Alejandra is a 38-year-old massage therapist student who six years ago suffered a knee injury that has affected her daily physical activities ever since. She also states that unfortunately her body has not been the same since she got injured. She states that she has always been an active person and one day while working out at the gym doing a jumping exercise, she landed on the wrong side and dislocated her kneecap, (misplacement of the patella). The doctors told her that tears also occurred on her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). A jumping box is a type of exercise in [...]
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This article title was brought to me from an acquaintances daughter whom I ran into at a local brewery, mentioning that I was having a hard time figuring out how to start my article for this syndrome, and she right away blurted out that a lot of people take a lot of selfies and are complaining of wrist problems, as she is going to college to become a P.A. So here starts my article… In the newer generations of our world, technology has blossomed and carpal tunnel syndrome is becoming more and more. So instead of surgery right away, why [...]
The client had come in with an injury dating back 18 months. Apparently, the client, an avid surfer, had been out on a wave when injuring his left foot. As his left foot is also his weight bearing foot, the motion of both dorsiflexion and eversion caused something to go awry at the lateral malleolus. This resulted in pain when walking, driving, surfing, and dirt biking. The client drives stick shift, works in steel toe boots on steel decks or concrete flooring, and is maintaining a lifestyle of continuous motion in unforgiving environments. The client had learned to live with [...]
According to Medlineplus.gov, a hiatal hernia is a condition in which the upper part of the stomach bulges through an opening in a diaphragm. As we know the diaphragm is a muscle in our body. It divides the thoracic cavity and the abdominal cavity. Its main function is to help with respiration, but it also helps to keep acid from coming up into the esophagus. When this happens it can cause what we know as heartburn. When a Hiatal hernia happens, it is easier for the acid to come up into the esophagus, causing what is medically known as GERD [...]
Case Study: Rotator Cuff Injury Written By: Madison Smith LMT A rotator cuff injury is one of the most common injuries to occur, and I believe all massage therapists should have a thorough education on what exactly this condition entails, how to spot the signs of this injury, and most importantly: how to fix clients that have this injury. A rotator cuff injury includes four main muscles and tendons that surround the glenohumeral joint of the shoulder which holds the head of the humerus firmly secure in the glenoid cavity. These muscles are the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, and subscapularis. [...]
It can be extremely difficult to choose the right career and the right school. Many questions, many decisions it's upon you. I'm here to give you a few tips to go by. Do you like to help people with their pain, stress or get them ready for an athletic event? If YES, then go forward with it. Are you ready to put time and effort into learning the new skill while you’re in school? If your answer is yes then this journey being in massage school should be an amazing joy and experience changing your life forever. Look for a [...]
Most types of acute neck pain are due to a muscle strain or other soft tissue sprain (ligaments, tendons). This type can be caused by a sudden force resulting from a car accident (whiplash), or from straining the neck (such as a stiff neck from sleeping in the wrong position, or a strain from carrying a heavy suitcase). Neck pain can feel like having a stiff neck that makes turning the head difficult, sharp or stabbing pain in one spot, soreness or tenderness in a general area on the neck, or pain that radiates down into the shoulders, arms, or [...]
There are different types of knee and ankle injuries. Some knee injuries are the anterior cruciate ligament(ACL), posterior cruciate ligament injury(PCL), collateral ligament injuries, patellar tendinitis, meniscal tears, fractures (patellar fracture, distal femur fractures of the knee, fractures of proximal tibia), dislocation, tendon tears, sprain, and strain... The knee joint is one of the most important joints and more at risk of injury than any other joint because it supports the body's weight. The ACL is a common knee injury that usually occurs in sports like basketball and soccer. It can be torn if the leg is over flexed or [...]
Sciatic pain comes from your sciatic nerve that radiates from your lower back then into the back and the side of your legs. It can range from a mild ache to sharp and severe pain. You may experience numbness, tingling, or weakness in your leg or foot. Sciatic usually starts with a herniated disk in your lower spine. When a disk begins to get worn down, either because of an injury or just overuse its soft center can push out the hard-outer ring. Note that the sciatic nerve is the longest in the body. Some risk factors can be age, [...]
In the case of a rotator cuff injury or restriction, I would start by assessing the client's levels of discomfort and range of motion at the shoulder joint. I would also assess the cervical and thoracic vertebrae, and the entire arm, as these are connected and could play a part in whatever is going on at the shoulder. I would look for where a range of motion is restricted to find which muscles are short and which are longer. This will determine which muscles I spend longer stretching and lengthening. I will stretch and work on all of the involved [...]