The Quick Release Technique

The Quick Release Technique (QRT), developed by Don McCann, founder of Structural Energetic Therapy, is an effective bodyworking system that initiates relaxation, releases restrictions and blockages by reestablishing normal energy flow throughout the head, neck and shoulders. Depending on the client’s condition and his or her reaction to the mobilization of blocked energy, The QRT session which normally takes about ten minutes, can develop into a full-length powerful healing session.
A series of 5-7 acupressure points are stimulated in a sequence of logical energy flow through the meridians of the head, neck, and shoulder, based on the theories found in acupressure, facilitating the re-opening of the pathways and flow of energy.

C1 - C2 Mobilization
It’s a great technique for reducing anxiety and tension, settling down a client who has just driven through rush hour traffic to get to their appointment, and also for introducing new clients to the relaxing benefits of therapeutic bodywork.

Healthy Eating Tip
Most of us have probably at one time or other used prune juice for its high-fiber based laxative effect. However, the deep purple elixir is a virtual cocktail of beneficial nutrients and vitamins according to many health experts. The juice distilled from dried plums is high in antioxidants called phenols, believed to be beneficial to body tissue. Studies suggest they are helpful in blocking oxygen-based free radicals from damaging the body’s fats.   P1040433

Because skin cell and brain cell membranes are composed mostly of fats, drinking prune juice may help protect against cell damage to these vital areas.

Another feature I like about prune juice is its 1% sodium to 15% potassium ratio, which is good for anyone trying to maintain healthy blood pressure.

Emotions and Pain

Stedmann’s Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing defines psychogenic pain, or psychalgia, as pain that is associated or correlated with a psychological, emotional, or behavioral stimulus.

Some of the most common types of psychogenic pain, that commonly accompanies or is induced by social rejection, unexpressed emotional conflicts, stress, grief, or psychosocial problems, are headache, back pain, and stomach pain.

Some medical professional and others don’t think psychogenic pain is real; however, the International Association for the Study of Pain defines pain as an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage. Many people report pain in the absence of tissue damage or any likely cause; this usually happens for psychological reasons. There is usually no way to distinguish their experience from that due to tissue damage if we take the subjective report in the same way as pain caused by tissue damage; it should be accepted as pain. It remains controversial; however, that chronic pain might arise purely from emotional causes.

There is no sensation or emotion that is not translated into a muscular response of some kind; these feeling states are the primary bases of our habitual postures and our individual patterns of behavior.

Bodywork, by using tactile input, can actually re-educate and re-program the organism into becoming more coordinated, more flexible, and more appropriately responsive—literally more ‘intelligent’. A body/mind system that is integrated in this fashion will be more able to resist depression or disease, more able to attend to and repair itself in times of stress or injury.    A Handbook for Bodywork – Job’s Bodywork, Deane Juhan

Gentle Cervical Stretch

Gentle Cervical Stretch

Recent scientific research has begun to indicate that positive emotions such as gratitude, compassion, and love have beneficial effects on health. They do so by strengthening and enhancing the immune system, which enables the body to resist disease and recover more quickly from illness through the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers, into the bloodstream.

Clinical massage and bodywork are among several options for effectively treating psychogenic pain. I treat it the same as chronic pain: After initial evaluation, I utilize a multi-modality approach based on soft-tissue and structural balancing, tailored to the client’s specific needs, using a system that helps me quickly identify the key areas of pain and dysfunction, addressing specific muscle imbalances and dysfunctional patterns that are usually the cause of their discomfort.

Lengthening the QL muscle, one of several possible contributors to low back pain.

Lengthening the QL muscle, one of several possible contributors to low back pain.

Integrating several treatment modalities gives me the opportunity to treat a more diverse range of clientele in an individualized manner, including chronic pain and psychalgia.

We Really Can Change

Do you know why some of us are unable to get rid of our chronic pain? Our conditioned negative thinking and identification with the pain doesn’t allow us to believe it’s possible to change–to become symptom free; it becomes part of who we are. Unfortunately, unless we change our thinking and start believing we can live pain-free, nothing changes.   kytbincc. com 3-7-06 Revise 118

If General Motors had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25 cars that get 1000 mpg.   Bills Gates
Stretching Plantar Fascia

Getting Rid of Body Tension:
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Focusing only on a physical solution is usually not always enough to eliminate the pain and accompanying body dysfunction. We also need to take the time to address the cause of the tension—slow down and become still, clear our minds of thought to become present, and yield to the flow of life rather than resist it. I know,  it’s easier said than done.

Energy Flow and Change:
Whenever we experience a traumatic event or difficulty requiring change, such as death of a loved one, a major health challenge, separation, divorce, or unemployment, it’s normal for us to be overtaken with fearful negativity that affects our energy flow.     IMG_0042

It’s difficult to surrender promptly to the reality of a bad situation. In addition to feeling powerless and unable to move forward, our bodies become hard and rigid, form resistance and tension from the stress, and our life energy flow is greatly reduced.

I experienced it firsthand fifteen years ago when my oldest son became a paraplegic as a result of a spinal cord injury. It was difficult and painful for me to accept the reality of his major life changing event. After the accident I couldn’t sleep through the night. My mind was swamped with fearful negative thoughts, reliving the accident over and over again, and worrying about how it would affect him and his family’s future.

Three weeks after his accident, I attended one of my final Zero Balancing (ZB) classes before certification. After receiving a ZB session that first day of our weekend training, I was amazed by the dramatic results of my energy being reorganized. I began sleeping soundly again through the whole night, and my fearful negative thoughts diminished significantly.

Eckert Tolle, in his book, The Power of Now, says, bodywork and certain forms of physical therapy can be helpful in restoring this flow [energy], but unless you practice surrender in your everyday life, those things can only give temporary symptom relief since the cause—the resistance pattern—has not been dissolved.

After working with chronic pain clients for over seventeen years, I know it usually takes more than treating the physical pain and dysfunction to become completely symptom free. It starts with a major change in our thinking—getting rid of identifying ourselves with the pain, and believing that we can get rid of our pain and live an active symptom-free life again.

Thanks again for allowing me to continue to practice my craft and passion—relieving pain and discomfort of body, mind, and spirit. Helping my clients become symptom free as quickly as possible has been my mission statement since starting my practice. I am grateful for all my clients who have referred their families and friends to me, and who have continued trusting and supporting me.

 

 

Home Self-Care Maintenance

After a productive session with a client where their pain is eliminated and full range of motion is restored, I assign them some self-care homework to do between sessions for maintaining their normal muscle resting lengths in the shortened or contracted muscle groups we just lengthened—including specific stretches for maintaining length, and exercises for strengthening the opposing weak muscles. I also warn them that if they don’t to the homework, their pain and dysfunctional pattern with limited range of motion will, in most cases, return within 48 hours.

 

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Why Stretch? Most of us have heard that stretching is good for us, for increasing our range of motion and for keeping the stiffness at bay, but we usually only give it lip service and don’t start doing it until it’s prescribed for our rehabilitation. It is an important part of our home self-care maintenance program, and should be complemented with strengthening the opposing weak inhibited muscles to re-establish muscle balance.

Plank on a ball  strengthens the core

Plank on a ball strengthens the core

Developing a strong core should also be part of our home maintenance program to stabilize the upper torso during movement and add overall balance for preventing low back pain and falls in older adults. A weak core is a fundamental problem that causes inefficient movement and leads to predictable patterns of injury from falls. Developing a strong core is important and can also assist in the management of chronic pain issues.

Core-Stabilization Training

Core Exercise For Pain Management

A good home self-care maintenance program doesn’t have to take more that 10-15 minutes every morning. I encourage my clients to experiment with a suggested routine designed specifically for them, one that suits their personal needs, decide on one that works best for maintaining an active pain-free lifestyle, and most important—start doing it regularly.

Why Bodywork? It’s common for individuals after surgery or serious injury not to recover their full range of motion or their normal pain free status. These soft tissue dysfunctions can also happen as a result of a wide array of overuse, disuse, spasm, injury, illness, fatigue, aging, poor habits, surgery, or innumerable physical strains from demanding occupations.

Cervical Stretch

Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork has been used for thousands of years to relax muscles, eliminate spasms, diminish fatigue, soften connective tissues to make it more supple, and so free up the joints, restoring a fuller range of painless movement.
A Handbook for Bodywork – Job’s Bodywork, Deane Juhan

Skilled in the latest knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathology, today’s bodyworkers are professionally trained to help you maintain your health and support you in your healing process.                      

Lengthening Fascia over the Masseter Muscle

Lengthening Fascia over the Masseter Muscle

 

Espousing a noninvasive approach to health, they [therapeutic bodyworkers] offer you the luxury of uninterrupted attention to your body’s needs. As Dr. Tiffany Field reminds us, ‘Before drugs, there was massage therapy, massage therapists and bodyworkers are schooled to talk and listen with their hands. It is their mission, and their joy, to serve you with the gift of touch communication.’ I encourage you to experience this gift, often, for yourself.     Bodywork, Thomas Claire