stemming from a torsioned pelvic bowl that is binding the anterior iliolumbar ligaments against it, thus occluding the underlying sciatic nerve roots and preventing the flow of proteins and cells in the body.
As sports-movement guru Gray Cook says, everything in the body is connected. Our joints, limbs, and muscles represent a collection of fascially-bound structures designed to manipulate objects and propel us through three-dimensional space. Because all segments of the kinetic chain require differing degrees of mobility and stability, it is essential that we assess all major junctions independently.
For the pelvis to effectively absorb the forces imposed upon it, the hips must be aligned and functioning properly. Normally, it’s not the gross motions creating dysfunction within the hip’s truncated joint capsule, but restrictions of minor movements caused by such things as iliofemoral ligament adhesions. Read more, click on link.