ICYMI—Massage & Bodywork Issue Highlights the Suboccipitals, Ankle Sprains, and Palpation

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From nagging headaches and neck pain to ankle injuries to kidney disease, clients bring a lot to your table. In case you missed it, the January–February 2024 issue of Massage & Bodywork was filled with lots of great content and ideas you can bring to the treatment room! Here are some of the highlights from that issue:

Who Doesn’t Have Clients with Head and Neck Pain?

“The Suboccipitals: Small Muscles, Big Impact” 

This feature from Erik Dalton details eight simple techniques massage therapists can use to bring lasting relief to clients with head and neck pain.

It’s Basketball Season; Seen Any Ankle Injuries Lately?

“Ankle Sprains: A Rehabilitation Road Map”

From anatomy and biomechanics to assessment and treatment strategies, author Whitney Lowe offers a therapeutic road map on helping clients presenting with these injuries.

Palpation Conversations

“Palpating the Anterior Hip: Think Hills and Valleys”

Joe Muscolino encourages MTs to think about palpation in broader terms. While using attachments and actions of target muscles and adjacent musculature is the palpation “rubric” most MTs are taught, Muscolino challenges practitioners to think of using contour cues, where knowledge of “hills and valleys” can save time and energy.

Speaking of Palpation . . .

“The First Millimeters of Every Massage”

Finally, if you’re not checking out all the goodies that come with each Anatomy for Touch column, you’re missing out. The videos and links in each article layer in a new depth of learning, and this issue has some of the authors’ most stunning dissection photography yet. Find each column’s accompanying content here.

Don't Stop There!

That’s only a fraction of what you’ll find in the January/February 2024 issue of Massage & Bodywork. And don’t forget that members of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals can earn free CE with each issue! 

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Gainful Employment Rules Compliance Updates

Over the past two weeks, the US Department of Education issued updates to the new “Gainful Employment” (GE) regulations for vocational programs published last fall. This web post addresses the updates to prepare school owners and educators ahead of the July 1, 2024, new GE rule effective date.

New Study Reconfirms the Benefits of Touch

A recent study found that touch interventions were effective in helping regulate cortisol levels, reducing feelings of depression in adults, and having other significant benefits.

Louisiana Bill Proposes Massage Program Hour Increase

Effective October 1, 2024, Louisiana massage students will no longer be eligible for federal financial aid because massage programs are limited by Louisiana law. But there is a solution: Senate Bill 353 will increase the required education hours for massage licensure from 500 to 625. ABMP fully supports this bill, and we explain why you should too.


ABMP CE Summit: Headaches


Join us online Tuesday, April 30, 2024, for the ABMP CE Summit: Headaches, which take learners on a journey from understanding headaches to working with clients with headache pain using multiple modalities and techniques.


Podcast: Cancer, Clots, and COVID—A Complicated Client

A client was recently treated for colon cancer—and it didn’t go well. She had surgical complications, a bout of sepsis, and more. Is massage therapy safe? We discuss on this episode of “I Have a Client Who . . .” Pathology Conversations with Ruth Werner.

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