Classroom – Trendsetters: Chat with PT Leaders in the Field

Trendsetters: Chat with PT Leaders in the Field Physical Therapists are exploring unique opportunities in the field both within and outside of traditional clinical practice. In this interview series, we will meet with leaders in PT who are making a difference. We will explore what they do to create that satisfying, successful and prosperous career …

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Classroom – The Effectiveness of Massage in Reducing Symptoms of Cervicogenic Headaches: Applying Evidence – A Case Study

Manual therapists frequently employ soft tissue mobilization interventions such as massage or myofascial release to reduce symptoms of pain, muscle spasm and trigger points in their clients. There is substantial evidence to support the use of such interventions. In this age of rapidly changing health care policies and managed care limitations on therapy reimbursement, it …

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Classroom – Muscle Energy Makes Stretching Easy

Muscle Energy Makes Stretching Easy As the population ages, more people present stiffness as a key component of their physical limitations. How do we meet the demand for improved functional mobility with these patients? To accomplish this goal, therapists must enhance their skills for improving mobility using evidence-based techniques. Muscle energy techniques (MET) are advocated …

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How to encourage your clients to comply with Home Programs

Challenge: The client with the frozen shoulder presents with the same stiffness as the last two visits. You ask her about her home program. She does not even remember what exercises you taught her. Apparently, she is not complying with the home program. What do you say or do to encourage compliance? This is one …

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Dealing with clients with muscle pain and very tender trigger points

You are working on a client with muscle pain and very tender trigger points (TPs). As you dig into the muscle with manual therapy or massage, the client is jumping and complaining about the pain. What do you do? Choices: 1. Keep digging, you think, no pain, no gain. 2. Stop digging and work on …

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