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Massage Rolling: An Introduction

posted on January 7th, 2016 under Massage Rolling

Massage Rolling Balls

What is Massage Rolling?

Massage Rolling is a muscle release technique that works far beyond traditional stretching or foam rolling. This method uses a variety of different sized balls as stretching tools to promote flexibility, improve range of motion, and much more. Whereas the foam roller treats the body as one whole muscle, the ball is three dimensional and targets specific muscle groups. It allows you to get in and around joints such as the hip or shoulder. At Tigard Physical Therapy, we often integrate Massage Rolling into our treatment programs. Our trained staff offers individualized instruction to teach you the proper form.

Get on the Ball

Massage Rolling for the hamstrings.

Massage Rolling is a self-care technique that mimics the work of a massage therapist. The results are similar to having myofascial release applied to your body. The method uses 6- to 10-inch balls to help stretch the muscles, increase circulation, and free soft tissue restrictions in your body. It is usually performed in a specific sequence, and can be performed on most muscles – even the face! This stretching technique can be safely performed by almost anyone: young or old, individuals recovering from injury, or people looking to enhance their current fitness program.

Lying over the ball, your body weight is used to apply pressure to targeted muscles. Each rolling sequence has a specific start and end point, working muscles from where they begin (the origin), and rolling toward where they attach (the insertion). This process helps to stretch and elongate the muscles.

The Benefits of Massage Rolling

Massage Rolling is different than traditional fitness regimens. You don’t need access to expensive equipment, and you can achieve results without spending hours stretching. This technique can:

  • Relieve pain and tension
  • Improve flexibility
  • Improve posture
  • Prevent sports injuries
  • Stretch and tone muscles
  • Promote healing
  • Build core strength
  • Realign the body
  • Remove restrictions in your body
  • Break down scar tissue


“I was introduced to Massage Rolling while training for a marathon and treating a hip flexor injury. I was skeptical at first, but quickly began to experience the benefits of Massage Rolling. As my training increased, I learned additional methods for massaging the various muscle groups in my legs and core, which was a perfect complement to my regular physical therapy appointments and sports massages.

Since then, Massage Rolling has become an integral part of my training. I perform it after every run no matter if it is 3 miles or 20 miles. I have no doubt that Massage Rolling has helped speed the recovery of my hip flexor injury and shin splints, but also prevented classic running injuries like hamstring strains and IT-band issues. I can’t imagine my running success without Massage Rolling.”

Inessa V.
31-year-old runner
Nike Women’s Marathon Finisher 2009

Physical Therapy for Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

posted on January 6th, 2016 under Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

At Tigard Physical Therapy, we use an integrative approach to treat Pelvic Floor Dysfunction:


With biofeedback therapy, we promote patient awareness of musculature, as well as muscle rehabilitation and relaxation.

Patient Education

It is important that patients understand their diagnosis and the anatomy involved in their treatment program. Better understanding in these areas leads to greater treatment success.

Behavior Modification

Voiding diaries are used to track triggers of problems and change voiding patterns. Change of diet and relaxation training are also used. This treatment is especially helpful with urge incontinence.

Manual Therapy

  • External and Internal Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Myofascial and Trigger Point Release
  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Spinal and Pelvic Realignment
  • Visceral Mobilization

Patient Self Care

Sustained success of a treatment program requires that patients continue their treatment in their home environment. During treatment, patients will be taught a home exercise program, self-trigger point release, and relaxation techniques.

Who is Affected by Pelvic Floor Dysfunction?

posted on January 6th, 2016 under Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Although most commonly associated with women, Pelvic Floor Disorders can actually affect men, too. It is true that Pelvic Floor Dysfunction becomes more common with age, however Pelvic Floor issues can affect just about anybody – even children and teens. Many athletes are affected by it as well.

It is difficult to get an accurate estimate of exactly how many people are affected by Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, as so many cases go unreported and untreated. Studies have shown that approximately 1 out of every 5 Americans suffer from some type of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction at some point in their life. Over 25 million Americans suffer from urinary incontinence alone.

Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Causes

posted on January 2nd, 2016 under Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Many different factors can contribute to pelvic floor issues. The most common causes in women are childbirth and aging. Stress, surgery, injury, obesity, and menopause can all be contributing factors as well. Research shows that men suffer from incontinence mostly because of a swollen prostate or after prostate surgery. Diabetes, Asthma, nerve damage, infections and medications can also attribute to a weak pelvic floor in both men and women.

A lot of athletes suffer from urinary incontinence. The pelvic floor takes a lot of stress after hours of running, jumping, and other high-impact sports. When you come down from a jump, all the shock is absorbed by your joints and Pelvic Floor Muscles. This can sometimes result in urinary leakage.

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