The Thinking Practitioner Podcast

w/ Til LuchauWhitney Lowe
 
Join two of the leading educators in manual therapy, bodywork, and massage therapy, as they delve into the most intriguing issues, questions, research, and client conditions that hands-on practitioners face. Stimulate your thinking with imaginative conversations, tips, and interviews related to the somatic arts and sciences.
Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 25: Psoas Work: Is it Safe? Is it Necessary?

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 25: Psoas Work: Is it Safe? Is it Necessary?

25: Whitney and Til discuss the controversies, disagreements, considerations, and their own views on the infamous psoas muscle in manual therapy and massage. Download the handout with detailed episode notes, techniques and tests, and a special chapter from Til’s book from http://a-t.tv/ttp-psoas/

Episode topics include:
– Psoas: Holy Grail muscle, or wholly irrelevant?
– Psoas and back pain, leg length, etc.;
– Safety considerations;
– What Til and Whitney actually do in practice.

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 24: Plantar Foot Pain Crash Course

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 24: Plantar Foot Pain Crash Course

24: Whitney and Til share a treasure chest of foot-pain ideas and techniques, packed full of assessments, anatomy, concepts, and hands-on tools. Download the free (optional) handout and follow along as Til and Whitney give an audio preview of their upcoming Plantar Foot Pain collaborative webinar (part of the ABMP CE Summit).

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 23: Do Expectations Shape Results? Mark Bishop

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 23: Do Expectations Shape Results? Mark Bishop

23. Mark Bishop’s research shows that clients who think treatment will help benefit more than those who don’t expect much relief. What is more, practitioners who expect their modality will help actually get better results than practitioners who are less certain. What’s up with that?

In this episode, Til and Whitney interview manual therapist, physiotherapist and researcher Mark Bishop about his fascinating investigations into how expectations can shape results; the role of client preferences in treatment success; and how practitioners can most effectively leverage these effects.

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 21: My Aching (Upper) Back: Thoracic Spine Pain

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 21: My Aching (Upper) Back: Thoracic Spine Pain

21: Whitney and Til discuss a very common (but poorly researched) complaint: upper thoracic spine pain, and what to do about it.

In this episode,
– Does posture drive upper back pain? Does psychology?
– Breaking the Upper-Cross-Syndrome rules (and what “PhD” doesn’t really stand for).
– The Over-the-Edge technique for upper back pain.

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 20: A Pain in the Neck: Cervical Challenges and Strategies

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 20: A Pain in the Neck: Cervical Challenges and Strategies

20: Whitney and Til discuss assessment and treatment considerations unique to working with the neck and cervical region; how their respective training programs are adapting to the challenges of COVID-19; and much more.

In this episode,
– Neck issues: shifting from tissue fault to nociceptive driver
– Can we treat the neck in isolation?
– Thoughts on “text neck,” and more.

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 19: What About Risk?

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 19: What About Risk?

19: How do we manage risk, in a world where we don’t even agree about what the risks are? Pathology writer Ruth Werner joins Til and Whitney for a lively conversation about risk, risk tolerance, and ethical decision making in massage and manual therapy, in the face of both COVID-19, and in the differences in how we perceive the risks involved.

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 17: Who Charts Our Path?

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 17: Who Charts Our Path?

17: Manual therapy and massage practitioners are voracious consumers of professional continuing education. Who should be deciding what they learn?

In this episode,
– What implications does the “medically necessary” discussion have on massage and bodywork education, CE, and credentialing?
– Why don’t Rolfers™ think they’re doing massage, anway?
– What is the post-COVID roadmap for professional continuing education?

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 16: Benny Vaughn: Black Lives Matter.

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 16: Benny Vaughn: Black Lives Matter.

16: Benny Vaughn, an iconic figure in massage therapy, talks with Whitney Lowe and Til Luchau about his experiences as a African American massage therapist, and offers both practical advice and deep inspiration on how manual therapists can address racism and bias in their own lives.

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 15: Robert Schleip: Talking to Fascia, Changing the Brain, 20 Years Later

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 15: Robert Schleip: Talking to Fascia, Changing the Brain, 20 Years Later

15: Fascia evokes widely divergent responses from manual therapists, with viewpoints ranging from “incredible” to “irrelevant.” Til Luchau talks with fascial researcher Robert Schleip PhD about his current perspectives on tissue change and the nervous system in manual therapy; fascial debates; and much more.

In this episode,
– Questioning the tissue-based narratives in manual therapy
– Putting to rest the question “How is your work misunderstood?”
– Inflammation, insula, networking, and much more.

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 13: Inflammation: Hands-On

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 13: Inflammation: Hands-On

13: Inflammation is implicated in nearly all musculoskeletal complaints, including chronic pain. Til and Whitney explain this, and talk about the implications for massage and manual therapy.

In this episode,
– Are most client complaints related to inflammation? 
– What most practitioners don’t understand about inflammation,
– Key points practitioners should keep in mind,

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 12: The Cytokine Storm of COVID-19

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 12: The Cytokine Storm of COVID-19

12: Coronavirus symptoms range from mild to fatal. Though still mysterious, in many patients it seems to be the patient’s own inflammatory reactions that tip the scale. Til and Whitney explain this, and talk about the implications for massage and manual therapy.  

In this episode,
– What is the deal about COVID-19 and cytokine storms? 
– What is a cytokine, and why do I care? 
– As massage therapists and bodyworkers, where does this leave us? 

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 11: Stretching the Tissues, or the Truth?

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 11: Stretching the Tissues, or the Truth?

11: Does manual therapy stretch the tissues? Til and Whitney consider the history, evidence, debates and implications of this fascinating question.

In this episode,
– Myths and misperceptions about stretching,
– Are we stretching connective tissue, or nervous system?
– What does this mean for massage, bodywork, and manual therapy?

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 10: When Does the Tissue Matter?

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 10: When Does the Tissue Matter?

10: Whitney and Til consider the debates about tissue-based effects in manual therapy, and share their views about when it makes sense to think about the actual tissues and physical effects of hands-on works.

In this episode,
– Why would people say that the tissue doesn’t matter in manual therapy?
– Examples of tissue-based narratives; the arguments for, and against
– Til and Whitney ask each other, “What tissue effects do you think about when you’re working?”

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 08: Key Challenges Facing Our Field, Part 2

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 08: Key Challenges Facing Our Field, Part 2

08: Til and Whitney talk about the key challenges and opportunities facing manual therapy, bodywork, and massage therapy. (Part 2 of 2)

In this episode,
– Increasing the accuracy of our explanations,
– Polarization, divisiveness, and infighting within the profession,
– Consolidation and up-scaling of the bodywork “industry,” and more.

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 07: Scoliosis and Manual Therapy

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 07: Scoliosis and Manual Therapy

07: Til and Whitney talk about hands-on work with scoliosis.

In this episode,
– What do we know about scoliosis’ causes?
– What are some common scoliosis myths?
– When is scoliosis a problem?
– What are conventional treatments?
– What’s manual therapy’s role? And much more.

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 06: Tendons and Tendinopathies

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 06: Tendons and Tendinopathies

06: Til and Whitney discuss considerations for hands-on work with tendinopathies and tendon issues.

In this episode,
– What is a tendinopathy? Examples?
– Tendinitis vs.tendinosis; tenosynovitis
– What are typical signs?
– What is known about causes?
– Inflammation or degeneration?
– Collagen, paretenon, fascicles, etc,
– Nerval arborization/sprouting,
– What’s manual therapy’s role?
– Approaches, debates, consensus, and much more…

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 05: Documentation and Electronic Health Records (guest Diana Thompson)

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 05: Documentation and Electronic Health Records (guest Diana Thompson)

05: Whitney talks with Diana Thompson about documentation, health records, and including massage therapy in mainstream healthcare practices.

In this episode,
Introducing Diana Thompson 
– History of Hands Heal and SOAP documentation for massage therapy 
– Washington’s “every category of provider” clause
– Electronic health records and the future of clinical documentation
– and more.

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 04: Key Challenges Facing Our Field, Part 1

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 04: Key Challenges Facing Our Field, Part 1

04: Til and Whitney talk about the key challenges and opportunities facing manual therapy, bodywork, and massage therapy. (Part 1 of 2)

In this episode,
– Aging practitioners, younger students
– Split personality of the profession
– The epidemic of over-busyness
– Income issues
– and more

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 03: Sacroiliac Joint Pain

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 03: Sacroiliac Joint Pain

03: Til and Whitney discuss sacroiliac joint pain and hand-on therapies: causes, controversies, and considerations.

In this episode,
– What causes SIJ pain? 
– Does the SIJ move a little, or a lot? 
– What about hypermobility? 
– What are the controversies? 
– What does the research say? 
– Key considerations for manual therapists, 
– and much more.

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 01: The Back Story, Part 1

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 01: The Back Story, Part 1

In this episode, Til and Whitney interview each other about their backgrounds, histories, and current interests. Part 1 of 2.

Join two of the leading educators in manual therapy, bodywork, and massage therapy, as they delve into the most intriguing issues, questions, research, and client conditions that hands-on practitioners face. Stimulate your thinking with imaginative conversations, tips, and interviews related to the somatic arts and sciences. With Whitney Lowe and Til Luchau.

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