Myofascial release in the head and neck cancer patient

June 2, 2017

“Ignore the claims, as belief that one can somehow selectively target fascia, muscle, or other structure without providing simultaneous stimulation to  all structure is fantasy.” (This post was written over a year ago but remains relevant. The evidence used to validate this work and this continuing education seminar is constantly updated, with the latest version […]

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An Interview: Massage & Fitness Magazine’s Nick Ng

April 28, 2017

I met Nick Ng face-to-face two years ago, though he and I had co-existed on some Facebook groups long before that time. He took my Foundations in Myofascial Release Seminar for Neck, Voice, and Swallowing Disorders class in San Diego and, as I viewed him as decidedly science-literate, I was curious how he would interpret […]

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Fitting myofascial release into an evidence‑based culture

April 19, 2017

“Myofascial release” and “evidence-based” are phrases that are seldom spoken together. Papers exist telling us how and why myofascial release (MFR) is not an evidence-based treatment model/modality. In today’s therapeutic culture, one that demands that we work from evidence-based perspectives, it is at time difficult to find much in manual therapy that appears to meet […]

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A patient-directed model of manual therapy

April 15, 2017

I think our patients deserve more. We are the experts. Be it myofascial release, manual therapy, massage, or any of the countless other terms used to describe what we do, we are trained to call ourselves the soft tissue experts. Patients seek us out due to our experience and expertise with pain and movement dysfunction. […]

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The Placebo Effect in Manual Therapy: An interview with Brian Fulton, RMT

March 14, 2017

In April of 2016, I had the pleasure to meet Brian Fulton, RMT, who was a co-presenter at the Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of British Columbia’s Biennial Conference, “Manual Therapy: an Interdisciplinary Approach to the Science and Practice”. His talk involved the understanding of the placebo effect in manual therapy and since that time I have been […]

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Say Nothing

March 3, 2017

Finding errors on an article or post that has been out there on the internet is irritating. having someone else point it out is irritating times two! Here is a link to an article I wrote last year for Nik Ng’s Massage & Fitness e-magazine (subscribe here) titled, “Say Nothing”. Regular readers will recognize by […]

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Reflections and notes from the road

February 26, 2017

Just finished teaching my Foundations Approach Upper Body class this weekend in Las Cruces, New Mexico and have a few hours of free time at the airport before the flight home. Reflections on a class are best stated immediately, as memories fade quickly. The professions of participants in my classes vary widely, with interest spread […]

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The Good (and Bad) of a Simpler Narrative

January 21, 2017

What we do, ultimately, is help people feel more comfortable in their bodies so that they can move more easily and, in effect, heal themselves. The past ten years of my professional career has been devoted to working toward a more accurate narrative to explain the work I do. The story of how this came […]

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More Mental Floss for the MFR Brain: Changing Your Story

November 20, 2016

With a broad-based education, credible continuing education, and critical thinking, I do think we can be less wrong about the work we do. I do not mean to criticize those who believe differently and certainly not those who taught me these concepts. Science moves forward and I thank those in my past. What if I asked […]

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Dialoguing in the Foundations in Myofascial Release Seminar Approach

October 8, 2016

Every form of manual therapy has its unique way of engaging a patient/client, both physically and verbally. Talking is often frowned upon in massage/manual therapy, as it is believed to interfere with the relaxation response or allowing the patient to go deep. Those things are important aspects of some work, but not mine. My Foundations […]

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