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Manual Therapy Forum

Matthew S. Thomason DPT, OCS, CFMT, FFMT, CMPT, FAAOMPT

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Manual Therapy Forum is a website dedicated to the clinician practicing manual therapy. We offer instructional videos, opinion posts, case reports, and blog podcasts of interviews with key figures in the world of manual therapy. All to inspire, educate, and empower manual therapy practitioners around the world!
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Can a simple therapeutic interaction release powerful chemicals in your brain like endorphins and oxytocin? Discover how the relationship between a therapist and client can turn an ordinary manual therapy session into a powerful healing experience. Join us as we sit down with Luana Colloca, professor at the University of Maryland and director of th…
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Unlock the mysterious efficacy of placebos and their role in pain management as we host neuroscience professor and esteemed author Serge Marchand. Together, we unravel the power of patient-practitioner interactions, where empathy and positive reinforcement can significantly alter a patient's pain experience. Listen to how even the most seasoned pro…
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Join us for a riveting journey through the landscape of trauma and healing, where Bethany Ranes Ph.D. and I navigate the mind's labyrinth following traumatic experiences. As a cognitive neuroscience research scientist with notable tenures at United Health Group and the US Army, Ranes lends her profound insights into the ways trauma shapes our physi…
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Have you ever considered the profound impact that trauma has on the body and the mind, and how manual therapists can provide a beacon of hope for those struggling in its aftermath? We're honored to have Brian Trzaskos join us to shed light on the transformative power of trauma-informed care within manual therapy. Our discussion transcends the tradi…
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In this episode I have the wonderful fortune of interviewing Hillary Allen, an endurance athlete and former client of mine. We talk about her experience surviving a near-fatal 150-foot fall while trail running. We discuss her road to recovery both physically and mentally, insights gained about being a process-driven versus performance-driven athlet…
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In this podcast we explore Mark and Amanda's origin stories and how they got into massage therapy. Did Mark fall into massage therapy after a drunken dare, was Amanda really convinced into it. Listen to find out. We also explore the evolution of massage therapy and education, public perception and acceptance of massage therapy, the future of massag…
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In this episode of the Sensory Approach to Manual Therap Jon Zahourek and I discuss pain, evolution, belonging and learning. Jon Z. has an incredible mind that floats from topic to topic with ease but is always profoundly intersting and captivating to listen to. & so much more A bi-monthly podcast where we share the stories of our Caregivers, patie…
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In this latest podcast with Michael Hamm, from Integrative Bodywork we dive once more into the conversation of 'Defining Massage Therapy'. I always love speaking with Michael. His heart felt communication and genuine love and passion for language make him an amazing guest. His insight into the converging/diverging nature of science was an absolute …
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In this episode with Doug Nelson we get a little person in exploring his passion and discovery of massage therapy. We explore some of the difficulties of research within the massage therapy community and try to understand what it is that makes massage special. I hope you enjoy listening. Doug has been a very influential therapist, researcher and ed…
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In this podcast with ABK, we delve into the idea of defining massage therapy and if that is something our industry is struggling with or needs. Ann Blair Kennedy has been a long time member of many influential massage organizations. You may not have known her before this podcast but if you are a massage therapist you have likely been influenced or …
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I have known Amanda since our mid-teens and what she is doing with her work at https://www.amandarocheleau.com/ is some of the most important work I have come across in my 20 years of practice massage. If you have not had a chance to listen to her, take it now. Amanda is a registered social worker who specializes in teaching classes on dealing with…
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In this episode I speak with Benny Vaughn about what it's like to be in the industry for over 45 years now, how he has dealt with burn-out and what he does to stay motivated! Benny opens up and speaks about some of his past mental health struggles, how he has over come them, and what it's like being an interracially married African American man liv…
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Summary This transcript is a conversation between Troy and Rebecca, a professional mountain biker. They discuss Rebecca's experiences as a three-time Olympian and her journey in the sport, including the mental and emotional challenges she faced during competitions and throughout her career. The conversation covers topics such as dealing with stress…
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This is a discussion that Dr. Giulia Poerio and Troy Lavigne have around what ASMR is and how it is effected by touch and massage therapy. We discuss the idea of integrating ASMR techniques into massage therapy treatments and if it would be effective. Enjoy. The awesome as well as the awful: Heightened sensory sensitivity predicts the presence and …
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Self-organization is a rule that is incredibly valuable to therapists as it relates to hands-on care and has significant benefits when addressed with exercise behaviour. Self-organizing collagen can become a patients best friend or worst enemy. When assessing injury repair, be it acute, sub-acute, chronic or rehabilitative, continuing to address th…
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In this episode we go over the conversation that Dr. Giulia Poerio and I had about massage therapy and ASMR. I had to opportunity to discuss the potential relationship between ASMR and tactical stimulus as it relates to massage therapy. ASMR is a growing field of study and there are many possibilities for manual therapists to begin exploring touch …
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Posture equals pain! Or does it? The idea that posture is one of the major driving forces behind chronic pain is very popular and trendy. It is an idea that the majority of practitioners still place a large degree of importance on. In this podcast we look into some of the research that is questioning this idea and its importance to chronic pain. Su…
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In this episode we update our understanding of the Pain Gate Theory and how synaptic behaviour can help reduce chronic pain. Understanding habituation, sensitization and adaptation is essential to long term recovery for clients experiencing chronic pain. Support the Show.Kirjoittanut Troy Lavigne
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Chronic pain and our understanding of it is often outdated and poorly understood. Wether it is low back pain, arthritis or an old injury pain science has evolved and massage therapy care should evolve with it. Take the time to understand more about pain and see how it can improve your client outcomes. If you are looking for the science and research…
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Fascia is a complex, evolving and often times frustrating tissue. It has become a buzzword for marketing in massage therapy and other disciplines and yet science rarely justifies the explanations, treatments and benefits of care. How do massage therapists reconcile the struggle between the information available and the treatments being offered? The…
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Massage therapy is a therapeutic touch modality and the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems can be accessed via touch. There is the potential to stimulate a change in chronic pain via these systems and I hope that massage therapy can further explore the sciences behind this idea. Enjoy! Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Star…
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The skin is often over looked by massage therapists. It is the largest sensing organ yet is rarely addressed, treated, evaluated or talked about with therapists or clients. This needs to change. Take time to study the skin and see how it can improve your client outcomes. If you are looking for the science and research behind how the skin impacts th…
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Welcome back to the podcasts! This episode features Shirley Sahrmann. Many of you likely know of Shirley from her research, teachings with Washington University in St. Louis, or her texts for Movement System Impairment Syndromes. I wanted to speak with Shirley to gain a better perspective on her background and thoughts regarding her point of view. …
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Welcome back everyone! This conversation is with Ken Olson. If you are at all active within the manual (physical) therapy community, or have attended a conference of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT), you have likely heard of Ken. He has been heavily involved in all depths of the AAOMPT and the International Fe…
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This is our latest interview with a high-caliber manual therapist. Jack Stagge is a physical therapist that teaches coursework that was pioneered by the late-great Bob Elvey. I actually have had the privelage of being a student under Jack many years ago, and even got to live in his house during that time. He is certainly an extremely talented manua…
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Hi! Thanks for subscribing to Manual Therapy Forum for updates on new content. In this podcast, I answer questions that a student had sent me regarding various topics of being a young professional. Many things discussed could be helpful to clinicians of all experience levels. I would sincerely appreciate your feedback and thoughts regarding these t…
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We get to speak with Tim Flynn for a little while in our latest conversation here. Tim is able to give us insight into his background and how his overall approach has evolved with time and research findings. He has been well known recently as a staunch advocate for the physical therapy profession to be first choice as musculoskeletal healthcare pro…
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We get to speak with Ray Klepper PT, DPT again regarding all things nutrition. There has been a growing wave of interest in different lifestyles in the recent months and years, with much controversy coming with it. Here, we dissect many topics related to these lifestyles and how they impact our lives in the clinic.…
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Here is a compilation of recordings from APTA CSM 2018. We'll even include some time stamps if you'd like to go straight to one particular interview. Enjoy!Heather Purdin MS, PT, CMPT - 3:28Functional Movement Screen & Selective Functional Movement Assessment (Aline Thompson PT, DPT, OCS)- 13:38Postural Restoration Institute (Jennifer Platt DPT, AT…
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Today, we are sharing our conversation with Bill Boissonnault. In it, you get to hear how Bill got started as the primary author of one textbook all of us probably had to get in graduate school (or should have gotten). You also get to learn of some big influences in his early career in terms of manual therapy education. This is a shorter interview …
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Gail Wetzler joins us next in our interview series, and I'll go ahead and say it now... you're welcome. Seriously, make sure you save some time in your day/week/whatever to listen to this conversation with Gail. Especially if you are a younger clinician trying to wade through the manual therapy realm of your profession. In our time with Gail, we ge…
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Joe Farrell is our next guest to the blog in our series of interviews. He is recently retired as a private practice owner in California, but is still quite active within the profession. One of the things that makes Joe special (one of many indeed!) is that he was a founding member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (A…
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