Summer is full of activity – and we all love it! Family reunions, golf outings, volleyball games on the beach, vacations, summer baseball leagues…the list goes on. We can’t wait for it to get here, then it’s over way too soon!
With a ‘too short summer,’ we tend to squeeze in all of our favorite activities, sometimes overdoing it a bit. Do you have:
- a kink in the neck after that killer roller coaster ride?
- a twinge of pain in the shoulder after your 3rd round of golf ?
- a spasm in the lower back from the impromptu football game at Sunday’s reunion?
- aches everywhere from your 10 hour work days at landscaping or construction?
Or maybe you’re just exhausted from trying to get the kids everywhere, host parties, and keep the house and yard looking like humans reside there!
There’s nothing worse than wanting so badly to enjoy summer fun yet not being able to do so without feeling some type of restriction or even severe pain while doing so. I know! Last summer I spent so much time working on redesigning my gardens, digging out brush using a hand shovel, cutting branches by hand (I have no power tools), push mowing 45 degree angle hills – upwards, along with my usual workouts which include a number of arm conditioning exercises, that I had thoroughly strained a muscle in my upper right arm which would send shooting pains all the way through my pectoral muscle in my chest if I moved it a certain way. Ouch!
I found myself unable to enjoy the things I really love, including all the garden work I do. I let it go though, as many of us do, and struggled through the rest of the summer and fall. I finally decided this past spring that if I want to get out there and do all of that again – yes, redesigning my garden included, I better take care of it.
I chose to go see Becky Peterson this spring, a licensed massage therapist who works out of Healthy Pursuit in Middlefield. I told her what I thought the problem was and scheduled a one hour massage. As we chatted about a number of things, she strategically located the area of pain and found the tight culprit on the front of my shoulder. She spent quite a bit of time working at relaxing it and working on the other side as well. “When one side of the body is sore,” she explained, “we often overcompensate with the opposite side.”
I am no stranger to massages of this type as I am always involved in physical activity, but this was my first visit to Becky. I felt much more relaxed in the immediate area afterward, but the full effect did not take place right away. It was about two weeks later, when I was doing cross body movements, I noticed I wasn’t feeling the pain so much. I also modified my arm exercises, not working the affected area as hard, allowing it time to rest and heal. Several weeks later, I could honestly say that I had experienced about 80 percent improvement. After spending lots of hours this spring on heavy chopping and shoveling once again, along with working out, I have not had symptoms return. I am a happy camper!
Becky has been practicing massage therapy since 2003. She helps her clients function at their optimal level through the use of therapeutic and relaxation massage techniques including NeuroMuscular Therapy, Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, OrthoBionomy, and Swedish massage when treating clients. Read more about her services HERE.
If you are experiencing the effects of too much fun, too much work, or just too much stress, Becky is the one to call. Don’t let the summer get away without fully enjoying it. Schedule an appointment and get on with living the outdoor life fully!
Becky is offering our readers a special 15% discount. Just mention you read her article here on Geauga News when you call for your appointment!
Becky Peterson, Licensed Massage Therapist
14895 North State Avenue, Middlefield, OH 44062
Becky sees clients at Healthy Pursuit.
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