Blades and Caps
The title might look like it’s going to be about hockey. But instead let’s talk massage.
If you’ve had a massage with me, you might have noticed that I always find time to work on your shoulder blades and your kneecaps. Why would I do that? After all, shoulder blades and kneecaps are bones - don’t massage therapists work strictly with muscles?
No, not exactly. A shoulder blade is one of three bones, which form the shoulder (the other two are the collar bone and the upper arm bone). Each shoulder blade serves as an attachment for 16 different muscles, all puling it in different directions. And if some of theses muscles are tight, while others are weak, the shoulder blade might become imbalanced, resulting in a poor posture and pain in the shoulder joint.
Each of the kneecaps has 4 muscles attached to it. These are the thigh muscles, or Quads, which we use to straighten our legs or to get up from the sitting position. As a result of an injury or degeneration, the kneecaps might get out of balance or lose their mobility. This again results in pain and loss of function of the knee joint.
As we age, we tend to naturally lose the mobility in our joints. Massage, together with stretching and strengthening exercises, helps us stay flexible.
So, when you are on my massage table, and you feel me grabbing and pulling at your shoulder blades or your kneecaps, it’s not because I am mean. I am just trying to slow down your aging process.