Category: Sports Massage Santa Barbara

What is CRAC, PNF, RI, MET, & OMT Stretching?

What is CRAC, PNF, RI, MET, & OMT Stretching?

The word “antagonist” is a derivative of the Greek word antagonistēs, which translates into some form of opponent or competitor, and which stems from a combination of the words anti- (“against”) and agonizesthai (“to contend for a prize”). So when you take origins into account, you’d be correct to suspect that an antagonist’s muscle is something to fight against.

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★ 5 Common Sport Injuries

★ 5 Common Sport Injuries

Playing sport is essential as it provides many health benefits. However, sometimes, you may face an injury while playing your favorite sport. While some of these injuries are common, some can be very severe with career-threatening risks.

The causes of sports injuries vary. They can occur due to accidents, improper use of the technique, damaged equipment, etc. An injury can also happen if your muscles are stressed and you start playing without stretching your muscles a bit.

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Insertional Achilles Tendinitis

Insertional Achilles Tendinitis

Insertional Achilles tendinitis involves the lower portion of the heel, where the tendon attaches (inserts) to the heel bone. In both non insertional and insertional Achilles tendinitis, damaged tendon fibers may also calcify (harden). Bone spurs (extra bone growth) often form with insertional Achilles tendinitis. Insertional Achilles Tendinitis is pain and inflammation at the insertion of the Achilles Tendon on the heel bone. It is often associated with swelling, redness, and calcium buildup (small bump) located at the back of the heel (see picture). Pressure at the back of the heel tends to be sensitive and painful. In the clinic, some of my clients often report that certain tight shoes might cause more pain in this area from the pressure and have to sometimes resort to open back shoes.  

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Santa Barbara Marathon – Massage for Pro and Amateur Runners

Santa Barbara Marathon – Massage for Pro and Amateur Runners

  Riktr PRO Massage offers Pre-event and Post Event Massages for all ages at the Santa Barbara Marathon  – Mention this post and get a $ discount! Conveniently located at 827 State St.  Suite 13 in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara. https://goo.gl/maps/zhn9iy6ojDhipk1b9 CONTACT DIRECTIONS for APPOINTMENTS – TEXT ME: THIS IS THE ONLY WAY …

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Back Pain

Back Pain

Benefits of Massage Therapy
Massage improves blood circulation, which aids in the recovery of muscle soreness from physical activity. Massage relaxes muscles for an improved range of motion. Muscle relaxation also helps with insomnia. Massage leads to increased endorphin levels.

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Massage Santa Barbara

Massage Santa Barbara

Nicola of Riktr Pro Massage is a practicing licensed insured professional LMT (Licensed Massage Therapist) and fine artist based in Santa Barbara, CA. Nicola has a wide range of female and male clients, including athletes, professionals, housewives, artists, landscapers, out-of-town visitors, people who are retired, and students. He is very flexible in scheduling appointments at his studio in Santa Barbara.

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Facts on Spasms & Cramps

Facts on Spasms & Cramps

A cramp is where the muscle tightens so much it feels like it’s stuck, and it hurts like heck!

A spasm doesn’t hurt as much (if at all) but the muscle throbs as if you are flexing and relaxing.
Skeletal muscle cramps can be categorized into four major types. These include “true” cramps, tetany, contractures, and dystonic cramps. Cramps are categorized according to their different causes and the muscle groups they affect

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Sports Flush

Sports Flush

Should you spring for a stint in the post-marathon massage tent? Get a regular rubdown to help your recovery as you train? Research shows that sports massage doesn’t always do what you think it does—but it may still help you recover from a tough workout.

Most importantly: Sports massage doesn’t flush lactic acid, or other “toxins,” from your muscles. Lactic acid is produced during exercise, and you might associate it with a burning feeling during hard work, but it’s not a problem, isn’t responsible for next-day soreness, and doesn’t need help to be removed from the muscles.

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