New Treatment Possibilities...
Updated: Feb 7, 2022
It seems as there is always something "new" under the sun when it comes to methods of treatment designed to help us feel better, move better, or just be better. "New" diets, new massage sequences/procedures, new gadgets... It is tough to know, even from the point of being a practitioner, what is worth pursuing, and what is not. At one point, I remember seeing an article with over 200 named types of hands on massage techniques! More recently I've seen the number of 80 bandied about. That's still a lot of options in terms of bodywork. And let's face it.
"New" is a relative term. Often, something with that moniker is a rebranding of an existing technique or simply tweaking the procedure of something that is already being done. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, just the way of the world.
For me as a practitioner, my goal has always been to find those treatment methods which are the most efficient at accomplishing the desired result. In my practice, that means primarily increasing or balancing range of motion, and decreasing or eliminating associated symptoms of pain or discomfort. Lowen Systems Manual Therapy has been the most efficient manual therapy that I have studied in the last 29 years of my practice. That is why I have continued to use it almost exclusively in my office. It simply works.
It was recently recommended (from an Occupational Therapist that I trust) that I look into a technique called Total Motion Release or TMR. This is a different approach for me in terms of therapy as it is a movement based form of work. Still, I trusted this person enough to do some training.
As always, I approached the training with a healthy degree of skepticism. Yet, as my training moved forward, the changes brought forth with the work were undeniable. Better range of motion, greater ease of movement, and less day to day discomfort, were all things I experienced directly. Because of that, I have decided to make TMR part of my everyday practice, using it primarily as support for the Lowen Manual Therapy.
There are several bonuses to this work. Among them are the following:
No physical contact is required.
The work can be done in the office, or via video conference. That's important given we live in the time of Covid, coupled with a Wisconsin winter. No travel required, no masks, no worries about getting Covid from, or giving Covid to anyone else.
Results are often immediate, and dramatic.
You, as a client, can learn this method and do this easily at home. This speeds your healing process and gets you the results you want more efficiently than manual therapy alone.
As all movements for treatment are in the direction of ease and comfort, those movements are generally easy to do, not requiring a huge amount of effort to accomplish.
I look forward to having you experience this work first hand so you can see for yourself how it is done and the results it produces.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to get in touch.
As always take care of yourselves, and be well!