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Human Gross Anatomy CD-ROM SeriesModules 1-7These modules contain a thorough and comprehensive review of Anatomy and Regional Orthopedic Pathology of the Shoulder and Upper Arm, Elbow, Wrist and Hand, Spine, Thorax and Abdomen, Pelvis, Hip and Thigh, Knee and Lower Leg and the Ankle and Foot.

Orthopedic Physical Assessment with Special Tests ShoulderModules 1-4These modules contain a review of all Movements, Special Tests for Anterior Glenohumeral Instability, Posterior Glenohumeral Instability, Inferior Glenohumeral Instability, and Impingement Syndrome.

Orthopedic Physical Assessment with Special Tests ShoulderModules 5-9These modules contain a review of the Special Tests for Labral Tears of the Glenohumeral Joint, Scapular Stability, Acromioclavicular and Sternoclavicular Joints, Muscle and Tendon Pathology, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Joint Play Movements of the Shoulder.

Orthopedic Physical Assessment with Special Tests Pelvis and HipModules 1-5These modules contain a review of all Movements of the Pelvis, Special Tests for Neurological Involvement, Sacroilliac Joint Dysfunction, Leg Length, Selected Movements for the Hip, and Special Tests for Hip Pathology, Anteriorlateral Rotary Instability and Posterolateral Rotary Instability.

Orthopedic Physical Assessment with Special Tests KneeModules 1-5These modules contain a review of all Movements of the Knee and Special Tests for One-Plane Medial Instability, One Plane Posterior Instability, Anterolateral Rotary Instability and Posterolateral Rotary Instability.

Orthopedic Physical Assessment with Special Tests Lower Leg, Ankle & FootModules 1-5These modules contain a review of all Movements of the Lower Leg, Ankle and Foot, Special Tests for Neutral Position of the Talus, Ligamentous Instability and Joint Play Movements.


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Keynote Speakers

RMTBCAnvil Centre, New Westminster, BCApril 16 - 18, 2016

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We have all heard of Dr. Google and the resultant fact that Internet research brings us more knowledgeable and enquiring patients. The

good doctor also offers a plethora of inaccurate, incorrect, and just plain misleading information we need to dispel. But one question we should be asking ourselves is does Dr. Google raise our own educational bar? Because

of Dr. Google and the like (chat rooms, internet research, Facebook pages, special interest groups, Twitters speed of information), do RMTs need to increase their own educational credentials to maintain not only educational superiority but also professional credibility?

If you take a close look at todays patient, you will find the answer.

First todays patient is far better equipped with information and questions than ever before. How many RMTs have had patients show up with a sheaf of papers printed out from the Internet on their particular ailment and what an RMT should be doing to address or alleviate it? Information (and misinformation) is so readily available through the Internet; it is rare that a patient has not done any research on their particular ailment.Plus todays patient, prior to an appointment with you, has likely spoken to another family member, friend, or health care provider about whats bothering them. They may have visited a health care website that has ideas or suggestions on ways to address their physical impairment or resulting pain.

And todays patient also comes, oftentimes, with a personal Twitter or Facebook page, and may have reached out to others about their own ailments or limitations. There is no shortage of opinion out there when you ask for it.

In fact, todays patients, according to a survey of RMTs with more than five years experience, have more complex health care issues. Eighty-one percent of RMTs surveyed state that their patient populations understand more about their own health care needs today than previously, and 54 per cent of those patients ask more about health care news and research than ever before.

But theres something you may not know about todays patient. More and more, they are coming to an RMT for help. The proportion of individuals who seek an RMT for help has grown in the past six years, according to our survey done in March 2014. A full 81 percent more British Columbians visited an RMT in 2014 than in 2008. That translates into this fact: 67 percent of residents have visited an RMT in their life, second to physiotherapists and more than chiropractors, acupuncturists and TCM practitioners. Looking only at the last five years, 52 percent of residents have visited an RMT compared to only 50 percent of residents visiting a physiotherapist. The need for our particular type of effective therapy is on the rise.

Theres more. The average number of visits to RMTs is up, and most patients (just over half) see an RMT for muscle pain, followed closely by neck and shoulder pain, and then back pain. A quarter of residents seek RMT treatment for stress. Ninety-one percent of residents are favourable toward RMTs, including 56 percent who claim to be very favourable.

So what should we do with this information? As we rise in popularity amongst a much more knowledgeable and inquisitive patient base, should we maintain the status quo regarding our own credentials or is now the time to raise the bar?

Eighty-six percent of RMTs would support RMT education in a public institution and 83 percent of those would do so for the advancement of the profession. Eighty-five percent of us believe that a B.Sc. in massage therapy would advance the profession.

Now is the time to raise the bar. More than ever before, todays RMT must match todays patient with increased knowledge, advanced education, and continued credibility. It is the most effective way to hold our position as the health care provider of choice amongst our patient base. Our patients look to us for the answers; now RMTs must find those answers in a university degree program.

By Anne Horng, RMT

RMT Registered Massage Therapists Association of British Columbia


EditingScantone Jones, Jessica ter Wolbeek, Brenda Locke, Anne Horng & Mike Reoch

Artistic DirectionRachelle Paradis, Dave DeWitt

Content ContributorsAnne Horng, Corey Vant Haaff

Registered Massage Therapists Association of British Columbia

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RMT Matters is published three times a year for Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs). This publication intends to provide a voice for RMTs and to act as a source for the latest research plus a vehicle for the general population to understand and respect the valuable work of RMTs. Funding is provided by RMTBC and through advertising revenue.

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Additional ContributersEyal Lederman, Sandra Hilton, Walt Fritz, Ravensara Travillian, Rob Hemsworth, Angela Mackenzie, Brian Fulton, Christopher A. Moyer, Susan Chapelle,Cory Blickentaff, Nikita Vizniak & Scott Nicoll

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April 16 - 18, 2016

Emphasis on Evidence-based Techniques

We are expecting a diverse audience of health care professionals mainly from the manual disciplines.

Participants will increase their understanding of various therapies by learning the most recent developments in the field.

In recent years, the RMTBC has hosted extremely successful conference events with attendees and speakers alike lauding the importance and relativity of these including our sold-out 3rd International Fascial Research Congress hosted in 2012 and a Pain Management Conference in 2014.

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