Runner’s Hamstrings Improve


The runner with the severely tight hamstrings is doing much better!

With each visit her pain drops and range of motion improves.  The hamstring is no longer interfering with her training.

Keep it up!

A continued sports massage regimen of stretching, long muscle stripping, cross fiber and trigger point work will allow her to meet her goal of running the half marathon.  I’ll let you know how she does!

Runner Presents With Hamstring Pull

Hamstring Pull

A new client presented with severe hamstring pain that had been getting worse for over a month.  She was training for a half marathon and had to discontinue training due to the pain.

First I checked the current range of motion – which was quite restricted.

Massage therapy included stretching, long muscle stripping, cross fiber, trigger point work, and origin/insertion massage on the hamstring muscles.  The tendons were addressed, as well as the muscle bodies with each technique.  The tendons around the knee were manipulated with trigger point techniques.

Range of Motion Improved

Range of motion was rechecked and had improved by at least 30 degrees!   At the end of the session the client was able to stand, walk and stretch with little to no discomfort.


It is fun to help people feel better so they can do what they need and want to do – whether it is to train for a half marathon, dance the night away or play on the floor with the kids.

Is Massage Different in Decatur?

Is massage different in Decatur?

You Bet!

Clinical Sports Massage Therapist Karla Crawford is there for you!

Whether you live in Decatur, Buckhead or Midtown, massage is an all natural way of providing your body with many of the tools it needs to reach Homeostasis.  Homeostasis is the goal of your body to maintain internal equilibrium by adjusting its physiological processes.  If you provide your body with the “tools” it needs, it will do its best to give you optimal performance.  One of those tools is massage.

Regardless of who you are, you can benefit from massage.

Call center worker, CEO, doctor, nurse, patient, artist, landscaper, teacher, Mom or Dad.  Your body is working very hard to keep you going day after day.  You may find you are taking more pain relief medications than you used to for your sore muscles or your aching head.  Massage is an all natural way to address many of your physical pains AND mental discomforts.

The resulting mental break will allow your mind to “re-boot”.

The techniques used by a massage therapist will encourage your painful, tight shoulders to drop from around your ears, your back to release, your hamstrings to stretch, your calves to relax and your feet to say “Ahhhh”.  Within that deep relaxation state your mind will begin to slow down, your breathing will become deep and even.

Are you concerned about the effect medications may have on your body in the long term?

Not all of a medication is metabolized by your body.  What is not actually used will become waste.  And if that waste is not removed, your body will store it.  Massage is the manual manipulation of your muscles which will increase blood flow, flush out capillaries and release toxins into the lymph system.  The lymph system will carry the waste to the cleansing organs.

What about those toxins being released by massage?

Your lymph system is trying to flush out toxins by circulating waste through your  cleansing organs.  Your job will be to provide those organs with the fluids they need to do their job.  Pure water is the best flushing agent to assist that process.  The more pure the intake fluid, the easier it is for your body to maximize its cleansing process.  When you give your body the tools it needs, your body will work very hard to take care of you (homeostasis).  So be sure to drink 6 to 8 glasses of water per day.  And especially after a workout – such as a massage

Karla Crawford is a Clinical Sports Massage Therapist practicing in Decatur, GA.