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19/Oct/2017

Client Comments

“I’ve struggled with tightness and pain in my neck and lower back for 40 years, and
I’ve been treated by many massage therapists over that period. Without a doubt,
Erin Brummet is the most effective body worker I’ve experienced. All good massage therapists have a good “feel”— an ability to locate the tight spots and then use just the right amount of pressure to work the tension out of the muscles. But, in my experience, “feel” isn’t enough to treat chronic muscle and nerve problems. Erin has superb “feel,” but so much more. Her excellent technique and broad education result in incredibly efficient healing.

When I first started seeing Erin, I had impingements in both shoulders, which made it painful to raise my arms over my head. It took her only two sessions to improve my range of motion and only three more to get me pain free with full range of motion in both shoulders.

I’ve been getting body work from Erin for about 3 years now. She is, hands down, the BEST therapist there is. Not only does her work feel incredible, she actually FIXES problem areas. When I first met Erin, I was ready to go in for my second shoulder surgery. I couldn’t lift my arm without pain and a loud popping sound. Erin showed me that my shoulder joint was fine but the muscles attaching to it were imbalanced and were the cause of my severe pain. It only took a few sessions with Erin to be able to take my arm out of the sling and regain full range of motion. Years later, I am still turning to Erin every time my body feels “off.” She is a true “Body mechanic!”

-Matt, Boulder Creek

Erin is constantly expanding her education in medical therapies, learning new
techniques and deepening her knowledge of anatomy and physiology. Her feel,
experience, and extensive training make her the ideal massage therapist.”

-Casey Huff, SC.

“Erin did an amazing job on my neck after just one visit! Came in with a neck “injury” and she helped realign me.”
-J.B, LG

“I loved how Erin explained what she was doing and gave me feedback on my body and the problems that she saw. I also liked how her balance of silence and some talking as appropriate. She also has a great sense of humor. This was one of the best massages I’ve ever had and she seriously changed how my body felt prior to the massage. “
-H.V, SC

“Easy, Quick. No frills or la dee dah. My therapist, Erin, was incredible. She got my back relaxed for the first time! Thank you.”
-Daniel Connor

“I came to Marti broken. Her sessions gave me my wings again.”                                                                                                                                                                 -Laura Dickie

“Craniosacral Therapy is more relaxing than deep sleep.”                                                                                                                                                                              -Ron Barr

“Marti has the most magical healing hands I’ve ever experienced. Every time I have a session with her, I reach the most amazing state of deep relaxation and peace of mind. The body work sessions have been an essential element in my healing process and I will forever be grateful to her.”                                 -MK Boone

“Erin is wonderful! She designs her treatments just for you and what your body needs. She is present during every appointment and paying attention to your unique situation. Outside of the office, Erin volunteers her talents and has massaged runners from impoverished nations, our farm workers and so many others who need her care but it is out of their reach. Erin is just a beautiful person inside and out. Her healing touch is magical and you won’t want to stop seeing her once you start!”

-Ileana B.

“Erin’s bodywork is deeply restorative. She has an amazing reservoir of both knowledge and experience, and a healer’s sincere interest in her clients’ well-being. I went to her because an old injury wasn’t recovering with physical therapy alone; Erin’s trigger point therapy really helped me get past the plateau I was stuck on, and move on with my life. She even took time to teach me how to do some of the most relevant releases at home. Erin is a warm person and uniquely capable. Go see her and start feeling better!”

-Allison M.

“Blessed are the gifted massage therapists, for they are the divine healers of hurting bodies! Erin is the finest massage therapist I have EVER encountered. Very knowledgeable and compassionate, with the best healing touch. You describe your pain, and she finds the source and goes to work. Best money I have ever spent on my health. Highly recommend for those who like deep tissue massage.”

-Beth T.

“One of the best massages I’ve ever recieved. Erin is a true massage therapist. With skilled, strong hands, she hit the pressure points that needed attention. Communication was easy, she inquired on my problem area and went to work to help reduce the aches in my calves, feet, and shins.”

-Jeanie O

“Erin has helped me so much with injuries that regular doctors and therapists have been unable to heal.  After years of PT and rounds of doctors, I found Erin through a friend and she has treated my injuries, including calf tightness, pulled hamstrings, plantar fasciitis, and all kinds of tendinitis. She not only treats the area of pain but finds the pressure point and gives recommendations on home exercises and stretches. As a tennis player, it is ESSENTIAL to have Erin as a resource. She’s great!”

-Sabrina L

“Erin is a very good therapist and I have been having sports massage for over 20 years now. She is very knowledgeable about physiology and anatomy, as well as in the techniques of therapeutic massage. As a runner and someone who sits at a computer for long periods, my regular massage with Erin is an important preventative health and healing mechanism.”

-Marion H.

“Getting a massage from Erin is heaven. She has a gift. She knows how to fix all of my ailments, finding the source of pain I didn’t even know was there. I even talked my husband into seeing her for getting his first massage, and he is hooked, too. She is kind and pleasant, too. Doesn’t get any better.”

-B. Terry

“Erin is a source of relief! She has a natural and intuitive sense of healing with actual benefit. I’ve gotten multiple massages but Erin is BY FAR the very best and has become a mandatory visit whenever possible! Erin is not simply a massage therapist, she is a medical professional that heals the body through physical touch and useful guidance.”

-Sarah J

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24/Sep/2017

Trigger points

Most people have heard of  trigger points. However, there seems to be much confusion about what they are, what they do, and why they are important. Trigger point therapy is a bit experimental.  It’s not a miracle cure for chronic pain, either.  However, it DOES work and it can be extremely effective in removing pain and dysfunction from your body.

What are Trigger Points?

Dr’s Travell and Simons defined a myofascial trigger point as  “hyperirritable spot in a skeletal muscle”. The spot is painful on compression and can give rise to characteristic referred pain, referred tenderness, motor dysfunction and autonomic phenomena.

Let’s simplify all of this.  The muscle “knots” that nag at you aren’t really “knots.” Despite how it may feel, there’s not actually a tangle or twist in your muscle. More likely, those “knots” are trigger points; small parts of muscle tissue that are in spasm.

Think of a handful of uncooked spaghetti noodles.  Let’s say that each noodle is a muscle fiber and, all put together, they make up the entire muscle.  If the entire muscle spasms, we call that a “Charlie Horse.”  I’m sure we are all painfully aware of those!  Now, if just one of those noodles (muscle fibers), in the entire handful of noodly-muscle, were stuck in a contracted state, we’d say that that portion of the contracted noodle (fiber) was a trigger point. Make sense?

Trigger point illustration
Small muscle fibers in a contracted state

So, this contracted muscle fiber becomes a highly tender area in the muscle or connective tissue (fascia) that is painful when compressed. In addition, pressing on this trigger point can cause pain in other, seemingly random, parts of the body. This is called “referred pain.” Trigger points also love to create a radiating pain throughout the muscle and connective tissue causing something called “myofascial pain syndrome.” Trigger points are nasty little buggers!

And then, as if the pain weren’t enough, trigger points can cause weakness, fatigue, and, often, a loss of coordination of involved muscles.  This can lead many to believe that they need to strengthen the weakened muscles.  However, if the trigger points aren’t first released, strengthening exercises can force the surrounding muscles to do all of the work, instead of the muscle with the trigger point!  This then causes more weakening of the muscle containing trigger point and over-works the other muscles, possibly causing more trigger points in THOSE muscles.  It’s a can of worms, I tell ya.

Types of Trigger Points

To make things even more complicated, there are more than one type of trigger point and each has it’s own special little way of torturing you.  Ugh…There are “active” and “latent” trigger points. An active trigger point refers pain or tingling-like sensations to other parts of the body and they can also limit your range of motion.  A latent trigger point doesn’t cause pain but will cause a decrease in your range of motion and weakness in the affected muscle.

Furthermore, there are also primary or “central” trigger points that form where nerve endings that cause the muscle to contract, attach to the muscle fiber. These are generally in the middle of the muscle fiber. If the trigger point is found at the muscle’s attachment point, it’s called an “attachment trigger point” and these points also cause referred pain and can further make a mess of things by creating “satellite” trigger points. Again, UGH!

A satellite trigger point forms in a different muscle in the referral zone of the primary trigger point. This satellite trigger point may be formed because the muscle is overloaded due to the muscle with the primary trigger point being weakend and not pulling it’s own weight in your body. For example, a primary trigger point in your upper back may cause a satellite trigger point in your neck.  If the primary is released, the satellite will often resolve itself.

When Trigger Points Go Bad

Trigger point pain referal
The “X’s” mark the trigger points and the blue marks the referral zones

You still with me?  I told you this trigger point stuff was a can of worms. Most people have a few trigger points here and there.  They are a pain but you can live with them and they are usually worked out in time or with a nice massage. However, some have many and this becomes a syndrome called “Myofascial Pain Syndrome.”  Aack! What’s that?!?!

Myofascial Pain Syndrome

Myo-muscle

Fascial-connective tissue

Pain– OUCH!

                Syndrome– a bit unknown

This is a painful condition and it’s best to see a practitioner who’s experienced in Trigger Point Therapy.  Most of the time trigger points can be released with manual therapy but sometimes, dry needling or trigger point injections through a licensed practitioner is the only way to eradicate the little buggers.

How do Trigger Points Form?

Why Me?

I get asked this all of the time.  People want to know what the heck happened to them and what are they doing wrong. Nothing, really.  We live in and use our bodies. It happens and is just part of life. 

Trigger points can develop gradually and with over use. They can form after sudden trauma or injury. Nutritional problems, sleep issues, organ dysfunction, disease, chronic infection and emotional factors can also contribute to the formation of trigger points.  Dont think that you can escape trigger points by stopping all activty, plopping down on your couch and binging on Netflix for days, either.  Inactivity and poor posture  can create them, too! You are a lucky person, indeed, if you can avoid trigger points. So, don’t beat yourself up.  Welcome to the human condition.  The good news is that you now have a pretty good idea as to what’s going on with all of this pain you are feeling AND you happen to know a darn good trigger point therapist to help you out, too. (Wink. Wink.)

What can you expect when recieving Trigger Point therapy with me?

Will it Hurt?

To be perfectly honest…it’s uncomfortable.  Trigger points can be mean and nasty. Some hardly hurt and some make you swear. Although I’m often amused at the colorful stuff that comes out of your mouths, I promise, I do NOT enjoy causing you pain and will try every technique possible to avoid hurting you. In fact, muscles in pain tend to tense up, so causing you pain will hinder the technique working correctly.  If it hurts too much, you will start to tense your muscles and undo all of my hard work.  That’s just a waste of everyone’s time and I don’t want to have to wear shin-guards when you next walk past me.

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53709085 – trigger point physical therapy

How Are They Treated?

Every trigger point is different and each requires a different technique to help it release. During trigger point therapy, I put on my detective hat and start looking for clues to explain your pain. I locate the trigger point(s) by pressing on the muscle tissue with a finger (palpation) or by picking up the muscle fibers in a pincer grip. Light to moderate pressure is applied for up to 30 seconds. I also use a more gentle technique that apples a light stroking of the point 10-15 times and then I leave it alone for awhile to think about it’s naughty behavior. When I come back, I’ll check in with the point to see if it has learned it’s lesson and disappated. If it has, great.

If not, I’ll do one more treatment and likely send you home with a bit of homework, requesting that you continue to work the point in the same manner.  The longer pain goes untreated, the greater the number of muscles are affected and more pain is caused in new areas.  As the problem gets bigger, there’s a greater likelihood that the pain will become a chronic problem. This vicious cycle continues until there’s outside intervention. The sooner you treat trigger points, the less likely pain will become a permanent problem.  So, while trigger point therapy can be less than comfortable, it is a necessity and the point of it is RELIEF!

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By Erin Brummett, LMT, MMP~Founder and Medical Massage Therapist

Reference
1.Simon, D.G., Travell, J., & Simons, L.S. (1999). Myofascial pain and dysfunction: The trigger point manual: Volume. 1. The Upper Half of Body. Baltimore, MD: Lippincott Williams & Wilki, PainScience.comPaul Ingraham&?Tim Taylor, MD


11/May/2017

This is a test of our emergency blogging network….

This is only a test….

If this were n0t a test, you would be reading something worth while, but as it stands, it’s pure nonsense that just wasted your time.

Thank you for taking the time to read, and perhaps now you will book an appointment to fix your back and neck issues caused by haunching over the keyboard at work or constantly on your mobile device, reading nonsense items like this.

 


15/Oct/2017

Massage Questions

Massage questions…we all have them. I have compiled a list of these queiries and, in this post, offer some honest answers. Hope it helps!

What should I expect during my first massage therapy visit?

When you first come into the office, you will be asked to fill out a health history/intake form. Afterward, the therapist will ask general questions and assess your range of motion and pain levels. This is a good time to ask any questions that you may have, as well.

It is important to list all health concerns and medications so the therapist can adapt the session to your specific needs without doing any harm. It is also important to list any allergies so the therapist is aware if he/she needs to use a different oil or lotion during the session.

Do I have to be completely undressed?

No! You should undress to your level of comfort. For a full body massage, most get completely undressed, undies included. However, if you are more comfortable leaving your underwear on, that’s perfectly fine.  The therapist will work around the clothes you left on as best as they can. For clinical or “spot” work, clothing is removed in that area or, if you are dressed in comfortable clothing, the work can be done with clothes on.  If removing all your clothes makes you too nervous and unable to relax, then you are not getting the optimal benefit from the session. Your massage therapist will give you privacy to undress and get comfortable on the table.

Do I have to cover myself with a sheet or towel?

Massage linen

This is known as draping and California law requires it when you are undressed. Once you are on the table under the drape, the therapist will only uncover the part of your body being worked on.
The genitals (women and men) will not be uncovered at any point during the session. Breasts may be uncovered (with client consent) IF doing clinical work in that area.. If the therapist is going to work on a woman’s abdomen, a second towel or sheet will be used to cover the breasts so the main sheet or towel can be moved to expose the abdomen.

What do I do during a massage treatment?

Get yourself comfortable. If your therapist wants you to adjust your position, she/he will either move you or will ask you to move what is needed. Otherwise, change your position anytime to make yourself more comfortable.
Many people close their eyes and relax completely during a session; others prefer to talk. It’s up to you. It is your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time.

How long will a massage treatment last?

The average full-body massage session lasts about one hour. Many people prefer a 60 to 90-minute session for optimal relaxation. Should you want to address certain pain issues and get a full body massage, please consider a 90 minute or 2 hour session.

Will the massage hurt?

It shouldn’t. However, this depends on the type of massage and the depth of the strokes. A gentle relaxing massage that doesn’t dig deep into the muscles, shouldn’t hurt. With that being said, there is a ‘feels good’ hurt and an ‘ouch, stop it’ hurt. Trigger point massage and some clinical work MAY hurt for a few seconds at a time. A good massage, even a really deep tissue massage, should always stay in the ‘feels good’ hurt range. 
Pain can be an indication that the muscle is possibly injured or inflamed and pressure should be adjusted. Also, pain can cause you to tighten up and negate the relaxing effects of the massage. The most effective and deepest massage always works with your body’s natural response, not against it.

How often should I get a massage?

As often as your body needs and that need varies from person to person. If you are just looking for some occasional relaxation, then a session every 3-6 weeks should work well for you.
However, if you are looking to address a specific condition, then it is recommended to go more frequently at first and then slowly taper down to a maintenance schedule. Sometimes, with injuries, more frequent sessions can be effective until your goals are met and a maintenance schedule is in place.
Frequency of sessions should be discussed with your massage therapist after your treatment when he/she has a better hands-on understanding of your particular muscular issues. Your doctor, chiropractor, physical therapist, or osteopath may write you a prescriptiion indicating their recommendations for your particular condition.

If I want a really deep massage shouldn’t I see a male therapist?

The answer is NO. The perception that men give deeper massages than women is understandable but not accurate.  While some men may give a deeper massage, there are plenty of women who do so, as well.
It is a matter of style, training, and therapist preference. Some therapists prefer not to give really deep sessions while others, like myself, specialize in this area. If you are looking for a deep massage, it is best to simply ask the therapist if she/he does this type of work. And of course, during your session it is highly encouraged to give the therapist feedback if you would like a lighter/deeper pressure. It’s your session!
And remember, massage does not have to hurt to be effective.

Can I talk during my session?

Yep. Talk as much as you like. Often times, in more clinical work, a dialog between you and the therapist is necessary, as you work as a team to correct tension areas. However, with spa massage, the important thing to remember is that this treatment is all about you relaxing and enjoying the experience. Many therapists discourage talking in hopes that you will relax  enter a parasympathetic state of massage relaxation.
Most people starting off talking, and as the massage progresses, they then quiet and enter state of relaxation.

The important issue here is that there are times when you need to speak up. If the therapist is doing anything to make you uncomfortable, you should let them know immediately. Also, let them know if you get too warm or too cold, if the room is too bright, or if the pressure needs to be changed (lighter or deeper). If something is not working for you – speak up! We LIKE your feedback and your comfort is the entire point of the session.

Do I have to listen to whale calls, running water, birds and flutes during my massage?

Personal Music Device

No. While many therapists play slower, quieter, ‘new age’ type music, you can choose to have different music or no music at all. Studies have shown that music at under 60 beats-per-minute has a calming, relaxing effect on the body and therefore can enhance your experience.
However, while this may be true, any music you like to listen to while you relax can be listened to while you get a massage. If it relaxes you and you enjoy it at home, why wouldn’t it do the same during your treatment? Ask your therapist what music they have to offer or bring your own music from home.  You wont be the first person to rock out during their session!

How will I feel after my massage treatment?

Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience a significant decrease or freedom from long-term aches and pains. Many feel a little slowed down for a short period and then notice an increase of energy, heightened awareness and increased productivity which can last for days.
If you received a deep massage, you may be slightly sore the next day – not unlike a good workout at the gym. Sometimes a hot shower, or a soak in the tub with some epsom salts can ease this soreness.
After your session you should increase your water intake a bit. Just a glass or two more than normal is usually fine. This helps keep your body’s tissues hydrated and helps flush the toxins released in the massage.

How many sessions will I need?

Honestly, its hard to say. Every person is unique and every condition is unique to each person. It may take one session or it may take several. You and your therapist will be able to talk more specifically about this after your first session and he/she has had a chance to evaluate your body’s tissues.

When should I not get a massage?

There are few conditions which should prevent you from enjoying a massage. Illness would be the number one reason for avoiding massage.  If you have a fever, cold/flu, or contagious skin infection, please cancel.  This protects the therapist and their future clients.  It also protects YOU.  Massage can exasperate your condition. You want to feel better, not worse.

Pregnancy in the first trimenster is also contraindicated. If you are recieving a massage in this period, please be sure to inform your therapist and make sure that they are trained in prenatal care.

There are many other conditions in which your therapist may need to adapt his/her techniques (i.e. arthritis or osteoporosis) or avoid an area completely. With some conditions it is a good idea to get an approval from your physician before you receive massage (recent injuries, cancer, certain heart conditions, pregnancy). This doesn’t mean you can’t get massage. But its always better to err on the side of caution.
Your therapist can advise you about your specific needs.

How clean do I need to be before a massage?

Here’s the thing about massage therapists… As a group, we are some of the least judgmental people you’ll ever meet. We’ve seen it all and, for the most part, remain unfazed. A little B.O.?  Don’t care.  A bit sweaty? Don’t care. Super stinky feet? It happens.  We’ll just throw a hot towel on them and wash them off before working on them.  Unshaved legs?  Ladies, you never believe me when I say this , but, I promise you, therapists DON’T care.  Not even a little bit.

Here’s what does matter.  Some semblance of “clean.” Super dirty or stinky isn’t pleasant to work on.  So, if your pits are super ripe, step into the bathroom before the session and give them a quick paper towel wipe-down.  That should be fine.  If you’ve been barefoot all day and your soles are black, they need a quick wash before the session, if you want them worked on.  When oiled, that dirt spreads all over your body and leads to a “gritty” massage.  Yuck.  You don’t want that.

Embarrassing moments on the massage table?Embarrassed Man

Snoring, farts, periods, and erections all happen on the massage table.  Welcome to the human condition.  Now, get over it. Your therapist already has.

Snoring– It’s ok. Falling asleep during a massage isn’t considered rude. In fact, it’s encouraged! Snoring happens sometimes.  No big deal.  Your therapist will feel accomplished in helping you get to that level of relaxation.

Farts-Ok, those can be embarrassing.  Your body is relaxed and being repeatedly pushed on and jostled. Farts happen and one or two will get no judgement from your therapist.  Letting them repeatedly rip in session, however, is poor form.

Periods-If you are worried about dripping, just wear panties. All will be fine from there.  We change our linens between every client., so don’t worry if a little mess escapes you. Again, we are all human and this kind of thing just happens.  Moving on…

Erections-Most men avoid massage for fear this will happen to them. Or, they get a massage but are unable to relax because of this fear. We are all human so please don’t be embarrased….it happens.

Sometimes men get an erection during a non-sexual, therapeutic, full body massage. Touch administered to any part of the body can activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which can result in a partial or complete erection.

An educated, professional massage therapist understands this and it will not be an issue for them. They will ignore it and continue their work without judgment. If you are still concerned, I try wearing more fitted underwear (briefs or boxer briefs) which provide more support than traditional boxers.
***Note: If the therapist feels that the session has turned sexual for the client, male or female, they may stop the session to clarify the client’s intent, and may decide to end the session immediately.

Can I drink alcohol before a massage?

Massage is relaxing. Drinking can be relaxing, too. But drinking and massage don’t mix well, for a number of reasons. Remember: first massage, then alcohol — never vice versa.

I have acne. Will massage oils clog my pores?

Some massage oils can indeed block pores. But others are non-comedogenic, meaning that you can use them at will even with pimples. There are other non-oil options for massages that you might prefer as well.  If this is a concern, please speak up.  Kinetic Health has options!

The pressure isn’t right, but I don’t want to insult my massage therapist. What should I do?

Communication between client and therapist is essential to provide the best therapeutic massage possible. A professional massage therapist should not be offended by a client who asks them for deeper work or to move a little left or right. If they do get offended, then find another therapist.

I’m never sure about gratuities. How much should I tip?

Tip Jar


Gratuity is an act of gratitude, it is never a requirement to tip. If you are a gracious receiver of an awesome massage 15-20% is a standard percentage. The ultimate gratuity is not gratuity, but re-booking the next massage or referring those you know to the therapist.

More massage questions?

Should you have any other massage questions, please feel free to add them to your comments I will be happy to give you an honest answer!

#Massagequestions#massageanswers


29/Sep/2017

Acupuncture…

 

Sick Woman needs Acupuncture

Take control of your health!

#Acupuncture is super effective in reducing symptoms associated with the cold or flu.  In fact, if caught early enough, acupuncture may even prevent symptoms and colds from ever developing in the first place. Colds are one of the most common and wide spread conditions in North America.  Acupuncture can shorten the duration and help alleviate the symptoms associated with the common cold. So, come on into the clinic and see Audra.  She’ll help you to feel better!


23/Sep/2017

CrossFit…

CrossFit man with strong upper body

 

Yes, I’m talking to you, my #CrossFit friends. I have quite a collection of you as my clients and I call you the “CrossFit Masochists.” You are strong and you are driven. You are fierce competitors and you push your bodies to their limits and sometimes beyond. You look like Greek gods. And, no, you don’t need to tell me what you do to stay fit. I will know when I see you. I will know when my thumb won’t sink into your traps and when my elbow, pressed in deeply, makes you curse me and my children, all the while, saying that you love me.

Take Care of yourself, CrossFit Lovers!

My dear, CrossFit Masochists, I am the therapist for you because I know you and I know what ails you. I know that those insanely gorgeous arms of yours no longer fully extend and those powerful shoulders HURT and I know that your low back is stiff and that your “Brazilian Butt” screams nasty things as you move throughout your day. As I said, I know you and I know that you need a BODY MECHANIC and not some feel good “pretty massage.”

You are building yourself up into powerful beings. Good for you! Keep in mind, though, that this intense program is hard on your body and, if you are not properly cared for, you WILL break. Please, take further care of yourself, and get regular treatments. I can promise three things: 1) It will “hurt so good.” 2) We will release enough tension to take your body to the next level. (Possibly giving you the extra power to finally smoke that jerk constantly showing you up.) and 3) You will feel as strong as you look afterwards.

Now is the time to step it up and to feel better.

By Erin Brummett, LMT, MMP~Founder and Medical Massage Therapist


23/Sep/2017

Low back pain…

Back pain due to tight psoas

You’ve used your roller and you’ve had a massage. You’ve taken an Advil and begged/bribed your partner to rub your back. Still…that back pain and wicked little pinch at your spine just won’t go away and maybe your hip or groin area has started to nag at you, too. The pain isn’t severe but it’s chronic and living with it is making you feel more than a bit cranky and broken. Sound familiar?

What if the back pain wasn’t directly coming from your back and maybe you weren’t getting results because you were working in the wrong spot? There’s a common culprit for this type of pain, and it is not alleviated by working the posterior side of your body. So, it’s time to flip over and meet your psoas!

The culprit

The PSOAS MAJOR is the deepest and most vital muscle in your body. It attaches from the T12-L5 vertebrae, runs through your pelvis and inserts at your femurs. It’s also the only muscle that connects your spine to the lower half of your body. Thus, making the psoas a major player in posture and spine stabilization. These muscles aid in hip flexion, allowing you to walk, run, climb stairs and bend over. Consequently, without the psoas muscle, you wouldn’t even be able to get out of bed in the morning! (Oh, darn.)  Not only that, but the psoas muscle and the two ligaments attached to your diaphragm are directly connected, thus allowing you to walk and breathe and respond to fight or flight stimuli. And when stressed, guess who tightens up and yells at you? The psoas. It’s all about that mean, nasty, and incredible psoas.

The solution

So, here’s the good news…Kinetic Health’s practitioners are what you might call “body mechanics” and we can help take the pain away. After a session or two, you may just be able to bury that rolling torture device in the back of your closet again. Doesn’t that sound nice?!?!

***Check out this great video on how to use sports tape to help heal your psoas!

Click HERE for the link.

By Erin Brummett, LMT, MMP – Founder and Medical Massage Therapist

 


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