Massage Therapy Articles
On this page, I wanted to provide you with a group of valuable links and pieces on subjects around overall body health, body work, and specific ailments to be addressed through Massage Therapy Techniques. Some I have written, others are written by people I respect in the Massage Therapy and Body Work fields.
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Shoulder Impingement Syndrome is a big problem and affects many people. If you’ve been a Massage Therapist for long, you’ve most likely already encountered someone with this ailment.
(originally published in Massage and Bodywork Quarterly )
Even when we are still, we are moving. Blood circulates, lymph flows, the heart beats, stomach juices swirl, cerebral spinal fluid pulses, cells migrate, rib case and lungs expand and contract. There is a universe of silent movement occurring inside us every second. Read more
The rotator cuff is a combination of four muscles (supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, and subscapularis; commonly known as the “SITS” muscles) that work to stabilize the head of the humerus during all shoulder movements (essentially most upper body movements). It keeps the humerus stable and centered in the shoulder joint to allow other muscles to function properly. Think of them as guy wires pulling on a tent pole: the supraspinatus pulls the head of the humerus into the glenoid fossa from above. The infraspinatus pulls it in from the rear. The teres minor pulls it in from bottom/rear. And the subscapularis pulls it in from the bottom/front. Some sources define the cuff as the tendons of these four muscles, but as massage therapists we use a broader definition that includes the muscles. Read more
Ruth Werner is a respected authority in the Massage Therapy Education field, and has written several pieces for Massage Today. I’ve included a link to more of her work (just click on her name above) as well as the titled article. Enjoy!
I talk a lot about “Stretching Your Clients“, and even have some courses on the subject. Stretching is invaluable, of course, but must be done correctly. If you’d like to do some research on the proper amount of time to hold a stretch, here are some good articles:
- The Effect of Duration of Stretching of the Hamstring Muscle Group for Increasing Range of Motion in People Aged 65 Years or Older
- The effect of stretching duration on active and passive range of motion.
- The Effect of 4 Different Durations of Static Hamstring Stretching on Passive Knee-Extension Range of Motion in Healthy Subjects
- The Effect of Time on Static Stretch on the Flexibility of the Hamstring Muscles