Massage Therapy Compared to Medical Care for Chronic Back Pain

The Best Treatment for Back Pain According to the Best Evidence

The vast majority of back pain is functional- meaning the pain is because the back is not functioning correctly.  Accordingly, it makes since that back pain treatment strategies should focus on discovering and addressing the movement-related back pain. Unfortunately, many people with back pain are over diagnosed with a structural problem (such as scoliosis, spine […]

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Functional Assessment and Rehabilitation of the Cervical Spine

The majority of neck pain cases are due to a failure of the movement system.  To effectively treat the pain, one must look outside of the neck to assess the function of the entire movement system. Professor Sahrmann’s first textbook regarding functional impairments explains the kinesiopathologic model rehabilitation. This model attributes degeneration, pain, and limited […]

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The Art and Science of Treatment Selection

As one who treats the movement systems (neuromusculoskeletal), I have several tools at my disposal: joint mobilization, spine and joint manipulation, soft tissue manual therapy, stretching, stabilization exercises, instrument assisted soft tissue manipulation, kinesiotaping, athletic taping, ice massage, traction, corrective exercise, education, listening, and encouraging (to name a few).  The problem is that some people assume […]

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3 Myths About Core Strengthening for Back Pain

About 20 years ago, the principle of core strengthening started to gain wide acceptance as a strategy for preventing injury and treating various musculoskeletal conditions, especially back pain. This grew out of research studies that demonstrated a change in the timing and firing pattern of various muscles between groups of people with and without back […]

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The Truth Behind Ice or Compression for Inflammation

  Michelle Kinney of Crossfit Chickasaw introduced me to an interesting blog post by Kelly Starrett, DPT.  Kelly does a great job of making advanced rehabilitation techniques accessible to the masses.  I am really impressed by how proliferative his blog is.  You should check it out. Medicine advances by tossing out previously held ideas in favor of […]

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