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Steve Jurch, A.T.C., L.M.T

Steve Jurch, A.T.C., L.M.T., has over 20 years’ experience as a massage therapist and athletic trainer. He serves as director of health and human services at Community College of Baltimore County, in Maryland. An NCBTMB-approved continuing education provider, he is the author of a clinical massage therapy textbook and is on the Editorial Review Operational Committee for the AMTA Journal.

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A Powerful Combination

Posted by Steve Jurch, A.T.C., L.M.T on Oct 2, 2017 11:40:45 AM

How can massage therapy help maximize your rehabilitation? A large percentage of individuals that utilize the healthcare system are people going through some sort of rehabilitation.  That rehabilitation may be associated with the recuperation from surgery, healing from an accident, dealing with a congenital condition, or recovering from an athletic injury. 

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Topics: massage therapy

Why Use Massage Therapy?

Posted by Steve Jurch, A.T.C., L.M.T on May 24, 2017 12:48:36 PM

We all have had that unfortunate experience of walking through the living room and our shin somehow finds the coffee table.  After a few choice words, what it usually the first thing we do?  It is probably the same thing our parents did for us when we were kids.  We rub it.  We do this without thinking but have you ever stopped to think why?

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Topics: massage therapy, massage

Bringing Massage Therapy Into the Athletic Training Room

Posted by Steve Jurch, A.T.C., L.M.T on Jan 16, 2017 2:11:02 PM

How soon until my player is back?...  We have a big game this weekend and could really use our best player… This could really affect our season… 

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Topics: massage therapy, training room

Digging Into Trigger Points

Posted by Steve Jurch, A.T.C., L.M.T on Nov 21, 2016 3:49:11 PM

The Question

“What’s that knot and why does it hurt so much when you press on it?”  If you spend any time doing soft tissue work, you have inevitably heard this come out your client’s mouth.  When looking at the body and its sources of dysfunction, muscle tissue is the main target for the wear and tear of daily activity.  Our skeletal muscles account for nearly 50% of our body weight and depending on how you divide them out, consist of 200 paired muscles.  That’s 400 muscles, any of which can develop those “knots” or trigger points and cause significant pain and dysfunction throughout the body. 

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Topics: trigger points

A Look at Sports Massage Therapy

Posted by Steve Jurch, A.T.C., L.M.T on Aug 26, 2016 10:11:27 AM

The field of sports massage therapy is a very popular specialization within medical professions; however, massage therapists are often challenged when it comes to defining it. So, what is sports massage therapy and how will it benefit us?

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Topics: massage therapy, sports massage therapy

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