I’ve been very fortunate in my massage career. Thirty years ago this summer, I moved to Colorado Springs from Southern California, where I had a seven-year-old, moderately successful massage therapy practice. Arriving in the Springs with few contacts, I relied on a local colleague who seemed to know everybody and she introduced me as “a great sports massage therapist from CALIFORNIA.” I was, all of a sudden, a big fish in a little pond. 😉
Over the past 30 years I’ve been able to develop a quite loyal clientele, many of whom have been coming to me for over 20 years. I appreciate each and every one of them. This weekend, however, I’m celebrating two clients I first met in the summer of 1988. They helped me start to earn a living soon after moving here and have been great supporters of me and my work for all these 30 years. I’ve treated their spouses, their children, and their extended family members. They’ve referred numerous friends and acquaintances to me, many of whom also have become my “regulars.” They truly have been instrumental in building my business here and I’m forever grateful to them. As my way of thanking them for their loyalty and friendship, we’re gathering this evening with our spouses for our 30th Anniversary dinner, to share stories and toast our general good fortune in finding each other.
This article offers a brief look at facilitated stretching, an active-assisted form of stretching based on proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation. It describes the method, the rationale for its development and use, and gives detailed instructions for performing several stretches, both with a partner and alone. © 2001 Robert E McAtee, originally published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapy.
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By Bob McAtee RMT, CSCS, C-PT
As massage therapists, we have the ability to work with injuries to the soft tissues in a way that few other practitioners do.
If you think about it, massage practitioners are really the primary source for the hands-on care for most minor soft-tissue injuries. How many people you know go to the doctor for minor aches and pains? How many of your clients ask you to treat these same aches and pains? This is well within our scope of practice, as long as we are able to properly evaluate the injury, and determine if it’s a problem we’re qualified to treat. However, treating the injury without determining its source leaves the client susceptible to re-injury.
It’s high season for trailrunning and now is a good time to talk about the potential for overuse problems to crop up. Increased mileage or intensity carries with it an increased chance for injury. Although some athletic injuries are of sudden onset, like blowing out a knee skiing, or spraining a wrist falling off a mountain bike, most sports injuries, especially among runners, are the simple result of overuse and can be prevented.
It’s common for trail runners to experience low back pain from uphill running. This article addresses some of the reasons this occurs, and what you can do to prevent and/or alleviate the problem.
The biomechanics of running uphill are different than running on the flats. Running uphill, your stride length changes, your posture changes, and the physical demands on your muscles change. The steeper the hill, the more noticeable these changes become and the greater the likelihood that you’ll experience low back pain.