“….This is the world in which Cutchogue physical therapist Marc Wahl operates. A high-stakes sports environment where athletes at the very top of their game — men with hundreds of thousands of dollars on the line every weekend — turn to him when something isn’t quite right with the bodies they use to earn a living…”
“…The fruits of Mr. Wahl’s labor can be spectacular for both him and the athletes he works with, a list that also includes 2016 PGA Championship winner Jimmy Walker and tour pros J.B. Holmes, Sean O’Hair, Branden Grace and Brandt Snedeker..”
“..My niche has become, ‘I’ll get you to the tee,’ ” he said. “I don’t have an explanation for that. There is some place I go between art and science….”
“….And though unconventional, their way of life influences how he treats players. He likes things to have multiple functions, and thinks it’s important to fix issues at the root.
“To give somebody a calf stretch to do, they’re not going to be able to do enough of those to offset the type of shoe they’ve been wearing since infancy,” he said. “So we have to say, ‘OK, what can we have you do that could make a difference, because otherwise, it just is not going to do what we have to do.”
He tries to explain it further, but his cellphone rings. It’s Koepka, and Wahl has to run. For the man in charge of helping to keep the best at their best on one of golf’s biggest stages, there’s little time to idle….”
“….Cupping the body arbitrarily without a system may or may not be effective depending on the objective, and we certainly have a responsibility to deliver safe treatments and heed contraindications, however I believe that it is far more efficient and effective to use the FMS/TPI/SFMA system to identify and demonstrate tissue extensibility dysfunctions (TEDs) and then to specifically tailor the cupping treatment to eradicate those restrictions. Simply eradicating any and all restrictions found in the tissues, even when some are not of functional detriment could actually hurt the client’s performance under certain circumstances. The practitioner must ask “why” and what effect the treatment could have on the particular client at that particular time….”
“….All “cupping” is not the same, even though it seems anything involving vacuum therapy falls under this label. So many variables can come into play that any combination of dry vs. wet, active vs. passive, dynamic vs. static, degree of intensity, compression by the cup’s edges, as well as the size of the cup, time of dose, health of client, the permutations and therefore outcomes are virtually infinite. It’s impossible to have a conversation about “cupping” without specifying how we are using this tool….”
“…In the literature, cupping is often referred to as an ancient tool of an art that has been around for 3-5 thousand years - and yet reductionists still seek definitive answers while this tool is being reinvented and used intuitively by many. TCM has provided a system to incorporate cupping into a traditional setting and it has endured through time. The problem is our setting in sport and medical venues are non-traditional, and dogmatically following prescribed methods without the space to think creatively hampers the potential for spontaneous epiphanies and inspiration by both professionals and nonprofessionals….”
“….It’s truly up to us to do our own research, but before reductionist evidence-based studies can exist, we must be allowed to imagine, create and play with techniques whenever possible without the concern of ridicule from our discipline’s peers. There is no system for the new paradigm; we are developing it as we trial. If this is possible we must put down our competitive swords. This is intuitive. As much as we like to classify ourselves as scientists, research comes from proving/disprove our hypotheses - hunches, but where do the hunches come from? Inspiration, intuition, and wonder can flourish and bloom in the safety of one’s environment to fail and to be vulnerable….”
“…Jimmy Walker's victory on Sunday at the PGA Championship was no exception. Walker is supported by his caddy (Andy Sanders), swing coach (Butch Harmon), family, trainer (Craig Brown in San Antonio) and, last but certainly not least, his TPI Certified therapist, Marc Wahl…”
“…Wahl is among the most respected PT's on TOUR and a key reason why Walker has been able to make 24+ starts/year since joining the PGA TOUR in 2010. It's not a surprise that Walker was quick to credit him. Wahl was also one of the first to greet Walker as he walked off the 72nd hole…”
"…’Our team communicates openly together," said Wahl. If Butch notices something in Jimmy's swing, he'll ask me to be aware in our treatment. If I notice something with Jimmy's body, I'll alert him. I've probably had my hands on Jimmy for over 1,200 hours. I can usually tell if something is off and Jimmy trusts Butch, Craig (his trainer) and myself in the process…’ "