The Thinking Practitioner
10: When Does The Tissue Matter?

10: When Does The Tissue Matter?

March 25, 2020

10: Whitney and Til consider the debates about tissue-based effects in manual therapy, and share their views about when it makes sense to think about the actual tissues and physical effects of hands-on works. 

In this episode, 

  • Why would people say that the tissue doesn’t matter in manual therapy?  
  • Examples of tissue-based narratives; the arguments for, and against  
  • Til and Whitney ask each other, “What tissue effects do you think about when you’re working?”  

Join two of the leading educators in manual therapy, bodywork, and massage therapy, as they delve into the most intriguing issues, questions, research, and client conditions that hands-on practitioners face. Stimulate your thinking with imaginative conversations, tips, and interviews related to the somatic arts and sciences. With Whitney Lowe and Til Luchau.  

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

Resources discussed in this episode:  

  • Rathbone A, Henry J, Kumbhare D. Comment on: A critical evaluation of the trigger point phenomenon. Rheumatol (United Kingdom). 2015;54(6):1126-1127. doi:10.1093/rheumatology/kev028, 
  • Jacobs D. Dermoneuromodulating. Victoria: Tellwell Talent; 2016, 
  • AcademyOfClinicalMassage.com  
  • Advanced-Trainings.com  

Anatomy image courtesy Robert Schleip, ©fascialnet.com 

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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.)

09: Descending Modulation in Manual Therapy

09: Descending Modulation in Manual Therapy

March 11, 2020

09: Whitney and Til discuss the descending modulation of pain in manual therapy. 

In this episode

  • What is descending modulation? 
  • What are the implications? 
  • How do we use it? 

Join two of the leading educators in manual therapy, bodywork, and massage therapy, as they delve into the most intriguing issues, questions, research, and client conditions that hands-on practitioners face. Stimulate your thinking with imaginative conversations, tips, and interviews related to the somatic arts and sciences. With Whitney Lowe and Til Luchau. 

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

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.)

08: Key Challenges Facing Our Field, Part 2

08: Key Challenges Facing Our Field, Part 2

February 26, 2020

08: Til and Whitney talk about the key challenges and opportunities facing manual therapy, bodywork, and massage therapy. (Part 2 of 2) 

In this episode

  • Increasing the accuracy of our explanations, 
  • Polarization, divisiveness, and infighting within the profession, 
  • Consolidation and up-scaling of the bodywork “industry,” 
  • and more. 

Join two of the leading educators in manual therapy, bodywork, and massage therapy, as they delve into the most intriguing issues, questions, research, and client conditions that hands-on practitioners face. Stimulate your thinking with imaginative conversations, tips, and interviews related to the somatic arts and sciences. With Whitney Lowe and Til Luchau. 

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

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.)

07: Scoliosis and Manual Therapy

07: Scoliosis and Manual Therapy

February 12, 2020

07: Scoliosis and Manual Therapy 

Til and Whitney talk about hands-on work with scoliosis. 

In this episode

  • What do we know about scoliosis' causes?, 
  • What are some common scoliosis myths?, 
  • When scoliosis is a problem?, 
  • What are conventional treatments?, 
  • What’s manual therapy’s role?, 
  • And much more. 

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

Resources discussed in this episode: 

  1. John P. Kostuik and John Bentivoglio, “The Incidence of Low-Back Pain in Adult Scoliosis,” Spine 6, no. 3 (May/June 1981): 268–73, https://doi.org/10.1097/00007632-198105000-00009  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6455747 
  2. Schwab et al., “Adult Scoliosis: Prevalence, SF-36, and Nutritional Parameters in an Elderly Volunteer Population,” Spine 30, no. 9 (May 2005): 1082–85, https://doi.org/10.1097/01.brs.0000160842.43482.cd. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15864163 
  3. https://www.curvygirlsscoliosis.com 
  4. AcademyOfClinicalMassage.com 
  5. Advanced-Trainings.com 

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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.)

06: Tendons and Tendinopathies

06: Tendons and Tendinopathies

January 28, 2020

06: Til and Whitney discuss considerations for hands-on work with tendinopathies and tendon issues. 

In this episode

  • What is a tendinopathy? Examples? 
  • Tendinitis vs.tendinosis; tenosynovitis; 
  • What are typical signs? 
  • What is known about causes? 
  • Inflammation or degeneration? 
  • Collagen, paretenon, fascicles, etc; 
  • Nerval arborization/sprouting; 
  • What’s manual therapy’s role? 
  • Approaches, debates, consensus; 
  • And much more...  

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

Resources discussed in this episode: 

  1. Chen PC, Wu KT, Chou WY, et al. Comparative Effectiveness of Different Nonsurgical Treatments for Patellar Tendinopathy: A Systematic Review and Network Meta-analysis. Arthrosc - J Arthrosc Relat Surg. 2019;35(11):3117-3131.e2. doi:10.1016/j.arthro.2019.06.017  
  2. Cook JL, Purdam C. Is compressive load a factor in the development of tendinopathy? Br J Sports Med. 2012;46(3):163-168. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2011-090414,   
  3. Lederman E. The Science and Practice of Manual Therapy. 2n3 ed. Edinburgh: Elsevier; 2005.  
  4. Murtaugh B, Ihm JM. Eccentric training for the treatment of tendinopathies. Curr Sports Med Rep. 1987;12(3):175-182. doi:10.1249/JSR.0b013e3182933761,  
  5. Lipman K, Wang C, Ting K, Soo C, Zheng Z. Tendinopathy: Injury, repair, and current exploration. Drug Des Devel Ther. 2018;12:591-603. doi:10.2147/DDDT.S154660,  
  6. Witvrouw E, Mahieu N, Roosen P, McNair P. The role of stretching in tendon injuries. Br J Sport Med. 2007;41(4):224-226.  
  7. Van Der Vlist AC, Breda SJ, Oei EHG, Verhaar JAN, De Vos RJ. Clinical risk factors for Achilles tendinopathy: A systematic review. Br J Sports Med. 2019;53(21):1352-1361. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2018-099991  
  8. AcademyOfClinicalMassage.com  
  9. Advanced-Trainings.com  

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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.)