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.

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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When Custom Orthotics Do More Harm Than Good

A couple of years ago, an ultra runner came in with pain in his foot.  Pain that he had been dealing with for quite some time.

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Plantar Fasciitis Has Very Little To Do With Your Foot


Regardless of what the experts have told you, plantar fasciitis is very rarely about your foot.

 

Like so many other running-related injuries, the reason you are left managing all of the things that go along with plantar fasciitis (PLAN-tur fas-e-I-tis) comes down to the same things.

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Stretching Is Not Improving Your Ability To Perform


No matter how much your mind leans towards thinking that stretching is necessary, the reality is, it just isn’t capable of doing much in the way of preventing an injury or improving performance.
 

But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stretch.  What’s more important is, how and when you choose to stretch.

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Plantar Fasciitis: Much More Than What Fits Your Feet


The reason why you’re dealing with plantar fasciitis is about much more than what fits your feet.

 

In order for a ball to come into the strike zone at upwards of 90 mph, there has to be much more to a pitcher’s delivery than just a strong arm.  Or even a longer arm that has the potential for more leverage (i.e., whip).

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