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Intermittent Fasting 101

Intermittent Fasting 101

There’s a ton of incredibly promising intermittent fasting (IF) research done on rats. They lose weight, their blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugars improve… but they’re rats. Studies in humans, almost across the board, have shown that IF is safe and incredibly effective, but really no more effective than any other diet. In addition, many people find it difficult to fast. Read More

Inter-Event Massage Explained

Inter event massages combine elements of both the pre and post event massage. It serves as a preparation for the next event, and an evaluation on how the athlete is coping.

Is an Inter-Event Massage Appropriate?

The purpose of an inter-event massage is to prepare for the next event as well as to assess for any injuries. It is not a complete recovery massage, but it will help the client flush out and prepare the tissue for further work. Because you want to maintain the energy in the muscles and avoid overworking and weakening them, consider the speed and depth. Read More

Pre-Event Massage Explained

Event work can be rewarding yet extremely challenging and has an air of excitement to its work. The downside means there can be poor working conditions with low or non-existent monetary rewards and working long hours. Event massages challenge your ability to respond quickly to a multitude of situations.

A pre-event massage can take place anywhere from a few days to a few minutes before the event. Because it’s primary focus is to prepare the athlete to perform a specific task. Understanding the demands of the sport usually help you decide which muscles you should be targeting. Read More

Four points for effective client positioning

Positioning isn’t all just about client comfort. It helps you access soft tissue structures that would otherwise be difficult. How you move a client from one position to another, how you support the limbs and stabilise the body, how you communicate your instructions – all of these can enhance or detract from the experience of the treatment.

Comfort

Comfort relaxes the client, softens the tissue and allows you to work effectively and deeply. An uncomfortable face hole will inadvertently cause tension in the rest of the body. (You can look to use a face cushion) Comfort can also come in the form of music, the rooms décor, the aroma, the sound of your voice, the feel of the towels and temperature of the room. A useful way to find out if you’re treatment space is meeting the needs of your client is to receive a massage first hand using your equipment in your own environment. Read More

How may subjective information influence treatment planning?

During the initial consultation, discussion with the client can help the SMT identify a number of things which can significantly influence treatment panning.

The subjective assessment can include a collection of the following information:

-Client related details, e.g. personal details, occupation, lifestyle, contraindications and previous medical conditions. Read More

What factors may influence a client’s ability to recover from injury?

An injury can be described as harm or hurt inflicted on a part of the body. An injury is a specific condition with a specific pathology. Dysfunction cannot be so easily identified and can be described as a non-pathological impairment or abnormality in soft tissue function.

A number of factors can affect a person’s likelihood of experiencing an injury or dysfunction. These include:

-Age

-Gender

-Body composition

-Anatomy

-Lifestyle

-Diet

-Activity levels

-Sporting participation Read More

How does the ageing process affect the musculoskeletal?

The ageing process will affect us all, at different types in life and through different severities.  Let’s assess how the aging process affects our skeletal and neuromuscular anatomy.

Skeletal Changes Read More

What are the different type of joint-end feels?

There are multiple types of joint end-feels all of which are different for each individual!

Bone on Bone

When the end of range is encountered, the SMT will feel the bone on bone contact as the articular surfaces meet. This end-feel will be hard and abrupt.

If the SMT feels any grating, grinding or juddering towards the end of this range or if the ROM is limited, it is likely that this is abnormal. If the ROM is appropriate and the hard sensation is clean (e.g. when reaching the end of range during elbow extension), it is likely this end-feel is normal. Read More

What are the most common medical conditions associated with old age?

An older adult is referred to as an individual over the age of 65. The effects of ageing are something which cannot be stopped or put on hold, however the rate in which individuals age is completely different. With this in mind older adults may encounter medical conditions at different times.

There are a multitude of possible medical conditions which are more commonly associated with older individuals. Let’s look at the top 3 along with their signs and symptoms.

-Osteoporosis – This is a disease characterised by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue leading to bone fragility and increased risk of fracture of break. The main signs of symptoms of such disease is through the decreased movement in joints which causes pain and discomfort for the individual. This results in a lower ability to develop power and momentum. This is due to the loss of fast twitch fibres Read More

What role does water play in exercising and recovery?

It is essential to ensure you are constantly hydrated for the health and wellbeing of the human body.

Water is essential for providing the optimal function of:

-Cells

-Electrolytes

-Blood

-Organs

-Muscles

-Body temperature regulation

Water plays a significant part in the performance of individuals. When an individual exercise, they lose fluids from sweating and breathing out water vapor. The harder and longer the exercise and the hotter the environment, the more fluid is lost. If the fluid is not replaced quickly, dehydration occurs which has an adverse effect on exercise performance. Read More