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Hamstring Massage and Mobilization

In a study of one NFL team from 1998-2007, the occurrence of hamstring pulls accounted for 85 injuries, second only to knee sprains, which came in first at 120 injuries1. Hamstring injuries often plague competitive and weekend warrior athletes for years, giving the illusion that the initial injury never healed…

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Hiatal Hernia, Acid Reflux and GERD

Any time an internal body part pushes into an area where it doesn’t belong, it’s called a hernia. When we eat, food travels down the esophagus passing though a small opening (hiatus) in the diaphragm, before entering the stomach. Normally, there are several mechanisms to prevent acid from flowing backwards (refluxing) up into the esophagus. The lower esophageal sphincter (LES) is a muscular valve located at the top of the stomach that opens to…

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Occipital Neuralgia Headaches

The occipitoatlantal (O-A) joint is the uppermost weight-bearing synovial joint in the body and is the final junction for adapting to asymmetry or dysfunction from below. Mechanically, the head teeters on the two…

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A Different Twist on Wrist & Hand Pain

Both professional and recreational athletes depend on their hands, wrists and fingers for proper strength, grip and range of motion for optimal performance. Sprains commonly occur during active sports or household falls…

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Coccyx The Seat of the Soul

Coccyx pain was first documented in 1588, and Simpson coined the term coccydynia in 1859. The word coccyx comes from the Greek word for “cuckoo” due to its resemblance of a cuckoo bird’s beak…

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Tight Traps, Pecs and Lats

It is helpful for massage and bodyworkers to view muscle weakness from a neurological perspective. We’ve been taught that the voluntary skeletal muscle system is

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Protective Muscle Spasm

https://www.youtube.com/embed/AhVkUSI-9vg From Dynamic Lower Body course When the brain senses bony instability or tissue damage in-and-around the spine, information is compiled and ‘fast-tracked’ to the

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Are Legs Really Necessary?

https://youtu.be/DjKmczlV9h8 From Dynamic Lower Body course Spinal Engine Gait Theory: “Optimal mechanical functioning of the spine is necessary for optimal mechanical functioning of the limbs”

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