Personalized Therapy

logoThe type of therapy Noa is using is a combination of different massage modalities combined with Neuromuscular therapy, active and or passive stretch therapy, exercise conditioning and movement retraining to achieve the goal of restored movement free of pain.
It is very biomechanical and functional and made specific and individual to each client, according to the presenting symptoms and movement patterns the client has.

During the sessions there are many factors at play–

Skeletal

  • Our individual posture determined by the position of bony landmarks while in standing, sitting and lying down face up.
  • Skeletal abnormalities can be structural meaning genetic or functional evolved during life.

Muscular

  • muscle spasm, tension, imbalance and asymmetry which determined by palpation and feedback.
  • The biomechanics of the body in motion as in gait, balance, joint movement or specific to the client activity.

External Influences

  • The person diet, hydration, and breathing patterns and physical fitness are influencing their well being

Psychosocial

  • The whole approach is toward balance of /body mind /spirit . as well as the management of stress, self-esteem, self awareness being part of well being.

Putting it all Together

The first stage is assessing by watching the stance posture and movement. Next there is the hands on assessment and modalities of treatment. When the client can take more responsibility towards their healing and well being noa directs them in movement.

Balance is achieved by stretching the short and tight postural muscles and putting to work the weak muscles by specific exercise. The result is balance and symmetry.

There are several methods to stretch muscles. Repetition of the stretch creates a muscle memory for both a more appropriate and safe movement habit and at the same time a increases range of motion. These gains in flexibility quickly become permanent.

Noa likes to introduce at that stage the work with the resistive band. With specific exercises to address weaknesses in muscles. (see her books Get Stronger by Stretching and For Ever Fit).

The use of exercise balls, foam rollers, wood blocks and others are used as needed.

A Case Study

Cat (a made up name) was referred to me in August 2005. When I first saw her I was told of a rapid growing scoliosis. She experienced pain in her right upper back, headaches, and pain in the left knee. The growing teenager suffered from lower self image and bad posture due to the scoliosis.

My approach with patients like Cat is to be an aid, an adjunct to the treatment she gets from her physicians. My concern is the symmetry/asymmetry in her skeletal / muscular system. All body parts relate to one another, and there is harmonious interaction between the parts and the whole. The symmetry in our body is one of interdependence, and deviation in one part affects the whole. Good posture is the ability to move from position to position with no pain, and with coordination and grace. I use a teaching approach which enables the patient to use exercise and posture as a means of preventing and controlling pain, rather than resorting to medication, dependency on massage therapists, or limitation of activity.

Cat had been prescribed a brace, but it created pain and resistance, and she did not use it. My plan was to bring awareness to the compensations she was making due to the spinal deviation, and then strengthen the muscles needing strength and stretching the muscles with too much tonicity which are holding her up where the spine is not. That came before I ever massaged her muscles. I wanted her education to come first to avoid creating any dependency.

I started working with Cat on a three times per week basis. Once we had established a rapport, and developed a language and understanding of what was expected, we worked for several months with one-hour sessions twice a week. Cat kept a journal and wrote down the exercises given to her. We used a video tap as well to document the process. The learning was on as many levels as possible. We dealt with the intellect, emotions, motor-sensory perception and kinesthetic awareness.
A year later degree of the scoliosis has not grown, which is great but more than that Cat knows and understands her body, and is able to move with out pain.

For appointment noanik@gmail.com or 7273452570

2 comments

  1. Aliya Tariq

    please give me more information about sciatica pain
    thanks

    1. Noa

      There is so much to say …. I am not sure what you are looking for. In short it is a nurve that is being pressed by muscles (usually the piraforms) and creates pain that is felt down the back of the leg.
      Having the muscles relaxed allows the nurve to relax and the pain is no longer felt. You do not want to over stretch the nurve itself and irritate it…..
      Hope that helps

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