Don’t just treat symptoms.
Uncover the source of the problem.
Anxiety, poor sleep, slow recovery from exercise, muscle cramping and feeling stressed and unable to relax are all signs that the body’s out of balance.
I take a unique approach to treating the body. I discovered that “rubbing where it hurts” generally resulted in only short-term pain relief. Making a lasting change to one part of the body involves working with the entire system.
True change involves digging much deeper to uncover and treat the source of the pain.
Maybe you’ve never fully recovered from an injury, have adapted to a slumped over sitting position or relied on a running form that favors some muscles over others.
My goal is to help you reclaim your movement and return to the exercises and activities you enjoy. Learn what it feels like to move without fear of injury, sleep better and become more resilient under stress.
Your First Session
Each session is customized to your unique needs and personal goals.
Clients remain fully clothed for the session, this allows us to move around as needed.
Watching you move is one of the best ways to fully understand what the underlying problem is. We don’t spend our lives lying on a table, so how can we correctly assess the underlying issue from this position?
I specialize in treating the unique needs of cyclists, utilizing a Functional Bike Fit.
Your first session begins by taking a thorough history, discussing your goals and watching you move. Believe it or not, even a fall at age seven can still affect how you move at age 47! The body doesn’t change until it has a reason to, feels safe doing so and until any underlying structural imbalances are resolved.
Treatment takes place on and off the table, assessing movement, making corrections and treating the body holistically through soft tissue and joint mobilizations, advanced breathing techniques, craniosacral therapy, deeper spiritual and emotional healing, among many others.
Movement correctives are also an important component of the work. My goal is to teach you how to keep your body balanced and aligned on your own, so be prepared for some homework!
One of my favorite quotes is that we can’t heal in the same environment that made us sick. Implementing movement and lifestyle changes can have a major impact on your health and well being.
How does this therapy work?
Our bodies are constantly processing and responding to the world around us.
Feeling pain is similar to touching a hot stove. The body remembers the sensation of the intense heat that burned your hand and subtly shifts away from it, using different muscles or favoring the other arm to accomplish tasks.
After a traumatic event (physical or emotion), the subconscious mind will often replay this 24/7, alerting us to prepare for potential danger. The problem with this is that it can hijack our breath, causing us to shift from calm to panic, which also changes our blood chemistry and over time, can even alter our structure or posture.
Once an injury heals, our instinct is often to condition the area to become strong again. However, the pain often lingers either at the site of injury or suddenly appears somewhere else in the body.
Why is this?
Because at the time of injury, you may have felt the physical symptoms of pain, but more was going on behind the scenes. Your body learned a compensation strategy to protect the site of injury or enable the repetitive movement or posture. Essentially the body figured out a strategy to keep you safe.
The painful, tight, weak or cramping area often isn’t the underlying source of the problem, but is merely a symptom.
Everyone has movement compensations. They often result in some amazing athletic feats and allow us to soldier on in our everyday lives, accomplishing the tasks we need to. Our body allows us to compensate, to a point.
Just like a bank account, we only have so many movement compensations to rely on until our account runs out and we begin feeling the pain or limited ranges of motion. It’s not surprising that compensation patterns are the biggest source of non-pathological pain. Left unaddressed, the compensations we rely on can set us up for future injuries.
Consider this: maybe you’re not just “getting too old for this.” Perhaps your body has just run out of ways to patch the problem through movement compenstions. To fully heal, you must address the underlying issue instead of treating the symptom.
What can we do to treat these compensations?
If we continue to try to strengthen the muscles affected by injury (or that we feel are weak), we will simply strengthen the movements and muscles that are already overworked, unbalanced or causing pain. Simply releasing a tight muscle doesn’t provide enough input to teach the body how to move in a new, non-painful way. Perhaps now you can see why it’s so difficult to treat yourself.
We must re-educate the nervous system by teaching the body healthy, pain-free patterns and then reinforcing them with healthy movement habits. This is why I assess the nervous system’s response to movement. If it cannot respond in a healthy manor, we must figure out why and then bring safety and stability back to the body.
Fancy gear isn’t the only way to enhance performance.
Not all clients are in pain. Some athletes want to learn how to enhance their recovery or make performance gains. Here’s a common scenario I often see in athletes: The glutes are large, powerful muscles, but because so many of us sit for the majority of the day, they’re not always accessed as efficiently as possible.
The workday ends and we go from zero to 60, hopping on our bikes or going for a run after work. Now instead of using our glutes to drive the exercise and stabilize the body (they’re still unresponsive from all that sitting), we rely on our hamstrings, low back or neck.
Not only does this rob athletes of serious power and performance potential, but it also sets them up for injury because they’re relying on the wrong muscles to do the job.
We’ll start by assessing these movement patterns to find any weak links in your kinetic chain and then help your body learn to perform at its peak potential.
What to expect:
Every session is customized to the individual. You may feel an improvement right away as we begin to rebalance chronically tight or painful muscles, but it’s important to continue our work together.
Pain is the body’s final signal that something’s wrong (meaning you’ve possibly been operating with the faulty pattern for a long time) and is the first symptom to disappear during treatment.
But just because the pain is gone doesn’t mean the neurological pattern or structural problem is cleared or won’t return. It took a habit to get into pain and it takes a new one to get out of it! But don’t worry, I’ll show you how to incorporate healthy movement into your lifestyle and provide you with movements to reinforce the work.
Still have questions? Let’s start a conversation or Book your first appointment now