Article Archive

Shoulder Series #1: Infraspinatus Tendinitis

In the October/November 2003 issue of Massage & Bodywork (“Injuries of the Knee: Essential Principles and their Applications,” page 16), I described how discovering and learning new information about the injury process revolutionized my understanding and changed the way I treat clients in my practice. Because of the essential principles I learned, I am able to identify the source of clients’ pain quickly and recommend the type of treatment most likely to help them recover.

The Problem with the Back Mouse

Anyone who performs bodywork has encountered this situation at one time or another: the client presents with an episode of sharp, severe, low back pain. There may be a history of pain with lifting or prolonged sitting and the pain is usually greater on one side more than the other. The pain may radiate into the buttocks and sacrum and perhaps to the lateral thigh and into the lower extremity. The pain may worsen with extended sitting and with any forward flexion of the spine.

Soleus Muscle Strain

Every April, Boston-area massage therapists see more than the usual amount of people with strained soleus muscles. This injury can be quite painful and last longer than most muscular injuries, and it often occurs in marathoners.