Thank You Veterans!

 

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As a special thank you in honor of Veterans Day, we are offering free 30 minute massages for retired and active duty military. You also have the option to upgrade to a 1 hour massage for only $40!  This event will be held on Tuesday, November 11th.  Book now, as a limited number of slots are available!

Call, text or email to schedule an appointment or for more details.

781-780-2480

gameon@gameontherapeutix.com

Please come in uniform (we’d love to get your photo for our Facebook page) or bring your military ID or other proof of service.

 

It’s Not Going to Go That Way! The New Golf Ball Flight Laws.

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I just read an article on golfwrx.com about the new studies done with Doppler radar, FlightScope and Trackman.  The results show that the old golf ball flight laws are invalid.  Crazy, I know!

The New Golf Ball Flight Laws

  1. Curvature is created when the path of the club and the face angle of the club point in different directions at impact.
  2. When the path and the face are pointing in the same direction at impact, you can hit a pull, a straight shot, or a push depending on where the face and the path are pointing. The ball will not curve unless another force is acting upon it, such as wind, slopes, off-center hits, etc.
  3. The ball mostly starts in the direction of the face angle at IMPACT (green arrow).
  4. The clubface direction at ADDRESS does NOT control the face angle direction at impact, however, it can influence it.
  5. The ball curves away from your swing path (blue arrow).
  6. Divots do not tell you starting direction, true club path, angle of attack, curvature or exact lie angle. They are virtually worthless for you to use to determine what happened during impact.

Check out the article for more info.  You can find it here.

Happy golfing!

 

Study Shows Massage Heals Muscles!

Let the healing begin!

Let the healing begin!

 

I came across a study that I’d love to share with you because educated clients are the best kind of clients! You can go directly to the related articles linked below if you’d like. Or stick around, and I will do my best to outline the important points of this study.

How Massage Heals Muscles – The New York Times

Massage’s Mystery Mechanism Unmasked – Science

Now let’s talk about the study, which was published in Science Translational Medicine. It came about because Mark Tarnopolsky, a neurometabolic researcher at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, suffered a severe hamstring injury in a water skiing accident. The massage therapy he received did such a great job relieving his pain that was determined to find out why.

In the study, test subjects had a tissue sample taken from their quadriceps muscles (that’s the thigh muscle), and then participated in an intense cycling session. Ten minutes after their workout, one of their legs was massaged. Then researchers took two more tissue samples, one 10 minutes after the massage, and one 3 hours after the workout.  The genetic profiles of each sample were then compared.

There were clear differences in samples of the massaged legs vs. the un-massaged legs. The massaged legs had had three times less of NFkB, which turns on genes associated with inflammation. They also had 30% more of a gene called PGC-1alpha, which helps muscle cells build mitochondria. In case you forgot your biology, Mitochondria make energy. Mitochondria are often referred to as the powerhouses of the cells, as they generate the energy that our cells need to do their jobs. They are pretty important little buggers!

So what the heck does all this mean?

These results suggest that massage suppresses the inflammation that follows exercise while promoting faster healing.

To summarize:

  • Massage turns on genes that help muscles heal
  • Massage turns off genes associated with inflammation

If you beat on your body in sports or at the gym you should definitely be making regular massage a part of your post-exercise recovery routine.  And nothing fuels you through a workout like knowing you will be enjoying a massage after all your hard work!