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April 16, 2007

Desperado . . .

. . . you've been out building fences. Any time I hear about one man doing the job of three I think about exhaustion, frustration and sore muscles. I don't know about the former, but I know a client showed up with the latter, sore muscles, after building a fence by themselves.

This client, who usually has a sore low back from standing during the day, and a sore neck from sitting in front of the computer in the evening, was exhibiting sore muscles like those of an athlete. Most of their problems settled in their legs. Gastrocnemius and soleus muscles in the calf and tibialis anterior in the front of crus were sore. The quadricep muscle group in the thigh and especially the adductors to the inside of the leg were even more sore. Surprisingly, the hamstring muscles were less of an issue except at the ischial tuberosity where they share some of the attachments of the adductor muscles.

The type of massage I gave this client was more vigorous than their usual maintenance and relaxation massage. For me, it was more like performing a sports massage with emphasis in the groin attachments all the way around the leg. Some of the techniques that I used may not be taught in a typical massage certification program. I signed up for an additional six months of classes that my school offered as part of a clinical protocol program beyond basic certification. Proper training, strict professionalism and good communication must all be present to work affected muscles in the groin area.

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Posted by linda at April 16, 2007 12:35 PM

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