KAREN BUCK, LMT

Massage Therapist

Over the years, I have developed and continue to hone an adept skill of physical analysis determined from the information you share and the actual reading of your tissue

Cambridge, MA
Virtual Sessions

Recent Reviews

5.0 of 5 (2)
A very well-respected PA recommended Karen to me. As an aside, he told me Karen could probably diagnose my problem more easily than some doctors! Unlike a lot of medical professionals, she really understands how all of your parts are connected to each other and treats the whole person. For example, a sore thigh might be traced to your back. One sore hip might be overcompensating for a weaker one. In other words, the soreness might be a symptom of something seemingly unrelated. I have seen her over the years for many reasons and trust her completely. She really does dig into the most painful point immediately, and doesn't let up until it stops hurting! My son, a runner, had hip problems in high school. He had two separate operations followed by physical therapy, but still couldn't run (after months). He started seeing Karen regularly and, seriously, she cured him. Sometimes PT focuses on the symptoms but that is never good enough for Karen. Aside from her amazing medical expertise, Karen and I have laughed many a time, lamented social injustice and shared happy stories. I would recommend her unreservedly and expect I'll be seeing her for decades to come.
Karen is a really wonderful person and i have a lot of faith in her healing. Whether it is an injury from cycling/spinning, or rotator cuff or shoulder or back or hip, she has helped heal and normalize functions/mobility over time. She is super nice and so pleasant to work with. She has always made time when my schedule has been difficult. She goes out of her way to help the person heal with her wonderful LMT work as well as her positivity.

License, Credentials & Experience

KAREN has been helping people for 27 years
Licensed Massage Therapist
State of Massachusetts - Board of Registration of Massage Therapy , #2​5​1​9

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Massage Therapy, including deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, positional release techniques
Since 1995, I have accrued knowledge of therapeutic massage through clinical workshops and my wide range of clients. I have helped people recover from injuries and orthopedic surgery
60 Minutes   •   $90

Endorsements

Trigger Point Therapy
Active Isolated Stretching
Muscle Injuries

Practice Locations & Hours


Cambridge
2557 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge MA 02140, United States
Tue: 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wed: 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Fri: 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM

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About me

I graduated from the Massage Institute of New England (Somerville, MA) in 1995. My massage therapy practice has thrived in North Cambridge since 1996. I am a professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association. Most of my clients are referred to me by other clients, chiropractors, physician assistants, physical therapists, pain management centers, and other therapists.
My style of therapeutic massage is an integration of numerous techniques. I have developed and continue to hone an adept skill of physical analysis determined from the information you share with me to the actual reading of your tissue. Myofascial Release assists in freeing adhesions, allowing me to work deeper within your comfort zone. Trigger Point Therapy not only eliminates muscular trigger points from overuse or postural dysfunctions, but also enables me to trace referral patterns to the origin of problems, often not so obvious. Body Mobilization Techniques incorporate active and passive movement with massage to increase range of motion and lengthen muscle tissue. Deep Muscle/Connective Tissue Massage contributes to the rehabilitation process and helps to release chronic tension. Sports Massage prepares the athlete for events as well as ensures a quicker recovery time. Active Isolated Stretching and PNF are very effective methods to complete the lengthening of the muscles. Positional Release Techniques helps to relax the tissue tonus in order to work more effectively. Relaxation Techniques and Swedish Massage are keys to a healthy being. Each session is tailored to your needs. I believe that education, research, and follow up are very important to obtain the best results.


Questions & Answers

KAREN BUCK, LMT Answers
The Tensor Fascia Latae (TFL) can play a large role (as well as the other hip flexors - iliopsoas combo) The TFL blends with the Glute Major into the Ilio Tibial Tract/BAND (ITT or ITB) which is a very strong sheath of fascia that provides lateral support for the legs. It is a "Y" formation. The TFL and other hip flexors are usual suspects in low back pain (LBP) and lateral leg pain due to our lifestyles of extended sitting (work). The hip flexors are shortened and stay shortened for long periods of time. Forward lunges help stretch the hip flexors, but there could be embedded trigger points or stubborn fascia that could be restricting the stretch and making it less effective. Massage therapy can help rid the trigger points and release the myofascia. Heating the tissue before stretching can help relax the fascia. A good practice is to rise from the chair at least every 30 minutes to stand and move around. It is easy to change things up with a timer!
KAREN BUCK, LMT Answers
I am not a physician, but need to say that HDL is a good component in the cholesterol ratio and a healthy level is over 60 mg/dL and an ideal LDL is less than 100 mg/dL. It is your LDL that is lowering your ratio to 4 (which is ok) from the ideal 5. Cholesterol levels are not only affected by lifestyle (which you are doing well with, but rarely can have genetic factors as well). Your numbers are good, especially your triglycerides (lipids). Congrats!
KAREN BUCK, LMT Answers
Yes, But... It is all about posture. So, for example, if you slouch while standing and jut out a hip the same way over and over again, the effects will be detrimental. One pearl that I heard from an ergonomic professional/teacher was a doable formula of 20 minutes sitting, 8 minutes of standing, and 2 mins of moving around. Changing positions, proper posture while sitting and standing, good ergonomic setup, avoiding laptops (or if impossible, get a remote keyboard to separate your self from the screen), and taking breaks (look away from screen to exercise your eyes) will all help.

KAREN BUCK Reviews

5.0 of 5 (2)
A very well-respected PA recommended Karen to me. As an aside, he told me Karen could probably diagnose my problem more easily than some doctors! Unlike a lot of medical professionals, she really understands how all of your parts are connected to each other and treats the whole person. For example, a sore thigh might be traced to your back. One sore hip might be overcompensating for a weaker one. In other words, the soreness might be a symptom of something seemingly unrelated. I have seen her over the years for many reasons and trust her completely. She really does dig into the most painful point immediately, and doesn't let up until it stops hurting! My son, a runner, had hip problems in high school. He had two separate operations followed by physical therapy, but still couldn't run (after months). He started seeing Karen regularly and, seriously, she cured him. Sometimes PT focuses on the symptoms but that is never good enough for Karen. Aside from her amazing medical expertise, Karen and I have laughed many a time, lamented social injustice and shared happy stories. I would recommend her unreservedly and expect I'll be seeing her for decades to come.
Karen is a really wonderful person and i have a lot of faith in her healing. Whether it is an injury from cycling/spinning, or rotator cuff or shoulder or back or hip, she has helped heal and normalize functions/mobility over time. She is super nice and so pleasant to work with. She has always made time when my schedule has been difficult. She goes out of her way to help the person heal with her wonderful LMT work as well as her positivity.





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