” Massages huh? My calf has been hurting for years now. What can you do? “ Before I am able to set down my coffee his boxing coach says: “Hey you should talk to Alex!”
It’s seven am. I guess I am starting early. How can I remind friends to schedule appointments well ahead of time?
“Permission to test muscle response?” He says: “Ok.” We stand. The heavyweight contender towers above me like the far summit of a Tongan caldera.
“Go for it.” he says. “You can’t hurt me.” I reassure him that I intend no harm and please let me know when we locate the spot that turns the pain off.
- we muscle test the hamstrings
- the quadriceps
- the gastrocnemius
“THERE! ” He confirms that we have located the primary myofascial trigger point. I ask for additional feedback while I make a few minor corrections to the angle of my force vector.
I predict the pain will tap out in forty seconds. The donut shop parking lot is just now starting to see a few more cars. We are already done.