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On this page you will find:

– Downloadable pdf versions of articles on various topics (such as fibromyalgia, fascia, pelvic pain, breathing pattern disorders as well as editorials from the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies)  from various sources

– Access to articles (see list below) from my periodic column in Positive Health (PH) magazine  where you can find links to my downloadable columns from PH.

Use the Search box at the top of every page to search for articles on a specific topic.

Click here for list of Positive Health articles

  • A Learning Experience
  • A Shoulder Problem in Context
  • Barriers to Integration are in our Minds
  • Bizarre Bazaar!
  • Cause and Effect
  • Cranial Influence – becoming a ‘heavy pendulum’?
  • Ethics and Integration (or Incarceration)?
  • Fibromyalgia – Where Should Bodywork Fit Into An Integrated Treatment Picture?
  • Insights & Questions
  • Integration: Malign or Benign
  • Integrative Bodywork – Art and Science: Complexity in Bodywork
  • Interdisciplinary Bodywork for Best Results
  • Leptins and Inflammation
  • Meet the Endocannibanoids – Pleasure Producers, Pain Relievers – And Much More: The Bodywork Connection
  • P.C., Gender, Interprofessional Discord and Integration
  • Peace and Harmony in Holistic Medicine?
  • Respectable Energy
  • Respecting Symptoms
  • Spinal Manipulation – What are We to Believe?
  • Standards in Massage Therapy
  • Truth will out
  • What is Naturopathic Physical Medicine?

Research: Sport, Pelvic Pain and Associated Symptoms

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Print PDFOriginally published in Massage Today July, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 07 There is abundant research linking pelvic pain, and associated urinary tract symptoms, with various sporting activities. The studies reported on in this brief review are offered as a caution – particularly against excessive training and sport in early life. In contrast however, with a few notable exceptions, evidence largely supports the benefits of athletic activities, and the negative long-term effects of inactivity. Sport and CPP in Men: Pudendal Nerve...

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New Evidence of Breathing and Body/Mind Balance

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Print PDFOriginally published in Massage Today February, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 02 A few years back (2002), I co-authored a book on breathing: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Breathing Pattern Disorders. My co-authors (a physical therapist and a psychologist specializing in pain management) and I gathered together a great deal of information in order to describe how clinical management of a vast range of conditions – from anxiety, to irritable bowel, head and neck ache, low back pain, pelvic floor dysfunction, fatigue and lowered pain...

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Manual Therapy Choices: A General Approach to Parkinson’s Disease From Massage Today December 2008

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MET Variations: Possible Neurological Mechanisms from Edition VOD (Germany)

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Adaptation Perspectives and Low Back Pain

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Print PDFOriginally published in Massage Today November, 2011, Vol. 11, Issue 11 A prospective patient arrives with a problem for you to manage – say a backache (a not uncommon scenario!). Where do you begin? I would suggest you begin by viewing the problem through a broad lens. The tissues of your (and your patient’s) body respond to applied demands (stressors) deriving from backgrounds of overuse, misuse, abuse (trauma) and disuse, overlaid onto a combination of developmental and maturational experiences of life – the inherited...

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Understanding Central Sensitization and Pain

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Print PDFOriginally published in Massage Today May, 2011, Vol. 11, Issue 05 Central sensitization is defined as ‘an augmentation of responsiveness of central pain-signalling neurons to input from low-threshold mechanoreceptors‘ (Nijs 2009). The evolution of chronic pain has been shown to have strong association with the process of central sensitization, in which there is enhanced sensitivity to various modes of painful and non-painful stimuli (Buchgreitz et al 2006). Staud (2006) has described the ways in which peripheral pain...

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NMT: Two Versions Defined

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Print PDFOriginally published in Massage Today February, 2011, Vol. 11, Issue 02 When I was studying osteopathy and naturopathy in London in the late 1950s, I was taught neuromuscular technique (NMT) as part of our soft-tissue assessment and treatment course. The version of NMT that I learned had been developed in the 1930s by my father’s cousin Stanley Lief, ND, DC, assisted by his cousin (my uncle), Boris Chaitow, ND, DC. Lief had modified a traditional Asian technique, taught by a Dr. Varma, an Ayurvedic physician working in Paris. It...

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Soft Tissue Manipulation and Pelvic Pain

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Print PDFOriginally posted in Massage Today December, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 12 There is accumulating evidence for clinical focus on key muscular and fascial structures with the potential to influence pelvic pain and dysfunction. Lee, Lee & McLaughlin (2008) have noted: “The abdominal canister is a functional and anatomical construct that synergistically work together [involving] the diaphragm, including its crura, and by extension the psoas muscle, whose fascia intimately blends with that of the pelvic floor and the obturator...

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Managing Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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Print PDFOriginally published in Massage Today October, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 10 This brief review of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) management suggests that there are possible biomechanical, behavioural, as well as dietary strategies, that can commonly be helpful. IBS has been defined as abdominal pain, experienced more than once a month, associated with bloating and altered bowel habits. (Moore & Kennedy 2000) By definition, IBS is functional, that is, there is no infection or pathology associated with it. (Abrams et al 2002) It is more...

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Is It a Muscle or Joint Problem? Is It Local or Referred?

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Print PDFEditor’s Note: This column contains information deriving from Dr. Chaitow’s research for thethird edition of Palpation and Assessment Skills. Article originally posted in Massage Today May, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 05 In Physical Therapy of the Cervical and Thoracic Spine, Janda has pointed out that since clinical evidence abounds that joint mobilization (thrust or gentle) influences the muscles in anatomic or functional relationships with a joint, it may well be that normalization of excessive muscle tone is what...

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Breathing and Body-Mind Balance: New Evidence

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Massage Therapy and Translational Research

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Print PDFOriginally published in Massage Today December, 2009, Vol. 9, Issue 12 In recent years, there has been an explosion of interest in translational research.1,3-5 This research looks at ways in which the evidence that emerges from basic research in laboratory settings can become more clinically usable. In other words, how scientific evidence translates into what you and I do with our hands, assessments, treatments and re-education of patients towards better posture, breathing and ergonomics. Translational research has become a priority...

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