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Despite years of "corrective exercises" and strengthening drills to resolve pain and restore movement, some problems never vanish. Our search for the answer on why and how lead us to learn a wide array of Massage (intentional touch) Techniques that allow us to communicate with the body in different ways. What we learned—from doctors, physical therapists, chiropractors, osteopaths and more—taught us one sure thing.
Pain is layered and complex; your body is smart. It takes old injuries and dysfunctions and creates compensations so you can function. Unfortunately, when your body runs out of strategies to compensate, pain signals that it’s time to heal the dysfunction. This dysfunction can be related to the connective tissue (fascia), actual adhesions or scar tissue, or even the receptors of the nerves that tell the body how to react.
Symptoms might be dizziness (vertigo), swelling, vision problems, pain, limited range of motion, or even post traumatic stress disorder. We have treated all of these successfully. Each requires a different process, beyond simply popping joints or rubbing tissue. We often treat clients for post surgical pains that never heal, as well as car accident symptoms that linger despite care from other treatments. Our treatment is not usually ongoing, because most clients are restored to full function within a few sessions and return to regular activities! We do not take insurance (we are too busy to handle medical billing). Beometry Massage Therapy may be the best investment you make in restoring your body.
Your skull is the top of your command center. Not only does it protect your most vital asset (the brain), but all the nerves that control key factors, like vision and stress response, are there as well. We combine multiple styles of cranial treatment to take pressure off the brain and check the connection between the brain and the body. We have found that cranial treatment benefits even those with non-head related issues, as the body balances itself at the top of the head. In one simple scan, we can tell if you have a symptoms that would benefit from cranial specific treatment.
Fascial arterial treatment allows greater range of motion and restores function back to an area. If you are a candidate for fascial arterial work, benefits can include increased range of motion, strength and reduction of pain. We commonly see arterial strain in people who experience chronic back pain, knees and shoulders. A primary indicator that you may be right for this treatment is tightness or burning.
Fascial lymphatic treatment allows normal blood flow to an area. Symptoms indicating that you may be right for this treatment are swelling, extreme pain from a massage, rapid weight gain, chronic sickness, and an inability to lose weight. Chronically tight traps and neck, as well as limited range of neck motion can also be indicators. Lymphatic dysfunction is commonly seen in hips that catch and become stiff. Swelling is one of the key problems in areas that do not heal; this system must be addressed before other treatments can be performed.
Nerve dysfunction can take the shape of many problems. We often find them in the lower extremities like feet, glutes, or hamstrings. As they start to pull, they create issues in the upper body that may include anxiety, back pain and even indigestion. Treating nerves requires a look at the sympathetic (stress) and parasympathetic (relax) systems as well as the nerves that are related to muscular function. These often become entangled and require balancing of tension. You may be a candidate for nerve treatment if you’re experiencing severe symptoms that stop you from doing simple day-to-day things. If there’s one system the body does not like compromised, it’s the nervous system.
Visceral (organ) connective tissue manipulation is commonly seen in medication-resistant issues. When painkillers don’t help, imaging doesn’t reveal anything, and pain is sharp, we often find a need for visceral fascial treatment. Common symptoms including difficulty breathing or taking full breaths, as well as sharp pains in the mid-section or pelvis region. Though most people panic when they hear “organ,” dysfunctional organ connective tissue is no different than any other structure in the body, and is both easy to treat and rule out. If you snore, you may also benefit from this treatment. Snoring strains the connective tissue of the lungs and throat: treatment not only helps provide more air into the lungs at night to promote peaceful sleep, but may also help upper back complaints.
This osteopathic manipulation is our most commonly used treatment. It allows us to look different kinds of connective tissue that send messages from your command center. While traditional massage seeks to relax a muscle, strain/counterstrain seeks to treat the source of the muscle tightness on a reflex level. A reflex is your body’s automatic response system over which you have no control (think about when you jerk your hand away from a hot stove). By treating the center of your reflex chain, your body receives powerful releases that you don’t get when working on muscle tissue alone or traditional massage. This is very specific, and involves an assessment before treatment.
Traditional massage has a place to increase blood flow to not only the muscle tissue but the ligaments and tendons that may not be receiving the blood flow to heal. Instrument assisted massage allows us to use a thinner tool than our fingers and hands to create a different chemical response and get oxygen in places that are too specific for us to affect by hand. Different forms of specific techniques may be used to separate muscles from each other that are stuck and causing pain or limited range of motion. The massage (intentional touch) work we do is very specific to restoring range of motion and reducing pain so we do not offer “relaxation” massage, only therapy treatment.
By identifying which muscles are strong and how your body reacts to different inputs, we are able to see how your mind and body operate together. We use muscle testing when there may be something off in the connection between your brain and muscles. Using different inputs, we can get immediate responses and signals from your body. Muscle testing allows us to make an assessment about your body’s patterns and is very useful with treating stubborn pain or problems caused by repeated motions. The brain’s software is the primary thing we assess with muscle testing. Because of cross-body rotation patterns, you may be a candidate for treatments involving muscle testing if pain has resulted from a repetitive activity.
Isaac has made a huge difference in the quality of life for my and my family. Before I started working with Isaac, I was skiing and fell. To break my fall, I reached my left hand down and felt a snap around my elbow. I felt a shooting pain and my hand and arm immediately started to swell. I never recovered, and I had constant pain at a specific very sore spot on my elbow as well as pain and numbness in my fingers. Over two and a half years later, I still had the problem and couldn’t lift anyth...
After a whiplash injury, my left shoulder would lock up and get stuck. In fact on Christmas break one year it was so fully stuck it was up to my neck, I was in so much pain I was crying. I spent Christmas break sitting on my couch taking pain medications. My left arm would go numb and I had to be careful about moving my arm in certain positions....
One day I got out of bed and the pain on my left foot was so severe that I could barely walk on the heel. I limped around on it for two months expecting it to go away. It never did, so I went to the doctor. They took X-rays, did ultrasound, and gave me cortisone shots, but didn’t get anywhere near treating the real problem for my plantar fasciiti...
One night I was getting up to go to work and had a hard time standing up. The doctors thought it was an ear infection and gave me antibiotics but, after a few days, it didn’t get better and I noticed my left arm started to go numb. After a few more days, I couldn’t feel my arm at all. My balance got worse, my vision blurred, and I had double vi...
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