Managing Massage Expectations

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Expectations and preconceived notions can get in the way of receiving care. I do a lot of things in my practice that are new to most people. Regardless of your knowledge of healthcare and fitness, if you are coming to see me, there are things you don’t know about dysfunction in your body. Whether I get a new referral from … Read More

Injury history is trauma history

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Everyone falls victim to a minor injury here or there (stubbed toe, finger jams, bumps, bangs and falls). Accidental injury includes ligament strains and muscle tissue strains. Burns are as common as cuts and bruises. Sometimes injuries accompany one another as accidents unfold. Although they seem small, these minor insults are traumatic in nature. Webster’s Simple Definition of trauma says: … Read More

Bodywork Evolved

Kiambu DickersonDecember2 Comments

The mechanistic viewpoint and evidence-based medicine With the invention of the x-ray, doctors were finally able to see physical dysfunctions such as bone breaks and nerve root compression without exploratory surgery. This idea of “proof” became not only the validation of the diagnosis of many doctors, but the source of it. Even in manual therapy the conclusion jumped to was … Read More

Pelvic obliquity blog : aka “your hips are off”and other meaningless “diagnoses”

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In my opinion, the diagnosis of pelvic obliquity is one of the many ridiculous labels that feigns informational but actually doesn’t tell you anything helpful. What about “syndromes” like carpal tunnel and piriformis syndrome? Syndrome basically means doctors don’t know enough to define it as a diagnosis and “we” don’t have a pill or successful surgery for it. Allopathic medicine … Read More

What is pain? 

Kiambu DickersonDecember1 Comment

The following comes from http://www.bodyinmind.org/what-is-pain/. Upon reading it,  I realized that the words that have been repeated to my clients over the years couldn’t of been summed up better. I felt information was explained very well and was too invaluable not to share so I liberated it but will gladly remove if asked. Doctors, surgeons and many specialists let alone their … Read More

Patch work or prevention 

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Aka: receiving care when you’re in pain versus without pain. in 16 years I’ve been practicing, I’ve met many different personality types. There are two types of care seekers that come in to get body work for me. Those that understand the need for comprehensive corrective and maintenance care and those clients that only address symptomatic dysfunction only when it … Read More

Abs working you or you working them?

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Transverse abs and Diaphragm facilitation For many of us washboard abs seem unattainable. For those of us putting in hours a week to barely maintain our shape, which may resemble a fruit, something isn’t working. Of course diet and drinking alcohol plays a huge role but there is often another reason people can’t seem to target certain areas with efficacy. … Read More

Kinesthesia and palpatory awareness

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One of the hardest things about giving someone a massage is you can’t feel what the client is feeling so you can’t feel what hurts. Treating clients in a pain free way is something all bodyworkers grapple with. Even more so when trying to address complicated neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction. You don’t want to increase the level of pain that someone is … Read More

Shoulder blade pain

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June Blog Whenever I hear someone say “I have this spot under my shoulder blade…” I automatically think one thing. Rotated rib head. There are 66 Joints in the thoracic spine including the intervertebral “disk” joints. All of these faceted and Demi faceted synovial joints have the ability to become fixated and immobile. One of the most annoying nagging fixations … Read More

Dalton and Waslaski Back to Back

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April Blog What a month! I had the opportunity to assist two teachers that I have studied with the longest and had the most influence on my massage practice. They are massage therapy hall of fame inductees (yes there is one) who have dedicated the past 30 years to teaching massage therapists and other bodywork professionals interested in incorporating cutting … Read More