Hamstring Strain Injuries

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Oh, the hammies. Such a fascinating collection of muscles. The hamstring muscle group refers to the three muscles on the back of the thigh- biceps femoris, semitendinosus, and semimembranosus. All three extend the hip, tilt the pelvis, and flex the knee. Also, they all attach (with the exception of the short head of the biceps femoris) to a small boney part on the bottom of the pelvis called the ischial tuberosity, aka sits bones. The other (distal) end of the muscles each connect to different sites, either on the tibia or fibula. A hamstring strain is a tear in the […]

Why Your Massage Therapist Asks Health Questions

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Before your first massage, I’m going to ask health questions to learn about your medical history. I have an intake form that will ask about what medications and medical conditions you have, and a whole host of questions about your health history. So why is this? Am I being nosy? Why do I need to know such detailed, personal information about you that you may only otherwise share with your doctor? While it may seem like a hassle or invasion of your privacy to fill out an intake form, there’s a great reason I want to know so much about […]

EveryBody Deserves a Massage Week

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EveryBody Deserves a Massage Week (July 14-20, 2019) was started by one of our professional massage associations, Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals. The purpose of this week is to promote the benefits of massage and bodywork. Many massage therapists celebrate by giving back to the community in some way. To celebrate, I will be giving away two 30-minute massages. Email your nomination to me by midnight, July 20, 2019. The nominee should be someone you feel would benefit from massage, but struggles to find the time and/or money. I will draw the names Sunday, July 21, 2019. And since only […]

Smashing the Toxins Myth

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Maybe you’ve just come back from a vacation where you had your fair share of wine and delicious food. Should you detox with a juice cleanse? Or perhaps a massage will flush these toxins from your body? Many health-minded people are seeking new ways to benefit their health and to undo some of the prior damage that poor diets, air pollutants, and bad habits can do to their bodies. With the general rise of health consciousness, there’s also been an increase in the idea of “detoxing,” or removing toxins from their bodies with diets, cleanses, and even foot pads that […]

Client Rights and Informed Consent

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Just like with all other medical practitioners, you have rights when it comes to a massage therapy session. Some people may think massage just involves lying down on a table for an hour while a massage therapist does her thing. Well, there is more to it than that and you have the right to be informed. I recently had an experience that made me reconsider how important transparency, informed consent, and personal rights are to clients. Here is my story- I have a thing about ears. It’s weird, I know. Maybe blame it on trauma caused by chronic ear infections […]

How Massage Can Help Athletes Year-Round

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You’re a true athlete. You’re used to working hard, exhausting your body, and developing your mental stamina— as well as your physical stamina— year-round. Even in the off-season, you don’t quit. You’re used to spending your downtime preparing for the next season, and getting faster, stronger, and better at what you do. The idea of using massage to improve your game might sound silly. Who needs a spa day to improve your game on the football field? But the truth is, more and more professional sports teams are employing full-time massage therapists to work with their athletes. Why? It really […]

What It Means to be Called a Licensed Massage Therapist

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Have you ever wondered what is required to be a licensed massage therapist in Oregon? Ever wonder what the “licensed” part even means? I know how incredible it is to find a massage therapist that you love but finding one who is licensed is so much more important. Massage therapy is not regulated or governed by a national board or policy. There is a national certification called the NCBTMB, but that certification does not allow a massage therapist to practice in every state. The profession is governed by individual state laws that vary. In Oregon, massage is governed by the […]

Massage for Knee Surgery Rehab

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Ouch! What did I do to my knee? If you’re experiencing knee pain, you’re not alone. Most Americans will have knee pain sometime in their life, whether from an accident, overuse, or general wear and tear as they age. Besides being uncomfortable, it’s often debilitating and holds you back from doing the activities you enjoy most. That’s why it’s important to seek prompt treatment. There’s as many different types of treatment for knee pain as there are types of knee pain, and in many cases the best treatment is surgery. It’s ironic, however, that while surgery is meant to cure […]

Understanding Plantar Fasciitis

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Foot pain? It must be plantar fasciitis! Right? Let’s start with the basics. Plantar means the sole of your foot. Fasciitis is inflammation of fascia. Plantar fascia is the fascia on the bottom of your foot. Fascia is connective tissue. The fascia on the bottom of the foot spreads from the heel to the toes. Its purpose is to provide arch support and absorb the force that is created from your foot hitting the ground. Got it? Good, but keep reading because there’s more. What’s in a Name? The name plantar fasciitis is a little deceiving. Once treated as an […]

Should I Cancel My Massage if I’m Sick?

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Yes, please. Cancel if you are sick. Great! We’re done here. Nah, we’ve got a bunch more to cover. There are lots of variables to being sick. What does that even mean and why does it matter? Let’s dig in. What is ‘sick’? For determining your ability to receive massage, ‘sick’ means one or any combination of the following: Fever and related symptoms Chills Aches Unusual fatigue Respiratory issues Coughing Sneezing Very runny and/or stuffy sinuses Sore throat GI issues Nausea Vomiting Diarrhea If you have any of the above happening, it’s best to cancel. Massage isn’t going to help […]