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L i s te n to T h e A B M P Po d c a s t a t a b m m /p o d c a s t s o r w h e reve r yo u a cce s s yo u r favo r i te p o d c a s t s 67 But it is the next modification that makes this technique so invaluable. You can use your hands to open and create space in the anterior hip (inguinal ligament) region if the client experiences pinching pain. Use reinforced finger pads to find the tight hip f lexor myofascial tissue that is pinched, and leaning back with body weight, traction the anterior hip to decompress the taut tissue. The trick body mechanics-wise is to lean back to create this traction force while simultaneously dropping your body weight to horizontally adduct the thigh (Image 10). FAVORITE TECHNIQUE NO. 5: USING BODY WEIGHT TO PERFORM DEEP TISSUE WORK BETWEEN THE SCAPULA AND RIB CAGE BODY WALL The last technique I would like to present is a protocol to perform deep pressure massage to the tissue between the scapula and rib cage body wall. With the client prone, place your knee on the table under their shoulder girdle. This allows the scapula to fall back into retraction, thereby slackening the tissue between the scapula and spine (middle trapezius and rhomboids). Now, place your reinforced finger pads on the medial side of the scapula and hook them around the medial border. Once you can get a grab on the scapula, simply lean back with body weight, opening and tractioning the scapula away from the thoracic rib cage wall (Image 11). Note: With some clients, it will not be possible to obtain a grab on the scapula. For these clients, more preparatory work must be done before successfully employing this technique. CONCLUSION I hope my favorite techniques resonate with you. Some of these techniques take time to master, so be patient as you practice them. My recommendation with all new techniques is to practice them on healthy clients who are open to you practicing new techniques. Once you have become f luid with the application of a technique, you can begin using it with other clients who need the work. Keep in mind that no one technique will work for every client, so please be mindful with whom you choose to employ each of these options. Dr. Joe Muscolino has been a manual and movement therapy educator for more than 35 years. He has created several online streaming subscription platforms for manual therapy continuing education, including LearnMuscles Continuing Education with more than 3,300 video lessons and more than 320 hours of NCBTMB credit. He has also created Massage Therapy—Master Online Curriculum, a full online curriculum for massage therapy schools (learnmuscles. com). He is the author of multiple textbooks with Elsevier and has authored more than 90 articles. For more information on any of Dr. Joe's content, visit To contact Dr. Joe directly, you can reach him at Reinforced finger pads can be used to open and traction the myofascial tissue of the anterior hip. Using body weight to perform deep tissue work between the scapula and rib cage body wall. 10 11 WATCH: "WORKING THE MYOFASCIAL TISSUE BETWEEN THE SCAPULA AND THE RIB CAGE" 1. Open your camera 2. Scan the code 3. Tap on notifi cation

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