Post date: Feb 7, 2014

The "overhead athlete" is defined as an athlete who uses his or her hand in an overhead position. Sports such as baseball, softball, football, swimming, volleyball, javelin, water polo and tennis are all examples of overhead sports that subject the shoulder to extreme ranges of motion, forces and accelerations/decelerations over many repetitions. Overhead athletes are extremely prone to shoulder injuries due to the anatomy of the shoulder joint, and the biomechanics of overhead...

Post date: Jan 29, 2014

When you’re buried in snow, your first thought may be to grab your shovel. But if you are not prepared, you are putting yourself at risk for strain or serious injury. Shoveling can be a strenuous activity. Warming up your muscles, using the right shovel and technique are key to minimizing your health risks.

The following snow removal tips can help you to avoid low back injuries and pain during the snowy winter season:

  • Choose an ergonomic shovel...

Post date: Jan 20, 2014

Winter is here, and the inevitable snowfalls that accompany it. While shoveling snow can be a good exercise when performed correctly and with safety in mind, many people are shoveling with incorrect biomechanics—which put them at risk for injury.

Snow shoveling is a repetitive activity believed to cause tens of thousands of back, neck and shoulder injuries each year, ranging from muscle strain and sprains to significant medical emergencies requiring emergency room visits.


Post date: Jan 14, 2014

A: If he or she is a licensed massage therapist at Mettler—perhaps more than you realize!

Massage therapy has long been a legitimate and educated profession, and the standards continue to rise. More and more medical professionals see the value in massage therapy for anything from injury recovery to reducing anxiety and depression.  Individuals are increasing taking their health into their own hands as well, utilizing massage and other body therapies to manage chronic...

Post date: Dec 23, 2013

Pressed for time this holiday season? You still have time for a workout.

Interval training allows you to turn your hour workout into 15 minutes and still seek the same benefits. Using high burst of energy followed by easy work or a complete rest will result in burning more calories than jogging for an hour. You burn more fat and calories with interval training not only during but also over the 24 hours proceeding the workout, compared to steady state run.  

Family in...

Post date: Dec 17, 2013

Stay warm this Winter 2014 with Hot Yoga at Mettler. Looking for a new winter workout? Warm up with Mettler’s Hot Yoga as you stretch, strengthen, and tone in our 95 degree heated studio.


  • Deeper stretches – Warm muscles help you safely enter deeper poses.
  • Reduced stress – Extra heat promotes relaxation of muscles and nerves.
  • Eliminate toxins – Heavy sweating helps to flush toxins from your body.

Choose a Night...

Post date: Nov 19, 2013

Each of us have muscle imbalances and poor body mechanics we've developed because of pain, injury, or bad postural habits we've picked up over time. These poor postures or movement patterns place our bodies in a de-conditioned state and making us susceptible to chronic pain and injury. The point of corrective exercise is to identify these imbalances and create a program to correct them....

Post date: Nov 15, 2013

The holiday season is upon us, bringing many reasons for good cheer, but it can also bring added aches and pains.

Carrying gifts, lifting heavy bags, and wrapping those gifts, are actions our bodies are not accustomed to—making us prone to injury.

To stay safe this holiday season, follow these simple, injury-prevention tips:

  • Take rest breaks during your shopping trip (e.g. sit, have something to drink, or take a lunch break)
  • Distribute the weight between...
Post date: Oct 25, 2013

I’ve heard it countless times in my career as a massage therapist from clients anxious to get relief from tight muscles: “No pain, no gain!” Don’t get me wrong, it’s true that deep pressure massage is often helpful in releasing soft tissue, and a little bit of pain may be worth the results; but it’s not for everyone and can sometimes cause more harm than good.

Good Pain Bad Pain
There is a difference between “good pain...

Post date: Oct 14, 2013

1. Don’t get injured. 

2. Have fun. 

3. Finish. 

4. And don’t get injured! 

Those were my goals heading into one of the most intense physical activities I’ve ever done, and certainly the toughest since turning 40. Now while 40 is by no means old, I don’t feel nearly the same...