Meet Your Therapist – David Bacome

Posted by on Aug 13, 2014 in Health and Wellness

David BacomeDavid joined Psoas exactly one year ago, and has been practicing since 2006. His passion lies in helping people heal, and it comes across in everything he does. We’re very happy to have him as part of our team.

Q. What got you into massage and what do you love about it?

A. Massaging my grandparents’ necks & heads reduced their migraines until they didn’t need to take pills for them and seeing how relieved they felt made 7-year-old me so happy that I stuck with it. I love helping people find relief from stress and pain, and ways to maintain that relief in their busy lives.

Q. What techniques do you use and why?

A. I use deep tissue and/or myofascial release for freeing up tension, structural integration, muscle testing and muscle energy techniques for pain reduction and injury rehabilitation, and gait and postural analysis for finding dysfunction in the body.

Q. What is different about working at Psoas, vs. massage places you’ve worked before?

A. At Psoas I use more of my fascial & structural integration training that I used in private practice with athletes and chiropractic patients but couldn’t use in spas. I love that I can send clients stretch videos they can use to maintain their health and that they can see practitioners that can help them with methods they need to receive that I don’t offer, all in one place, instead of having to go all over the Bay Area.

Q. Are there any skills you’ve used here that you haven’t been able to use elsewhere? Is there anything really cool you’ve learned?

A. It’s wonderful to get to work fascially & do gait analysis here, as I did in my former practice but didn’t have the space or opportunity in spas in the past. The clinical trainings are awesome as they always show me another way to work outside of the box to help people more.

Q. Can you give an example of a great success you’ve had in treating a client?

A. A client that hadn’t been able to run for two years after a knee injury has just ran his first IronMan with no pain, after continued treatments and gait work. It’s been amazing to see him progress & now he’s thinking of longer runs!

Q. What’s one type of client that you can without a doubt successfully treat?

A. I’ve had the most frequent success treating pain and restrictions around joints – especially the low back (S.I. joint,) neck, and knee areas.

Q. What’s one piece of advice you would give people to stay loose, limber & healthier?

A. (Barring health complications or heart conditions,) I’d suggest regularly visiting a sauna or steam room, or drawing a warm bath frequently. It’s a great way to relax while loosening up your whole body & taking a break from a busy schedule.

Q. Where are you from? How long have you been in San Francisco?

A. I was born here and my family moved me to central California when I was little, but I came back 6 years ago because I love it more than anywhere else in the U.S.

Q. What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not relieving tight muscles and getting people out of pain?

A. I love hiking the city, exploring natural spaces in the Bay, swimming laps, and spending time with good friends.