Helping my clients become symptom free as quickly as possible and live an active pain-free life has been my goal since I started my business 15 years ago, and I'm always seeking ways to improve and become more effective.
Recent services added:
1. Corrective Exercise Certification, a systematic process for identifying muscle imbalance through assessment, and developing and implementing a simple integrated corrective plan of action.
2. Percussion treatment, a safe and effective procedure for relieving muscle pain, treating dysfunctional fascia, myofascial adhesions, scar tissue, restricted range of motion, muscle spasm, and post-exertion muscle fatigue.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- What causes postural imbalance? Movement patterns that can be habitual, altered from repetitive movement, injury, surgery, or from incompletely rehabilitated injuries.
- What body characteristics are associated with plantar fasciitis? Overweight, ankle dorsiflexion, and pronated foot.
- How important is hydration during heated exercise? Adequate fluid intake is essential to comfort, performance and safety. Studies have found that athletes who lose as little as 2% of their body weight through sweating have a drop in blood volume which causes the heart to work harder to circulate blood, which may also lead to muscle cramps, dizziness, fatigue, and heat illness.
Bodywork for Runners
My runner clients typically present with a variety of problems: shin splints, knee pain, IT band syndrome, ankle sprain, Achilles tendinitis, low back & hip pain, plantar fasciitis, and common muscle pulls in the hamstrings, quadriceps, calf, and groin.
Most injuries occur from over-training--pushing beyond our limits, increasing mileage too rapidly, or tripping over a log while running in the dark.
The bodywork healing process is simply balancing the muscles by inhibiting and lengthening the overactive tight ones and strengthening the opposing weak side.
Pain Free Biking
Recent US studies found that cyclists experienced physical problems in the following areas:
36% Groin & buttocks
In addition my biker clients also present with common muscle pulls in the upper and lower leg.
Most bike injuries occur from a poor fitting bike, spills from inattention and distractions on the road, over-training, riding in one position too long, and locked elbows that don"t absorb road shock.
Tight hamstrings and or hip flexors can also cause cyclists to round or arch the back, which causes the neck to hyperextend. Regularly stretching these muscles will create flexibility and make it easier to maintain proper form.
The corrective plan of action is the same as for runners.
Most important point: Proper bike fit can prevent pain and injury. Visit a local bike shop that is knowledgeable in fitting, and pay them to fit your bike to your body. Something as simple as adjusting saddle height or handlebars to redistribute your weight evenly, takes pressure off over-used muscles, and will provide enjoyable pain free rides.
Always wear your helmet!
The Percussor, a mechanical device that delivers waves of percussion impulses deep into the myofascial tissues of the body, promotes increased blood and lymphatic flow, decreases muscle spasm, relieves muscle pain, and successfully treats post exertion muscle fatigue.
It's a safe and effective procedure used for a variety of soft tissue dysfunctions, and for retaining muscle balance by releasing the tension or restriction of dysfunctional fascia--the tough connective tissue that covers all of our muscles and every part of our body from head to toe.
Tension in the fascia can be caused by physical and emotional trauma, repetitive use, over-use, under-use, or bad posture. Psychological and emotional traumas are often stored in the fascia, and these restrictions inhibit the normal flow of blood, lymph, and cerebral spinal fluid.