Got me a rubdown

Never doubt the importance of a good massage therapist.

I’ve been to a handful of massage clinics around the city and, sure, it all felt good. There was the chiropractor in the south end, too, but the way he was pushing me all around, trying to get stuff to crack … well … just …

Ew.

It’s one thing for me to stretch and make things pop but getting all twisted up that way and forcing it?

No. That’s just not my bag.

Today, I capitalized on a Living Social deal, getting an hour-long massage at Back and Body Health for half the regular price.

I wasn’t expecting much really, nothing much different than the usual treatment … rub this, move that, dig your elbow in there …

In fact, I tried to talk to my last massage therapist about the issues with my shoulder but all I got from her was a couple of uh-huhs and the same old routine.

Corey Batt, however, listened intently. He asked me about the injury, when I thought it happened, how it happened, what kind of therapy I’ve been doing and so on. I told him about the pain localized in my anterior deltoid, the compensatory stiffness on the left side of my neck and even the lower back stickiness I usually experience after some heavy deadlifts.

He started on my right shoulder blade, worked around on it for a little while and then announced, ‘yeah, you’re really muscle guarding on this side.’

Muscle guarding?

It’s a protective response in a muscle group that results from pain or fear of movement.

So my right shoulder girdle is all bunched up.

Then he runs his hands down my back, moving the muscles around my lower spine.

I’m not sure whether he emitted a sound of shock, fear or surprise but it sounded kind of like a ‘phphphooph.’

And he said ‘yeah, you are really twisted up down here.’

Fact is, I don’t do anything unless I go all out. Play hard or stay home, right?

Trust me, this is one time I’d rather give up that talent.

In any case, Corey did things to my back, shoulder, arms and pecs that I’ve never had done before.

That was 10 hours ago.

My shoulder hasn’t clicked when I move it since I left the clinic on Burbank Cres.

The cinch in my neck is gone.

Granted, this is a temporary measure. The ultimate solution won’t be known until after my MRI in February and a permanent course of action is determined by my doctor.

But if Corey can provide some relief in the meantime, who am I to argue?

Oh, and he also recommended I see the Back and Body Health owner, Dr. Ryan J. Hoover. He has extensive experience with sports injuries and Corey says he isn’t the type to go popping and cracking bones.

So I’m willing to give that a try, too … even consider some Active Release Techniques as recommended by another friend.

Stay tuned.

But if you’d like to try Corey out for yourself, give him a call at 403-209-2225.