The Thinking Practitioner
28: Advanced Credentialing and Massage as Healthcare

28: Advanced Credentialing and Massage as Healthcare

December 9, 2020

28: Whitney Lowe talks with Cal Cates, executive director of Healwell. They tackle the challenging issues of how to recognize advanced training and the challenges of integrating massage into the healthcare system. 

Episode topics include: 

  • Why is advanced credentialing important for us? 
  • What are some of the big challenges we face when attempting to be part of the healthcare system? 
  • Who is ultimately responsible for advanced credentialing? 

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(The Thinking Practitioner Podcast is intended for professional practitioners of manual and movement therapies: bodywork, massage therapy, structural integration, chiropractic, myofascial and myotherapy, orthopedic, sports massage, physical therapy, osteopathy, yoga, strength and conditioning, and similar professions. It is not medical or treatment advice.)

27: The Little Man In The Brain: The Sensory Homunculus

27: The Little Man In The Brain: The Sensory Homunculus

November 25, 2020

27: Til Luchau and Whitney Lowe discuss the most famous (yet, unreplicated) illustration in neuroscience, the sensorimotor homunculus, which purports to show the proportion of the brain dedicated to each body part. Is it accurate? 

Episode topics include: 

  • Is the cortical homunculus a map, or the territory? 
  • How did it come about? Penfield's methods and limitations. 
  • How might this all apply to manual therapy and massage? 

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Episode image from a sculpture by Sharon Price-James (public domain image). 

(The Thinking Practitioner Podcast is intended for professional practitioners of manual and movement therapies: bodywork, massage therapy, structural integration, chiropractic, myofascial and myotherapy, orthopedic, sports massage, physical therapy, osteopathy, yoga, strength and conditioning, and similar professions. It is not medical or treatment advice.)

26: Zoga: Movement for Manual Therapists, with Wojtek Cackowski

26: Zoga: Movement for Manual Therapists, with Wojtek Cackowski

November 11, 2020

26: Til Luchau talks with Polish physical therapist, Anatomy Trains teacher, and manual therapist Wojtek Cackowski about his innovative Zoga Movement method, and how it can help manual therapists not only with their clients, but with their own embodiment and self care. 

Episode topics include: 

  • What is Zoga? How does it relate to manual therapy and massage? 
  • Fascial shearing and gliding, vs fascial “stretching” 
  • Til and Wojtek’s collaborative online courses combining Zoga and Advanced Myofascial Techniques 

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(The Thinking Practitioner Podcast is intended for professional practitioners of manual and movement therapies: bodywork, massage therapy, structural integration, chiropractic, myofascial and myotherapy, orthopedic, sports massage, physical therapy, osteopathy, yoga, strength and conditioning, and similar professions. It is not medical or treatment advice.)

25: Psoas Work: Is it Safe? Is it Necessary?

25: Psoas Work: Is it Safe? Is it Necessary?

October 28, 2020

25: Whitney and Til discuss the controversies, disagreements, considerations, and their own views on the infamous psoas muscle in manual therapy and massage. Download the handout with detailed episode notes, techniques and tests, and a special chapter from Til’s book from http://a-t.tv/ttp-psoas/ 

Episode topics include: 

  • Psoas: Holy Grail muscle, or wholly irrelevant? 
  • Psoas and back pain, leg length, etc.; 
  • Safety considerations; 
  • What Til and Whitney actually do (and don’t do) in practice.

Get the full transcript and handout at Til or Whitney's sites! 

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Episode image copyright Primal Pictures, used by permission 

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(The Thinking Practitioner Podcast is intended for professional practitioners of manual and movement therapies: bodywork, massage therapy, structural integration, chiropractic, myofascial and myotherapy, orthopedic, sports massage, physical therapy, osteopathy, yoga, strength and conditioning, and similar professions. It is not medical or treatment advice.)

24: Plantar Foot Pain Crash Course

24: Plantar Foot Pain Crash Course

September 30, 2020

24: Whitney and Til share a treasure chest of foot-pain ideas and techniques, packed full of assessments, anatomy, concepts, and hands-on tools. Download the free (optional) handout and follow along as Til and Whitney give an audio preview of their upcoming Plantar Foot Pain collaborative webinar (part of the ABMP CE Summit). 

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Episode image from Advanced Myofascial Technique Vol 1, under license from Primal Pictures. 

References: 

  • Insert comparisons: Bonanno, Daniel R., Karl B. Landorf, and Hylton B. Menz. 2011. “Pressure-Relieving Properties of Various Shoe Inserts in Older People with Plantar Heel Pain.” Gait & Posture 33 (3): 385–89. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gaitpost.2010.12.009
  • Slow heel raises vs stretching: Rathleff, M. S., C. M. Mølgaard, U. Fredberg, S. Kaalund, K. B. Andersen, T. T. Jensen, S. Aaskov, and J. L. Olesen. 2015. “High-Load Strength Training Improves Outcome in Patients with Plantar Fasciitis: A Randomized Controlled Trial with 12-Month Follow-up: HL Strength Training and Plantar Fasciitis.” Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports 25 (3): e292–300. https://doi.org/10.1111/sms.12313
  • Arch height and other biomechanical factors: Warren, B. L. 1984. “Anatomical Factors Associated with Predicting Plantar Fasciitis in Long-Distance Runners.” Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 16 (1): 60–63. 
  • Plantar fascia core/sheath anatomy: Zhang, Jianying, Daibang Nie, Jorge L. Rocha, MaCalus V. Hogan, and James H.-C. Wang. 2018. “Characterization of the Structure, Cells, and Cellular Mechanobiological Response of Human Plantar Fascia:” Journal of Tissue Engineering, October. https://doi.org/10.1177/2041731418801103

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(The Thinking Practitioner Podcast is intended for professional practitioners of manual and movement therapies: bodywork, massage therapy, structural integration, chiropractic, myofascial and myotherapy, orthopedic, sports massage, physical therapy, osteopathy, yoga, strength and conditioning, and similar professions. It is not medical or treatment advice.)

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