Massage therapy for the postoperative population: shoulder, hip, knee, and ankle.

Massage therapy for the postoperative population: shoulder, hip, knee, and ankle.

The body of knowledge to support the use of massage therapy continues to grow, and understanding the basic science behind what we do and the guiding principles of adaptability enable us to apply this work to a number of pathologies.

Massage therapists are uniquely suited to incorporate a number management strategies to help decrease postoperative pain and increase function. In addition to specific hands on soft tissue massage, treatments includes recommendations for activity modification, info on natural history, remedial exercise and self-care. 

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Target the type of pain for better pain relief

Target the type of pain for better pain relief

"In the old days, pain was pain, and there was not a lot of differentiating on the best way to treat it. Then came along powerful morphine in the late 1800s, and more than a century later, powerful opioid painkillers. Marketing by opioid manufacturers led many people to believe, several lawsuits claim, that there were few downsides to using powerful opioids to treat pain. Well, we know differently now."

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The guidelines on low back pain are clear: drugs and surgery should be the last resort

The guidelines on low back pain are clear: drugs and surgery should be the last resort

"Low back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide and is becoming more common as our population ages. Most people who have an episode of low back pain recover within six weeks, but two-thirds still have pain after three months. By 12 months, pain may linger but is usually less intense."

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An Introduction to Evidence Based Acupuncture 

An Introduction to Evidence Based Acupuncture 

The earliest detailed report on Chinese and Japanese medicine to be written by a European was by Willem ten Rhyne, a Dutch physician who published Dissertatio de arthritide in 1683. 

Following this lineage, the concept of medical acupuncture was pioneered by Felix Mann who began to view acupuncture as a form of peripheral nerve stimulation technique. In this approach needles are inserted into anatomically defined sites, and stimulated manually or with electricity.

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Non-pharmacologic Treatment for a Patient with Migraine Headaches

Non-pharmacologic Treatment for a Patient with Migraine Headaches

In 2017 The Lancet - Global Burden of Disease study, listed migraine headaches are one of the leading cause of disability worldwide.

Physicians, now more than ever are recommending conservative treatment including manual therapy, acupuncture, education and exercise as part of a multi-modal approach to decrease the individual’s headache frequency, intensity, duration and acute medication requirements.

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