Fascia is the connective tissue surrounding our muscles. As an example, fascia is the white film on raw chicken meat. Our muscles are also encased in fascia, as pictured below.
By Jamie Naquin, LMT
I often hear athletes say, "massage does not work for me."
However, more times than not, athletes have not done their due diligence in selecting the correct sports massage therapist for their specific needs.
In the field of massage, there are many styles and facilities to choose from.
Athletes often ask, "how do I choose which massage style is right for me?"
If you're an athlete, you need a sports massage therapist who can evaluate your unique needs and implement a customized treatment plan for your specific performance goals.
You need a licensed massage therapist who can help you prevent and recover from sports injuries and who can help you perform your best in workouts and competition. Once you find a licensed sports massage therapist who is capable of addressing these criteria, you should see the competitive results you have been seeking.
Here are three key indicators to look for in a legitimate, sports performance massage therapist...
By April Hamm and Jamie Naquin, LMT
Client Experience Stories: Adhesive Capsulitis
"Have you ever had a frozen shoulder? I have and it hurts! It really hurts!"
Francoise is a pain management client at TMS Massage in Metairie who shared her patient experience publically online. When describing the pain of her frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis), she said:
" [Having frozen shoulder] hurt not only my shoulder, my arm, and my elbow, it also hurt my back so badly I lost sleep over it. There was no such thing as a comfortable position for months."
Although outcomes may vary for different people, Francoise' severe chronic pain condition improved quickly with the help of her chiroprator and licensed massage therapist (LMT),
"When I met Jamie Naquin, LMT, [the pain and sleepless nights] all changed in a matter of days."
When it comes to personal health the posture is one of the most important, but overlooked factors. How does my posture affect my personal health? Quite simply, when the posture is off, the entire kinetic chain becomes out of balance. These muscular imbalances which are often caused from repetitive actions (how we sit, stand, sleep, work, etc.) cause added tension to the muscles. The body becomes stuck in these fixed muscular patterns. As an example, when someone is a side sleeper their hips, shoulders, and neck are often out proper alignment. We then go for a workout, play sports, music, run around with the kids, or even carrying groceries, these imbalances become exacerbated. As an example the back may now be out of alignment, if we are working out, carrying kids, or groceries undue stress may be placed on certain muscles. This is often when injuries occur.