David Morin explains how the Clothes On, No Oil Approach to Medical Massage Therapy is appropriate for Massage in a Clinical Setting
Massage with Clothes On and No Oil also solves modesty issues and opens up the valuable side lying position for superior treatment.
Medical Massage Therapy in my view follows the classic clinical model and combines physical assessment tests with the application of a variety of hands-on techniques, and finishes with teaching remedial exercises for the client to perform at home.
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I’m David Morin. I’ve been an Approved Provider of CE Courses in Medical Massage Therapy since 2001.
In a clinical setting, I find it easier to work through clothing and use little or no oil. Doing away with draping and working with No-Oil on a Clothed Client enhances mobility, I can easily get them up off the table, moving that arm or leg to see if the treatment I’m giving is having an effect on their pain.
Clothes on resolves room temperature issues and modesty issues. There are many people with negative body issues who would never consider a massage where they had to disrobe. There’s not many medical professionals that do any kind of treatment in an unclothed situation without someone else in the room, so clothes-on brings a more professional, clinical focus to your practice.
And most importantly it opens access to the very valuable side-lying position where draping can be a real problem. The sidelying position facilitates so many advantages. I can use pillows to prop up legs and arms to really get the muscles on slack for deeper work with less pressure from me.
I can access trigger points and deliver sustained pressure without me having to contort myself to reach them. This is a real enhancement to the longevity to your career when you don’t tax your own body to give the most effective treatment.
And no oil. Come on, no mess, no clean up, it’s a treat for the therapist.
I request clients to wear an oversized all cotton t-shirt with either short or long sleeves. Well worn cotton is like skin and provides traction for direct pressure with no slippage due to oil or lotion. Yoga pants or sweat pants are ideal too. No denim
I’m sure you’ll find the clothes-on no oil approach is really liberating to your work. To the graduates of our courses, I ask you, how has the clothes-on, no-oil approach enhanced your Medical Massage Practice?
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Did you know that Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the #1 U.S. Workers Compensation Claim?
Every year more than half a million people in the U.S. undergo carpal tunnel release surgeries.
Hello and Welcome to Health Matters Seminars. I’m David Morin. I’ve been an Approved Provider of CE Courses in Medical Massage Therapy since 2001.
A number of experts believe that release surgery is performed too often. Before choosing surgery, The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons recommends conservative treatment for up to 7 weeks, including the use of splints, anti-inflammatory agents and physical therapy.
So often PT centers on squeezing a ball of putty to strenthen the flexors. In my experience strenthing an already overused and inflamed muscle group is counter productive.
Better to stretch the overused flexors by opening the hand against gentle resistance, like a rubber band.
Massaging the wrist and finger flexors towards the heart as the client opens her hand is the most successful treatment I have found.
A massage therapist who applies the appropriate assessments, and manual therapy techniques and teaches remedial exercises can really provide a valuable service to carpal tunnel patients.
Exercise by progressively opening the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder.
In addition to the forearm flexors we treat the entire musculature of the arm and shoulder to insure a successful outcome. As with so many overuse injuries, if we can begin treatment early in the onset of symptoms the chance of avoiding surgery increases.
In general, patients with the following characteristics are less likely to respond to conservative treatment and are more likely candidates for surgery:
* Symptoms lasting 10 months or longer
* Continual numbness
* Muscles in the base of the palm have begun to shrink
* Symptoms occur within 30 seconds during a Phalen's test
* Above 50 years of age
Against all odds, properly applied manual therapy and remedial care often has a positive outcome.
To the graduates of our MMT Course II, Upper Extremity Pain and Dysfunction,
I’d like to hear from you. What's been your experience treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
I'm David Morin, for Health Matter Seminars.