Tuesday, October 21, 2014
The Holiday's are quickly approaching .. Don't miss out on giving the gift of health, the gift of "recovery & maintenance" to your favorite athlete!
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Sunday, October 5, 2014
The interesting thing about "Scope of Practice"
This week alone I heard that phrase no less than 15-20 times during the course of the games.
I am a licensed massage therapist in both RI & NC. I am also "Board Certified" by the NCMBT and a AMTA member I follow the "rules" and pay a LOT of money for the credentials that really don't mean a thing to my clients & athletes but speak volumes in the massage field. Go figure, but I'm sure someone's got an argument for it or against it. Whateva .....
So this past week me & the USMT crew set up at the CSOTC for the Warrior Games. This is going to be a walk in the park.. 4th year out and every year has presented us with a different set of circumstances and challenges. We got this.. We've overcome other obstacles this year is no different.
So funny how other so called "sports medical" professionals such as: athletic trainers, sports physical therapists & team "doctors" ( you get the picture) can arbitrarily toss that term around to meet their needs, fit their insecurities and disrespect others.
Let me just make this statement: I know & own my scope of practice. I don't need anyone to point it out to me. I also don't hold myself out to be anything other than a very well educated and skillful muscular therapist .
My scope of practice is: the manual manipulation of the soft tissues of the human body. Among a few other things such as First Aid & CPR, IASTM and certified training in Kinesio Taping.
I do not implement anything out side of that realm: my scope of practice. Sports massage - Muscular therapy
I do not diagnose
I do manipulate the skeletal system
I do not prescribe medications
I do REFER OUT
Would I like to work in a cohesive sports medicine environment like I do on Camp Lejeune at Wallace Creek & the Navy Smart Clinic.. Yes of course... But unfortunately that didn't happen.
The only medical personnel that we interacted with that showed me & my team any ounce of professional curtsy was a army medic assigned to Team SOCOM . He (thanks Luke) recognized our skill set!
Ponder this: if I spent the same green US currency as any chiropractor, physical therapist, athletic trainer, doctor or a occupational therapist in a Kinesio Taping course or an IASTM course that provides me with continuing education credits that fall under the guide lines of my scope of practice .... Why oh why do these same "professionals" feel the need to say I'm working outside of " my scope of practice"?
True story.. Happens all the time....
This trip & sports event was no different.
This is one reason why I have made it MANDATORY that our team has a travel binder with us that declares all of our licenses, insurance, specialty skill certifications & credentials.
I may not have gone to school as long as other "Sports Medical Professionals" but I am knowledgable, I do study things that are considered "above my pay grade" and some of you may think of it as out of my "scope of practice" ~ but it's not... Just consider me & my team as career students.
Don't be afraid of me because I really.. REALLY know the science.
Embrace us.. Because, after all we're all on the same team.. The team that ultimately helps the athlete & client who's looking for results.
Saturday, October 4, 2014
What a week! Today was the closing ceremonies for the Warrior Games. The sports massage team stayed extremely busy all week providing much needed muscular therapy to our military athletes. We set up on Friday September 26th on the Colorado Springs OTC ... We came prepared... Not only did we have 4 sports massage therapists on hand for the week but we also had a receptionist as well... AKA.. The Gunny... He knows the job and doubled as our team driver too. (Did I mention we are a fully mobile functional sports massage team)? Oh yes.. We get the job done! Half of us drove out with all the gear and the other half flew.
Saturday & Sunday we had modified shifts and filled the available time slots .... After the first 4-5 athletes the word was spreading fast on the OTC about us and before we knew it our Monday & Tuesday schedules were booked!
This is of course what we were hoping and expecting to happen. This was our 4th year out here for the games ... Every year has been slightly different for our actual working environment but the actual job has stayed the same... Provide that bone crushing goal orientated performance based outcomes.. Provide an atmosphere for proper muscular treatment & recovery.
We worked with athletes from all branches of the military.. But this year was the year of SOCOM! We interacted with more athletes from that group than any other .. How exciting throughout the week after competitions throughout the day.. Someone would come in our office excited about their performance and win! Yup, bring home the hardware... And then say it was all because of you & the massage I got! Of course it's really all about them and what they did but exciting that they want to share that with us!
The week had plenty of emotions as well... It's not easy to not get emotional or be affected by some of the things you see or hear from these same athletes: for instance, the conversation starts with "can you take a look at my foot, it caused me a lot of pain. I'm thinking of having it taken off" Of course I'm going to look at that foot! Not even 5 minutes working lightly on it with IASTM and huge improvements, continue to work on foot up the calf to knee and yet more improvements!
That's just one of many incidents we experienced throughout the week.
Humbling, exciting, emotional .. Grateful that we were able to have the ability to work with these men and woman and give back to them !
I have one individual who is serious about flying across the country to come and receive my work so he can recovery completely from a shoulder injury. An injury that had restricted his ROM for over 5 years.
I could go on & on about the week.. It was truly amazing but I do believe my mind is still racing from the week. I think it's best if I let a few days go by before really explaining what transpired. But I know I am forever changed by these fabulous men & woman we had the opportunity to work with!!
Always & with the Glitter
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Just wanted to send a quick message to let you know I will be out of the office @ Wallace Creek for the next 2.5-3 weeks. I will be supporting the Wounded Warrior Games providing sports massage to over 250+ wounded & sick military athletes competing in the week long event. I am currently driving out to Colorado Springs were I will meet up with my USMT sports massage team.
I am aware that this creates a problem & inconvenience to you while I'm away... However I am going to provide contact information for 2 separate massage therapists who work on base to help with any muscular issues that may arise or to just plain schedule a massage... You know we need to splurge on ourselves every once in a while! :-)
PS I will be back to Wallace Creek the week of October 13th
Angela Boyd at Court House Bay Fitness Center: 1-740-262-4023
Bridget at Wallace Creek Fitness Center : 1-910-333-6338
Monday, September 22, 2014
The first weekend in September found Kristen & I participating at a Human-body Cadaver workshop. Simply amazing on what secrets the body holds. I was honored to be asked to step in as the assistant to the workshop director and facilitator for the 1 day class.
Kristen & I helped "prepare" the bodies for the workshops (2 classes would be held on Sunday, 3 hrs each)
We took notes on each one, indicated significant findings that would be of interest ... I knew there would be certain things I would be looking for ... I wanted to see with my own eyes if what I was seeing with my hands was the same and to validate the work I already do to resolve specific muscular problems.
When I'm working with an athlete or client I have a protocol and theory I'm following that follows my scientific reasoning. This experience clearly validated all of the work I do... And based on that, I will not deviate from z good plan. I intend to make it better.
One thing I found interesting is the way fascial adhesions & scar tissue "bind" structures and how scar tissue looks compared to fascia .... 2 things I "see" a lot while working.... Again, this experience has given me valuable in site on how to administer a treatment that will functionally benefit the athlete-client who is looking for resolution to their muscular problems.
I can't wait until next years workshop!!
You better believe the glitter was with me on that day !!
I know I've been " slacking" on updating everyone on the adventures of USMT, it's staff & of course our athletes and clients... No excuse really except that I've been extremely busy at the Wallace Creek office and at the end of the day ~ I'm tired and don't want to do anything other than drive home & crawl into bed... Via a short little stint on the couch! I'm pretty confident that you can all relate....
August was a big competition month for the Gunny & I.. But mostly him. Crazy bastard... Wait.. You'll see.
The first event we did was the cherry point sprint tri, I somehow hurt my knee in July so I switched my individual race to a team... I would swim and my teammates ( both very fit Marines) would run & bike... Ekkkk, no pressure there!
I was a little nervous at first, not because of the swim... But more because I did not want to let them down... I'm at least 10 years their senior and not in the same shape as them... (So I thought) I might be voluptuous... But I got what it takes come game time! I swam like a fish.. A stealthy fish... FAST!
Overall we did rather well... I was happy and they were too.. Even with no training.. It was a wake up and oh yeah... Your competing in a sports event. Hahahahah
Gunny did really well... He came in 2nd in his age group! I love listening to him talk about his training, where he "went wrong" and how he's going to fix that.
So the 3rd weekend in August found us at the Homestead Ultra... This kind of running is a whole new animal for the gunny... It's a different kind of "spin" on a 50K. (Ten 5k races in 10 hours).
The race started at 7 am, gun goes off and approximately 100 runners are off... They have until 8 am to finish the first 5k.
If they don't finish within that time frame.. Their done.. Stick a fork in em...DQ'ed
Gunny was going STRONG until race #6. That's when his legs started cramping, getting "charley horses" and was slightly dizzy. When he came back from race #8 I told him I was ready to pull the plug... He begged me to let him go back out again and if he didn't feel better after that he would be ok with me throwing the white towel up... Of course you have to know I was providing sports massage to him and our friend Toshia throughout the entire race.... It was helping but this distance was wearing on them...& the others as well. I treated a few other athletes for cramping as well.. My runners were in good hands.. Mine. :-)
Gunny finished the 9th run in a time of 49 minutes... He came in at 53 minutes for the 10th & final run of the day...31 miles completed. He looked like he was ready for the "glue factory". Even with all of the sports massage, stretching and ice application throughout the day ... He had a weeks worth of recovery.
We asked him if he was ready for his next one...#%€k no was his reply until the next morning at breakfast when he starts strategizing about his next race.. What he did wrong, what he's going to work on and improve. :-)
Now he understands why I want him to take it easy and create his own "retired" athlete training schedule .... He is retired, now I just want him to focus on his athletic training.. That's his job moving forward... Besides facilitating my "honey do list"
Good times in NC!!
Always and with the Glitter!