The popliteus is a muscle found at the back of the knee that can become strained and cause pain. The main action of the popliteus muscle is to unlock the knee, helping bring a straight leg into a bent knee position. This muscle links closely with other structures of the knee, such as the meniscus, ligaments and hamstring muscle group. As a RMT, I frequently meet clients that come in complaining of chronic knee pain. A popliteus muscle strain is one of the many possible causes, typically presenting as a deep ache in the back or inside of the knee. Long distance running, tight hamstrings, and hyperextending the knee are some of the similarities I find in my clients who develop this issue. In a massage treatment, I would help release the adhesions between the popliteus muscle and it’s neighbouring structures to allow for smooth function. After the massage I give stretches and exercises to facilitate further healing with the end goal of stopping pain caused by the popliteus muscle.
There is quite a bit written about pregnancy massage, but what about once the baby is born? With postpartum massage therapy there are so many factors to consider, not just physical, but also emotional. As an RMT, I help women transition into the life of taking care of a new baby, and anything that is outside of my scope of practice I refer out to other health care professionals. For example, there are specialists for urinary incontinence and pelvic floor dysfunctions, which are common and treatable. Massage therapy does help with the aches and pains of carrying and lifting a newborn. Perfect posture is difficult, but helping strengthen the core and stretching specific muscles is all part of an RMT massage treatment plan. Frequently parents sustain injuries bending and twisting to place a baby into a carseat, crib or high chair. Prevention and rehabilitation are key. It is an exciting time to have a new addition to your home, however repetitive strain injuries can occur. Fitting in massage appointments for continued care is a good plan for your life with a new baby.
Enjoying a golf game or hitting some balls at the driving range is a great way to get outside and be active. Unfortunately, it can also mean new aches and pains, typically felt in the elbow of the dominant hand. This condition is called medial epicondylitis, or “Golfer’s Elbow”. Striking the ball over and over in a golf game can result in this repetitive strain injury to the forearm muscles. Warming up prior to playing is a good preventative measure, but I realize it is not common to spend time doing yoga and trunk rotations before swinging a club. “Golfer’s elbow” usually shows up as swelling and pain on the inside of the elbow. RMT’s are proficient at assessing the signs and symptoms, and performing a few special tests to determine what the best treatment plan would be. Massage is effective at releasing the adhesions between the tight forearm flexors to restore proper function, and help clear away inflammation. Applying ice is typically a good idea, or diving your achy hand up to your elbow into a sink filled with cold water. Have fun out on the greens and try to incorporate a few minutes of warming up before swinging a club!