Monthly Archives: June 2014

The Deltoid’s action upon the scapula.

We usually think of the deltoid as acting on the humerus at the glenohumeral (GH) joint. But it must also pull on the scapula, and if this pull is not resisted, the scapula will downwardly rotate at the GH and scapulocostal joints! This would be disastrous for the supraspinatus tendon and subacromial bursa, which would be pinched between the head of the humerus and the acromion process if the humerus abducts and the scapula downwardly rotates! The accompanying figure excerpted from my kinesiology textbook (modeled from a photo by Don Neumann, PT PhD) demonstrates electrical muscle stim pads on only the deltoid and the resultant movement that occurs of the humerus and scapula. This does not usually occur in our “co-ordinated” movement pattern because the upper (and lower) trapezius is usually co-ordered to contract at the same time to stabilize the scapula from downwardly rotating (the upper and lower trapezius do upward rotation).
Application: Healthy functioning of the upper and lower trap is necessary to prevent rotator cuff impingement and subacromial bursitis.



– Joe Muscolino


What is an Ischial Tuberosity? Definitely… a Pain in the Butt!

Recently, I worked on a client that had pain located at the ischial tuberosity, with some radiation of pain from time to time down the back of the leg.

“Ischial tuberosity pain” is the point of origin of the adductor and hamstring muscles, as well as the sacrotuberous ligaments. The forceful pull of these muscles can happen during a variety of sports, as a result of a trauma, such as a fall or other type of injury, or through the overuse of the hamstrings, as in the case of my client an avid walker.

The symptoms of ischial tuberosity pain are, plain and simple, “a pain in the butt”. Clients will typically describe pain on the bottom of the buttock and in the hamstrings, often quite severe and prolonged when sitting, especially on firm surfaces and when running or lifting objects. The area may also be quite tender and sensitive to touch.
As the point of fusion of the ischium and the pubis, it is attached to various muscles and supports the weight of the body when one is sitting. Ischial tuberosity pain may be experienced by a wide range of athletes and can be more painful than tendonitis.

Massage Therapy definitely does “the pain in the butt” GOOD!


Mysterious Stuffy Nose Accompanies Massage Therapy

Have you ever wondered why you get a stuffy nose while laying face down during a massage? It is because your therapist is pushing a lot of fluids and toxins throughout your body while treating you. These toxins are looking for a way out of the body and the sinus cavities are an excellent avenue for this process, especially while laying face down. That is also why it is so important to drink a lot of water before and after a massage to flush out these built up toxins.

This stuffy feeling usually goes away soon after you flip to your back, but here are some other tips that may help…

-Certain essential oils, such as peppermint, menthol and eucalyptus are known to act as decongestants. Your therapist may place a few drops of oil on the face cradle before you lay face down or use an aromatherapy diffuser.

-Sometimes simply adjusting the angle of the face cradle may help by changing where the pressure falls on the face. There are also memory foam face cradles that are said to reduce congestion by distributing the pressure more evenly across the face.

This somewhat comes with the territory while receiving massage therapy because of the powerful benefits it provides. If you simply can’t handle the stuffy feeling, your therapist can preform your massage in a side-lying position opposed to you being face down.

Therapists here understand how Essential it is to make our clients as comfortable as possible while on the table, so call Ron to see how we can help you reach all of your health care needs.

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