Instead of directing treatment to the knee itself, I first assess and treat MPDs originating at the client’s hips, ankles and feet and then address knee alignment and mobility issues as shown in the accompanying “Log Roll” technique demonstrated in the video. MAT therapy, along with a well-designed and executed corrective exercise program, helps restore and maintain the movement quality of joints. Ultimately, this treatment will reduce MPDs, and permit… click on link to learn more.
A hiatal hernia occurs when the top of the stomach either rolls or slides up into the opening of a weak diaphragm and gets stuck there. Since a hiatal hernia is primarily a mechanical problem, the easiest and best way to correct it is… mechanically. Yes, you can help alleviate your clients' pain associated with hiatal hernia, the MAT way. Learn more -->
Don't Disregard the Coccyx
In cases where inflammatory waste products trigger chemoreceptors and altered sacrococcygeal joint alignment stimulates mechanoreceptors, the brain often locks the area up with reactive muscle spasm to prevent further insult. This is where MAT may help.
Trauma combined with prolonged gravitational exposure causes thinning of the joint capsule, cartilage degradation, and accompanying bone spurs. With chemically sensitized medial branch sensory nerves bombarding the spinal cord and brain with danger signals, the back stiffens and may hurt during certain movements. In the accompanying video, I begin assessment by gently palpating the paravertebral tissues overlying the lumbar transverse processes.
Don't Blame the Rotator Cuff
The MAT method seeks to first restore shoulder girdle function by clearing SC, AC, and GH joint fixations, then assess for possible rotator cuff injury. I will focus on the neurology and kinesiology of a very important and oft-overlooked pivot joint that provides the only firm attachment of the shoulder girdle to the axial skeleton. I follow up with a demonstration of three of my favorite sternoclavicular joint techniques. Click on pin to find out more.
For clients suffering from sensory motor amnesia, where there is a brain-body disconnect and chronically weakened or atrophied muscles, the therapist may need to manually stimulate muscle tone. To this end, a Myoskeletal Alignment Technique (MAT) I call “SPINDLE-STIM” can be a valuable tool.
Several treatments can alleviate femoral nerve impingement symptoms, but the FIRST STEP in treating femoral neuropathy is dealing with the underlying condition or cause. In this week's Technique Tuesday I present several Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques I’ve found helpful in reducing pain and improving function in clients presenting with femoral nerve symptoms.
Breathing... our most dysfunctional movement pattern
The diaphragm, abdominals, and accessory respiratory muscles produce upward of 21,000 BREATHS A DAY. With a strong, freely moving diaphragm serving as the primary muscle for respiration, auxiliary muscles are able to remain soft and relaxed. HOWEVER, many clients with upper t-spine restrictions breathe primarily with the scalenes and upper scapular fixators. Click to learn a Diaphragm release technique, The MAT Way.
Putting the Pieces Together
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. Click pin to read and learn more!
Clicking Jaw Syndrome
Many therapists choose not to treat TMJ disorders unless the client is experiencing pain. I believe this represents a missed opportunity to address anatomical and functional problems in their early stages. That is why I have developed a Mhyoskeletl Alignment Technique to address the occipitoatlantal (O-A) joint before performing a basic TMJ routine. Read it, learn it on my blog. Click on link above.
Addressing SI Joint Syndrome
In the presence of pelvic instability, the brain will attempt to stabilize the lumbosacral joint by layering the area with protective spasm, but it does little good for therapists to try and release the muscle hypertonicity until the hip and pelvic alignment problems are corrected. MAT that include low-force mobilization and graded-exposure stretching help the brain recognize and reorganize neural input resulting in less reactive muscle spasm, less pain and happier clients. Click on pin for more
Stiff Hips and Low-Back Pain
When assessing hip mobility issues, there are three things to consider: 1- are the bones moving properly within the joint space, or is there an osteoarthritic bone-on-bone end-feel at end range of motion? 2- are the musculofascial tissues flexible enough to allow rectus femoris and iliopsoas to stretch the necessary length for full hip extension? 3- does the end-feel of the stretch indicate a fibrotic hip capsule? Click on pin to read massage assessment for low back pain, the MAT way.
Bodywork, Hormones & Homeostasis
As the NEUROCHEMICALS that evolved over millennia become disrupted and imbalanced by a sedentary lifestyle, humans become more susceptible to experiencing DEPRESSION, ANXIETY, and PAIN. In this week's Technique Tuesday, I will discuss FOUR BRAIN MOLECULES linked to HAPPINESS. Click on pin to read.
Get a Grip On Finger & Forearm Techniques
Have you ever noticed your fingers cramping or forearms slipping along the surface of the client’s skin when attempting to apply deep tissue techniques? In this week's Technique Tuesday, I deconstruct several hand and forearm maneuvers that will help you stop slipping and sliding for good! These maneuvers will help you deliver a DEEPER TOUCH with LESS EFFORT and BETTER BODY MECHANICS. Are you ready to learn? Click on pin to read the full article.
Curl your toes and try to walk normally - the change in movement is clear, isn't it? The first metatarsophalangeal joint should be able to extend as much as 65 degrees, but many lack full range of motion due to injury or osteoarthritis. Lack of big toe mobility means the body is forced to compensate further up the kinetic chain, resulting in "mysterious" knee and hip pain and an unstable gait. This week's Technique Tuesday features an MTP joint mobility assessment and treatment, the MAT Way!