If there’s anything aging has taught me, it’s that bodies don’t bounce back when they’re in their 40s as easily as they do when they’re in their 20s. Luckily, people like PRIME Massage & Sports Medicine’s Kerry Gustafson are there to help. In addition to getting out the kinks associated with the regular wear-and-tear of human musculature, Kerry also prescribes exercises and wellness hints as a way to stop the pain before it starts. She must be doing something right, as this is her fourth consecutive win in this category.Read More
As cooler autumn weather arrives, it seems to be the perfect time to head out on the trails for a long run. Whether you are running to simply run or you are preparing your legs for turns down Baker in just a few months, nothing puts a damper on those plans like the striking pain of shin splints.
Posteromedial tibia stress syndrome, known to most as ‘shin splints,’ is caused by repeated stress and inflammation of the muscles, tendons and bone tissue around the tibia – where the muscle attaches to the bone. It is very common in runners and jumpers and dancers with a 13-17% occurrence rate.Read More
Best place to get a massage
Kerry Gustafson has certainly done something right as this is her third win in a row in this category. The wonderful thing about PRIME - and perhaps what sets it apart from the competition - is that they offer so much more than a typical massage studio. Apart from an impressive list of accomplishments in both education and professionally, Kerry's personal touch caters to both individuals and athletes abound.Read More
Best place to get a massage
Chosen for the second year in a row, Prime Massage and Sports Medicine is quickly becoming a household name. Owner Kerry Gustafson is Bellingham’s go-to for athletes, and her extensive training and long list of accomplishments and achievements in her field are just one of the many reasons why. Along with various types of massage, Kerry also offers athletic training, orthopedic screenings and concussion testing. She is a Bellingham athlete’s dream, from former to novice to professional.Read More
Want to lessen your time of soreness after racing?
Want to learn new recovery techniques from the experts?
Want to learn how to use your foam rollers and trigger point equipment to help you recover faster?
Join this group recovery session the morning after the Bellingham Bay Marathon.Read More
In the beginning, the AquaJogger® was conceived in Eugene, Oregon USA as a way to take the impact out of running for world class runners like Mary Decker. Mary’s coach, Dick Brown, in addition to training elite runners, was also working with Dr. Bruce Becker (Washington State University) in designing water rehabilitation programs for pre and post surgery patients. Unhappy with the various flotation vests and water ski belts available, Dick began to search for something better.
In 1987 a collaboration between Dick Brown, Dianne Bedortha, a water exercise specialist and Lew Thorne, the president of Excel Sports Science, resulted in a flotation belt design now known as the AquaJogger® Classic. This unique and affordable flotation device soon captured the attention of athletes, fitness instructors and medical professionals around the world and "AquaJogging" was born.Read More
It's summer. It's getting hot. Whether you are training, racing, or recreating, everyone is going to succumb to muscle cramping at some point.
The question is:
Are all leg muscle cramps the same? Should we treat them all the same?
The answer is, No.
There are two different types of leg muscle cramps.
Type 1, or single muscle cramping, is due to electrolyte imbalance, dehydration, and depletion.
Type 2, is skeletal muscle overload and fatigue. It can also could be a deficit in strength or flexibility from a prior injury.
Here's are some excerpts from a great article on stress fractures from the American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine.
What is a stress fracture?
Each day, the body produces new bone to replace the bone that is broken down by the stress of everyday living. Usually, this process is balanced, with the body replacing the amount of bone lost. However, this balance may become upset with excessive physical training. The body, due to several factors, may not produce sufficient bone. As a result, microcracks, called “stress fractures,” can occur in the bone.
PRIME Massage and Sports Medicine
This is not your average massage studio. And after being open for only a year and a half, Kerry Gustafson is making quite the name for herself. PRIME Massage offers the athlete and active person assistance by reducing tension, increasing range of motion, improving performance and helping achieve peak performance—in addition to offering athletic training. With an impressive list of certifications and achievements in the athletic field, Kerry is your go-to gal for all your athletic wellness needs.
Where: 1433 N. State St.
Bellingham Alive Magazine announced the 84 winners of the Best of the Northwest.
Best Massage Therapist
The Bronze goes to...Kerry Gustafson - PRIME: Massage and Sports Medicine