Great inventions “The first step is to establish that something is possible – then probability will occur.” These are words from tech billionaire Elon Musk, one of the biggest innovators of the 21st century. Everything that we enjoy today - the gadgets, the Internet, smart appliances and devices - began as a concept that came to fruition because someone acted on that idea. In the last several decades, we have seen so many advances in technology than at any other point in history, and they have significantly changed the way we live, the way we communicate, the way we do our jobs and the way we find personal fulfillment. It is also interesting to note that some of the greatest inventions in recent history were not exactly products of eccentric geniuses that locked themselves up in a room trying to solve complex equations, with unkempt hair and wrinkly collars yelling, “Eureka!” everytime they make a breakthrough. The most innovative ideas and inventions in the last century began from ordinary people, either trying to find solutions to our day-to-day challenges or challenging the way we traditionally do things. Mark Zuckerberg was a university student who wanted to find a way to communicate more effectively with other students at Harvard University – so Facebook was born. Amazon began as a website that only sold books that were being shipped from its CEO Jeff Bezos’ garage. Great inventors and innovators can come from different walks of life, professions and backgrounds. In our cover story, we feature one such innovator who hails from the massage therapy profession. Her passion for her patients and their wellbeing drove Cheryl Mazak to develop a device that aims to help alleviate people’s hand and wrist pain. It is likely many others in the profession are engaged in some form of innovative and groundbreaking initiatives in varying degrees. We at Massage Therapy Canada would like to hear about them and perhaps share them with our readers. Just send us an email – another great modern invention. MARI-LEN DE GUZMAN, Editor EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD Beth Barberree, MA, BA, MT; Donelda Gowan-Moody, RMT, B.A (Hons), Msc, PhD (Candidate); Jason White, RMT, R.Kin, CAT(C), SMT(C); Paul Kohlmeier, BPE, RMT, R.Ac.; Scott Andrew Bsc, RMT; Mike Dixon, RMT
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