General Body Work
▶ Muscles & Tendons
Tendons connect muscle to bone through collagen fibers so strong that they can withstand the constant flexing a muscle undergoes during repeated movement. Pain, inflammation, adhesions and loss of mobility and strength typically result from an injury to a tendon.
Muscles are a collection of cells that band together in a cord-like fashion with the objective of performing tasks through relaxing and contracting. They are divided into skeletal, smooth and cardiac structural groups. When they are injured, their appearance changes from smooth or regular to roughed-up or even torn and they often form adhesions. Just like an injured tendon, damaged muscles cells cause pain, heat and swelling, and a loss of task function, often due to adhesions and scar tissue.
During our treatments, we help calm muscles and tendons by reducing pain and inflammation, so they have time to heal. If they are adhered, we try to unfreeze any muscles or tendons to restore normal blood flow and movement. We help heal torn muscles and tendons to leave them in a better state. Sessions are about 3-4.
▶ Bones & Joints
Bones consist of hard cell tissue. Their criss-cross structure make them capable of supporting weight and protecting organs in our body. They also produce blood cells. Joints represent tissue that connects one bone to another. They offer rigid bones a cushion on which to glide and move easily.
When bone and joints are injured and subsequently repaired, swelling and inflammation can interfere with the healing process and often cause pain through increased pressure. We typically start by calming the site, removing debris and smoothing any rough areas on the bone. Where joints are worn, we work on stimulating the healing process to help them mend sooner so they can cushion the bones they serve again.
A healthy nerve is typically whitish in color and transmits signals from the brain to muscles that perform various tasks, both voluntary and involuntary. When inflamed, a nerve turns shades of pink, the darker representing the more severe trama. Signal transmissions can be confused, broken up or ended entirely. Pain is described as shooting because the pain signals travel the length of the nerve. If severed during an injury or compromised through illness, there may be numbness, paralysis, or a loss of feeling.
Because nerve injuries vary so widely, our treatment does also. We tailor treatments specifically to each client’s situation. For one woman, who saw Michael, her nerve damage had resulted in an inability to move her leg. The nerves appeared “to short out” due to the way the muscles were acting. Upon inspection, her nerves were bundled abnormally; so, he separated them out and worked on them. As she lay on her stomach, he finished by placing his hand under her foot and gently raising it. Then, she continued moving her foot upward.