Headaches and Manual Therapy

No one likes a headache – that throbbing, aching pain that creeps into your cranium and wreaks havoc on your day. Whether it is a full-blown migraine or a tension headache, there's nothing quite as intrusive and distracting as brain pain. Typically, most Americans seek treatment from these pain[...]
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Benefits of the MCMT® Program

  Modern medicine has come a long way over the years. From doctors to dentists, orthopedists to orthodontists, professionals in today's treatment industry are more qualified and capable than ever before to treat any diseases, disorder, or minor discomfort with astounding success. We know mor[...]
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Elusive Foe: Understanding the Genesis of Trigger Points Can Point the Way Toward Relief

  Most people don't have a clear idea of what trigger points are, much less what causes them or how to address them. You might, however, be more familiar with the common term for this condition: muscle knots. In fact, the vast majority of adults experience aches and pains associated with [...]
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The Differences between Dry Needling and Acupuncture for Lower Back Pain

Anyone who has studied the traditional Chinese medicine art of acupuncture is probably aware of the fact the practice revolves around a certain dogma concerning beliefs about how chi, or energy, flows through the human body. Dry needling may seem similar in practice, but the focus is less on directi[...]
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The Importance of Posterior Chain Muscles and Their Function

We all know what the posterior is – it's the part we look at when an attractive or athletic person walks away. What most people couldn't tell you is what the posterior chain muscles are, how they function, or why they are important. Even if you don't know which muscles constitute the posterior [...]
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Non-surgical treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS)

Treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: A Review of the Non-Surgical Approaches

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), caused by pinching or pressure on the median nerve of the wrist, can result in symptoms like weakness, numbness, tingling, and pain in the hand. This is because the median nerve, which runs through the narrow carpal tunnel in the wrist, supplies feeling and controls mov[...]
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Here are just a few dry needling basics to help you decide if this PT technique falls in line with your sensibilities and the needs of your patients.

Dry Needling Basics for Newbies

The average person doesn't know a lot about acupuncture to begin with, and so may not understand the basic differences between the traditional practice from Chinese medicine and the newer practice of dry needling. In truth, the two share similarities, but the fundamental differences lie in the belie[...]
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By learning about trigger point massage, you can add another tool to your arsenal for addressing pain and healing patients.

How to Unlock Knots with Trigger Point Massage

Most people have never heard of trigger points, but they are well aware of the soreness, stiffness, aches, and pains caused by these tight areas in muscle tissue. When patients complain of neck pain after sitting hunched over a keyboard all day, they probably don't even know that they're most likely[...]
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Pursuing appropriate education will ensure you gain proper understanding of what myofascial release therapy is and how it will benefit your patients.

Understanding Myofascial Release Therapy

An understanding of myofascial release therapy begins with knowing what myofascial means. The term concerns muscles (myo) and the fibrous connective tissues (fascia) that surrounds muscles in order to separate them, keep them in place, and ensure proper interaction with other tissues in the body. Th[...]
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If you are studying chiropractic care in school, knowing these characteristics of successful chiropractic students will help you stand out from the crowd.

5 Characteristics of Successful Chiropractic Students

Occupational therapy, massage therapy and physical therapy continue to be thriving fields for students to enter into. People all over the nation (and world) are suffering from conditions like myofascial trigger points and sports injuries. It's a good idea to obtain occupational therapy continuing ed[...]
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Physical therapists play a crucial role in treating myofascial trigger points. Learning about its causes and treatments can help you and your patients.

Causes and Treatments for Myofascial Trigger Points

Entering into the field of physical therapy can be quite rewarding - both financially and mentally. There's nothing like working in a position where you get to help people day in and day out with their physical shortcomings. You can become a successful therapist by taking accredited physical therapy[...]
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Learn all about manual therapy history and how physical therapy has solidified itself as a practice throughout the ages since its origin.

Manual Therapy History

Manual therapy is another term for manipulative therapy. It's a form of physical therapy that has been around for many centuries throughout the world. The first evidence of its use dates back to 400 BCE in Europe. Throughout the centuries, manual therapy has been approved and disapproved of by profe[...]
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If you're a physical therapist, it's a good idea to consider adding manual therapy to your repertoire. Here are the reasons and basics to know.

What Is Manual Therapy?

Back pain, neck pain, and other musculoskeletal issues are common among the young and old. These issues can develop from injuries or the aging process. Poor posture, accidents, birth defects, and old age are the most common causes of pain, requiring the use of manual therapy performed by a certified[...]
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