Massage For Free…Do I Have To?

I know everyone reading this has had someone oh so graciously volunteer for you to practice on them. “If you ever need someone to practice on, let me know.” Its common place to have friends and family try to get a little free massage from you at family get-togethers or parties. Suddenly, when someone learns that you are a professional massage therapist, they are willing to let you practice your craft on them; like you are just desperately looking for anyone who will allow you to do some much-needed practice of your lacking skills. We have all heard these remarks, and probably laughed them off while inside screaming “I don’t need the practice you jerk!!! What I need is for you to come to my office and pay me!” Continue reading “Massage For Free…Do I Have To?”

Cumulative Injury Cycle…I Pulled My Hammy Again?!

Soft tissue injury is a very interesting topic. If we think about it, it is really the basis of the majority of what we as massage therapist work on every single day. Because of this, I feel like it is a foundation piece which every therapist should have a good grasp on. Knowing why soft tissue injuries occur and, of course, how they heal gives us a better understanding of why soft tissue conditions occur.

Now, knowing why injuries occur is one thing, but knowing why they KEEP occurring is maybe an even more important fact to know. Many of you know the basics of how muscles get injured, but do you know why certain injuries continue to return? Or maybe you need to know what causes certain muscular conditions like tendonitis and other repetitive stress injuries. These questions can all be wrapped up together and answered with one solution. That solution is the Cumulative Injury Cycle.   Continue reading “Cumulative Injury Cycle…I Pulled My Hammy Again?!”