Sports Injury Prevention

Winter-Neck-PainThe winter season is in full swing and some of our clients here at Russ Medical and Sport Massage Clinic have been reporting more frequent headaches, neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain and stiffness.

Clients are reporting an increase in these painful conditions for a number of reasons!

 

During the winter months, our activities change. People are spending more time indoors reading, working on their electronic devices, (computers, tablets, gaming systems and smart phones) and watching more television. Unfortunately, we do not always practice the best posture while engaging in these static and repetitive activities. Furthermore, during the colder winter months there is a greater chance that our neck and shoulders can be exposed to cold temperatures while we are out-of-doors. This can occur while we are shoveling snow, commuting to our various destinations or enjoying winter activities in the great outdoors.

If you can relate to any these scenarios, here are a few suggestions you might want to keep in mind:

1- Be aware of your POSTURE. If you can catch yourself practicing poor posture, you can correct yourself.

2- Take occasional BREAKS from static or repetitive activities. Get up and move around for a few minutes, then resume your activity.

3- Keep your neck and shoulders covered and WARM when out-of-doors. Exposing these body parts to prolonged cold temperatures can contribute to the muscles becoming spasmodic and painful.

4- STRETCH the sore, tight, stiff areas of your body. Below is a chart of some stretches that may be helpful.

Some of us are winter people that revel in the activities that the season brings, some of us tend to want to stay indoors and hibernate through the winter season. No matter which you are, winter can be a lot more fun if you have less pain. Enjoy the season!

 

Stretch-Rotine

About Richard Russ:

Richard Russ is a massage therapist and the owner of Russ Medical and Sport Massage Clinic. Learn more about him here and connect with him on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, and  LinkedIn. Email Richard at info@beavercountymassage.com.

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Watch our welcome video to learn more about massage therapy at Russ Medical and Sport Massage Clinic:

 

About Richard Russ:

Richard Russ is a massage therapist and the owner of Russ Medical and Sport Massage Clinic. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn.

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 Check out our newest video relased on 6/23/2012. Massage Therapy for Pain Management.

 

 

Thanks for stopping by,

Richard Russ, LMT (PA, OH), CMMMT, AMTA

Russ Medical and Sport Massage Clinic
971 Third Street
Beaver, PA 15009
724-774-8470
http://www.beavercountymassage.com/
http://www.medmassage.org/

 

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Check out our massage therapy “welcome” video for Russ Medical and Sport Massage Clinic in Beaver, PA 15009

 

Thanks for stopping by,

Richard Russ, LMT (PA, OH), CMMMT, AMTA

Russ Medical and Sport Massage Clinic
971 Third Street
Beaver, PA 15009
724-774-8470
http://www.beavercountymassage.com/
http://www.medmassage.org/ 

 

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Sports Massage in Beaver, PA

Sports Massage for Performance Enhancement, Injury Prevention and Faster Injury Recovery.

Most people know that the healing power of massage can help you feel relaxed and rejuvenated. But did you know that therapeutic massage can also help enhance your athletic performance?

Sports massage is a type of massage specifically targeted for athletes who are looking to boost their performance on the field and gain an edge on the competition. It not only provides preventative maintenance, it also shortens recovery time and aids in the rehabilitation process.

Athletes deal with pain on a daily basis, whether it’s from general wear-and-tear or more serious injuries. Massage therapy targets the pain-causing inflammation that, if left untreated, can prolong the life of the injury. A professional sports massage therapist can help to ease and control the pain, allowing the athlete to heal more quickly and perform at his or her highest level.

Regular massage also increases flexibility by stretching muscle fibers and easing muscle tension. It also improves circulation, enabling you to get more oxygen to your muscles quicker. And as every athlete knows, the more oxygen you can get to your muscles, the better they’ll respond to your needs.

Here at Russ Medical and Sport Massage Clinic, we will work closely with you to develop a custom-designed sports massage therapy plan that will increase your flexibility, improve your circulation, provide preventative maintenance, and boost your body’s healing capabilities. Contact us today to find out more about how massage therapy can help you: 724-774-8470 or info@medmassage.org.

Thanks for stopping by,

Richard Russ, LMT (PA, OH), CMMMT, AMTA

Russ Medical and Sport Massage Clinic
971 Third Street
Beaver, PA 15009
724-774-8470
http://www.beavercountymassage.com/
http://www.medmassage.org/

 

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Orthopedic and Sports Massage

Orthopedic and Sports Massage

The goal of Orthopedic Massage is to induce a change in the structure and function of the neuromusculoskeletal soft tissue to promote healing of the whole person. Orthopedic Massage combines elements of myofascial release, neuromuscular reeducation, soft tissue mobilization and muscle energy techniques taken from the world of osteopathic medicine. One of the unique concepts at the heart of Orthopedic Massage is that muscles, tendons and ligaments have a normal position relative to the neighboring soft tissue and the joint they affect. If soft tissue has a normal, specific alignment and placement within the body, relative to the surrounding tissue, then injury, either as a result of accidents, sudden impacts or strains, chronic postural problems or repetitive stresses, can cause the soft tissues to fall out of correct placement and alignment. Orthopedic Massage aims to correct alignment through the use of specific directional soft tissue mobilization, active resisted contractions of the affected muscles (Muscle Energy Technique) and joint mobilization.

When receiving a treatment using Orthopedic Massage, the client receiving the treatment is not completely passive, as would be the case in more traditional deep tissue massage. Instead, the therapist works with the client in performing specific isometric contractions of the affected muscles, a system known as Muscle Energy Technique. Since these assisted contractions are in a specific direction, habitual patterns of holding and involuntary spasms can more easily be released. Having the client become aware of the contractions allows strengthening of weak muscles that have been endorsed due to the overly tight muscles that oppose their motion. Combining release of overly tight (hypertonic) muscles and strengthening of weak muscles, the muscular tensions around a specific joint are normalized, thus reducing pain and increasing awareness, both conscious and unconscious.

When doing soft tissue mobilization and myofascial release, the therapist will work each muscle in the particular direction needed in order to correct the positional dysfunction that is creating pain. For example, when the big muscles along the spine in the back, the erectors, become very tight, they also shorten, moving closer to the spine itself. Using Orthopedic Massage techniques, the therapist would work to release this dysfunction by moving the muscle gently away from the spine, freeing up the joints to move in a wider range of motion, without pain. Often after a treatment, clients will report feeling “lighter” as the joints no longer having irregular compressive forces on them, allowing them to feel freer.

Along with work on the table, it is often very helpful to have the therapist work with the client on stretches and exercises that can be done at home or at work in order to help the client strengthen and release the muscles around the tight and painful joints. In order to truly get all the benefit possible out of your treatment time, home exercises and stretches are a must. The client needs to be actively involved in their own recovery, reversing the affects of poor posture or repetitive stresses created in the work environment. The combination of MET and home stretching/strengthening is the core of the neuromuscular reeducation. If you have an injury or chronic pain in any joint or muscle, caused by an accident, or repetitive stresses, please call us to schedule an initial evaluation and a series of treatments to relieve yourself of these pains.

Thanks for stopping by,

Richard Russ, LMT (PA, OH), CMMMT, AMTA

Russ Medical and Sport Massage Clinic
971 Third Street
Beaver, PA 15009
724-774-8470
http://www.beavercountymassage.com/
http://www.medmassage.org/

 

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