Can you get a massage after shoulder surgery?

The quick answer to this is yes! However, there are a number of factors to consider.

1. Timeline: You have to know timeline of tissue healing after surgery. Typically in this situation, you must check with your doctor or physical therapist to make sure it wouldn’t interfere with the tissue healing process. Now, if you are going for a general massage, you should just let your massage therapist know about the surgery, but otherwise you should ok as long as they don’t work on it specifically.

2. Qualifications: Now if you are going to have your massage therapist specifically work on the surgically repaired area, you must check thier background and credentials in working with patients like this. The average massage therapist does not have the knowledge base to help and can possible complicate the healing process. Working with Rotator Cuff repairs is a delicate process for both the PT and the massage therapist. This union of both professions can help mitigate the pain and increase range of motion faster.

The long story short is if you have a qualified massage therapist, you should progress really well. If you don’t, it could set you back a couple more months.

Contact us for more information: 682-200-9817 or email us at nh@hadlcenter.com


Leg tightness causing your lower back pain

By now, most of you may be familiar with the Psoas (one of your Primary Hip Flexors). The picture above, on the left hand side shows you where you typically will feel the pain that is generated from a tight Psoas. The middle picture and the one on the right shows you where we have to push on it to release it. As you can tell, it is not the most pleasant muscle to have work done on.

The cool thing is, you can avoid having us work on it just by stretching it for 2 minutes on either side once a day. Here are a number of ways you can do this either on your own or just schedule online to have one of our therapists do it for you. Book today

This one can be done at home on the edge of your bed. It is pretty self explanatory. Just on the edge and let your leg drop while you hold the other leg. Hold it for 2 minutes and then switch legs.

This is an alternative way to stretch it if your back is in pain and you can’t get on the ground or lay on your bed. Sit with your supporting leg on a chair with the leg you are stretching behind you. 2 minutes then switch.

There are a couple more ways to stretch this one muscle but I am just going to leave you with these 2 stretches. They are probably the easiest ones to perform. If you have any questions email us call or text us at 682-200-9817 or visit us at www.hadlcenter.com to schedule online.


Stop and Stretch.

Stretching is the most under used activity for the recreational athlete.

Let’s face it, stretching is boring. I don’t have the time is the most common phrase we hear. I get it.

Let me tell you what it does for you though. Keeps the joints loose, ie: reducing the effect of arthritis which will eventually side line you. Every athlete will develope arthritis the longer you stick with something. Those that remain flexible will be less burdened by this. East to follow program.

Stretching will also reduce your risk for muscle pulls or strains. It’s a no Brainer, spending 20 minutes a day stretching, keeps you fit enough that an injury is less likely to occur and thus you don’t have to take weeks to months off from working out.

Our stretching service is for those people that don’t have the motivation to do it themselves. It’s easy to do it on your own but so is working out. Some people need a trainer to be accountable, so we are here for you if you need help. You can simple schedule a stretch session online at www.hadlcenter.com



Question of the Day: What is Bodywork?

Someone, that I do not know on Facebook, asked the question: what is bodywork? Hmm.. I have the general assumption that everyone I work with knows everything in my head. I guess I never thought to explain, “What is Bodywork?”

Many of my client’s have different names for what I do for them. Some are just flat out funny, “The Body Whisperer.” You know who you are. It is, at it’s core, Massage and Bodywork as specified through The National Board for Therapeutic Massage and BODYWORK is (see below).

Bodywork: Any of a number of therapeutic or simply relaxing practices that involve the manipulation, massage, or regimented movement of body parts. Examples include massage, craniosacral therapy, and Pilates. Bodywork may be used as an adjunct to medical treatment, or it may be prescribed as a form of physical therapy for certain conditions.

Basically, It’s massage + other stuff!

The Fundamental difference between a Massage Envy and or Spa Therapist and someone who does bodywork is that a Bodywork Professional has both a long term and short term objective for your body’s overall health.

You may come to us with an injury or headache or nagging back pain. We will assess you and in the short term try to make the initial problem better. You may need a few sessions for this or you may only need one. From there, we try to look deeper at other potential causes of your minor issues and correct those. Then, we try to get you on a maintenance program of stretching, exercise, and periodic massages to help identify potentially new problems that may arise. This type of massage is much more then the occasional, “I need a massage today.”

Hope this answers your question, if you had this question! If not, thank you for taking the time to read my little rant. See you soon!

Hadl Clinical Bodywork Fort Worth Texas 76107



Covid Posture exercises

Covid has taken a toll on all of us. Whether you have been exposed to it or not, it has changed most of our lives. It has made many of us sit for longer periods of time starring at a computer screen. The image above is the proper form for doing that.

Do you look like this during your zoom meetings?

I didn’t think so. Most of us find the most comfortable position which over time can cause major issues in your neck, lower back and shoulders and hands.

Our spines are not designed to stay in these postitions for very long. In the picture above you can see that her right side of her lower back is stretching while the left shortens creating tesions that will find its way up to the neck.

Since we are being forced to sit for long periods, here are a few daily exercises to train your body to sit better.

1. Superman Exercise

This an easy one you can do anywhere. Simply raise you legs and upper body off the ground and hold for 45 seconds. Rest for 1 minute and repeat 2 more times. This will help those back muscles support you while you sit.

2. Basic Bridge Ups

Dig those heals in and lift your pelvis. You can go up and for 30 reps or simply hold the postition for 45 seconds. Again rest for 1 minute and repeat 2 more times.

3. Alternating Supermans

This is my favorite one. Raise you left arm and right leg at the same time and hold for a 2 count, then switch to the right arm and left leg. Go back and forth 20 times. Rest for 1 minute and repeat 2 more times.

If you just choose to do one of these daily, your body will thank you!

If you have pain you can’t work out, schedule an appointment. 30 minutes with us can change your life. Schedule online or call 628-200-9817.

“Living with pain is a choice!”



Welcome to Hadl Clinical Bodywork

If you have been in recently, you have undoubtedly been welcomed by this little girl. I am amazed at the professionalism of an 8 year old. Her catch phrase ” Welcome to Hadl Clinical Bodywork, Mr. Nick will be Helping you,” is making everyone smile. She insists on welcoming everyone that comes in the door in between her Fort Worth ISD virtual classes. Such a trouper!