Archive for Pain & Injury

Does Continued Focus and Tracking of Symptoms Actually Exacerbate A Clients Condition?

Pain & Injury on March 6th, 2011 No Comments

The desire to have clients record and track the location, intensity, frequency, duration, onset, triggers and medication use for specific conditions is common place in research as well as in clinical practice. Especially when studying and treating clients who suffer from conditions like Tension-type Headaches, Low Back Pain and other chronic pain syndromes. It is […]

Low Back Pain: Goal Setting and Treatment Plan

Pain & Injury on February 11th, 2011 No Comments

The first step in treating low back pain (LBP) is to determine if the client has been given a specific diagnosis, this should be based upon both a thorough physical examination and  specialized diagnostic testing. The important thing here is to make sure that a serious disease entity has been ruled out and not the cause […]

Shoulder Instability and Focal Strengthening

Pain & Injury on January 31st, 2011 No Comments

Instability of the glenohumeral joint is typically caused by some type of traumatic event where over-stretching of the joint capsule, ligaments and supporting muscles occurs. The mechanism of injury is often from some type of fall onto the out reached arm and the forces translate through the long lever of the arm. Anatomically the glenohumeral […]


Pain & Injury on January 18th, 2011 No Comments

Have you ever doubted your intuition and second -guessed your decision, even though you had an inner knowing to trust your gut?  In today’s litigious society most human beings, no matter how knowledgeable or skilled, sometimes question the validity of decisions they make. In my 22 years of practice as a massage therapist and teacher, […]

The ACL Deficient Knee

Pain & Injury on January 11th, 2011 No Comments

The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) of knee is a commonly injured structure and is not as strong as the Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL). This ligament attaches the femur to the tibia at the midline of the joint from the intercondylar area of the tibia to the lateral condyle of the femur. The important role that […]

Long Term Consequences of Severe Ankle Injury Alters Balance & Proprioception

Pain & Injury on December 30th, 2010 No Comments

Balance and postural control training following a severe ankle sprain was not a part of my rehabilitation program back in the early 80′s. The emphasis in those days was to regain maximum strength especially after being in a mesh cast for 2 months.  The mechanism of my injury occurred during a pass rushing drill at […]

Types of Acromial Shapes & Size of Rotator Cuff Tears

Pain & Injury on December 15th, 2010 No Comments

There are basically three distinct shape classifications identified through an MRI: Type I (Flat), Type II (Curved) and Type III (Hooked). Researchers and Orthopedic doctors have speculated that the more severe Type III Hooked acromion was responsibile for a greater number of Rotator Cuff Tears. More recent research suggests that the Type III (Hooked) acromion […]

Rotator Cuff Injury

Pain & Injury on December 12th, 2010 No Comments

Injury to the Rotator Cuff is very common and the two muscles that are typically injured include the Supraspinatus and the Infraspinatus. The Supraspinatus plays a strong role in stabilizing the head of the humerus into the glenoid fossa and is most commonly the one in need of surgical repair. While the Infraspinatus eccentrically check […]

Internal Organ Trauma and Somatic Complaint

Pain & Injury on November 16th, 2010 No Comments

My 18 year old nephew was in a bad dirt bike accident a little over 2 weeks ago which resulted in broken ribs, punctured lung, liver laceration, numerous abrasions, stitches in his lip because he bit through it and an unwanted case of pancreatitis. We have all been worried sick over this kid and it […]

Muscle Tension and Joint Subluxation

Pain & Injury, Uncategorized on November 4th, 2010 No Comments

Muscle tension can cause joint subluxation which in turn can lead to nerve compression and resultant neurological symptoms such as numbness, tingling and paraesthesia. It is so great when massage and chiropractic can work together to resolve these common and painful situations. Neuromuscular Therapy can reduce  muscular tension and make chiropractic adjustments easier to apply, […]