THE BODY WORK BREAKDOWN
While manual therapy can be a life-saver when it comes to rehabilitating an injury or relieving chronic pain, it can be even more effective when used with a "prehab" mindset, in conjunction with a good training program. Prehab is short for preventative rehabilitation. If you can address an underlying issue in regards to your movement before it manifests itself as an injury, you will save yourself a lot of pain, time, money, and stress. If you take your training and health seriously, I encourage getting some form of bodywork done regularly. Whether or not you live an active lifestyle, it is still important to have your movement inefficiencies and dysfunctions corrected and managed with regular bodywork and basic corrective exercise.
I like to incorporate corrective bodywork in a unique way. Ultimately, any techniques or corrections that I use are done so with the primary purpose of optimizing your movement. People who move well seldom suffer from chronic pain. If we can find and treat the source of your movement dysfunction, chances are we will also resolve your painful symptoms.
Traditional therapies can often be shortsighted when it comes to addressing the root causes of your symptoms. In fact, more often than not, the area you are experiencing symptoms is not necessarily the origin. It is important to take a look at everything that could potentially be playing a part if your symptoms. By assessing your movement capacity in detail, we are much more likely to address the root cause of your pain and dysfunction much more effectively.
ACTIVE RELEASE TECHNIQUES (A.R.T.)
- Dr. P. Michael Leahy started Active Release Techniques® over 30 years ago. ART® began when Dr. Leahy was working with elite athletes as a way to treat soft tissue disorders so they could get back to peak performance as quickly as possible, and has evolved into what most now consider to be the gold standard for hands-on manual therapy.
- Often times, due to inflammation, stress, excessive tension, poor posture, etc., soft tissues will become adhered to other tissues (e.g. muscles adhered to other muscles or nerves adhered to fascia). Through a combination of pressure and tension by the practitioner and movement (usually active) on the part of the client, these adhesions, fibrotic tissue, and scar tissue are broken up. By removing these structural “hardware” issues, it affords the soft tissues full range of motion and allows for restoration of strength and function. In combination with other neurological techniques (NKT, P-DTR) addressing the “software" issues, we have the tools to address the full spectrum of dysfunctions in your body causing your symptoms.
PROPRIOCEPTIVE DEEP TENDON REFLEX (P-DTR)
- P-DTR is a unique neurological therapy based on neurology, biomechanics, neurophysiology, anatomy, and is under constant research, both practical and scientific. It provides an explanation for how all other existing manual therapy methods achieve the results that they do, and it also shows how and why their incomplete and partial approach fails to achieve results. All other existing methods normally deal with different compensatory mechanisms of the body.
- (Most other approaches have observed some connections within the body, but they don't give any systematic explanation and precise tools for assessment and treatment of these connections. This also concerns osteopathy, kinesiology, physiotherapy, chiropractic and all other manual therapy techniques - all therapies have an effect, but are not explained from a neurological point of view.)
- P-DTR corrections work by helping the CNS (central nervous system) to adapt to and deal with everything in a person’s environment. It clearly shows and explains exactly how we create dysfunctions in the first place, how to identify and assess dysfunctions, and how to permanently treat dysfunctions. P-DTR demonstrates how to find the priority problem and how to fully treat it so that it never comes back. Treatments also consider a wide spectrum of functional dysfunctions on all levels - physical, endocrine, emotional and mental. Not only can it relieve painful symptoms, but it can also significantly improve human performance in all areas of life.
- P-DTR uses manual muscle testing and specific neural challenges to target receptors and other brain pathways involved in these neurological dysfunctions, we can assess how these dysfunctional compensations are occurring and treat them. It focuses on finding the problem, not just treating the symptoms. Corrections are incredibly quick and extremely effective. Results are long lasting and in many cases permanently resolved.
NEURO-KINETIC THERAPY (NKT)
- NeuroKinetic Therapy was developed in 1985 by David Weinstock and has since gained notoriety around the world. The system intends to treat both acute and chronic injuries on the spot while outlining a custom, individualized program of exercise for the client to practice at home for ongoing rehabilitation.
- NeuroKinetic Therapy® works by communicating with the motor control center of the brain. Most musculoskeletal pain is caused by imbalances of neurological origins wherein some muscles are overactive, while others are inaccessible by the brain. Using manual muscle testing, the neuromuscular patterns governing movement and overall musculoskeletal function are accessed in the brain’s motor-control center and are “edited” for greater efficiency. This process allows NKT® to produce faster and longer-lasting results than many other techniques.
- We identify the weak links in various movement patterns via manual muscle testing, utilize NKT protocols to assess and treat the origin of your dysfunction, and then integrate these newly created and more optimally functioning patterns via corrective exercise strategies. NKT doesn’t simply use force to make change, it uses a systematic and strategic approach to creating changes in the nervous system to allow for a better environment for improved motor control.
Integrated bodywork sessions last about an hour. Our initial session is more of an assessment than anything. We take the time to delve into the nuts and bolts of your current symptoms and go over the information you've provided on the intake form. I then take you through a thorough assessment to get a better idea of how to go about treating you.
Due to the nature of how I work, I prefer that new clients start off with a package of 3 sessions. This gives us a session for a thorough assessment, a session for the bulk of the initial treatment process, and then a follow up session in which we assess how you are progressing, continue treatment, and decide how to best proceed with your treatment. If we aren't making significant progress after 3 sessions, it's likely the case that I'm not the professional to best handle your situation, and I will do my best to steer you in the right direction. I have no problem referring you to another practitioner if I feel their skillset is better suited to help you (not to mention I have some of the best therapists on the planet as friends!!).
Normally I prefer to do bodywork in conjunction with training, as clients absolutely see the best results that way. However, I am more than happy to do bodywork sessions independent of training. There are two options for you to choose from:
Option 1: Integrated Bodywork - Single Session - $125 (cash or check only)
Option 2: Integrated Bodywork - Starter Package - 3 sessions - $300
Integrated Bodywork Intake Form
*If you are interested in receiving some integrated bodywork, please take the time to fill out this form. It will help provide me with the information I need to help develop a treatment strategy that will work for you. I will reach out to you soon after and we can get started on a treatment plan!