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My Approach

 

I've come to understand that what we all need, is the ability to move without fear.  When we are healthy we have thoughtless, fearless movement.   If we have to think about how to move we won't consistently move well.  If we are afraid of movement we won't move much.  Whether you are in the heat of competition or  walking to the kitchen you need our body to use healthy automatic movement patterns that we all take for granted until they aren't working.  I feel so blessed when I see someone move with less pain and more ease. 

Here is a common story.  At some point you were injured, maybe 6 weeks ago or maybe many years ago, maybe in childhood.   After that happened "things were never the same."  That is because your body modified your movement to accommodate the injury.  Your tissues healed but our bodies sometimes don't  go back to the healthy, normal movement pattern.  That accommodation that was great in the short term causes abnormal wear and tear on our bodies in the long term.  

When you move with healthy thoughtless fearless movement, living and moving throughout your day becomes your exercise.

 

My Approach

  • Bottom up motor programming:                                           During initial therapy PT's often guide patients to step a certain way, bend a certain way or jump and land a certain way.  This is an important phase of recovery but it doesn't go far enough.  If you are working in the yard or playing a sport, it is not practical or possible to pre-plan your body movements. That isn't how the body works.  It isn't how your body worked before your injury.  It is important to get those movements automatic and reflexive. That means a thorough program to regain automatic movement and thus prevent injury.  ​

  • Movement Confidence Development:                                       This is for you if you are struggling with regaining activity and are hesitant to try more than the very basic activities of daily living.  Fear of pain is limiting your access to a more normal way of being.  Sometimes pain seems random and sometimes it seems inevitable.  You have no current have no current major injuries but your body forgot to read the x-ray.   This program will build your confidence and get your firmly on the path to your best recovery.

  • Active Healing:                                                                            This is for you if you find that pain is taking over your life.  Pain is making it difficult to do daily tasks.  It is difficult to think clearly and remember things either because of the pain or the medicine you need to treat the pain.  This program will start with teaching you how pain works and how you can use what we know about neuroscience to get your life back.  Whether your journey started years ago or weeks ago...the time to move forward  is now. 

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