You know I got this little blog that I want to get off the ground and I want it to be interesting to everyone who reads it. I will not be the literary scholar that most of you are. If and when you see grammar issues, please be nice when informing me. I know I will change between past and present tense in the same paragraph, maybe even the same sentence, just remember be nice. The point to be made in the blogs will be the most important point to remember.
I’m often asked, “Why did you decide to start doing muscle therapy?” The answer is very simple. No one else was doing it. I have been blessed, to have been a pretty good athlete in high school and college and to have worked in many different jobs over the course of my very short life. In doing so, exposed myself to many of the same injuries athletes and employees go through. This is what gives me the ability to understand what your body is doing and how to help put it back into a position to heal.
As an athlete, I had many of the same injuries you hear about today, such as elbow tendonitis, high hamstring pulls (so bad, the back of my leg was the color of an egg plant), sprained ankles, sprained wrist, shin splints (so bad, I quit playing basketball – yes I did play in the FB City League at one time), concussions (was knocked out twice in baseball – tough sport), jammed fingers on both hands, torn rotator cuff. Through all these injuries, I rehabbed myself back into the starting lineup. I was not going to be beat by my body into giving up.
As an employee, I think I was better prepared to help with injuries related to all stages of my working career. To start, a lot of you will not know I have done so much in so little time. Let’s go over my short work experience. First, every Christmas when I was home from school, my Dad had me a job with a contractor, usually working at the paper mill rebuilding foundations, using tools like sledge hammers, jack hammers, and wheel barrows. Those jobs would make a young man old quickly. I worked in the mill several years, as a laborer shoveling bark, chips, and $***. Let’s move on to the next job. I was, when I left, an apprentice lineman for a utilities company. My job responsibilities were some of the same as at the mill, all laborer type jobs, such as mixing concrete in a wheelbarrow, cutting grass, reading meters, working in a bucket truck, hanging wire and transformers, even climbing poles to change out street lights. The daily grind produced injuries that I would rehab after work in the gym. Then came a change in my work experience. I moved to the office. I worked for an equipment rental company for several years, moving from safety manager to customer sales trainer to district manager, where I had the responsibility of managing 100 employees and 10 million dollars in equipment. When you are seated in your office for 10 plus hours a day, taking care of your business and employees it creates a different kind of injury. So, where am I headed to with all this?
My life to this point has prepared me to understand the injuries I see in my office, whether they come from a world class athlete, a high school athlete, a mill worker or the office employee. Those injuries are mostly the same. The loads that cause them are different.
The question is, ”Why did you decide to start doing muscle therapy?” Short answer, because I can help the body position itself to heal. I have experienced a large portion of the injuries I see every day in my office and the people I see need guidance in understanding what is wrong and what they can do to repair and manage their injury.