Rossiter System

Our Weightlifting coach, Randy, is also a practitioner of The Rossiter System to relieve pain and restore mobility.  After having his hip mobility and pain significantly fixed by Rossiter, he decided to learn the system to help the Weightlifting team.  Since it's been such a success, he now offers appointments at Barbell Strategy.

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In Randy's Own Words

I was first introduced to the Rossiter stretching workouts a couple of years ago by way of a post on Facebook by a strength coach colleague of mine who is also a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu player. He is not one to be easily impressed or effuse, so when he gushed about how Rossiter had cleared up the pain and stiffness of a nagging injury in just one session, I took notice. I have chronically sore hips from arthritis and have tried about every non-surgical means I've ever heard about to attenuate the discomfort. So I contacted the woman that had worked on my friend and set up an appointment.

It was as my friend described. "Not gentle and not pain free." In fact, I've never in my life experienced the degree of discomfort that I was asked to work through in that first session. But when I got off the floor to walk around, I was also in the least amount of pain with the freest gait I had in 5 years, which is when the arthritis started digging in. It was amazing. And the relief lasted for several days. I was hooked. I turned as many people on to Rossiter as possible.

At the moment, there is no medical cure for osteoarthritis, but I have to say Rossiter is the best method I've found for managing my condition and getting a good degree of relief and mobility restored. It's not massage, it's a form of "inside out" connective tissue stretching where your Rossiter practitioner applies weight with the foot (for most of the techniques) and coaches you through various movements to stretch the tissues. Rossiter calls the sessions "workouts" and they really are. The harder you work the more you get out of it.

As a result of my experiences, I became very interested in learning how to do the Rossiter techniques for the benefit of my athletes. It is great for pain relief, of course, but it is also a great modality for improving range of motion and flexibility in otherwise pain free individuals. It has also come in very handy with my athletes who have suffered an acute strain. I can provide them with some relief and mobility immediately which kick starts the healing process. Sometimes they can return to practice right away because the pain or stiffness cleared up immediately.

FAQ about The Rossiter System

I already stretch. Why would I use The Rossiter System instead?
Most stretching programs focus solely on muscles and muscle groups. The Rossiter System goes a level deeper by lengthening and loosening the body’s connective tissue – the fascia, tendons and ligaments that surround muscles, give them shape and flexibility, and connect them to other muscles and bones. Strong, well-developed muscles are important to all athletes, but those muscles have to move well to function and perform optimally. The Rossiter System, in effect, loosens the entire outside support structure for the muscles, giving them an extra layer of looseness, range of motion and injury prevention.

What's so different about the Rossiter System?
First, the stretches look weird! Most people are accustomed to stretching on their own, individually. The Rossiter System makes stretching a two-person affair, with one Rossiter coach helping a fellow athlete, teammate, or partner to stretch. Unlike massage, which requires kneading by someone else, the Rossiter System relies on the Rossiter coach's foot to add warmth and weight to specific areas of connective tissue, while the athlete actively works hard to stretch his/her own body optimally. Instead of “spot work,” The Rossiter System stretches large volumes of connective tissue very quickly, effectively...and very powerfully.

I thought most injuries were muscle-related. Why do these techniques focus on connective tissue?
Connective tissue is like a big invisible “suit” or “armor” that covers the entire body and gives it shape and “space.” Connective tissue determines how freely the body moves within itself. When connective tissue is overused, injured or traumatized, it shortens and tightens. The Rossiter System uses warms and weight – similar to kneading Silly Putty to make it pliable – so that connective tissue can be stretched easily back to a normal, loose, supple state that moves without pain.

When you say the Rossiter results are "quick," how "quick" do you mean?
Can you say minutes? Seconds? It’s possible that players injured during a game or event could undergo a Rossiter Workout right there on the sidelines/courtside and return to the game within minutes, especially for problems such as muscle cramps, charliehorses, twinges of low back, knee pain and foot problems. Fairly recent problems of pain or tightness can be resolved with a few techniques, and a full-body Rossiter Workout can be done in as little as 20-30 minutes.

What if I already had surgery? Can I still use the Rossiter techniques?
Certainly, but surgery is an invasive procedure that damages and compromises natural, healthy connective tissue. Anyone who has undergone surgery will see results with The Rossiter System, but results might take a little longer. Progress will be slower. It might be more difficult to “feel” change as it happens, because the tissue takes longer to change. And there is one exception: because back surgery is so invasive, Richard Rossiter does not support the use of his techniques on anyone who’s had back surgery, no matter what. Back surgery changes the nature of back mechanics so much that he simply will not work on anyone who’s had back surgery. No ifs, ands or buts.

How can The Rossiter System prevent injuries?
If you are already pain-free, the Rossiter System is a great approach for preventing injuries and keeping the body supple, limber and fully functioning. Craig Swan, a former pitcher for the New York Mets, is now a certified Rolfer who uses these techniques with his clients. And for four years while he coached high school and college baseball, he used these techniques with his athletes – none of whom ever made it to the disabled list. They simply didn’t get injured.

How often do these stretches need to be done?
It depends on several factors: how long you has been in pain, how chronic the pain, how willing the you are to work hard to get out of pain. Most people notice a difference after the first workout. People who use The Rossiter System to prevent pain may need a workout only once a week or once a month. Others might want to do a workout every few days to stay in shape. People trying to overcome pain might need a workout every day or every other day for a few weeks, and then only maintenance workouts every week after that. The great thing about The Rossiter System is that you are in charge of your own progress. (Only YOU know where your body hurts inside: The Rossiter System gives you the power and the tools to find your pain, stretch it out and take care of it for good...and for the rest of your life!).