Author Archives: Casey Holliman

Ice or Heat for an Injury

Ever wonder whether or not you should be using ice or heat for your injuries?  This is a pretty common question I get asked.  Most people understand that it is best to ice an acute injury, such as a sprained ankle that immediately swells up after rolling it.  Ice is always what you want to […]

Have You Used Your Foam Roller Today?

Foam rollers come in many different styles, shapes and densities.  Some have a soft surface, some are very solid, there are half-rolls, short, long, spongy or plastic, and rollers with knobby edges or grooves when you need to reach those deeper structures.  I use a foam roller regularly as part of my fitness and workout […]

Massage Therapy After a Car Accident

A car accident can be a major burden on someone’s life.  Some people may not know what they should do after being in a car accident.  After getting everything squared away with your insurance company and collecting the other persons information, one of the next things on the list should be to consult with a […]

Deep Tissue Massage vs Deep Pressure Massage

One of the biggest misconceptions about deep tissue massage that I have come across as a therapist, is that most people believe that it means applying a lot of hard, deep pressure, and that it is going to hurt.  The term ‘deep tissue massage’ actually has nothing to do with the amount of pressure that […]

Event Massage at the Tour de Cure 2013

On July 20th, I volunteered along with a few other sports massage therapists from around Portland to provide post-event massage for the cyclists who participated in the Tour de Cure Ride.  It is structured for cyclists of all experience levels, with routes ranging from 5 to 100 miles.  The event is in support of the […]

Desk Workers: Part 2 – Postural Exercises

Upper Cross Syndrome is a condition that many desk workers have.  It is a postural abnormality where your upper body and head is being drawn forward due to being hunched over a desk all day.  This doesn’t affect just desk workers, but anyone who is doing prolonged activities that require them to have their arms […]

Desk Workers: Part 1 – Ergonomics

One of the more common conditions I treat would be upper back and neck pain/stiffness. The majority of us spend a decent amount of time sitting at a desk in front of a computer, whether it is for your job, using social media, researching or playing a game.  Something as simple as sitting, you wouldn’t […]

Lactic Acid Build-Up and DOMS Myth

Most anybody who has ever exercised has experienced what is known as Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS), or sometimes referred to as ‘muscle fever’.  DOMS is typically felt anywhere from several hours to days after exercise.  Usually in cases where the exercise is intense, or if it is something new that the body is not […]

The Psoas and Back Pain

Lately I have had quite a few clients coming in complaining of similar, low back symptoms.  Each of them have also displayed the same postural abnormalities, consistent with someone who sits all day at a desk, which they also all work desk jobs.  If you have, or have ever had low back pain, often times […]

What Do I Wear During a Massage?

For anyone who has never had a massage before, there may be some questions you have beforehand.  One of those could be that you don’t know what you should wear during the session.  It is a good question because not all massages are the same, and therapists have different preferences. First, the Oregon Board requires […]