My clients come to me because they cannot move their neck or they cannot tie their shoes. To what degree depends on their lifestyle choices. My biggest challenge as an alternative health care practitioner is getting clients to seek treatment before they are injured. The difficulty with the general population and strength athletes alike is that most do not take care of themselves properly. In turn, clients that cannot be their own athletic or healthcare advocate will seek someone else to “fix” them, which puts the client/patients and the healthcare providers a few steps behind instead of ahead of the game. There are a few basic preventative maintenance measures that anyone can do to promote health and wellness in their lives.
- Always practice good body mechanics and stretch every day.
- Strength athletes must take time to incorporate stretching/foam rolling routines into their training programs.
- Adding hot/cold therapies will promote faster healing
- Get enough rest in order to keep up with your daily goals and commitments.
The majority of my practice serves competitive strength athletes and they differ from the general population only in that their dysfunctions and injuries are magnified. While most of
my clients have a superior understanding of their own anatomy and physiology, they still seem to have a mental block when it comes to making therapy as important as training. It is my understanding that bodywork is essential for counter balancing the soft tissue and structural stress caused by pushing and pulling super hero amounts of weight.
While the general population usually seeks my treatment for cervical pain, strength athletes have larger issues with malfunctions in the shoulder girdle and lumbar spine region. When an athlete gets regular therapy for soft tissue malfunction, the smartest treatment plan is to isolate treatment into upper or lower categories and treat injuries as a dysfunction of the entire body with multiple causes. I do focus on helping clients understand that pain is referred and comes from a place other than where it is felt. The pressure point and neuromuscular massage techniques I use are specifically designed to interrupt disruptive pain patterns that limit or block mobility. My platform is different than most therapists because I always go hard and heavy, attacking the origin and insertions points within the connective tissue and at the joints. However, in this work I must remain neutral, meaning I am here to help people heal themselves naturally.
I can only be a catalyst for change not the compass for which way it will go. The positive or negative result is up to the client and their circle of healing influences. If the goal is to be as mobile, flexible and strong as possible, then daily work is required. I can do manual therapy to break-up adhesions, stop sciatic nerve pain or even help release contracted hip flexors. However, athletes must perform other mobilizations and therapies in order to experience lasting results.
I was trained by chiropractors and practiced medical massage for three years before the Iron Beast Barbell opened in 2010. At which time I started my private practice there. I spent a lot time attempting to convince all competing athletes to make massage and chiropractic care a priority in their lives and an equal part of their training programs. As a therapist, I have learned more about human anatomy in the past 6 years than ever before and my understanding of body mechanics has increased ten-fold. In 2013, I was blessed to purchase the Iron Beast from Matt Rawlins. In 2014 my partner, Marcell Allen and I rebranded the Iron Beast Barbell as the Iron Beast Gym. Now we look towards the future with good will for lovers of any sport. The Iron Beast Gym stands firm in the foundations of God and family, we will support you in your fitness goals and willingly teach you everything we know! I will remind everyone to be responsible and committed to yourselves; do all things with love. If you wish to consult with me or schedule a therapy session please put your details in the contact form below!