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What is Clinical Massage Therapy? A Special Message from Kyle C. Wright, LMBT, NCTMB:
Clinical massage therapy, one of more than 80 different types of massages, uses touch to manipulate soft tissues throughout the human body. Patients seek massage therapists for a number of reasons, including decompressing tired muscles, reducing stress and supporting general health.
Clinical massage therapy uniquely focuses on the treatment of soft tissue to maintain, develop, augment or rehabilitate the patient’s physical function. Clinical massage therapy can improve the functioning of joints and muscles, the healing process, metabolism and circulation.
For over two decades I’ve had the privilege of being a part of one of the fastest growing professions in health care: massage therapy. In 1990 I started my first clinical massage therapy school, which eventually evolved into five schools throughout the southeast. The well-planned curriculum enabled students to graduate with the skills that would make them employable and able to meet the growing demand for clinically trained massage therapists. When I started my first class with six quality dedicated students, I never imagined witnessing over 8,000 students graduate with the same level of determination I had when I graduated from massage therapy school.
In the years since starting that first school, I have had the good fortune and freedom to experiment with new and innovative approaches to soft-tissue therapy. It is not always easy—and often even risky—to be an early adapter of new ideas and techniques. This is especially true when the ideas go against the common understandings and practices of the day. At the time, these practices included much of what I had previously been taught by leaders in the field. Yet, the techniques my previous schools have been teaching for nearly 20 years are steadily working their way into acceptance by mainstream massage educators and practitioners.
I firmly believe my new North Carolina School of Advanced Bodywork; will bridge the best of traditional massage and bodywork with cutting edge clinical therapy techniques and practices.
David Scott Lynn (DSL EdgeWork: Yoga – Bodywork Therapeutics) contributed and collaborated with me in the writing, research and development of my textbook, as well as for teaching me his philosophy and sharing his effective psycho-muscular balancing techniques. In the mid-1990s, David taught me how to reach deeper levels into the body without producing pain in the client. The main things I learned form David were about playing the physical and mental “Edges” and his theory on Chronic Excess Muscle & Nerve Tension (C.E.M. & N.T.). After incorporating his yoga and bodywork techniques in my practice and schools, I can say without reservation that his theories on muscular compensatory adaptation allowed me to take my bodywork to the next level.
Clinical Massage Therapy and Structural Bodywork is a compilation that reflects my years of education, practice and instruction in the field of clinical massage therapy. It is a product of the beliefs that I share with so many others. One such belief is that students are entitled to superior education and individualized training so that they may uphold, or excel beyond, the professional standards that they continually pursue.
The NCSAB texts and curriculum are forward thinking and express my philosophy and interpretations of the neuromuscular and skeletal systems and their relation to the body’s structure and function. The text and graphics that will be used at NCSAB are sequenced so that the fundamentals are set as the basis upon which more advanced techniques will be built.
Rather than attempt to encompass a wide-range of massage techniques, our program focuses more deeply on certain aspects, such as Clinical Massage Therapy and Structural Bodywork and less on others. I came to write the curriculum material and school’s syllabus to assist the student’s educational development in learning and understanding a higher level approach to massage therapy and bodywork.
Throughout my career I built a strong following and reputation for being a goal and result oriented bodyworker, working on people that suffered from musculoskeletal pain.
My approach to teaching bodywork has been addressing and eliminating postural distortions caused by muscular tension and muscular imbalances. It is through my experience, that many of the painful afflictions that people suffer from are caused by the gravitational force that’s being applied to their body and the way their body painfully opposes it. Most often (and rarely mentioned in modern medical practices) is the lack of understanding of how postural distortions have a direct and negative effect on the body. This negative effect is often from the body being pulled down and forward, literally compressing the body molecule by molecule. On top of that, most people are not even aware that poor posture eventually leads to musculoskeletal pathology.
Through practicing, I’ve evaluated and treated thousands of people suffering from chronic pain. Most of the time, musculoskeletal pain is caused by the way the body opposes gravity inefficiently, meaning, their body weight has shifted off the bones and onto the muscles. This body shifting, altering and compensation often leads to the constant barrage of trigger point formation, referral of pain to distant areas, deviations (unevenness) in leg lengths, distortions in the pelvis and spine (misalignments), depressed or elevated shoulder girdles, as well as causing a collapsed (stooped or slouched) upper body and forward head positioning.
My objective in sharing this approach is for students to start focusing on muscles that are overly “locked” short from Chronic Excess Muscle & Nerve Tension (C.E.M. & N.T.) and the muscular imbalances that link poor posture, musculoskeletal pain and the restriction of body movements.
The goal of the NCSAB curriculum is to prepare the student, so when they have a person on their table with complaints of muscle pain and/ or restriction they will have a clearer picture and a deeper level of understanding as to what is below the skin surface, what their working on and what muscles could be causing it.
The premise of this bodywork is to create symmetry among muscle groups by applying effective and consciously applied massage therapy techniques and stretches to the shortened muscles, not necessarily the painful ones. This can be achieved by learning and practicing deep-tissue work, the non-painful kind that isolates the cause of the problem rather just massaging the area of complaint.
While learning at NCSAB, I strongly encourage the use of repetition while learning the hand placements. Repetition is extremely beneficial for students; as lessons are repeated, they become imprinted on the memory. During classroom “trades,” students build confidence with each practice session. We also encourage students to give continuous feedback during trades between the giver and receiver, whether it is in the form of praise, constructive criticism or both. Feedback further allows for academic and spiritual growth while perfecting hands-on delivery skills.
I encourage students to explore the art and science of clinical massage therapy and structural bodywork and everything it has to offer, as well as to expand their study and practice of massage therapy in general. The focus should not be on so-called alternative methods, but on adjunctive methods.
Additionally, I recognize that massage therapy can be extremely effective either by itself or as an adjunct to other interventions, such as flexibility and strength training exercises, chiropractic and acupuncture, as well as emotional and spiritual healing.
The NCSAB teaching staff has combined 60 years experience in the massage and bodywork profession both in practice and instruction. It is with great pleasure we share our massage and bodywork experience, knowledge and practical skills with you. I commend both instructors and students for choosing this course of study and profession.
I sincerely hope that together we may continue to enlighten the world about the value of massage therapy and how it fits into our healthcare system today and into the future.
One-On-One with KYLE C. WRIGHT
Kyle C. Wright, LMBT, NCTMB offers 1, 2 and 3 hour private bodywork sessions for those seeking pain relief. My approach to massage and bodywork is to eliminate the muscular imbalances and postural distortions that are often the cause of chronic musculoskeletal pain and joint restrictions.
Deviations in leg lengths, distortions in the pelvis, functional scoliosis, and disc related problems all have a soft tissue component that will be addressed within each bodywork session. Plantar Fasciitis, Knee, Hip, Back, and Neck Pain as well as Rotator Cuff injuries usually stem from muscular imbalances that are caused by one group or groups of muscles “locking short” while another muscle is “locking long”; this is muscular imbalance and if left untreated, often leads to chronic pain. Injuries usually stem from repetitive motion, muscular overload and poor posture. I specialize in postural bodywork and pain relief.
Give me a call if you would like to schedule an appointment with me and my staff to look further into your situation that may be causing your pain. I take one session at a time and I am a goal oriented bodywork therapist that gets results. (See Testimonials)
My office hours are Monday through Thursday from 9am to 5:30pm. You may contact me at (828) 628-3007 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kyle C. Wright, LMBT, NCTMB