Many of today's medical texts tell us the coccyx fuses into one rigid segment by adulthood in most people. However, several well-designed studies have shown that a normal coccyx should have two or three movable parts that gently curve forward and slightly flex as we sit. Two medical papers (Postacchini and Massobrio1 and Kim and Suk2) found that test subjects with fused coccyxes that didn't flex upon sitting were more prone to experience tailbone pain than those with a normal coccyx.
People are consistently asking me which is more important... Myoskeletal Alignment home-study courses or "live" workshops. For the past 15 + years, the Freedom From Pain Institute has provided both types of educational opportunities to a broad range of bodyworkers including massage therapists, sports therapists, structural integrators, functional movement trainers, and physical therapists.
Erik Dalton discusses the cause of scoliosis, both structural scoliosis and functional scoliosis, and the search for treatment options including manual therapy. So there's good news and bad news when approaching the question of scoliosis. On the one hand, it's all too prevalent a disorder - linked to factors that need more careful monitoring, such as environmental toxins, nutrition, and general activity levels. On the other hand, with more attention being given to the condition through objective and subjective research, comes an increase in medical and manual therapy treatment options, and perhaps, soon, a cure for idiopathic and structural scoliotic cases.
Assessment and treatment of leg length discrepancy, often called short leg syndrome, is discussed in this article by massage expert, Erik Dalton. Iliosacral, SI joint, and lumbar spine spring tests are valuable assessment and treatment tools that fit perfectly into a massage therapy format. Following the supine and prone leg-length tests, specific springing maneuvers can be used to verify findings and correct motion-restricted joints.
Pain in the kneecap, also known as patella pain is one part of patellofemoral knee pain syndrome. Every year, more and more clients come in grumbling of generalized pain around the kneecap (patella) aggravated by activities such as squatting, stair climbing, or hiking over hilly terrain. Symptoms typically worsen during prolonged knee flexion (i.e., long car rides, sitting in class or in a movie theater). This article by Erik discusses the condition in depth.
About half of all golfers suffer with lower back painand about one third of progolfers play injured. Massage can work at helping you recovery from injuries and improving your gold game. We see it all the time on sports channels. How do they do it? That golf swing is really a work of art. Entailing such a complex array of finely coordinated movements, it's no wonder a golfer's body is considered a ticking time bomb for acute injury or chronic pain.
Low back pain in golf players is very high due to improper swing mechanics and repetitive movements. Discover how manual therapy can prevent back pain in golfers. We watch it all the time on sports channels. How do they execute it? That golf swing is really a work of art. Entailing such a complex array of finely coordinated movements, it's no wonder a golfer's body is considered a ticking time bomb for acute injury or chronic pain.
Leg length discrepancy, or as it has been alternatively termed, the short leg syndrome, is by far the most important postural asymmetry. Limb length discrepancy is simply defined as a condition where one leg is shorter than the other. If a substantial difference exists, disruptive effects on gait and posture can occur.
We see it all the time on sports channels. How do they accomplish it? That golf swing is in fact a work of art. Involving such a complex array of finely coordinated movements, it's no wonder a golfer's body is considered a ticking time bomb for acute injury or chronic pain. Myoskeletal mechanics for treating golfers low back pain. QL stretches to create space between the shoulder and pelvic girdles. Innovative muscle balancing and joint mobilization techniques. Excerpts from Myoskeletal Alignment for Low Back, Hip and Leg Pain.
This is the second part of a three part article series on Erik Dalton's clinical pain management Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques running in Massage Magazine's 2002 January/February, March/April and May/June issues.