Hamstring Flexibility Improves After Massage Treatment, MASSAGE MagazineProceeds to benefit the Massage Therapy Foundation’s Research initiatives.

Performance Health is pleased to announce that Nicole Bucar, TheraBand Associate Product Manager, is a member of The Massage Therapy Foundation’s Running for Research Team (TEAM MTF) participating in the 2016 Boston Marathon.

“We are very pleased for this opportunity to support the mission of the Massage Therapy Foundation,” stated Marshall Dahneke, Chief Executive Officer, Performance Health. “And we are delighted that Ms. Bucar was selected to be part of their 2016 Running for Research Team. I know she’ll make us all proud when she successfully completes this demanding competition; even prouder than she’s made us already by taking on the challenge.”

“I am thrilled to be representing the Massage Therapy Foundation and grateful for this opportunity to help bring more awareness to Nicole Bucarthe benefits of massage and the need for more massage research funding,” stated Nicole Bucar. “As a runner, I know the value that massage therapy brings to my training regimen. Injury prevention, injury treatment, improved flexibility and recovery are reasons I regularly invest in massage therapy.  Running is hard on the body, and whether I’m receiving deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy or relaxation massage, the treatments’ benefits are enormous to both my wellbeing and training. I know that massage therapy is just as important to my training as the progressive runs I schedule over a four or five month training bout.” 

“Running in the Boston Marathon has always been a dream of mine,” continued Bucar.  I am so fortunate to work for Performance Health, a company that helps support health and wellness through its various lines of massage, rehab and wellness, and fitness products.  TheraBand foam rollers, roller massagers and kinesiology tape, Biofreeze Pain Reliever, Cramer compression wraps and other products play a key role in helping me prepare and recover for the large amount of stress regular marathons put on my body.  I’m so thankful for all of these wonderful products.” Follow Bucar’s journey at her blog.

In addition to sponsoring Bucar, Performance Health has provided TheraBand, Biofreeze, Bon Vital’ and Thera◦Pearl products to the entire Running for Research Team to enhance their training programs.


About Massage Therapy Foundation

The Massage Therapy Foundation is a 501(c)(3 )public charity, with a mission to advance the knowledge and practice of massage by supporting scientific research, education, and community service. Learn more at

About the John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Program

The John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Program offers organizations the opportunity to secure invitational entries into the race. These entries provide a significant fundraising opportunity and important exposure for these non-profits. In 2015 over a thousand John Hancock sponsored non-profit runners, including 175 John Hancock and Manulife employees and clients, raised $10.6 million for 180 local charities and Pathways to Education Canada.

About Performance Health

Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, Performance Health is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of branded rehabilitation and wellness products sold into a variety of U.S. clinical markets, leading national retailers and in over one hundred countries through a multi-national network of distribution partners. The Company’s product offering includes an innovative line of market-leading topical analgesics, professional massage products and a broad range of rehabilitation and wellness products. Performance Health markets its diverse product offering under the well-known and highly recognized TheraBand, Biofreeze, Cramer, Bon Vital’, Thera°Pearl and Perform brand names.