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.