Kendrick Lamar? Nope.
Dwayne the ROCK Johnson!? Nay.
Why am I being such a negative Nancy you ask? It’s because the GAME you’re thinking of is different than the one that I’m thinking of.
And funny enough, it’s so much more than a game. It’s about healing people and the people who are committed to the bones to helping them move better, feel better, and get better in their quality of life. It’s the game of HEALING THE HUMAN BODY.
In this article, I am going to be writing about the people whose online presence and work you should most definitely be following if you are in the manual therapy or physical health business. Now, I know there are a whole bunch of medical doctors with many speciality designations after their name, but I am going to list you the ones I have personally been following since the beginning of my career as a massage/manual therapist and explain how they have changed my practice.
The author of the Anatomy Trains book. If I had to point out the biggest factor in changing my practice after my college education was that I read his book. Anatomy Trains covers almost, if not all, of the myofascial tracks, continuities, connections in the human body. Basically showing you how your feet can directly influence the calves, hamstrings, glutes, spinal muscles, neck, even all the way around to the eyebrows (example of Superficial Back Line). If you are a manual therapist or a massage therapist and haven’t read his book yet, I highly recommend that you do. It’s a game changer. He also teaches structural integration, which is a form of manual therapy very similar to Rolfing. He worked and studied with many legends such as Ida Rolf, Moshe Feldenkrais, and Buckminster Fuller.
Known as the Anatomy Gangsta, Vinnie Pham is the modern manual therapist at their best. Physiotherapist by training, he grew his business, Myodetox, with a vision to provide effective and real hands on care that works. He’s learned from many different teachers such as Thomas Myers and David Weinstock from NKT. His team is comprised of RMTs, Chiropractors, Physiotherapists, Fitness Trainers, and more. His instagram currents shows 324,000 followers and his posts are filled with much helpful information regarding the human body. Also, he’s just a very cool person.
Possibly one of the most famous chiropractors on the internet, Dr. Ian Rossoborough is just downright quite magical. With many decades of working in the health sector as a nurse and now working currently as a Gonstead Chiropractor – he is the inspiration for many young manual therapists and chiropractic students everywhere. His practice is based in Australia and people from all over the world have flown in to be treated under his hands. He practices a special type of chiropractic called the “Gonstead technique” and it relies on only correcting specific misalignments in the joints of the body. Unlike “rattling” or “cracking” multiple joints in the spine, Gonstead chiropractors will assess and properly treat the specific part of the body that is impeding healing. For an example of his life changing work – see this video.
The charismatic and knowledgeable Dr. Andreo Spina is one of the most scientific and evidence based technique sports chiropractor that I follow on the internet. His methodologies and understandings of treating the human body are very practical. He studied his Bachelor of Kinesiology from McMaster University and got his chiropractic education from the one and only Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (which is actually pretty much around the corner of where I live!) If you are a practitioner of manual therapy, his teachings and seminars will surprise you of how much you don’t know about all the stuff you think you already understand.
Ah, Dr. Perry Nickelston – one of the most badass chiropractors I know! Much of his practice helps you to move better and be pain free. His energy and understanding of the body from many different modalities makes him one of the most interesting and effective practitioners to follow. He is trained and educated in many forms – he graduated from the Palmer Chiropractic University, trained and certified as a Functional Movement Specialist and Selective Functional Movement Specialist. His openness and belief on the human body is not only inspiring but very heartfelt as well.
Naudi is one of those people who will not take any fake shit. With a strong belief in the functional movements of the human body, he shows you how to move the way we were designed to move. He’s a movement practitioner and also the founder of Functional Patterns.He thoroughly understands the connections in the body (aka the Anatomy Trains myofascial connections) and incorporates it as a part of the training process. He is able to train people to back to good functional movement and strength with these exercises and have been able to correct postural dysfunctions like functional scoliosis. Very knowledgeable and experienced about the body, definitely a guy to keep listening to in the future.
7. David Weinstock, Neurokinetic Therapy
I’ve discovered David recently and it has helped me change my way of thinking about how muscles, tendons, soft tissue works in relation to each other. He created Neurokinetic Therapy with others after years of travelling and learning from many different methods of practitioners. Always promoting assessment and treatment rather than blind guessing, he has helped many practitioners improve their treatment skills through accurate testing and understanding of the specific musculoskeletal condition. His book “NeuroKinetic Therapy, an Innovative Approach to Manual Muscle Testing” is a must read for those in the practice of manual therapy.
And that’s it for my current list! Mind you, there are hundreds of practitioners out there – whether it’s Rolfers, Structural Integrators, NISA practitioners, Fascial Stretch Therapists, Yogis, Tai Chi folks, Massage therapists, Acupuncturists, et cetera. And I am sure there are many more to add to this list of great people! If you know anyone that you think that I should absolutely check out – let me know! If you have ANY questions or comments, I’m always all ears!
Until next time,
Brian Donghui Rim, RMT