Massage Therapy After a Car Accident

A car accident can be a major burden on someone’s life.  Some people may not know what they should do after being in a car accident.  After getting everything squared away with your insurance company and collecting the other persons information, one of the next things on the list should be to consult with a medical doctor or chiropractor.

A lot of people tend to put this off because they don’t feel any amount of pain or tension right away.  That is because the initial shock to your body has not worn off yet, and this is holding back the […]

Deep Tissue Massage vs Deep Pressure Massage

One of the biggest misconceptions about deep tissue massage that I have come across as a therapist, is that most people believe that it means applying a lot of hard, deep pressure, and that it is going to hurt.  The term ‘deep tissue massage’ actually has nothing to do with the amount of pressure that is applied, but about working the deeper tissue layers of muscle and fascia in order to correct, and heal an area of dysfunction.
As a sports massage therapist I treat a lot of athletes, and active people.  They naturally have the “No Pain, No Gain” […]

Event Massage at the Tour de Cure 2013

On July 20th, I volunteered along with a few other sports massage therapists from around Portland to provide post-event massage for the cyclists who participated in the Tour de Cure Ride.  It is structured for cyclists of all experience levels, with routes ranging from 5 to 100 miles.  The event is in support of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and raises funds that go toward research, education and advocacy in the fight to stop diabetes.  It happens annually, and across 44 states.  Over 1,000 riders, sponsors and volunteers participated in the Portland event, and raised $375,000!!  I am happy […]

Desk Workers: Part 2 – Postural Exercises

Upper Cross Syndrome is a condition that many desk workers have.  It is a postural abnormality where your upper body and head is being drawn forward due to being hunched over a desk all day.  This doesn’t affect just desk workers, but anyone who is doing prolonged activities that require them to have their arms reaching out in front of them, such as with people who drive long distances, or cyclists.
This photo to the left shows the muscles that become overly tight with this postural dysfunction, and the muscles that are weak, or inactive. 
In upper cross syndrome the […]

Desk Workers: Part 1 – Ergonomics

One of the more common conditions I treat would be upper back and neck pain/stiffness. The majority of us spend a decent amount of time sitting at a desk in front of a computer, whether it is for your job, using social media, researching or playing a game.  Something as simple as sitting, you wouldn’t think there should be a problem, right?  But for a lot of people, sitting too much or in the wrong positions can be more aggravating to their body than any other activity they do in their life. For people who work long hours at […]

Muscle Soreness Due To Lactic Acid Build-up? Not Quite.

Most anybody who has ever exercised has experienced what is known as Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS), or sometimes referred to as ‘muscle fever’.  DOMS is typically felt anywhere from several hours to days after exercise.  Usually in cases where the exercise is intense, or if it is something new that the body is not used to (such as trying to run a half marathon without doing any training for it). In the past it was believed that DOMS was caused by a build up of Lactic Acid in the blood.  Lactic Acid is a by-product that is released […]

The Psoas and Back Pain

Lately I have had quite a few clients coming in complaining of similar, low back symptoms.  Each of them have also displayed the same postural abnormalities, consistent with someone who sits all day at a desk, which they also all work desk jobs.  If you have, or have ever had low back pain, often times one of the main culprits is a tight Psoas muscle.
 
Where is the Psoas?  The Psoas is one of the largest, thickest muscles in the body.  It is our primary hip flexor muscle, so it lifts the leg at the hip up toward our chest.  […]

What Do I Wear During a Massage?

For anyone who has never had a massage before, there may be some questions you have beforehand.  One of those could be that you don’t know what you should wear during the session.  It is a good question because not all massages are the same, and therapists have different preferences.
First, the Oregon Board requires that the therapist drapes you, and only uncovers the area of your body being worked on during the session at a time.  There have been many occasions when I leave the treatment room so that the client can change, and I come back greeted […]