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Carole Jackson

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  1. Thank you so much. It is your great guidance and teaching resources that made this possible. She continues to maintain w self care alone. This is even more remarkable in light of her line of work. She works at a local plant nursery and farm doing physical labor! This includes pulling weeds manually! She is a tribute two the powerful impact of self-care and maintaining of the restorative nature medical massage.
  2. I now have a couple clients who are committed to MM support for scoliosis. They are doing great! In one case we even have before and after pictures. Here is the link incase anyone is interested. Thank you for all your support, Dr Ross. https://www.restoredbytouch.com/scoliosis-specialty/ The person featured in the pictures continues to improve. She just graduated from 2 sessions per month to 1 session per month. At least we will try that given her ability to hold tx results during travel to Europe that included a lot of hiking. The trip pushed her tx out to 3 weeks. She's doing so well despite the typical impact of such a journey that we expect the 4 week plan will serve her well. In addition to the typical therapeutic protocol recommended by Dr. Ross in his textbook, we have been extending the session to include more in depth work. At times we it's the rhomboid syndrome protocol at others we target the iliopsoas. We choose the add-on in relationship to the clinical symptoms presenting at that time. Thank you, Dr. Ross for all your support! I'm assuming the added targeted work is acceptable given the great results. Please do advise / comment if you have more insight to share re Ss tx.
  3. It's been a while since I started new topic here. Currently, it is not obvious how to do that. 

    "Status Updates" label seems unclear. And, there is no way to add title with that. I'll post this as status update to see what happens.

    1. Carole Jackson

      Carole Jackson

      Hmm. Maybe you've changed your format into more of a Facebook-style forum???

      I hope not; Facebook is very difficult to navigate in terms of finding information at a later date. I belong to a garden forum that is more like your former style. That is very easy to navigate, categorize posts, and conduct information search options to retrieve useful concepts at a later time.

      Ok, I figured it out. I now see there is separate option to posted in the categories if we access through the titles themselves. 

  4. It's great to know there is a solution to this common problem.
  5. Update: It turned out this patient had been misdiagnosed. Corrected dx: torn meniscus. This makes the results even more remarkable. And what's more amazing, she has been able to maintain without ongoing MM. She is good at self-care. She has a flair-up once in a while but she is able to manage it herself. It's been more than 6 months. She was able to meet her number one objective--We ended her short break protocol just in time for her to dance at her daughter's wedding pain-free!
  6. I love my career path. Through chair massage at the South Seminole Farm and Nursery, we educated the community about medical massage and raised nearly $200 for Christian Help--a local charity known for successfully preventing homelessness! The highlight of the fundraiser was the lady w pain preventing her from standing straight. After massage, she walked upright and announced to a staffer, "I'm 50% better! I get massage regularly, but that was different! Wow; this much relief in 15 minutes!" The staffer explained, "The difference is that therapist has advanced training in medical massage. " The difference between medical massage and therapeutic massage is like comparing a general broadcast that maybe brings relief as opposed to targeted precision similar to laser guidance. Medical massage is clinically tested protocols that target root causes. Being a licensed massage therapist with medical training rocks! When I posted the above description on LMT Facebook groups, it generated a discussion about what is medical massage vs therapeutic massage. A few therapists are inquiring, I directed them to this website. Maybe you'll soon see them in your classes! BTW, the lady experiencing such great results from the chair massage presented with severe, scoliosis. I have recently been learning SOM protocol for scoliosis, so I modified it for the chair working mostly lumbar and added some upper glut tx. Imagine what she will realized once she gets full scoliosis protocol and learns self care! I have been in touch with her since the event. She claimed that the release continued to more than 50%. But, after doing hard labor with landscaping project, she returned to sever pain and says she has no choice but to continue the hard labor for several weeks. What I wonder is whether she is putting herself at risk for going more fully into a state of no return!!! Any ideas on that and how to present that concept to her?
  7. Here is Dr. Ross' reply: You include QL if it carries the tension and if not skip this. If the patient obese instead of lifting you use lateral shift of the muscle tissue Dr. Ross Update: Patient reported no pain and no tension after second session Patient reported no pain and no tension after second session when we used OA protocol. Pre-tx she had reported PL4, but until midday, she had held the previous level of release (3.5 from pre-tx of 8). Apparently, a great indicator of perfect timing with the short break sessions! Thank you Dr. Ross!
  8. After viewing the OA protocol, more questions arise. What about the obese client? Lifting the muscles as indicated in several of the techniques is blocked by adipose tissue. Do we go through the motion as best we can or is there an alternative technique for improved effectiveness? Also, there is no indication that trigger points are specifically addressed. Trpts are present w/ my client. I'm assuming they would also be present w/ OA. So, I'm assuming it's not necessary to address them through the compression holds as we have in the with other protocols such as QL syndrome or trap syndrome. Is that correct? Also Dr. Ross wrote, " rule out lumbar erectors or QL on the level of last rib." The OA video does include some treatments related to QL and erectors, is that enough. Or if trigger points are present in erectors and / or QL, is a complete QL protocol necessary? (QL protocol includes release of lumbar erector trpts.)
  9. SOM is the best educational opportunity I've experienced for massage therapy. My first SOM class was a cathartic experience as the pieces of the modality puzzle started to come together. I had already noticed that a combination of modalities worked better than the isolated applications. Patterns were also emerging in terms of optimal order. How wonderful to have found SOM providing a strong theoretical foundation and clinically tested protocols beyond what I could have ever contrived solo! So my latest adventure in therapeutic massage came when someone complained of knee pain with dx of bursitis. In the past, I would have told her massage cannot help. But since Dr. Ross mentioned massage can help if the bursitis originates with tight muscles aggravating the bursa, I accepted the case. And though the first session provided great results, I sensed I was missing something. So I emailed inquiry to Dr. Ross: " . . . She has medial, lateral, and anterior knee pain. On palpation, she presented trigger points common in three superficial quadriceps. Also, presented with an unusual referral trigger point. Her L Gluteus Medius TrP2 area sent referral pain to R Gluteus Medius area and down the posterior leg and wrapped around to anterior knee! This is the strangest referral pattern I’ve seen. In her first session the related hypertension decreased from 50 – 80% as discerned by palpation. Post session she described pain as having gone from level 8 to level 3.5. Given such quick results and the fact that walking aggravates her pain more than squatting on a stool to pull weeds, I wonder whether she was misdiagnosed. Most US physicians don’t acknowledge trpts! Maybe that’s all it is! She works as professional gardener at local farm and nursery. So, there are days when most of the day is pulling weeds. That is no problem. A work day that is mostly walking and standing will cause severe knee pain by the end of her shift. She is doing therapeutic stretching and strengthening exercise as recommended by her physician for knee bursitis. She will receive short break massages for 3 sessions total. I couldn’t find any SOM video protocols that match her need. I did use similar principles as SOM recommends for calf muscle tpts except different location. While she got excellent results, I wonder whether you have any tx suggestions that will help secure long term results for her. Thank You. This is a client I would have avoided massaging if it were not for your guidance!" Here is Dr. Ross suggestion which I will try on second session: "Bravo! In regard to protocols. You also have to rule out lumbar erectors or QL on the level of last rib. Unload tissue around the knee (look at knee OA protocol)." So it was somewhat of a bold move for me to consider treating a client for something which I have no specific training. I simply told her to come into office for evaluation to determine whether her muscles contributed to the condition. I excel in trigger point work. In addition to SOM resources, I rely heavily on trigger point patterns. Here is a great on line resource that is also great to show clients when explaining trigger point therapy. http://www.triggerpoints.net/ Prior to the session, I had reviewed trigger points related to her described pain patterns. Once I determined trpts present, it seemed logical to apply the general treatment patterns reflected in many SOM protocols. Though different body parts, the same concepts are repeated. Per my pre-session instructions, we started the session with patient in comfortable stretchy clothing as one might wear to stretch class. This made for easy palpation of trigger point areas which proved positive for tenderness and HT. We started session with prone position with primary goal to calm automatic NS and relax areas stiff as a result of limping gait resulting from the severe knee pain. This allowed me to happen upon the peculiar pain referral pattern mentioned above. Based on the tension patterns, I now suspect the lumbar erectors and QL are involved, as mentioned above by Dr. Ross. I look forward to seeing how this case progresses. If anyone else has any input of questions, feel free to chime in. I'm esp interested learning whether anyone else has encountered the unusual trpt referral pattern described above. If you've read this far, thank you for your time and consideration.
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