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. 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.

Understanding Pronation and Supination (and How That Relates to Overcoming Plantar Fasciitis)

If you move as much as most people, in your lifetime you’ll exceed 100,000 miles (i.e., 160934.4 km).

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What No One Tells You About Releasing Your Piriformis Muscle

If you aren’t comfortable with the word release to describe what’s occurring when an elbow is driven deep into your piriformis (pi-ri-FOR-mis) muscle, feel free to plug in any technique that causes a muscle to relax. 

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5 Things to Know Before You Buy Another Pair of Running Shoes

To avoid running into pain or an injury, here’s a list of things you’ll want to know before you get fitted for your next pair of running shoes.

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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