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“A student of Life must take in each part of the body and study its uses and relations to other parts and systems.”
– Andrew Taylor Still, founder of Osteopathy
Here’s an interesting statistic…Research shows that 85% of chronic pain cases are idiopathic, which means no pain source has been accurately identified.
 

Many individuals suffer with pain due to the “compartmentalized” approach utilized in today’s health care and rehabilitative system. This approach breaks the body into bits and pieces and has a specialist for virtually every part of the body.

Most challenge cases are the result of many isolated attempts to correct an integrated array of symptoms.  

 

As an example, someone who complains of chronic headaches may end up seeing a neurologist, “headache specialist”, dentist and/or orthodontist, orthopedist, physical therapist, massage therapist, and chiropractor.  This individual may end up on this “merry-go-round” for quite some time unless a more comprehensive, integrative approach is used to identify the true cause of the headaches. This scenario can be applied just as easily to back pain, neck pain, and other chronic musculoskeletal issues.

The fact is, the human body is a system of systems and has the ability to overcome chronic pain when the barriers to optimal function and mechanics are removed. The body seeks balance and to maintain an optimal state of function.

 

 
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My Expertise
I have been extensively educated and trained on how to identify etiological (source) patterns in the symptoms of my clients. By accurately identifying the source of your pain syndrome, I am able to provide practical solutions to eliminate acute/chronic pain and allow you to choose optimal health and vitality.  My programs are designed to facilitate your goals and bring the Body back into a state of balance.
 
 
I do not practice a “system” of any kind.  Rather, I have methods for identifying what will work best for the individual in question based on relational anatomy, biomechanics, and physiology. in order to produce long-term results.

 

Following a comprehensive assessment of Higher Order/Survival Reflexes, we utilize customized “non-manipulative” forms of manual work, myofascial stretches, mobilizations, breathing techniques, and movement/exercise with exceptional precision to eliminate pain and optimize movement.

Most of us today have biomechanical issues due to the way we have used, or not used, our bodies over the years. This use, or misuse, of the body can, and often does, lead to Cumulative Trauma Disorders (CTD), Pattern Overload, altered joint mechanics, tissue damage, joint degeneration, and ultimately…pain.

In my experience, there are two ways to overcome degenerative changes in the musculoskeletal system:

 

 1. Reduce/eliminate the trauma by optimizing biomechanics and musculoskeletal efficiency with manual work and corrective movement/exercise.
 
2. Speed the rate of recovery and regeneration through optimizing nutritional, lifestyle, and behavioral factors.
 
 
 
About the Process
 
Step 1: The Assessment
You cannot improve what you do not measure.
We begin by assessing Higher Order/Survival Reflexes to identify the most pressing “threats to function.”  A few of the things that are assessed are respiratory mechanics and the cranium, TMJ function, vision, the Upper Cervical Spine, and the sacrum/pelvic girdle.  From there, the assessment process depends on the findings in these areas.   Assessments range from 1-2 hours in duration depending on the complexity of the case history involved.
 
Step 2: Program Design
Your customized program is created based on your assessment findings as well as your goal(s).  The program typically consists of “non-manipulative” forms of manual work, customized myofascial stretching, as well as corrective exercises to restore structural balance where necessary and remove the roadblocks  for optimal mechanics.
 
Step 3: Personal Instruction
You are guided through every aspect of your program with great attention to detail and precision.  Any and all questions about your program are answered during the instructional sessions and you will know exactly what is required to overcome your pain.  Personal instruction can range from 3 to 6 one hour sessions.
 
Step 4: Re-Assessment
Upon the completion of your initial program (typically between 4 and 8 weeks depending on the case), you are re-assessed and your program is progressed.  Since we are retraining the nervous system, it is important to keep an objective eye on changes that are produced as a result of the selective pressures of your program.  Without re-assessment, we have no idea if what we have done is working nor how to guide the journey moving forward.
 
Step 5: Program Progression
Your program is progressed, based on your progress and the findings of your follow up assessment.
 
 
 
 I have extensive experience in helping my clients help themselves overcome a wide-range of conditions including but not limited to:
 
Low Back Pain
 
Neck Pain
 
Hip/Knee/Ankle Pain
 
Foot Pain
 
SI Joint Dysfunction
 
Spinal Stenosis
 
Various Sports Injuries
Disc Injuries
 
Headaches
Spondylolisthesis
 
Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
 
TMJ Dysfunction
 
Incontinence
 
And many more!
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