How to: Use a Foam Roller for Legs

Foam rollers are a staple in many gyms across North America. But if you’ve never used one before, it can be a bit intimidating. Watch the video below for different techniques on how to use a foam roller on your legs. Warning! Some areas on your legs may feel a little tender, like your IT band. Always modify your stretching and pressure to the level you’re at. Best of luck!


Massage Therapist Breaks New Ground at Anglo-European College of Chiropractic

By E. Dunn

Successful patient-centered practice requires inter-professional collaborations in order to maximize care outcomes. This was emphasized recently by massage therapist Mr. Paul Lewis at the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic (AECC) in Bournemouth, UK, where he recently served as an invited guest lecturer. Lewis, BA, RMT, CDT, is recipient of the 2015 Training Provider Highly Commended award from the UK and Ireland’s Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT).

In two workshops given this fall at the AECC, Lewis introduced chiropractic students to techniques of advanced massage therapy, including his unique approach to treatment of soft tissue issues (Dynamic Angular Petrissage). His workshops focused on improving patient outcomes by augmenting chiropractic treatment with methods of therapeutic massage. Lewis stressed the importance of systematically address soft tissue problems via thorough assessment, application of good clinical reasoning, and having a clear rationale for each technique applied. He demonstrated the value of addressing all anatomic structures involved in any given soft tissue problem, the importance of using a variety of treatment positions, and showed how therapeutic massage can be an important integrative tool when implemented prior to chiropractic treatment.

The AECC opened in 1965 as the first chiropractic college in the UK and Europe and has since become a global leader in musculoskeletal healthcare. Recognized and supported by the British Chiropractic Association and the international chiropractic community since its inception, the school offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and accredited clinical programmes. This includes the BSc (Hons) Clinical Exercise Science course delivered in partnership with Bournemouth University.

The AECC’s commitment to education, clinical training and research is consistent with Lewis’ passion to advance inter-professional collaboration between massage therapists and other health-care professionals. Dr. Browning, Deputy Director of Clinic at AECC, attended the workshops. She nicely summed up the attributes that contributed to Lewis receiving his 2015 Training Provider award from the FHT, saying: “The students appreciated having a non-chiropractor show them some useful techniques. Particularly good were patient positioning, order of treatments and dynamic angular petrissage. The students also commented that it was nice to learn from someone who showed them different options and let them think for themselves to problem solve rather than dictating to them. I appreciated how very quickly he adapted his presentation to the level of education of the students and type of Thumper ® equipment that we had for the class.

Educating, and introducing our students to other health care providers and their roles in a patient centered care environment is the key to making educated choices and to empowering the students so they are able to make insightful decisions as to the efficacy of collaborating with other health professionals for the betterment of the patient.

Prior to presenting at the AECC in Bournemouth, Lewis was at the AMTA convention in Pittsburg, PA presenting his poster on treating axillary web syndrome post surgery, then off to Germany where he was collaborating on the care of clients, presented workshops at Camexpo in London, the Beauty show in Manchester and on the Isle of Wight. He recently spoke at Warwick University to second-year medical students about care for breast cancer patients, incorporating discussions on case presentation, pathology, treatment and outcomes, and introduced them to the important role CAM can play in breast cancer care.

Frequently traveling between London and Toronto, Paul Lewis works in conjunction with Doctors of Chiropractic, Medical Doctors and in multi-disciplinary settings providing collaborative treatment within his scope of practice. He sees patients with pain, discomfort and restricted range of motion resulting from surgical procedures such as mastectomy and hip/knee replacements, as well as with other soft tissue related issues. A Registered Massage Therapist, Combined Decongestive Therapist, Aqua and group fitness instructor, Lewis is also an approved provider, presenting workshops based upon his clinical experience and knowledge. He is registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO), National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) in the US, the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and also with The Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) and the Complementary and Natural Health Council (CNHC) in Great Britain.

Lewis has taught advanced treatment techniques, using a method called Dynamic Angular Petrissage (DAP), across North America, Europe and Japan. He has also contributed to a number of publications, including a case report currently under review by the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, and has plans to return to AECC to present continuing education courses. For more information about Paul Lewis, click here.

Massage & Post-Surgical Mastectomy

paul lewis treatmentPost-surgical mastectomy patients can experience a wide variety of issues—either singularly or in combination—including pain, altered sensation in the hands or surgical site, restricted range of motion or even secondary lymphedema.

One particularly vexing issue is axillary web syndrome (AWS), also known as cording. “AWS typically presents as a tightened, externally visible and palpable ropelike structure restricting movement and producing pain,” explains Paul Lewis, a registered massage therapist and 2014 Silver Award winner in the Massage Therapy Foundation’s Practitioner Case Report Contest. “This typically develops under the skin of the inner arm, usually starting at the axilla from where post-surgical scarring has occurred and extending across the medial aspect of the arm to the elbow, and sometimes down to the wrist and thumb.”


The Plan
Lewis created a treatment plan based on a combination of input from the client and his own findings upon assessment. “First, the client completes a health history form and we discuss the client’s goals and concerns,” he says. “Following that, a clinical assessment is performed to determine where the source of the issue stems from rather than simply focusing on the symptoms.” According to Lewis, the massage sessions expand on Swedish massage by incorporating movement. “Using one hand to gently knead the soft tissue, the other hand is used to passively increase (lengthen) and
lessen (shorten) tension on the tissue via changes in limb positioning and limb angle, utilizing the muscle’s line of pull and attachment,” Lewis explains. “The treatment pressure applied is very minimal.” To help with restricted range of motion, Lewis gave the client self-care exercises to perform between sessions. “I teach an easy-to-remember exercise called ‘L’ circles to help with restricted range of motion and mobility in the shoulder region,” he explains. “These exercises affect the muscles attached to the scapula.”

The Results
The client saw results in two sessions, experiencing both a reduction in pain and an increase in range of motion. “I can extend my arm fully without that familiar, annoying tugging pain just below my elbow,” she explains. “The whole web or cord system seems to have relaxed to the point where I can basically move my arm how I want. The wrist and elbow areas were the most annoying in terms of pain, and these are where I am feeling massive relief.”

Words of Wisdom
Lewis cautions massage therapists that if they are unsure how to handle clients with post-surgical mastectomy issues, they should refer out. “When treating these clients, remember they have been through quite a bit so far, and so good communication between client and therapist is very important when developing a treatment plan and deciding what structures you’re going to address,” he adds. “You need to make sure, too, that you are listening to your client’s feedback as you work.”

About Paul Lewis

paul lewis imagePaul Lewis is a registered massage therapist in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, and developer of Dynamic Angular Petrissage method.

He received the Silver Award in the Massage Therapy Foundation’s 2014 Practitioner Case Report Contest for his study Dynamic Angular Petrissage (DAP); A Novel Therapeutic Approach for Axillary Web Syndrome (Cording/Webbing).

Mainstream Medicine vs. Complementary Medicine

medicine “We become paralyzed by the circumstances we’re thrown into rather than looking at a situation as an opportunity to grow and become a better person—a more powerful human being.”   Dr. Fabrizio Mancini

My background had been in conventional medicine; I was a pre- med student on my way to becoming a neurosurgeon. But after a car accident, I became fascinated by chiropractic, which taught me that the body is designed to heal itself, and that without proper health, we are limited in every area of our lives. More than my profession, it was a personal experience that made me an advocate of self-healing.

My opinion of Western, or mainstream, medicine is that it is effective for treating severe emergency conditions when the body’s natural ability to heal itself has been damaged. But, it over focuses on treating symptoms rather than the cause of the problem. Symptoms are the body’s way of telling us it needs help; they shouldn’t be masked or suppressed. They should lead us to the cause so it can be alleviated.

Western medicine also tends to zero in on a distinct object of disease—be it a gallbladder, a germ, or even a gene—instead of restoring harmony in the whole person. Medical treatments, especially for the degenerative diseases of age, generally help people get along by fixing their hearts, replacing joints, or medicating pain, but don’t do much to help heal any underlying damage.

Other systems of healing, ancient or modern, do it differently. They view sickness in a holistic way and the body as an entire entity— in balance or imbalance—with every part of your life affecting every other part. For example, if you’re depressed, the depression will interfere with your physical being; and a problem with your physical being, such as poor nutrition, can create depression. Even a problem in your environment, such as living around toxic chemicals, can harm your body and mind. All of these factors must be taken into consideration for self-healing to occur.

I’m sure you’ve heard other healing approaches referred to as “alternative” or “complementary” medicine. In many parts of the world, conventional medicine is considered a minority approach and might be considered alternative or complementary by Oriental, African, Ayurvedic, Native American, and other healers!

When I have something amiss in my own health, I turn to multiple experts, including nutritionists, chiropractors, naturopaths, and of course, medical doctors. I am among the more than one in three Americans who uses some form of non- Western medicine, according to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and that number is rising. Keep an open mind.


Dr. Fabrizio Mancini

Health and Wellness Expert, World renown Chiropractor, Bestselling author, International Speaker and President Emeritus of Parker University. WEB:

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Kuychi Runa Association of Lima, Peru

kuychi rona collageThe Kuychi Runa Association was established in 2009 to support the sustainable development of the Andean population in the towns of Tinki and Ccoñamuro, Peru. The association promotes health, education, and nutritional and artistic programs to conserve the ancient heritage of the Andean Peoples.

Kuychi Runa is committed to developing local infrastructures to overcome poverty and provide education and training to young women and children. Poverty rates are high in this area of Peru and households are not able to provide for basic human needs. Families are in need of nutrition, healthcare and shelter. Due to these factors, the Andean Peoples heritage is at risk.

Kuychi Runa welcomes volunteers from all professions, especially doctors, nurses or healthcare practitioners to be one step closer in achieving their mission of eliminating poverty while preserving the rich Andean ancient culture.

Since early 2014, Thumper® has become an active sponsor to Kuychi Runa, contributing financially to the excellent work done by the organization.

We commend Ms. Emily Luks and Ms. Dolly Lizarraga for years of hard work and dedication in establishing this organization for such a worthy cause.

For more information on Kuychi Runa, please visit their website at

A Professional’s Guide to Treating Plantar Faciitis with the Thumper VMTX

Dr. Brad Muir demonstrates how a professional can use the Thumper VMTX to treat Plantar Faciitis.

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Do Not Neglect Your Body Pains

All of us have experienced some mysterious and random pains in our bodies at some point. Most of us usually ignore the pains and leaves the same way as it arrived. Body pains usually send warning signs to your body so that you can seek medical attention .Although some of the pains are just mild, some mysterious pains should never be ignored. Do you know what body pains should never be ignored? Let us take a look at some of these body pains.

Abdominal pain

If you have eaten some foods leftovers may cause a little discomfort in our abdominal area. The torso is a busy place and a lot of activities usually take place here, therefore any sign of pain can never be ignored. Organs like kidney, uterus and lungs could cause severe abdominal pains while pain in your lower-right abdomen clearly means that your appendix is inflamed and requires removal immediately. Pain in the upper-right means, that the gall bladder could be having issues which require medical attention. Upper-back pain along the upper abdominal pain could be a possibility of pancreatitis which means the inflammation of the lungs. Nothing causing severe abdominal pains is good news and some of these pains can lead to death of intestinal tissues and other severe cases. There are some viral diseases like hepatitis B which can cause liver failure.

Lower back pain

Most of the back pains are job-relating disability. Lower back pains are related to kidney problems. The pain may occur due to the formation of a kidney stone which may pass on its own. This is a very traumatizing experience. At times, when the kidney is affected it usually swells and causes a lot of discomfort in your lower back. You should always get your back pain checked out since some of the pain may lead to severe cases like having a kidney tumour. Save your kidneys by not neglecting that tiny pain on your lower back.

Chest Pains

When we talk about chest pains we focus mostly on heart diseases. Pain from a heart attack usually shows in other places not particularly your heart. The signs may show from abdomen, shoulder, arm, throat or lower jaw. If you are at risk of heart disease then mysterious pains from your shoulder or jaw should relay a message for you to seek medical attention.

Burning sensations in hands or feet

Symptoms like tingling, a burning sensation or numbness could be a sign of peripheral neuropathy which has many causes like alcohol abuse, diabetes, vitamin B-12 deficiency and other disorders. In most cases, pain killers and aspirins may relieve the pain or eliminate a burning sensation but it is very important to seek medical attention to avoid future complications


Headaches usually appear out of nowhere striking very hard like a clap of thunder. Most headaches could indicate a much bigger problem which can cause transient ischemic attack or stroke. Stroke occurs when there is a clot in the body’s vein or arteries breaking loose and eventually makes its way to the brain. The clot may be temporary or partially block an artery, therefore resulting in transient ischemic attack that blocks the blood flow suddenly causing a stroke.

Indeed, body pains cannot be neglected because the results may be fatal. It is very important to seek medical attention before it’s late. Recurring body pains require immediate attention. Having your ehic one will be able to receive the treatment very fast and avoid further complications.


Author-Bio: Am Maria Mcquire, an author by profession born and brought-up in UK. Am a writer and an avid blogger as well, I could pen down on any topic I come across. Follow me on G+

5 Foods that Self-Heal (part 2)


Read below Dr. Fabrizio Mancini’s 5 foods that self heal part 2! He has outlined all the foods you need that will allow you to move into self-healing!

 “Food is the fuel that keeps your engine running smoothly”   Dr. Fabrizio Mancini

Something amazing happens when you begin to eat healing foods and give your body a break from junk foods, bad fats, refined flour, and sugar. Your body may shed up to ten pounds of excess water weight, and your energy soars. You get your digestion working properly again, stop feeling so bloated and congested, and maximize your self-healing potential.

The scientific research is loaded with proof of how proper nutrition can heal. There are thousands of studies, for example, showing that a diet heavy in fruits and vegetables protects against heart disease and cancer. Maybe we really don’t need to throw so many pills and drugs at a disease, just more fruits and vegetables!

All whole foods are self-healing, but I’ve zeroed in on 5 foods that have special powers. I’ve compiled this list after consulting nutrition experts and reading hundreds of studies. I call these foods the strengtheners. All of them fight disease, promote a strong immune system, and provide nutrients you need to feel great. Try to include as many as possible in your diet. Simply put, when you eat well, you feel well.

Add these to your daily diet:

1)     Broccoli– They help fight cancer and are loaded with vitamin C to boost the immune system. They also help normalize blood pressure and are rich in fiber for a healthy digestive system.

2)     Cherries- They help kill cancer cells which shrink pancreatic, breast, and liver  They are also high in melatonin, a hormone that helps normalize sleep cycles. Melatonin also acts like an antioxidant that protects cell membranes from damage.

3)     Chicory- Toss some chicory in your salads. This cousin of endive and escarole has more vitamin A than any other salad green. Just a quarter cup of raw chicory greens provides all you need daily. Vitamin A is another potent self-healer, vital for a healthy immune system and protecting your vision. Most of the vitamin A in chicory comes from beta- carotene. This is a cancer-fighting carotenoid that your body converts to vitamin A.

4)     Coconut Oil- For years, we’ve been cautioned to avoid tropical oils because they’re high in artery-clogging saturated fats. But often yesterday’s nutritional bad guy is today’s nutritional hero, and that’s the case with coconut oil. It has immune-stimulating properties, thanks to lauric acid, a fatty acid in the oil. Lauric acid fights viruses and bacteria in the body. Like most oils, coconut oil is high in calories, so don’t overdo it. A teaspoon or two a day is all you need.

5)     Cranberries- This Thanksgiving dinner staple doubles as a natural remedy for many ailments. One of the most common is urinary infections. Cranberries work by keeping harmful bacteria from sticking to the lining of the urinary tract. The active ingredient in cranberries is a group of phytochemicals called proanthocyanins. If you suffer from recurrent bladder infections, try drinking about eight ounces of cranberry juice that contains at least 27 percent juice. This recommendation is based on a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The self-healing power of these little gems doesn’t end there. Cranberries contain more “phenols” than red grapes and 18 other fruits, according to a study in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry in 2001. Phenols are plant chemicals that help prevent the formation of LDL cholesterol in the arteries.


Dr. Fabrizio Mancini

Health and Wellness Expert, World renown Chiropractor, Bestselling author, International Speaker and President Emeritus of Parker University. WEB:

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Prevent Back Injuries In 7 Easy Steps

We’ve been told all our lives about the importance of posture – from parents, from teachers, and from doctors. Most of us find it easier to simply ignore their advice, but as it turns out good posture is incredibly important for protecting against injury, especially back pain. Furthermore, there are a myriad of simple posture changes that you can do right now to keep yourself healthy! The point of good posture is to remember that your spine has natural curves meant to support your weight, and working with them is imperative for good back health.

1. Stand Up Straight!

The curves of the spine are designed to support one against the pull of gravity, and when one is standing up straight these curves work in conjunction with your muscles to keep your back healthy for years to come. When you slouch it adds more work to these muscles, straining them and leading to potential injury in your twilight years.

2. Stomach In, Shoulders Back, Head Forward

As with standing up straight, it is important to maintain the natural curves of the spine. By tucking in the gut, keeping the shoulders back, and head forward, the muscles attached to the spine can be used to maintain that natural curvature. In short: there is a valid positive health benefit to standing like a soldier.

3. Back Straight When Sitting

When you are sitting down, maintaining good back posture remains just as critical as when standing. At all times you want to maintain the three natural curves of the body. When in a chair ensure that your buttocks are up against the back of the chair. Using a back support or lumbar roll is a good way to maintain the necessary supports.

4. Knees Bent at Right Angle When Seated, Feet Flat to the Floor

In order to maintain a good posture, it is important your entire body provides the adequate support: to include your feet and legs. Keeping your knees bent at a right angle (90 degrees) and your feet flat to the floor encourages proper posture when sitting on the ground. Kicking your legs out and resting your heels on the ground encourages slouching and makes it difficult to maintain good back posture.

5. Stand with your Legs

Lifting with your legs doesn’t apply only to heavy lifting – when standing up from a sitting position the best posture for even this simple act is to move forward to the edge of the seat, and then straighten out your legs without bending forward at the waist. This maintains that critical support your back needs and keeps back pain from coming about for years to come.

6. Back Mostly Straight When Lifting

While a slight bend may be necessary when lifting, avoid lifting with your back at all costs – your leg muscles are far more powerful and allow you to lift heavier objects without throwing your back out. Remember: your back wasn’t designed for lifting, it doesn’t have the leverage for it – use your legs.

7. Avoid Twisting your Back When Lifting

If you’re carrying a heavy load, don’t twist your back – allow your waist, hips, and legs to maintain your posture and provide the necessary amounts of support. Remember: the cornerstone of good posture is letting the natural curves of your body do all the work for you!


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This article was written by Brennen Kliffmueller. Brennen has been volunteering in a physical therapy office for years now and has seen first hand the struggles patients have with back injuries. He also is a writer for eCompliance. Feel free to check out his Google+.

A Professional’s Guide to Treating TMJ with the Thumper VMTX

Dr. Brad Muir demonstrates how a professional can use the Thumper VMTX to treat TMJ.

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