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 of the program is an assessment, which is done by observing the client’s stance, posture and movement. Next, there is a hands-on assessment and a decision on modalities of treatment. Once the client is able take more responsibility towards their healing and well-being, I direct their movements. It is important to emphasize that the client must want to take responsibility, desiring the change and engaging in a daily routine that will help them improve.

At that stage, I like to introduce work with a resistive band, with specific exercises to address weaknesses in muscles (see my books, Get Stronger by Stretching and Forever Fit). The use of exercise balls, foam rollers, wood blocks and other implements are also used as needed.

Balance is achieved by stretching the short and tight postural muscles and putting the weak muscles to work with specific exercises. The result is balance and symmetry. There are several methods of stretching muscles. Repetition of the stretch creates a muscle memory for both a more appropriate and safer movement habit, while increasing range of motion at the same time. These gains in flexibility quickly become permanent.

A Case Study

Cat (not her real name) was referred to me by a dance teacher. When I first saw her, she told me about her rapid, growing scoliosis. She experienced pain in her right upper back and her left knee, as well as headaches. The growing teenager suffered from low 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 body. Good posture is the ability to move from position to position with no pain, as well as 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 a limitation of activity.

Cat had been prescribed a brace, but it created pain and resistance so she did not use it. My plan was to bring awareness of the compensations her body was making due to the spinal deviation, followed by strengthening the necessary muscles and stretching the muscles with too much tonicity which were holding her up where the spine was not. This process commenced before I even massaged her muscles, since I wanted her education to come first in order 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, and we used video tape to document the process. The learning was accomplished on as many levels as possible. We dealt with the intellect, emotions, motor-sensory perception and kinesthetic awareness.

One year later, the degree of the scoliosis has not grown. What is even more important is that Cat now knows and understands her body and is able to move without pain.

 

To book an appointment, please contact me at- noanik@gmail.com. or call me at  (727) 345-2570

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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