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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New Video: MFR for the Anterior Shoulder and Intercostal Regions

August 27, 2016

I’ve posted another free Foundations in Myofascial Release Seminars MFR Treatment Tip to my YouTube channel. This one highlights some unique and simple ways to engage familiar aspects of upper thoracic/intercostal/shoulder region pain and dysfunction. What is different about my Foundations Approach? Small group trainings with a high level of one-on-one hands-on instruction directly from […]

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The Simplicity of Myofascial Release/Manual Care

June 27, 2016

“We can only touch in so many ways. But it’s the choices we make with the findings of our touch that makes the difference.” A while back I wrote a blog titled “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” (The original article can be viewed here). The blog references the movie by the same title, which follows a 85 […]

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Is It Safe to Treat a Torn Rotator Cuff?

June 11, 2016

I have a new post over at the Medbridge massage website talking about myofascial release and frozen shoulder. If you are interested in the great deal they are offing, with an entire 12 month subscription for $49, use the discount code FRITZmassage at checkout. Is It Safe to Treat a Torn Rotator Cuff? Enjoy, Walt […]

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The Power of an Elastic Wrap

June 2, 2016

What are your thoughts? Why do such seemingly innocuous interventions sooth our patients so? What can an Ace Wrap really do? As a physical therapist, I see many patients with joint-related complaints, usually pain or feelings of instability Some have seen their PCP or specialist, others came to me first. Most have gotten advice from […]

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The power of touch and presence vs. modality specific beliefs

May 27, 2016

Disclaimer: I teach continuing education seminars for a living. When we touch patients in a therapeutic intervention, how many different “things” or actions can we really be accomplishing? How many different structures can we really make contact with or elicit change? With higher levels of training come apparent deeper and more precise technique and expectation, […]

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Stories: Let Your Stories Mature and Grow

April 27, 2016

The topic of stories is one that has intrigued me for quite a long time and I’ve begun to talk a lot about stories during my seminars. I will have more to say in future blog posts, but for now I want to share an article I wrote that is published in the newest edition […]

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MFR Treatment Tips: Intra-Oral

April 2, 2016

Next in the series of MFR Treatment Tips is this close-up video on my preferred finger placement when treating the inner aspect of the mandible. While at times referred to as a pterygoid treatment, I find this label limiting. For one, it is a perceptual fantasy to believe we can isolate and target an individual […]

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