Saturday, November 30, 2013

Set in your Swing

As creatures of habit, we often feel compelled to take the easy road and stay in our comfort zone.  When "change" is required, we are often reluctant to make adjustments because it requires us to work harder.

In terms of your golf swing, it can be frustrating to try to make changes when the body is simply unable to move effectively.  A major factor contributing to the inability to move effectively is due to poor mobility; resulting from bad posture and poor swinging mechanics.

Having a poor thoracic range of motion can hinder your ability to rotate your spine; also forward shoulders can contribute to poor mobility.  Finally, lengthened muscles due to poor posture will hinder the transfer of energy from the lower extremities towards the upper extremities.

 As TPI certified professionals, we can aid in changing and improving your swing by incorporating movement screens, corrective exercises as well as massage therapy to increase mobility.  After the musculo-skeletal changes have been made, repetition in your swing will improve motor patterns thereby, improving your golf swing.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Hot Spots on a Golfer

Common areas for golfers to experience soreness is around the head, neck, and between the shoulder blades. These areas mostly result is strains from tightening up and hitting the ball too hard. Hands, forearms, and rotator cuff muscles are usually tense, contracted, or inflamed from gripping and swinging the gold club.

We are seeing an increase in the number of golfers who seek out orthopedic massage therapy to help with these issues. We asses and prioritize the locations of overall pain. By doing so, we are able to pinpoint the problem areas by trigger point techniques, stretching, and body work focusing on alleviating aches and pains.

Going the DIstance

Golf fitness exercise can be very beneficial for the woman golfer in terms of swing, rotation in the back swing, speed development, and overall performance.

A sport specific training program is determined by overall areas needing to be more defined and improved upon such as movements, positions and actions incorporated in the golf swing. Golf fitness programs are also beneficial in improving a woman's mobility and flexibility. By improving these two areas, she may be able to create a bigger shoulder turn, which may increase the distance of her drives.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Soft tissue manipulation

Many serious medical conditions can be the culprit of painful of muscles and tendons. Orthopedic massage techniques interrogate a wide range of body work styles with the end goal of improving the clients condition.

By incorporating various soft tissue manipulation techniques, we can alleviate an assortment of painful conditions cause by soft tissue strain. Multiple sessions may be recommended to treat the problem, ensure that it is eliminated and to build up strength and resistance in the affected area.

Orthopedic massage can encourage an injury to heal or even improve a clients mobility and flexibility if it has been impaired by soreness or strain. Orthopedic massage aides in restoring structural balance throughout the body and allows us to focus on prevention and rehabilitation of muscleoskeletal dysfunctions.

Orthopedic Massage

If your body requires more than just a light relaxing touch, you may be a prime candidate for orthopedic massage therapy. Orthopedic massage is a type of massage therapy that is focused on treating painful conditions which affect soft tissue to the body. The orthopedic massage is primarily the application of specific treatment protocols targeted to the specific problem area the client presents. 

We integrate a range of techniques to treat these conditions. We adapt to each clients specific needs and focus on problems with clients muscloskeletal system. By working with the client we are able to release tight muscles, help to stretch shortened muscles and tendons, and decompressed joints. The goal of orthopedic massage therapy is to normalize the soft tissue of the body both to treat specific conditions and to keep our clients generally healthy and fit.

Health for golf

Golf is a game of good technique, to stay on top of your game alway take precautions when feeling those minor aches and pans. remember to ice down aching muscles and joint as soon as you can, as well as stretching, plenty of rest and hydration along with proper exercise will help you reduce your risk of injury and develop a smoother stroke.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Engine Oil for Athletes

Sports massage is designed to help athletes prepare their bodies for optimal performance, recover after a big event, or simply function well during training. A sports massage helps in stimulating circulation of blood and lymph fluids. Sports massage can also be used in trigger point therapy to break down adhesions (knots in the muscles) and increase range of motion.
Sports massage gives relief to people with injuries, chronic pain or restricted range of motion and is beneficial by incorporating stretching, joint movements and muscle energy techniques. Sports massage is as critical to athletes as is engine oil to a car to facilitate optimal performance.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Why Golfers Need Orthopedic Massage

   Orthopedic massage aides in restoring structural balance throughout the body it allows us to focus on both prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal dysfunctions. Orthopedic massage helps golfers increase performance and motion as well as in decreasing aches and pains. By performing orthopedic massage, stretching and exercise routines you can eliminate ailments such as golfers elbow, chronic back pain, and other weak areas in your body.

   Micro tears can happen in weakened muscles and tendons you want to incorporate orthopedic massage along with stretching and flexing in order to strengthen these muscles. Orthopedic massage helps with your muscle joint weakness and tightness by brining balance between the two. 

Friday, October 4, 2013

Massage Therapy and Golf


Over the last few years, golfers at all skill levels have started to appreciate the tremendous benefits that massage therapy can have on improving their golf game.  Golfers are turning to massage therapy for everything from pain relief, increasing range of motion and flexibility to injury prevention.   Although massage therapy has been around for thousands of years it is only now starting to get recognition it deserves.  Whether you are a weekend warrior or a touring professional, including massage therapy as a regular part of your training program can help you to avoid injury, enhance golf performance and play more pain free golf.
Benefits of Massage Therapy for Golf:
  • Increases circulation that assists in removing metabolic wastes that can accumulate in muscles due to overuse and the repetitive motion of the golf swing
  • A massage therapist can help reduce muscle spasms, trigger points and adhesions that need to be addressed to help prevent injury and improve quality of movement.
  • Improve range of motion  and muscle flexibility resulting in increased power and performance
  • Decrease anxiety and stress levels
  • Improves mental focus
Orthopedic Massage
Focuses on dysfunction in the myosketelital system. Bringing on a balance between muscle joint weakness to muscle joint tightness which will create an instability within the joint structure. Creating pain or a kentic chain dysfunction.
Clinical Massage
A deep tissue massage is designed to relieve severe tension in muscles and connective tissue or fascia. It is often recommended for individuals who experience consistent pain with more postural strain injury, repetitive strain injury, etc. The term “deep tissue” is often misused to identify a massage that is performed with sustained deep pressure. A deep tissue massage is a separate category of massage therapy which is used to treat particular muscular skeletal disorders and complaints. A deep tissue massage employs a dedicated set of techniques and strokes to achieve a measure of relief. It should not be confused with “deep pressure” massage which is one that is performed with sustained strong, occasionally intense pressure throughout a full body session, which is not performed to address a specific complaint. Deep tissue massage is applied to both the superficial and deep layers of muscles, fascia, and other structures.
Medical Massage
Diagnosed by a physician, a medical massage is result oriented used to resolve conditions by using a wide range of modalities and/or procedures. Some of these conditions include:
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Pain associated with bulged or injured spinal disks (medical massage cannot ‘fix’ the disk, but can help alleviate much of the pain associated with the injury).
  • Migraines/headaches
  • Pain associated with pregnancy
  • Constipation
  • Range of motion issues
  • Back and Neck  pain
  • Plantar fasciitis (involving pain in the foot)