We’re going to do some work, which is some leg up work, massaging, just showing a way of, um, making sure that the knee is nice and mobile and that the areas of the hip are open and things are all feeling good muscle wise.
Ok, we start our normal way and get into the toes. So much of the work I do here for these demonstrations is like the Cliff Notes version, but none the less, it will give you an idea.
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We’re just doing the same thing we did with the hand with the foot which is going to be the toes and separating and doing some range of motion for the feet to have a lot of range of motion, remember, they are designed to walk on uneven surfaces, so be sure that you give them a lot of movement when you’re down working on the foot.
And then it’s the same thing as the lower arm. Quite similar. There are also two bones in the lower leg. The action is similar, but there’s a little more range of motion in the upper body.
You’ll be able to see this better in the other leg. I’m just taking from the shin bone and pushing the muscle downward, giving it space, opening it up, feeling for any tension.
There’s a lot of tension that often times rides along this muscle along the tibia, that’s a lot of attachment there so that’s an important muscle. It feels good to get that released. This side, too.
I notice a lot of times people forget along the other edge of the tibia, and then getting back to the gastronemius and really giving that some nice kneading and down deep on the other side. Deep again without pushing pressure.
Deep by doing the donkey donkey. Now when we get to the knee, the knee likes to be worked very gently to be sure that it’s moving well, that it’s very nice and mobile, so what I do is I just find the knee cap, the patella, and grab either side of it. This is the bone that is on top of the joint. It protects it.
I just grab a hold of it with that gentle, non-forceful waiting for the tissue to move.
You can see that the knee cap is going to want to rotate a little bit, which is good.
I always like to have movement in the knee cap and then you can also glide it back and forth.
You can see it move here. And just move it where you feel it’s going to. Don’t go into it rough.
Don’t try to make it go where it doesn’t want to go. Just very easily give it some range of motion. Get those little connective pieces underneath there to move around a little.
The blood flow, the lymph flow moving. Just all kinds of things like that. Kind of feel around that. ANd then going up into the thigh.
Same type of thing going from the outside working up, the ileotibial track. We did this.
We may have done a demonstration of this in a series a while ago but we’re repeating it. And then coming up underneath the quadracept muscles, just kind of getting underneath them just following that anatomy, feeling for the anatomy and just working in that space.
I think it is always a good idea to have in your mind how the muscles look so that there is more of a visual as you get into the feeling of it. The tactile parts.
You have a little bit better idea where they’re connected and what they’re doing in relation to each other.
I think the muscles come out better that way. The work is a little more tuned in, getting more defined with the different muscle placement.
And then this leg.
Same thing, starting down with the toes. Ankles, range of motion.
Ok, then we go up, again, this isn’t with a whole lot of pressure. I don’t like to have so much pressure that people tend to have to draw away from it because of the pain.
I really think it’s better just to keep them in a state of good relaxation so the muscles can open up and allow for things to change rather than feeling like they have to protect the body from invading fingers and thumbs.
Then brushing down.
This can go either from the ankle up or the knee down.
It’s getting some cross fiber friction along the outer calf and inside knee cap. You want to be careful of the knees.
I think it’s important to just remember to treat somebody else’s body with respect. It’s really an honor to have somebody bring their most precious possession which is their body to me to work on, because that shows there is a lot of trust in what I do. They know I am not going to hurt them.
They know that I have their best interest in mind to get them back up and running so that they don’t really need to come in to see me too often.
That’s what health should be about. It shouldn’t be about continuing to repeat visits and getting sicker and sicker or not having pain change.
If the pain is not changing you’re probably not getting the right therapy especially where structure is involved.
And along the ileotibial track. What you’re going to find in runners is this track is often times tremendously tight.
You can spend a little more time there.
Moving that down, that’s more of the cross fiber work and getting up, getting underneath those quadriceps muscles, picking them up and kneading them.
And of course when doing massage therapy remember there is an area called the inguinal triangle which it’s a good idea not to work deeply or aggressively into that area. There are a lot of lymph nodes in that area. There are nerves that run through there.
There are veins that run through there, and unless you’re very familiar with the anatomy in that location, it’s best to stat either very gentle or stay completely away from it.
And there we have it.
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