The Thinking Practitioner
50: A View Across The Border (with Jamie Johnston & Eric Purves)

50: A View Across The Border (with Jamie Johnston & Eric Purves)

October 21, 2021

Whitney interviews Jamie Johnston and Eric Purves
Topics include:

  • How does massage education differ in the U.S. and Canada
  • How have things changed with the adoption of educational competencies for MTs in British Columbia 
  • Should we keep performing special orthopedic tests if they aren't considered as accurate?

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Resources discussed in this episode:

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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.)

49: Interoception Is The Key, Like It Or Not

49: Interoception Is The Key, Like It Or Not

October 6, 2021

Whitney interviews Til about his upcoming “Three Questions About Interoception” article in Massage & Bodywork magazine. Topics include:

  • What is interoception, and why should I care?
  • Is interoception our profession’s “mindfulness?”
  • How can I actually use interoception with my clients?

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Resources discussed in this episode:

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About Whitney Lowe  |  About Til Luchau  |  Email Us: info@thethinkingpractitioner.com

(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.)

48: Psoas Work: Is it Safe? Is it Necessary? (Hip Jam rebroadcast)

48: Psoas Work: Is it Safe? Is it Necessary? (Hip Jam rebroadcast)

September 22, 2021

In honor of the upcoming Hip Jam, Whitney and Til discuss the controversies, disagreements, considerations, and their own views on the infamous psoas muscle in manual therapy and massage in this "Greatest Hits" rebroadcast of ep25. Download the handout with detailed episode notes, techniques and tests, and a special chapter from Til’s book from https://a-t.tv/ttp-psoas/, plus check out the Hip Jam at https://bit.ly/Hip-Jam-TTP

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! 

Resources discussed in this episode: 

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.)

47: Getting Over Over-Pronation (Ankle & Foot Function)

47: Getting Over Over-Pronation (Ankle & Foot Function)

September 8, 2021

In celebration of Til's upcoming "Leg Knee & Foot" online course, he and Whitney geek out on conditions, anatomy, function, and biomechanics of the ankle and foot.

Topics include: 

  • How the structure of the foot/ankle complex determines function
  • Are we over over-pronation yet? 
  • Plantar fasciitis/fasciosis, bunions, hammertoes, and other things you wouldn’t have thought of as ankle issues.

Episode Outline:

  • Structure of the foot/ankle complex

    • Medial side deltoid ligament complex
    • Lateral side ATF, CF, PTF
    • How does structure govern function
    • Distal tibiofibular joint & talocrural joint form mortise & tenon
    • Primary supporting ligaments
  • Mechanics of the region:

    • Talocrural motions: dorsiflexion & plantarflexion
    • Type I and type II limitations
    • Subtalar motions: inversion & eversion
    • Pronation and supination (definitions and confusion)
    • Phases of gait
  • Some common issues/problems

    • Valgus and varus angulations (toes and calcaneal region)
    • “Overpronation”
    • Bunions & hammertoes
    • Plantar fasciitis
    • Tendon overuse (Achilles tendon etc.)
    • Trauma: sprains breaks
    • Nerve entrapments mimicking soft-tissue pathology (i.e. tarsal tunnel syndrome, Baxter’s neuropathy, etc.)

Resources and references discussed in this episode:

Podcast anatomy image from Advanced Myofascial Techniques, Volume 1. Used under license from Primal Pictures.

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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.)

46: To ITB, or Not To ITB? (Iliotibial Band Controversies, Conditions, and Approaches)

46: To ITB, or Not To ITB? (Iliotibial Band Controversies, Conditions, and Approaches)

August 25, 2021

Whitney and Til unfold the controversies, compare thoughts, and share approaches for working with the iliotibial band. Download the free handout! 

Topics include: 

  • Little-known facts, well-known myths, and over-heated controversies about the ITB, 
  • When and why would (or wouldn’t) we work, roll, or massage the ITB (aka the iliotibial tract or fascia lata)? 
  • Hands-on techniques for some of the most common ITB-related client complaints. 

Get the HANDOUT and full transcript at Til or Whitney's sites, plus sign up for Til's upcoming Leg Knee & Foot course

Resources and references discussed in this episode:

  1. Baker RL, Fredericson M. Iliotibial Band Syndrome in Runners. Biomechanical Implications and Exercise Interventions. Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 2016;27(1):53-77. doi:10.1016/j.pmr.2015.08.001
  2. Aderem J, Louw QA. Biomechanical risk factors associated with iliotibial band syndrome in runners: A systematic review Rehabilitation, physical therapy and occupational health. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2015;16(1):7-9. doi:10.1186/s12891-015-0808-7
  3. Fairclough J, Hayashi K, Toumi H, et al. The functional anatomy of the iliotibial band during flexion and extension of the knee: implications for understanding iliotibial band syndrome. J Anat. 2006;208(3):309-316. doi:JOA531 [pii]10.1111/j.1469-7580.2006.00531.x
  4. Podcast ITB image used under license by the National Library of Medicine Visible Human Project. Arrows show location of ITB.

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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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