Chrystal

Books

This is a list of books I feel are related to Pain Science in our industry, in some way. If you click on the title, it will bring you to the amazon.ca or amazon.com purchase page.

Websites

This is a list of websites, blog and forums that are relevant to Pain Science.

Podcasts

RMT Resources

The below forms have been adapted from the forms I use in my own practice, with the intent to help provide templates for Registered Massage Therapists use.  Please feel free to download, edit, manipulate and reproduce at will, any of the forms and/or documents on this page. Documents are shared in Adobe PDF format and can be printed at full size on US Letter sized paper.

Patient Management Clinical Forms:

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Please note that these templates are offered as a courtesy and are not legally binding and should not replace any legal documentation you use.

What is chronic pain and why is it hard to treat?

A recent study by the National Institutes of Health found that more than one in three people in the United States have experienced pain of some sort in the previous three months. Of these, approximately 50 million suffer from chronic or severe pain.

To put these numbers in perspective, 21 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes, 14 million have cancer (this is all types of cancer combined) and 28 million have been diagnosed with heart disease in the U.S. In this light, the number of pain sufferers is stunning and indicates that it is a major epidemic. Continue reading

How to Report to your Patient’s Primary Physician or Medical Doctor

As RMTs we often spend more time one-on-one with our patients than any other healthcare practitioner. Orthopedic testing is built into our appointment times and we have the opportunity to keep detailed records of changes in our patient’s symptom picture over extended periods of time. Communicating these findings and our interventions with our patients primary physician is not only in our patient’s best interest, but can only help improve the relationship between RMTs and medical doctors. I recently implemented a policy for all new patients in my clinic where a Case Management Report is being sent to their doctor (if they have one) after their first visit. Continue reading

The Deep Tissue Confession

I have a confession to make…

I have been a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) since October 2014, so for about a year and half now. Before that, I spent six months cramming as much clinically relevant musculoskeletal information into my brain as possible as I prepared to take the licensing board exams. And before that, I spent 2-years attending the West Cost College of Massage Therapy in BC in order to earn my Massage Therapy Diploma. Continue reading

Contrast Bathing

Contrast bathing is a great way to increase circulation and reduce pain with many musculoskeletal pathological symptoms such as aches, pains and inflammation. In order to get the most out of your contrast bath use the following guidelines:

  • Find two tubs large enough to submerge the affected limb (most often a hand or foot). Fill the tubs with water; one with warm or hot water (no more than 38 degrees Celsius please, we don’t want to burn ourselves!), and the other with cool or cold water (at least 10 degrees Celsius cooler than the warm or hot tub).
  • Submerge the affected limb in the warm or hot water first. Let the limb rest in the water for anywhere from 2 to 20 minutes.
  • Take the limbs out of the warm or hot water, and submerge in the cool or cold water. You should spend half the time with the affected limb submerged in the cool or cold water than you spent submerged in the warm or hot water. If you spent 2 minutes in the warm water you should spend one minute in the cool water; if you spent 20 minutes in the warm water, you should spend 10 minutes in the cool water, and so on.
  • Alternate between the warm or hot and cool or cold water with the 2:1 ratio at least 3 times. Always end the contrast bath with the affected limb submerged in the cool or cold water.