I understand how frustrating it is to spend hours, days, weeks, and even years trying to get yourself out of pain. I understand what it’s like to recognize you have a problem moving well but to be unable to find anyone who will take that concern seriously. I work with you and the unique characteristics of your body to achieve your goals of moving better, feeling better, and getting stronger.
Chiropractic and physical therapy have a time and place, but if you’re here, you already know that you aren’t in that time or place. I do not do high velocity joint manipulations, nor do I spend time with heat, ice, ultrasound, etc. on areas where you feel pain.
Instead, you and I work as a team to understand the unique neuromuscular inefficiencies that keep you from moving and feeling your best. I’m concerned not just about injury rehab but also helping you build the strength, mobility, and resilience to prevent injuries in the future.
Pain and immobility is not just about where you feel it. You and I will look at how your entire body relates to where you feel it so you can get to the root of your problems.
It does, and it doesn’t. Because we see a disproportionate number of older people moving slowly and suffering with lots of musculoskeletal maladies, we tend to believe that these problems are simply part of getting old. This is not the whole story.
Feeling stiffer and more fragile as you age does happen if you let it happen. As we get older, it takes us longer to heal. It takes even longer to heal when we have deep-seated neuromuscular tensions fouling up the way we move!
If I wrapped your hand up in a fist and kept it taped shut for the next thirty years, your hands would be arthritic, stiff, inflexible, and definitely painful. We wouldn’t blame “age” as the problem, right? The same process is at play as you age. If a small restriction affects your movement patterns negatively, it snowballs into a worse and worse situation over time.
If a twinge in your hip is left alone, it eventually becomes a bigger issue in the hip (or the knee or back). If all you ever do with your hips is walk and sit, you soon find yourself unable to run, jump, or crouch over time. These issues are preventable and can often be remedied (as long as you aren’t past the point of no return)!
Injections like cortisone can, in rare cases, solve your issues. I’ve seen this happen once for someone’s shoulder. They are, in general, hit and miss with some serious questions about their long term effects. There is no question, however, that too many cortisone injections are bad for you.
Drugs only mask pain by attempting to block your brain from receiving the right signals. This is like taking the battery out of your smoke detector when the kitchen is on fire.
The efficacy and necessity of surgery for various body parts and various kinds of pain is very questionable. If you’re seriously considering surgery for any joint or back issue, be sure to do your research thoroughly as all surgery is serious. Long recovery times and poor results in the long term (especially when measured against placebo procedures) should make them a choice of last resort. The other unfortunate risk is that, should a surgery not go as planned or make your pain worse, there is no undoing what’s been done.
Working with your neuromuscular restrictions and relearning to move your body better is a process, but if you accidentally strengthen, stretch, or massage the wrong thing, it’s not permanent!
I could not type for longer than five minutes without coldness, numbness, and tingling in my hands by the time I was 21. I couldn’t walk downstairs without pain in the knee by 22. I suffered with serious pain in my shoulder, back, knees, hips, calves, and feet by 25. I had trouble getting in and out of a bathtub because my hips were so stiff, tight, and painful. If I lay down on my side in bed, I’d ache everywhere.
I’ve already been “old.”
Luckily, I was stubborn enough to not believe my doctors when they said I had “overused” my body. I have spent years restoring function and strength to my body, learning just how complex the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems are, and I use that knowledge to help people like you get their bodies and their lives back.