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.

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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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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