Ahhhh A Cramp!!!

Whether you’re the normal day to day person or you’re a competitive athlete
most of us have had a chance to experience a cramping muscle. Not a fun feeling right??? I remember before I became a Massage Therapist that when a muscle cramp started to happen, I had no idea of how to prevent let alone stop it. Normally I would let it run its course and be on my merry way after. Now having quite a bit of knowledge from my massage training I know what to do in the event of a cramping muscle that I would like to share. Cramps can be defined as involuntary muscle contractions, which are strong and short-lived. This could be a result of electrolyte, nutrition deficiencies or muscle fatigue. The idea behind stopping a cramp or even lessening it is to engage/contract the opposite muscle (reciprocal inhibition). In other words say you’re biking and your Quadriceps start to cramp up, how do you treat this?? You would get off you’re bike and engage your hamstrings. To do this you could simply kick your heal against a wall (or a tree if you’re riding any trails). What’s happening here is when you contract one muscle group (hamstrings) the Quadriceps are forced to relax. You could apply the same idea to the muscles below:


Calf (Gastrocs)Shins (Tibialis Anterior)


In some cases, for example the back, you may have to try multiple variations of movement pending upon where it is you feel it; bending forward, bending backwards, leaning side to side. Typically you contact the opposite muscle until the cramping has gone away and WALA! You can go back to your daily life.

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Massage and Cancer

In recent conversations with people in the healthcare industry, (nurses, doctors, massage therapist, etc…) it’s amazing to hear stories about how simply a touch can affect a person.  I recall a story a friend told me how one of her sons did not have the best of attitudes.  When she started to implement touch, whether it was a touch on the shoulder or a hug, his attitude started to change for the better.  It’s astounding to hear that something as small as this can change a person’s attitude, let alone incorporating it for someone who suffers from a disease such as cancer.   When I was working on a jobsite at a Hematology/Oncology treatment center, just seeing all of the patients that are affected by different types of cancer receiving chemo treatments broke my heart because of what they have to go through both during treatment and post treatment.  It was then I began to think what could be done outside of the treatments that could help them not only feel good but would it be possible for them to have a faster recovery rate. Continue reading “Massage and Cancer”