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Stretching and Self-massage of the Pectoral muscles

When your parents told you to stop slouching and stand up straight what did you do? Other than mutter a smart remark under your breath? You PULLED both shoulders backwards and felt a tight sensation around the front of your chest. Those muscles that feel tight are the pectorals. This two muscle group is responsible […]

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IT band syndrome or Why is my IT band sore and what can I do about it !?

Many athletes, especially endurance athletes, suffer from Ilio-Tibial Syndrome (ITBS). ITBS is an inflammation of the Ilio-Tibial band (ITB) at the knee, causing outer knee pain. The causes of ITBS can be varied but the treatment options are usually the same: massage, stretching and strengthening. What causes ITBS? The IT band is a fibrous band […]

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Kinesio Tape for Athletes: A Help, or Just Hype?

What does Kinesio Taping do? Kinesio Taping gives support and stability to your joints and muscles without affecting circulation and range of motion. It is used for preventive maintenance, edema and to treat pain. Kinesio Taping is a technique based on the body’s own natural healing process. This Kinesio Taping exhibits its efficacy through the […]

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Video: ITBS treated with AIS, testimonial

AIS treatment of the right IT Band on Perry, who used to suffer from IT Band Syndrome. Perry’s testimonial. Don, AIS certified. www.philamassages.com Thanks to Perry, personal trainer at philly-phitness.com This video is for educational purposes only; do not attempt without your physician’s clearance. If you are in pain or injured, see your physician.

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Video: AIS slideshow

Slideshow of AIS stretches performed by Don. Voice over definition of AIS. This video is for educational purposes only; do not attempt without your physician’s clearance. If you are in pain or injured, see your physician.

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Understanding the “A” is AIS (includes video: self-stretching hamstrings with AIS)

AIS is a studied technique based on a thorough study of anatomy and physiology. The “A” or “Active” component of AIS is based in part on the understanding of antagonist muscles and understanding of the stretch reflex. Antagonist muscles Antagonist muscles are muscles with opposite actions. For example, the Biceps, at the front of the […]

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Video: knot massage

Melvyn is working on loosening a knot in the right Trapezius superior. -He starts by Effleurage and petrissage to bring blood flow to the area. -Then, to better feel the knot, he uses deeper pressure with the use of his knuckle and isolates the knot. -Once the knot is found, he uses his elbow to […]

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What Exactly Is a Rotator Cuff? article + video

The shoulder is the most mobile, and one of the most complex joints in the human body. The glenohumeral joint (where the head of the humerus articulates with the glenoid fossa of the scapula) is the only point at which bones make contact; everything else is a balance of tension in the muscles connecting the […]

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