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Upper Cross Syndrome

Upper Cross Syndrome is a pattern of myofascial tension related to poor posture, muscle imbalances, and behavioral holding patterns. UCS is also referred to as shoulder girdle crossed syndrome due to the specific postural changes including forward head posture, increased cervical lordosis and thoracic kyphosis, elevated and protracted shoulders, and rotation and abduction and winging of the scapulae (1). These postural [...]

What are Trigger Points and Why do they Matter?

Have you ever experienced achy muscles, tingling, or tight areas that don't respond to movement? The majority of us will answer, "Yes!", because these are common effects of living in the gravitational world. No matter how hard we try we are bound to acquire trigger points. "Posture, work conditions, sedentary habits, and injury can cause [...]

Self-Massage for the Thigh

One of the effects of repetitive activity, either athletic, recreational, or professional, is that tension builds in the quadriceps, hamstrings, and inner thighs. Think about any athletic ready position with a slight hinge in your hips. This stance automatically loads the thighs as well as the glutes in order for a movement reaction to be [...]

By | December 2nd, 2016|Massage, Self-Care, Self-Massage, Stretching|Comments Off on Self-Massage for the Thigh

Self-Massage for the Lower Leg

This is the second part of our self-massage series following part one which covered the feet. The lower leg is comprised of the calf muscle, or gastrocnemius and soleus, the peroneals which lie to the outside, shin or tibialis anterior and extensor digitorum longus in the front, and the deep toe flexors and arch stabilizers [...]

By | November 8th, 2016|Massage, Self-Care, Self-Massage, Stretching|0 Comments

How to Self-Massage Your Feet

The feet are the most obvious place to start with self-massage after a long day hiking, running, or working over long-distances and rough terrain. They endure hundreds of pounds of repetitive force in the often hot, wet, enclosed spaces we call shoes. They absorb shock, mold to uneven surfaces, and offer us a temporary connection point [...]

By | October 12th, 2016|Hiking, Massage, Self-Care, Self-Massage, Stretching|0 Comments