Where Does Somatic Memory in the Body Reside?

One of our previous blog post articles discussed whether fascia or musculature holds somatic memories of the body. This topic is important because many manual therapists have experienced that when they touch on a particular area of the client’s body during a therapeutic session, it provokes memories or traumatic events from the client’s life. Many

Understanding the Placebo Effect

Understanding The Placebo Effect by Brian Fulton RMT Some therapists shudder at the mention of the term placebo effect, others are curious as to what it might be, still others embrace the concept. Where do you lie on this spectrum? Sticking one’s head in the sand and denying that it exists in your treatments is

Massage Therapy Improves Training of Elite Para-Athletes

In the past 20 years, the number of disabled athletes, in other words, para-athletes, competing at elite levels has increased, as witnessed by the number of participants at the 2016 Rio Summer Paralympics (4328) compared to the number at the 1996 Summer Paralympics in Atlanta (3255). Para-athletes also have higher incidence and prevalence of injures

Foam Rolling the Posterior Leg Decreases Spinal Excitability of the Soleus

Foam rolling as a form of self-massage has been shown to increase range of motion and decrease pain pressure threshold. However, it is unclear whether the roller-induced increases can be attributed to changes in neural responses or muscle responses. A study from Canada was conducted to evaluate the effect on spinal excitability of altered sensory

Walking as a Rehabilitation Exercise for Clients with Chronic Lower Back Pain

  Walking is commonly recommended to relieve pain and improve function in patients with chronic lower back pain. A systematic review by Italian researchers addressed the effectiveness of walking interventions by looking into published randomized controlled trials which compared walking to other physical activity exercises to reduce pain, disability, and fear-avoidance, as well as increase

Shin Splints and Muscle Stiffness of the Posterior (Lower) Leg

Shin splints is one of the most common causes of leg pain in runners. The most common cause for shin splints is repetitive running on hard surfaces. Although not all of the mechanisms and risk factors for shin splints are clear, the symptoms could be related to the stress response of the fascia and periosteum

Scapular Dyskinesis Increases the Risk of Future Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain is highly prevalent in racket and overhead sports athletes, as they require a high-energy transfer through the shoulder at rapid speeds through large ranges of motion. The prevalence of shoulder pain has been estimated at 12% in amateur golf, 24% in high-level adolescent tennis, and 50% in middle-aged tennis players. Even higher is

Does fascia or muscle hold memories?

Many manual therapists in their practice have experienced a phenomenon wherein when they touch on a particular area of the clients’ body during a therapeutic session, it provokes memories or traumatic events from the client’s life. This feeling is also accompanied by what is often described as an emotional release. Paolo Tozzi, an Italian osteopath,

Chronic migraine worsened by TMJ disorder

A study from Brazil finds that the more frequent that someone experiences migraine attacks, the more likely that the person will have temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. The results were published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) acts like a sliding hinge connecting the jawbone to the skull (mandible to

The twisted structure of the Achilles tendon

The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the human body, it consists of sub-tendons from 3 muscles/muscles bellies of the triceps surae group (soleus, lateral gastrocnemius, medial gastrocnemius). These sub-tendons together form the tendinous part of the Achilles tendon and twist as they descend into the distal attachment (insertion) at the calcaneal bone. The