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coracoacromial arch - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark Hooked on Shoulder Pain

By Whitney Lowe, LMT

We tend to look at anatomy and structure as something that is constant and unchanging, but the truth is there are a number of anatomical variations and many of the structures shown in anatomy books can be somewhat different among individuals. Adding to this complexity, a client's anatomical structure can significantly change with age, and those alterations can be the source for numerous soft-tissue pathologies. In this installment, we'll take a tour of subacromial architecture in...

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public speaking - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark A Massage Therapist's Guide to Public Speaking

By Drew Stevens, PhD

One of the most terrific methods (yet most feared) of marketing is public speaking. Massage therapists that use this method obtain the benefit of sharing their passion and knowledge to a captivated group....

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TLF - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark The Body's Load-Sharing Hub: The Thoracolumbar Fascia

By Leon Chaitow, ND, DO

Have you ever wondered why you swing your arms when walking? It's largely due to kinetic energy being stored and released in the thoracolumbar fascia (TLF), as forces from the lower body transfer upwards - and...

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aroma oil - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark Aromatic Abdominal Massage
By Shellie Enteen, RA, BA, LMBT

In massage school, we learned the proper draping and general techniques for working the abdominal muscles, including the pattern and use of vibration to help the body's elimination process through the large intestine. The abdominal area is one that is often overlooked in a regular massage session, though...

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seniro couple - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark An Idea Whose Time Has Come
By Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR

Eldercare is a growing area of practice for massage therapists. Even though more nursing homes are adding massage programs, it's still relatively new. Perhaps you've thought about working with seniors in...

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The Aspiration to Prevent Hip, Knee and Shoulder Replacements, Part 2

By Dale G. Alexander, LMT, MA, PhD

The extrinsic variables that contribute to hip, knee and shoulder degeneration were outlined in my last column in the November 2014 issue. That article proposed that the hip and shoulder joints have a genetic...

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Comprehensive Manual Therapy for Breast Cancer Survivors

By Shea Shulman, LMT, CLT, Nancy Strand, LMT and Elaine Dohms, LMT, CLT-LANA

More than 230,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer are estimated to be diagnosed in 2014. Medically managed breast cancer therapy has increased the survival rate to 89%, however patients may encounter acute...

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