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The real pain killers

 

about us

Life moves you- you bend down to pick up your kids, you work hard, play hard, and spend time doing what you love. The last thing we want is for muscle soreness or tension to get in the way of you living your life to the fullest potential.

That's where we come in. We're a group of licensed massage therapists who are passionate about getting you back to what you're most passionate about. 

 

People often ask us, "So what do you do exactly?" The short answer: we help people just like you to live life to the fullest potential. The long answer: we specialize in athletic performance, postural issues, injury recovery, injury prevention and flexibility enrichment. Whether you're an athlete, a busy mom, a business professional, or simply pursuing an active lifestyle we offer a variety of techniques to meet you right where you are. Take a look around to see how we could potentially help. 

 
 
 
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what we do

 
 

What we do

The short answer: we help people just like you to live life to the fullest potential. The long answer: we specialize in athletic performance, postural issues, injury recovery, injury prevention and flexibility enrichment. Whether you're an athlete, a busy mom, a business professional, or simply pursuing an active lifestyle we offer a variety of techniques to meet you right where you are. Here's a glimpse into what we can do to help:

Sports massage 

Tissue preparation before, during, and after activity/competition that lengthens myofascial tissue and muscle length, increases circulation and increases metabolic recovery.


Myofascial integration technique (MIT) 

Deep tissue work designed to restructure your muscles and soft tissue by creating space in the body. This allows for freedom in your range of motion and promotes the relief of many chronic painful conditions. As an active participant, you will be educated on the importance of strengthening exercises, flexibility, and movement intended to support a higher-level performance.

 

Myofascial integration structural technique (MIST)

MIST is simply advanced MIT work which results in a 10-session protocol that's both therapeutic and educational, allowing you to fully understand your body and actively improve your body's function. Ultimately these sessions improve breathing capacity, posture, movement, flexibility, body awareness and promote overall wellness.


active isolated stretching (ais)

An active-assisted stretch technique that increases tissue-joint movement and improves physiological function. AIS is great for increasing range of motion in joints, creating more fluid movement and unbinding tight muscles.

So, what is Fascia? 

You might be wondering what all this "fascia" talk is about. Fascia or myofascia is a highly dense and incredibly strong layer of tissue surrounding all your muscles and bones. Activating one's fascia through stretching, manipulation and massage has proven to not only release tension but also improve strength and flexibility. 

I didn’t know what was causing my pain but I did know that I could hardly lift my arms over my head. After a few sessions at Carter I was not only pain free but back to full mobility. They pretty much helped me get my life back.
— Hannah Collins
 
 
 
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Your First visit

 
 

Where to go

We're located at 211 Sherway Road, Suite B, Knoxville, TN 37922 next door to Revolution Dance Studio. There's plenty of parking available in front of our building.

what to expect 

A first visit anywhere can be a little uncomfortable so it's our goal to make you as comfortable and relaxed as possible. 

For your first, please visit bring a pair of athletic shorts. If you don't happen to have a pair then don't worry, we will provide you with some! We ask that ladies wear a sports top or sports bra as well. 

A typical MIT or sports massage session can be scheduled for 30 minutes or 60 minutes in a semi-private therapy room with one of our professional staff. If you get hot or cold, experience any unusual pain, or simply need anything at all then don't hesitate to let us know!

 

what happens next

After your first session you'll most likely feel a couple of things: increased mobility, less tension, and decreased pain. Hydration and mobilization will help minimize any post-treatment soreness. Some soreness is to be expected as we've stretched and moved some muscles that have likely been either overworked or underworked for extended periods of time. 

After your first appointment we will be able to give you a treatment protocol and schedule any recommended follow up appointments. 

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Our Team

 
 

Bryan Carter, LMT, NCTMB

Bryan Carter

As a former Olympic Taekwondo competitor, trainer, coach and school owner, I found myself wanting to help my competitors, as well as their families, find relief from years of pain and injuries.  I had also struggled with injuries and overall soreness from years of playing sports and competitions.  In 2003, I started massage therapy school at the Center of Rehabilitative Education (CORE) where the focus was myofascial integration and structural body work.

For the past 14 years, I’ve been blessed to be able to help others get back to an active lifestyle or start the active life they want.  I’ve worked with clients of all ages, from a 3-month-old newborn to an 83-year-old ballroom dancer.  I’ve also worked with middle school and high school students, professional athletes and Olympians.  Now I have my own team of qualified and licensed massage therapists to help me ensure all of our clients have an active, happy and pain-free life.

Diana christmas, LMT

Diana Christmas

Growing up as a competitive golfer, I struggled with the pain of scoliosis for years.  I saw doctors and physical therapists, but the pain still persisted.  In 2012, a friend suggested I see Bryan Carter at Carter Sport Therapy.  After a few treatments, I noticed the pain was much less severe and my quality of life was changing for the better.  This experience would end up being a turning point in my life, physically and professionally.   


Living in pain is a horrible feeling, not only physically, but mentally and emotionally as well.  But I knew this was something I could do to help others.  I started massage therapy school in 2012 and have been a client- turned-therapist for the past four years.  I am blessed to be able to help hundreds of people live a more active and pain-free lifestyle.

 

 

Heather ritchie, LMT

Heather

I first came to Carter Sport Therapy three years ago after suffering from chronic shoulder and neck pain with little relief.  I didn’t know what to expect when I walked in the door and the experience has changed my life in more ways than one.  First, I gained relief from my constant pain, but I also found a career after Bryan suggested that I become a licensed massage therapist.  I earned my certification and joined the Carter Sport Therapy team in August 2016.   


I enjoy working with clients of all ages and I’m very interested in helping caregivers for those who have special challenges and illnesses.  Since I have a child with special needs, I realize how important it is for caregivers to take care of themselves first so they can help others.  I feel blessed to have a job where I can help people live healthy, pain-free lives and I can learn and grow as a therapist.  

 

 
 
 
 

 

stories

 
  Kate & Jim B.    "My husband and I could NOT be happier with the care we get from Carter Sports Therapy!  As avid athletes who prioritize our physical health and mobility, we treat our bi-weekly sessions with Diana as indispensable components of our overall well-being and performance, just like sleeping and eating well.   Her depth of knowledge also goes beyond just ‘pre-hab’ to keep us injury-free- she has recommended tiny lifestyle modifications to help keep those tweaks and twinges at bay, like switching sleeping positions and breaking poor posture habits.  Pro tip- get the pillow she recommends! "

Kate & Jim B.

"My husband and I could NOT be happier with the care we get from Carter Sports Therapy!  As avid athletes who prioritize our physical health and mobility, we treat our bi-weekly sessions with Diana as indispensable components of our overall well-being and performance, just like sleeping and eating well.   Her depth of knowledge also goes beyond just ‘pre-hab’ to keep us injury-free- she has recommended tiny lifestyle modifications to help keep those tweaks and twinges at bay, like switching sleeping positions and breaking poor posture habits.  Pro tip- get the pillow she recommends! "

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  Debbie S.     "I’m a long-time client of Carter Sport Therapy.  I have weekly appointments to address short-term issues as well care to help me perform “at the top of my game.”  A never-ending crick in my neck prompted me to schedule my first visit.  After that, it became relief from long and short distance running stress.  Now, Carter Sport Therapy prepares me for running, CrossFit, Spartan racing, etc., as well as the after effects from these events.  I highly recommend them as a resource to help you perform at your best!"

Debbie S. 

"I’m a long-time client of Carter Sport Therapy.  I have weekly appointments to address short-term issues as well care to help me perform “at the top of my game.”  A never-ending crick in my neck prompted me to schedule my first visit.  After that, it became relief from long and short distance running stress.  Now, Carter Sport Therapy prepares me for running, CrossFit, Spartan racing, etc., as well as the after effects from these events.  I highly recommend them as a resource to help you perform at your best!"

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 “I absolutely LOVE Diana, Bryan, Heather & Carter Sport Therapy as a whole. I have never felt so wrapped up & listened to. As a retired D1 athlete, constantly told to "push through" & "tough it out", I found a healthier (mentally, physically & emotionally) approach to healing through Diana. I came to Diana about a year ago with hip pain that was not manageable. I was told it was bursitis but was very much misdiagnosed. Diana took the bursitis diagnosis & helped me as much as she could. She is brilliant, works very hard to listen to your body without you even saying anything. After a few months, we had a real talk about my hip. I had torn my labrum (something I did twice to my shoulder) & she sent me in the right direction to get a real diagnosis. She encouraged me & listened to me without passing judgment. She has a heart for people & loves to REALLY help. Diana has seen me on an emergency-type basis & has been patient with me when I thought I could handle going without her (this is not the case). She kept me mobile when my hip should've shut down & I appreciate her hard work & her heart. All of the sports therapists at Carter Sport Therapy are amazing, I recommend them to everyone! -Lindsey H.

“I absolutely LOVE Diana, Bryan, Heather & Carter Sport Therapy as a whole. I have never felt so wrapped up & listened to. As a retired D1 athlete, constantly told to "push through" & "tough it out", I found a healthier (mentally, physically & emotionally) approach to healing through Diana. I came to Diana about a year ago with hip pain that was not manageable. I was told it was bursitis but was very much misdiagnosed. Diana took the bursitis diagnosis & helped me as much as she could. She is brilliant, works very hard to listen to your body without you even saying anything. After a few months, we had a real talk about my hip. I had torn my labrum (something I did twice to my shoulder) & she sent me in the right direction to get a real diagnosis. She encouraged me & listened to me without passing judgment. She has a heart for people & loves to REALLY help. Diana has seen me on an emergency-type basis & has been patient with me when I thought I could handle going without her (this is not the case). She kept me mobile when my hip should've shut down & I appreciate her hard work & her heart. All of the sports therapists at Carter Sport Therapy are amazing, I recommend them to everyone! -Lindsey H.

 
 

 

CONTACT US

 

We would love to work with you! If you're interested in booking an appointment or simply have additional questions then drop us a line below. Or feel free to give us a call at 865-357-6478