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The Thinking Practitioner

Engaging conversations with Til Luchau and Whitney Lowe, on key topics in manual and movement therapy: bodywork, massage therapy, structural integration, chiropractic, myofascial and myotherapy, orthopedic, sports massage, physical therapy, osteopathy, yoga, strength and conditioning, and allied professions.

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Engaging conversations with Til Luchau and Whitney Lowe, on key topics in manual and movement therapy: bodywork, massage therapy, structural integration, chiropractic, myofascial and myotherapy, orthopedic, sports massage, physical therapy, osteopathy, yoga, strength and conditioning, and allied professions.

53: Fascia: A Deep Dive (with Dr. Antonio Stecco)

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Til and Whitney speak with fascial researcher, anatomist, and manual therapy teacher Antonio Stecco MD PhD about his research in to fascial properties, pain, and the effects of hands-on work.

Get the full transcript at Til or Whitney's sites! 

Resources discussed in this episode:

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About Whitney Lowe  |  About Til Luchau  |  Email Us: info@thethinkingpractitioner.com

(The Thinking Practitioner Podcast is intended for professional practitioners of manual and movement therapies: bodywork, massage therapy, structural integration, chiropractic, myofascial and myotherapy, orthopedic, sports massage, physical therapy, osteopathy, yoga, strength and conditioning, and similar professions. It is not medical or treatment advice.)

Dec 01 2021

1hr 9mins

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52: Orthopedic Special Tests (with Whitney Lowe)

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Til interviews Whitney about his use of Orthopedic Special Tests. Topics include:

  • The promise and the reality of special tests
  • Pros, cons, and controversies
  • When to use them, when not to.

Get the full transcript at Til or Whitney's sites! 

Resources discussed in this episode:

Sponsor Offers: 

About Whitney Lowe  |  About Til Luchau  |  Email Us: info@thethinkingpractitioner.com

(The Thinking Practitioner Podcast is intended for professional practitioners of manual and movement therapies: bodywork, massage therapy, structural integration, chiropractic, myofascial and myotherapy, orthopedic, sports massage, physical therapy, osteopathy, yoga, strength and conditioning, and similar professions. It is not medical or treatment advice.)

Nov 17 2021

53mins

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51: Neuroinflammation (with Todd Hargrove)

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Til & Whitney talk with Todd Hargrove of the Better Movement blog and podcast about neuroinflammation and its role in pain and health. Topics include:

  • What is neuroinflammation, and how is it relevant to hands-on work?
  • How does the concept of the "neuro-immune system" change things?
  • What are our levers for helping with neuroinflammatory conditions?

Get the full transcript at Til or Whitney's sites! 

Resources discussed in this episode:

Sponsor Offers: 

About Whitney Lowe  |  About Til Luchau  |  Email Us: info@thethinkingpractitioner.com

(The Thinking Practitioner Podcast is intended for professional practitioners of manual and movement therapies: bodywork, massage therapy, structural integration, chiropractic, myofascial and myotherapy, orthopedic, sports massage, physical therapy, osteopathy, yoga, strength and conditioning, and similar professions. It is not medical or treatment advice.)

Nov 03 2021

52mins

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50: A View Across The Border (with Jamie Johnston & Eric Purves)

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Whitney interviews Jamie Johnston and Eric Purves
Topics include:

  • How does massage education differ in the U.S. and Canada
  • How have things changed with the adoption of educational competencies for MTs in British Columbia 
  • Should we keep performing special orthopedic tests if they aren't considered as accurate?

Get the full transcript at Til or Whitney's sites! 

Resources discussed in this episode:

Sponsor Offers: 

About Whitney Lowe  |  About Til Luchau  |  Email Us: info@thethinkingpractitioner.com

(The Thinking Practitioner Podcast is intended for professional practitioners of manual and movement therapies: bodywork, massage therapy, structural integration, chiropractic, myofascial and myotherapy, orthopedic, sports massage, physical therapy, osteopathy, yoga, strength and conditioning, and similar professions. It is not medical or treatment advice.)

Oct 21 2021

57mins

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49: Interoception Is The Key, Like It Or Not (with Til Luchau)

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Whitney interviews Til about his upcoming “Three Questions About Interoception” article in Massage & Bodywork magazine. Topics include:

  • What is interoception, and why should I care?
  • Is interoception our profession’s “mindfulness?”
  • How can I actually use interoception with my clients?

Get the full transcript at Til or Whitney's sites! 

Resources discussed in this episode:

Sponsor Offers: 

About Whitney Lowe  |  About Til Luchau  |  Email Us: info@thethinkingpractitioner.com

(The Thinking Practitioner Podcast is intended for professional practitioners of manual and movement therapies: bodywork, massage therapy, structural integration, chiropractic, myofascial and myotherapy, orthopedic, sports massage, physical therapy, osteopathy, yoga, strength and conditioning, and similar professions. It is not medical or treatment advice.)

Oct 06 2021

52mins

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48: Psoas Work: Is it Safe? Is it Necessary? (Hip Jam rebroadcast)

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In honor of the upcoming Hip Jam, Whitney and Til discuss the controversies, disagreements, considerations, and their own views on the infamous psoas muscle in manual therapy and massage in this "Greatest Hits" rebroadcast of ep25. Download the handout with detailed episode notes, techniques and tests, and a special chapter from Til’s book from https://a-t.tv/ttp-psoas/, plus check out the Hip Jam at https://bit.ly/Hip-Jam-TTP

Topics include: 

  • Psoas: Holy Grail muscle, or wholly irrelevant? 
  • Psoas and back pain, leg length, etc.; 
  • Safety considerations; 
  • What Til and Whitney actually do (and don’t do) in practice. 

Get the full transcript and handout at Til or Whitney's sites! 

Resources discussed in this episode: 

Episode image copyright Primal Pictures, used by permission 

Sponsor Offers: 

About Whitney Lowe  |  About Til Luchau  |  Email Us

(The Thinking Practitioner Podcast is intended for professional practitioners of manual and movement therapies: bodywork, massage therapy, structural integration, chiropractic, myofascial and myotherapy, orthopedic, sports massage, physical therapy, osteopathy, yoga, strength and conditioning, and similar professions. It is not medical or treatment advice.)

Sep 22 2021

48mins

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47: Getting Over Over-Pronation (Ankle & Foot Function)

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In celebration of Til's upcoming "Leg Knee & Foot" online course, he and Whitney geek out on conditions, anatomy, function, and biomechanics of the ankle and foot.

Topics include: 

  • How the structure of the foot/ankle complex determines function
  • Are we over over-pronation yet? 
  • Plantar fasciitis/fasciosis, bunions, hammertoes, and other things you wouldn’t have thought of as ankle issues.

Episode Outline:

  • Structure of the foot/ankle complex
    • Medial side deltoid ligament complex
    • Lateral side ATF, CF, PTF
    • How does structure govern function
    • Distal tibiofibular joint & talocrural joint form mortise & tenon
    • Primary supporting ligaments
  • Mechanics of the region:
    • Talocrural motions: dorsiflexion & plantarflexion
    • Type I and type II limitations
    • Subtalar motions: inversion & eversion
    • Pronation and supination (definitions and confusion)
    • Phases of gait
  • Some common issues/problems
    • Valgus and varus angulations (toes and calcaneal region)
    • “Overpronation”
    • Bunions & hammertoes
    • Plantar fasciitis
    • Tendon overuse (Achilles tendon etc.)
    • Trauma: sprains breaks
    • Nerve entrapments mimicking soft-tissue pathology (i.e. tarsal tunnel syndrome, Baxter’s neuropathy, etc.)

Resources and references discussed in this episode:

Podcast anatomy image from Advanced Myofascial Techniques, Volume 1. Used under license from Primal Pictures.

Sponsor Offers: 

About Whitney Lowe  | About Til Luchau  |  Email Us: info@thethinkingpractitioner.com

(The Thinking Practitioner Podcast is intended for professional practitioners of manual and movement therapies: bodywork, massage therapy, structural integration, chiropractic, myofascial and myotherapy, orthopedic, sports massage, physical therapy, osteopathy, yoga, strength and conditioning, and similar professions. It is not medical or treatment advice.)

Sep 08 2021

55mins

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46: To ITB, or Not To ITB? (Iliotibial Band Controversies, Conditions, and Approaches)

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Whitney and Til unfold the controversies, compare thoughts, and share approaches for working with the iliotibial band. Download the free handout! 

Topics include: 

  • Little-known facts, well-known myths, and over-heated controversies about the ITB, 
  • When and why would (or wouldn’t) we work, roll, or massage the ITB (aka the iliotibial tract or fascia lata)? 
  • Hands-on techniques for some of the most common ITB-related client complaints. 

Get the HANDOUT and full transcript at Til or Whitney's sites, plus sign up for Til's upcoming Leg Knee & Foot course

Resources and references discussed in this episode:

  1. Baker RL, Fredericson M. Iliotibial Band Syndrome in Runners. Biomechanical Implications and Exercise Interventions. Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 2016;27(1):53-77. doi:10.1016/j.pmr.2015.08.001
  2. Aderem J, Louw QA. Biomechanical risk factors associated with iliotibial band syndrome in runners: A systematic review Rehabilitation, physical therapy and occupational health. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2015;16(1):7-9. doi:10.1186/s12891-015-0808-7
  3. Fairclough J, Hayashi K, Toumi H, et al. The functional anatomy of the iliotibial band during flexion and extension of the knee: implications for understanding iliotibial band syndrome. J Anat. 2006;208(3):309-316. doi:JOA531 [pii]10.1111/j.1469-7580.2006.00531.x
  4. Podcast ITB image used under license by the National Library of Medicine Visible Human Project. Arrows show location of ITB.

Sponsor Offers: 

About Whitney Lowe  | About Til Luchau  |  Email Us: info@thethinkingpractitioner.com

(The Thinking Practitioner Podcast is intended for professional practitioners of manual and movement therapies: bodywork, massage therapy, structural integration, chiropractic, myofascial and myotherapy, orthopedic, sports massage, physical therapy, osteopathy, yoga, strength and conditioning, and similar professions. It is not medical or treatment advice.)

Aug 25 2021

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45: Fascia in Sport & Movement (with Robert Schleip)

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Til Luchau & Whitney Lowe talk with researcher and Robert Schleip about fascia, movement, and research updates in the newly released second edition of Fascia in Sport and Movement, co-edited by Jan Wilke.

Topics include: 

  • Should bodywork cost half of what movement therapy costs? {joke!}
  • Is the issue fascial stiffness, or fascial shearing?
  • What does fascias' extensive sensory innervation mean for manual therapists?

Get the full transcript at Til or Whitney's sites! 

Resources and references discussed in this episode:

Sponsor Offers: 

About Whitney Lowe  | About Til Luchau  |  Email Us: info@thethinkingpractitioner.com

(The Thinking Practitioner Podcast is intended for professional practitioners of manual and movement therapies: bodywork, massage therapy, structural integration, chiropractic, myofascial and myotherapy, orthopedic, sports massage, physical therapy, osteopathy, yoga, strength and conditioning, and similar professions. It is not medical or treatment advice.)

Aug 11 2021

1hr 10mins

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44: Table Lessons (with Doug Nelson)

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Whitney talks to Doug Nelson about the challenges and learning experiences of a great massage career spanning over four decades. 

Topics include: 

  • What keeps you going after all this time?
  • What are some of the most fascinating lessons your clients have provided for you?
  • How do we all learn to be humble in the face of our own fallibility in the clinic and the classroom?

Get the full transcript at Til or Whitney's sites! 

Resources and references discussed in this episode:

Sponsor Offers: 

About Whitney Lowe  | About Til Luchau  |  Email Us: info@thethinkingpractitioner.com

(The Thinking Practitioner Podcast is intended for professional practitioners of manual and movement therapies: bodywork, massage therapy, structural integration, chiropractic, myofascial and myotherapy, orthopedic, sports massage, physical therapy, osteopathy, yoga, strength and conditioning, and similar professions. It is not medical or treatment advice.)

Jul 28 2021

52mins

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43: Trauma, MDMA Psychotherapy, and the Body (with Marcela Ot'alora G.)

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Til Luchau talks about trauma, psychedelic psychotherapy, and the body, with Marcela Ot'alora G., the principal investigator in a very promising FDA-approved study into MDMA-assisted therapy for PTSD.

Topics include: 

  • How does trauma relate to bodywork, and how does MDMA therapy help with trauma?
  • How is psychedelic therapy different from just taking psychedelics?
  • What can we learn from your MDMA/PTSD study that can help us be more effective as massage and manual therapy practitioners? 

Get the full transcript at Til or Whitney's sites! 

Resources and references discussed in this episode:

Sponsor Offers: 

About Whitney Lowe  | About Til Luchau  |  Email Us: info@thethinkingpractitioner.com

(The Thinking Practitioner Podcast is intended for professional practitioners of manual and movement therapies: bodywork, massage therapy, structural integration, chiropractic, myofascial and myotherapy, orthopedic, sports massage, physical therapy, osteopathy, yoga, strength and conditioning, and similar professions. It is not medical or treatment advice.)

Jul 14 2021

48mins

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42: Scars and Scar Tissue (with Cathy Ryan)

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Til and Whitney talk to Cathy Ryan RMT about her book 'Traumatic Scar Tissue Management: Massage Therapy Principles, Practice and Protocols,' co-authored with Nancy Keenan Smith. 

Topics include: 

  • How has fascial research informed our understanding of scars? 
  • Is it about the "fuzz," or the fluids? 
  • Erasing scars, once and for all. (Not really.) 

Get the full transcript at Til or Whitney's sites! 

Resources and references discussed in this episode:

Episode image credit: Nancy Keenan Smith

Sponsor Offers: 

About Whitney Lowe  | About Til Luchau  |  Email Us: info@thethinkingpractitioner.com

(The Thinking Practitioner Podcast is intended for professional practitioners of manual and movement therapies: bodywork, massage therapy, structural integration, chiropractic, myofascial and myotherapy, orthopedic, sports massage, physical therapy, osteopathy, yoga, strength and conditioning, and similar professions. It is not medical or treatment advice.)

Jun 30 2021

57mins

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41: Going For It: The Massage Mentor (with Diane Matkowski)

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Whitney and Til talk to Diane Matkowski (a.k.a. the Massage Mentor) to find out what gave her the chutzpah to ask 10 of her favorite massage and bodywork teachers to teach in her first online event, what it was like when nearly 600 people showed up, and what she's working on next.

Topics include: 

  • There are a lot of male teachers in our field. Where are the women? (Here.)
  • Finding your thing, and going for it.
  • Do we have to be good at business, to be good practitioners?

Get the full transcript at Til or Whitney's sites! 

Resources and references discussed in this episode:

Sponsor Offers: 

About Whitney Lowe  | About Til Luchau  |  Email Us: info@thethinkingpractitioner.com

(The Thinking Practitioner Podcast is intended for professional practitioners of manual and movement therapies: bodywork, massage therapy, structural integration, chiropractic, myofascial and myotherapy, orthopedic, sports massage, physical therapy, osteopathy, yoga, strength and conditioning, and similar professions. It is not medical or treatment advice.)

Jun 23 2021

42mins

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40: How To (Not) Fix It (with Cal Cates)

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Til and Whitney talk to Healwell’s Cal Cates about how their work with death and dying brought perspective and presence to their work as a massage therapist; and to living itself. 

Topics include: 

  • How is “being a massage therapist in the modern world a total setup”?
  • What do we say when our clients just want results?
  • How do our personal experiences influence the way we engage with our clients?

Get the full transcript at Til or Whitney's sites!

Resources and references discussed in this episode: 

Sponsor Offers: 

About Whitney Lowe  |  About Til Luchau  |  Email Us 

(The Thinking Practitioner Podcast is intended for professional practitioners of manual and movement therapies: bodywork, massage therapy, structural integration, chiropractic, myofascial and myotherapy, orthopedic, sports massage, physical therapy, osteopathy, yoga, strength and conditioning, and similar professions. It is not medical or treatment advice.)

Jun 09 2021

51mins

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39: Are You Thinking Critically? (with Ruth Werner)

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How often do we think about the assumptions that inform our decisions? Til Luchau talks to writer Ruth Werner about her recent work on critical thinking skills, steps, and stages. 

Topics include: 

  • What is the big deal about critical thinking? 
  • What are the signs that I might not be thinking critically?
  • Is intuition the opposite of critical thinking? And more.

Get the full transcript at Til or Whitney's sites! 

Resources and references discussed in this episode:

Sponsor Offers: 

About Whitney Lowe  |  About Til Luchau  |  Email Us 

(The Thinking Practitioner Podcast is intended for professional practitioners of manual and movement therapies: bodywork, massage therapy, structural integration, chiropractic, myofascial and myotherapy, orthopedic, sports massage, physical therapy, osteopathy, yoga, strength and conditioning, and similar professions. It is not medical or treatment advice.)

May 26 2021

58mins

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38: Frozen Shoulder & Adhesive Capsulitis: Updating our Approach

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Whitney Lowe & Til Luchau give a crash course on frozen shoulder/adhesive capsulitis, discussing recent research and comparing their respective views and strategies. Download the free handout with detailed episode notes, techniques and tests, and join them at the upcoming Shoulder Jam event via Whitney or Til’s sign-up link.  

Episode topics include: 

  • Types, terms, stages, and debates 
  • Who gets it, why, and what makes it stiff? 
  • What can we do about it, from biomechanical and biopsychosocial perspectives? 

Get the handout or get the full transcript at Til or Whitney's sites! 

Resources and references discussed in this episode: 

Sponsor Offers: 

About Whitney Lowe  |  About Til Luchau  |  Email Us  

(The Thinking Practitioner Podcast is intended for professional practitioners of manual and movement therapies: bodywork, massage therapy, structural integration, chiropractic, myofascial and myotherapy, orthopedic, sports massage, physical therapy, osteopathy, yoga, strength and conditioning, and similar professions. It is not medical or treatment advice.) 

May 14 2021

1hr 7mins

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37: Shoulder Pain, Impingement, & Rotator Cuff Issues: The Most Common of Problems

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Til Luchau and Whitney Lowe share their ideas, strategies, techniques, and tests for better results with the most common type of shoulder condition, subacromial pain syndrome (SAPS) and its myriad presentations, including rotator cuff pain, etc. Download the handout with detailed episode notes, techniques and tests from http://a-t.tv/ttp-saps/

Episode topics include:

  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome: SIS or SAPS?
  • Rotator cuff syndrome, labrum injuries, adhesive capsulitis, and more
  • Biomechanical and biopsychosocial perspectives and approaches

Get the handout or get the full transcript at Til or Whitney's sites!

Resources and references discussed in this episode:

Sponsor Offers: 

About Whitney Lowe  |  About Til Luchau  |  Email Us 

(The Thinking Practitioner Podcast is intended for professional practitioners of manual and movement therapies: bodywork, massage therapy, structural integration, chiropractic, myofascial and myotherapy, orthopedic, sports massage, physical therapy, osteopathy, yoga, strength and conditioning, and similar professions. It is not medical or treatment advice.)

Apr 28 2021

59mins

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36: Research and Education (with Robin Anderson)

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Whitney Lowe talks with Robin Anderson about her new role as president of the Massage Therapy Foundation and how research plays an important role in our field. They also dive deep into some issues around curriculum design and the crucial importance of developing solid educational programs to ensure the future success of our field.  

Get the full transcript at Til or Whitney's sites!

Resources and references discussed in this episode: 

Sponsor Offers: 

About Whitney Lowe  |  About Til Luchau  |  Email Us 

(The Thinking Practitioner Podcast is intended for professional practitioners of manual and movement therapies: bodywork, massage therapy, structural integration, chiropractic, myofascial and myotherapy, orthopedic, sports massage, physical therapy, osteopathy, yoga, strength and conditioning, and similar professions. It is not medical or treatment advice.)

Apr 14 2021

52mins

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35: Resources That Inspire Our Learning

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Til Luchau and Whitney Lowe share their top resources for information and inspiration, both professionally and personally, letting us in on everything from their favorite podcasts, playlists, books, and apps, to how they recharge and find meaning in their work and in their lives. 

Get the full transcript at Til or Whitney's sites!

Resources and references discussed in this episode: 

Sponsor Offers: 

About Whitney Lowe  |  About Til Luchau  |  Email Us 

(The Thinking Practitioner Podcast is intended for professional practitioners of manual and movement therapies: bodywork, massage therapy, structural integration, chiropractic, myofascial and myotherapy, orthopedic, sports massage, physical therapy, osteopathy, yoga, strength and conditioning, and similar professions. It is not medical or treatment advice.)

Mar 31 2021

57mins

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34: Thoracic Outlet Syndrome: What You Didn’t Know

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Whitney Lowe and Til Luchau share trivia, tips, tests, and techniques for working with thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS), including some cool self-care methods for you and your clients. Find out why TOS is “one of the most controversial topics in musculoskeletal medicine,” and how Til and Whitney actually work with TOS symptoms in practice. Download the handout with detailed episode notes, techniques and tests from http://a-t.tv/ttp-tos/

Get the handout or get the full transcript at Til or Whitney's sites!

Resources and references discussed in this episode:

Sponsor Offers: 

Episode image from an 3D tomography image by Hellerhoff (public domain image).

About Whitney Lowe  |  About Til Luchau  |  Email Us 

(The Thinking Practitioner Podcast is intended for professional practitioners of manual and movement therapies: bodywork, massage therapy, structural integration, chiropractic, myofascial and myotherapy, orthopedic, sports massage, physical therapy, osteopathy, yoga, strength and conditioning, and similar professions. It is not medical or treatment advice.)

Mar 17 2021

57mins

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GREAT!

By LOUWAG! - Mar 12 2020
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This is a fantastic podcast, thank you Til and Whitney! I can’t wait for more!

Well done!

By Karuna Kaivalya - Jan 10 2020
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Excellent job so far. Looking forward to what the future brings.