When you still feel pain after an injury heals, or when aches and pains develop during previously pain-free activities, it can be worrisome.
If you’re a professional athlete, actor, or anyone that relies on your body to physically perform – as many of our clients are – the problem directly affects your livelihood. Your life is significantly altered by the inability to move as you used to, or pain as you stand, sit, or perform normal activities.
Most therapies simply address the symptoms rather than the underlying cause, providing temporary relief at best. If you have a muscle spasm, for example, a doctor might prescribe a medication to reduce the spasms – but likely won’t look very far into why that muscle is reacting this way in the first place.
What we practice is called Neuromuscular Therapy. Sam Visnic has been a certified Neuromuscular Therapist (NMT) for 12 years and has worked to provide solutions for everything from small nagging aches to debilitating chronic pain.
Resolving your pain for the long run isn’t always as simple as making symptoms go away. We need to look at your entire body to determine the underlying root cause of the problem and create an integrated solution that gets your body moving effortlessly and painlessly, and a lifestyle that supports it, so you don’t continue having the same problem over and over again.
We’ll look into your:
- Movement inefficiencies
- Life stresses
- Emotional wellbeing
- Sleep patterns
Along with, of course, the physical symptoms you’re presenting with, and your personal health history. Our full head-to-toe assessment includes:
- Joint alignment assessment
- Posture assessment
- Range of motion assessment
- Muscle imbalances
- Soft tissue problems
- Work and sleep ergonomics
A major problem for most pains that won’t resolve is muscle imbalance. All your joints should have an equal amount of tension on either side, holding the joint in a “neutral” position. When there is more tension on one side of the joint versus the other, you have a muscle imbalance that causes some muscles to strain and overwork, creating pain.
Correcting these muscle imbalances restores your natural range of movement.
What causes muscle imbalances? There are many possibilities. Often muscle imbalances occur long after the initial stress or injury is gone because your body has adopted a learned behavior. These muscular patterns create tension and pain where there should be ease and normal muscle tone.
After the complete movement assessment, We’ll create a targeted exercise and stretching program to restore movement freedom, provide hands-on soft tissue massage as necessary, strategize your ideal nutrition recommendations, and give you a wealth of information on how to maintain your results over time, including:
- Simple methods for identifying recurring muscle tension patterns
- Step-by-step stretching and flexibility instructions to restore movement
- The essential “don’t” of lifting and bending to avoid potential injury
- How nutrition deficiencies contribute to inflammation – and how to change them
- How to resolve pain-aggravating stress problems
- The most effective ways to incorporate alternative therapies
- Sleeping positions to avoid at all costs – and how you should sleep instead
As you work with us, we’ll continue to provide new information that will help you, and refer you to our personal network of health professionals for additional assistance, such as podiatry solutions or medical consultations. We don’t create one-size-fits-all solutions; everything we do is in service of your individual needs.
Together, we will create a complete program to tackle your ongoing pain or discomfort and bring you back to the peak of physical fitness.