Anterior Pelvic Tilt and Why It’s A Problem

Most therapists are aware of what an anterior pelvic tilt and lumbar hyperlordosis are. We have all seen the diagrams plenty of times demonstrating an anterior pelvic tilt compared with a neutral spine and, of course, a posterior pelvic tilt. However, have you ever stopped to think about what is actually going on within the spine and the muscles, and why this is a pain generating condition.

Plenty of clients have¬†some sort of improper alignment in their pelvis and lumbar spine. (and the rest of the spine too) So, I think it is important to break down the commonly visualized lumbar spine/pelvic tilt graphic to show just how important this is for us therapists and what actually causes the pain associated with it.¬† Continue reading “Anterior Pelvic Tilt and Why It’s A Problem”

Massage Therapy for Disc Injuries

Today I would like to touch on a topic which some massage therapist might find a little surprising. I remember back in school learning about different conditions and how to treat them. Some were obvious conditions which could be affected by soft tissue manipulation, like piriformis syndrome, carpal tunnel and thoracic outlet syndrome( all the classics). We learned how to treat these early on and I have used that knowledge throughout my career to help many people. Okay, great! Then there were the ones we learned about that were basically labeled the untouchables. They were considered far and beyond our scope of practice and, if suspected, should have stayed as far away from treating those patients as possible and referred to a primary care physician for treatment. Now I’m not here to rip apart the massage therapy educational system but I would like to talk about one of these “untouchable” conditions and demonstrate how just knowing a deeper knowledge of anatomy can open up our own ability to treat more complex pathologies, which in turn can help our current and prospective clients. Continue reading “Massage Therapy for Disc Injuries”