Henry A. Hamby has been in the practice of massage therapy since 2005. He received his certification from Ontario Bryman College of Massage Therapy in 2006 with a focus in integrated and therapeutic massage. He became a California licensed massage therapist in 2011. He is a proud practitioner of the Filipino martial art Kali and has over 20 years of experience in various other martial arts. He studied music at Mt. San Antonio College with a focus in voice giving him a better understanding of postural alignment. He was a part of the internationally recognized classical choir, The Mt. SAC Chamber Singers from 2011-2012 and sang at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York City. Henry is currently working on going to Chiropractic School so that he may help his clients in a more complete fashion.
What is Therapeutic Sports and Injury Massage?
It is a compilation of sports massage techniques, Orthopedic massage techniques, Myoskeletal therapy techniques, joint mobilization techniques, PNF stretching (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation Stretching), and strengthening exercises to maintain functional balance to the body. All approaches are meant to be performed with little to no pain and with clients participation. Without the participation of the client they are not taking their well being into their own hands.
My purpose as a massage therapist is not to fix, but to help facilitate the natural healing ability of the body. I can not help heal broken bones, severely torn ligaments or tendons. What I can help with and do work with are strains, partially torn ligaments/tendons, reduction of inflammation caused by structural aggravation, regaining mobility to immobile joints, physical ailments that cause pain such as fibromyalgia and physical manifestations caused by mental and emotional stress. Again all this is with high caution to avoid a painful reaction.
How is this type of massage beneficial to health care?
It is a viable therapy before surgeries are performed. Holistic therapy should be tried before going under the knife unless a total tear, break, or separation of a joint has taken place; surgeries should be last on the list of options for healing. The benefit of my type of therapy is that it allows muscles that are restricted to become lose and pliable again so that elongation and strength can be regained in conjunction of physical therapy and is a better option than more invasive surgical approaches. This therapy is also great in parallel with people who utilize Chiropractic care by loosening muscles around bones so that they may be reset and stay reset because if the surrounding tissue is too tight after an adjustment is made the problem will most likely continue to return.
What to expect during a session?
All sessions are scheduled by appointment only. All sessions begin with a medical and postural assessment. Then clients are asked to lay on massage table so that body work can be performed. Once the body work begins more assessments are made and addressed using various therapeutic techniques:
Elongation and activation/ shorten
Elongation is making tissue more pliable and flexible, activation is manually stimulation tissue that is not firing properly. Shortening is manually manipulating tissues in the direction of the tissues contraction.
Opening of the front line
Tom Myer's book Anatomy Trains talks extensively on opening the front line of the body. We use the front side of the body much more than we do the muscles in the back. Back pain in usually caused by an over worked front line and over stretched and miss firing posterior line.
Finding weak inhibited muscles and over worked strained muscles
Weak inhibited muscles are single muscles or groups of muscles that are not firing correctly. Pain occurs due to the primary muscles that are meant for a particular movement not taking on the proper work load, but letting muscles or areas that are meant for only assisting to overcompensate to perform to particular movement. Over time these secondary muscles tire causing failure to perform movement and pain.
Breathing is a huge part of why people have tense traps, necks, backs, hunch over, and eventual low back pain. Proper breathing should be low and expanding the abdomen, diaphragm, intercostals, and lumbar region. This type of breathing is known as diaphragmatic breathing or singers breathing. It has little to no tension in the traps, chest, and neck and is a revitalizing way to taking in the thing that humans need most to survive...air.
We must be aware of how we position our bodies throughout our day. The spine is composed of vertebrae and disks that sit right on top of each other in a balance, when our posture is too forward or out of alignment it puts pressure on disks and causes pain. This pain affects surrounding tissue (i.e. muscles). An analogy would be if you hold 5 pounds away from your body in comparison to close to your body. It is much heavier away from your body. The same principle is applicable to your head leaning too forward and the strain goes down in a chain reaction. Our posture however can not be improved with just stretches, proper breathing and correct muscle strengthening. The body has to have a full musculoskeletal adjustment.