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Trigger Point Therapy - Sciatica

By Pressure Positive January 4, 2016 No comments

Trigger Point Therapy - Sciatica
by Judith Winer on Jan 04, 2016

When we analyse the traffic through our clinics at the end of each quarter, sciatica seems to be always up there in the top ten. There are probably two good reasons for this. The first is that sciatica is one of those conditions where the pain can be extremely severe. The second, is that manual therapy has long since been recognised as being effective for providing relief, even by most medical doctors. In fact, any therapist familiar with trigger point therapy will tell you that they're always upbeat going in to treat sciatica, as the effects of the therapy are in most cases, extremely positive. This is something that has been reaffirmed in a number of studies.

Massage Therapy Body of Knowledge Releases Final Document

By Pressure Positive September 15, 2014 No comments

(Seattle, May 15) – The inaugural Massage Therapy Body of Knowledge (MTBOK) was released today at the 2010 Highlighting Massage Therapy in CIM conference held in Seattle, WA. The release comes after almost a year-long effort by a task force composed of professionals from the massage therapy field. The task force was established by five of the major organizations that represent massage therapy: American Massage Therapy Association, Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards, the Massage Therapy Foundation, and the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.

The fifty-plus page document addresses all criteria specified for the project: a description of the massage therapy field, a scope of practice statement, a section specifying the competencies expected of an entry-level massage therapist in terms of knowledge, skills and abilities, and a terminology section.

“The MTBOK has benefited greatly from the comments and suggestions provided by stakeholders on the two drafts we made available during the development process,” said Chip Hines, MTBOK Project Manager. “The task force did an outstanding job of pulling all of this information together and producing an inaugural MTBOK that was truly developed by and for the profession.”

The MTBOK project grew out of a multi-organizational process aimed at determining the best way to begin articulating a well of knowledge for the profession’s domains (practice, accreditation, research, certification, education and licensing). Five of the original organizations interested in the MTBOK joined together to become Stewards for the initiative.

The MTBOK is a living document that will develop and evolve over time in response to the needs of the profession. The MTBOK is available to view and download at Comments and suggestions on the MTBOK may be emailed to