About Rick Merriam

I have held a license to practice massage therapy for over 20 years. For the first 18 years of my career, I was a nationally certified personal trainer. During that time, I completed thousands of one-on-one personal training sessions. And I went on to teach biomechanics to personal trainers, group exercise instructors, and physical therapists throughout New England. I worked as a sports massage therapist at ESPN. Over the last few years, I have been quoted in Runner’s World UK, Massage Therapy & Bodywork, Massage Magazine, IDEA Fitness Journal, Massage & Fitness Magazine, and The Guardian Liberty Voice. I have also served as an applied biomechanics consultant for the fitness staff at Canyon Ranch, The Greenbrier, and ESPN. For the last 7 years, I've been teaching applied anatomy & kinesiology at Parker University. I have a private sports massage therapy practice in Dallas, Texas.

Patellofemoral Pain: Why Your Kneecap Won’t Stay On Its Track

If you’re looking for answers on why you continue to have patellofemoral pain when you go up or down the stairs, rather than wait around for the one size fits all approach to come up short – think about what it would take for you to be proactive. 

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Tight Muscles Aren’t As Bad As You Think (Here’s Why)

Before I tell you about the first time I felt tight muscles restricting motion, I’d first like to let you in on something a new client mentioned the other day.  As I was going through the process of addressing an under-performing muscle in his back, he said, “A foam roller isn’t capable of reaching those muscles.  I know that!”

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Real Reasons To Choose Massage School Over College

If you’re serious about pursuing a career in massage therapy, first and foremost, you’ll want to have a complete understanding of all that goes into being a massage therapist.

Along with that, I recommend sitting with, and determining your level of interest in working with the human body.  Because no matter what you’ve heard, massage school is not always as easy as it’s made out to be.    Continue reading

Plantar Fasciitis: What The Experts Aren’t Telling You About Orthotics

When it comes to figuring out why you continue to struggle with plantar fasciitis, there’s a lot the experts aren’t telling you about orthotics.

The inconvenient truth is, like so many of their recommendations orthotics are only controlling the symptoms.

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Why Are Olympic Beach Volleyball Players Wearing That Colorful Kinesiology Tape? Unrolling The Truth.

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Why Are Female Olympic Beach Volleyball Players Wearing That Colorful Kinesiology Tape?

 

If you aren’t interested in understanding the ripple of how far this story on kinesiology tape rolls out, with or without the colorful tape that frames Kerri Walsh Jennings’ shoulder, along with April Rose, Jennings has the potential to take home a medal in beach volleyball at the 2016 Rio Olympics.  

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If Your Iliotibial Band Is Non-existent, How Can There Be A Treatment Plan That Works?


If there’s no iliotibial band, how can there be a valid treatment plan that works with any level of consistency?

 

The way in which your iliotibial band (IT band) is shown in an anatomy book doesn’t even come close to what you’re relying on to move through the world.

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