First Settlement to offer free post-race massages

PARKERSBURG – The 2014 Parkersburg News and Sentinel Half-Marathon marks the 10th year that First Settlement Physical Therapy has provided post-race massage and care free of charge.

When a marathon runner finishes their race they are immediately greeted by 25 licensed physical therapists that are there to perform deep tissue massage, according to a press release.

Physical therapists use deep tissue massage for many reasons. Massage helps increase blood flow to leg muscles helping to increase oxygen delivery to help with healing and recovery.

It also benefits muscle elasticity and reduces the soreness and fatigue someone can feel before or after a big race. Physical therapists spend an average of 10-15 minutes with each runner to ensure they are getting the most out of their post-race massage, officials said.

“As physical therapists we are excited to promote a healthy lifestyle. We can significantly decreases post-race soreness with these massages and thereby hopefully increase continued participation from runners year after year,” said Simon Hargus, a physical therapist.

“I grew up in Parkersburg and owe a lot to the schools and friends I’ve made here, so it’s a real privilege to be able to give back to our community,” he adds.

First Settlement Physical Therapy was started in 1999 by physical therapist Hema Hargus and her husband, Phil Hargus, with the desire to create a health care company where the patient came first every step of the way, they said. Recently their son Simon Hargus and his wife, Lisa, both physical therapists, joined the multigenerational family company.

First Settlement Physical Therapy is a family-owned business that has been serving the Mid-Ohio Valley and surrounding communities for over 15 years. They provide hands-on care with the belief that the patient comes first every step of the way, the said.

FSPT has 12 locations throughout West Virginia and Ohio.