By the time clients call to schedule a nerve-specific muscle treatment , they have been to their primary care physician and specialist such as orthopedic doctors, physical therapists, or full-body massage therapists.
There are 3 things I am interested in when a client comes for the first appointment:
1. DETAILS OF THE PAIN COMPLAINT/INJURY
There are many clues to be found in listening to clients recount the details leading up to the pain complaint or the details of an injury. Has the client been involved in a car accident (recently or years ago) where whiplash occurred? I am interested in past or present repetitive motion activities; such as having been a baseball pitcher in high school 20 years ago or is the client currently working a job where the computer is positioned directly ahead while the client turns to the side face a customer?
As I listen to the details, I start piecing together a bigger picture. Often a one-time injury or repetitive movements cause a root nerve to lock muscles fibers into a constant contract signal. This in turn will create a stretch (weakness) in the opposing muscle. For example, tennis players often have tight quads, which will lead to a constant stretch of the hamstrings. Distance runners will have tight posterior calf muscles and Achilles’ tendon causing the anterior calf muscles to be stretched.
This constant contract signal from the nerve to the associated muscle fibers can persist for years after the initial injury or repetitive movement period. Re-setting the root nerves will allow the contracted muscles to relax, and the opposing stretched muscles to re-strengthen.
2. THE CLIENT’S POSTURE
Is the client’s head sticking out in front of their body? Is the client standing with locked knees? Knocked knees? Does the client shift their body weight to one foot while standing? Does one shoulder appear higher than the other? Are the hips uneven or torqued?
The client’s posture imbalance aids in determining which root nerves are in need of being re-set. Re-setting the root nerves will allow the body to return to an anatomically correct posture, which in-turn leads to decrease in pain complaints.
3. WHAT HAS THE CLIENT ALREADY TRIED THAT DID NOT WORK?
If the client has already received focused work on the complaint area, chances are this is not the problem area. This information allows me to immediately think ‘outside’ the box and expand my focus on less likely areas for resolving the pain complaint.
I have successfully resolved headaches by re-setting root nerves associated with the lower body and likewise, I have had more that one case where re-setting a shoulder root nerve has cleared pain associated with plantar fasciitis.