FYZICAL Tallahassee recently received a wonderful article from a patient regarding the success of her treatment:
"When I asked my primary care physician for a referral to a physical therapist he suggested FYZICAL Therapy. For years, I have had arthritis in my ankles, knees and shoulders and so I didn't expect big results. For at least ten years the shoulder and back pain has been chronic. For me the problem with traditional physical therapy has been that when I have done exercises to correct back or shoulder pain, I only create more pressure on my knees and ankles.
FYZICAL Therapy in Tallahassee uses a whole body approach and their techniques include Total Motion Release (TMR). The therapist looks at the body as a whole. The body is an interrelated group of muscles, joints, and connective tissue that truly attach from our ear to our big toe. Looking locally at the point of pain may help, but the best way to correct a recent injury or a long time problem may be to eliminate the imbalances in the entire system.
The therapist begins each session by checking imbalances or restrictions of the five major joint regions of the body—the shoulders, spine/rib cage, hips, knees, and ankles—comparing one side to the other. For example, whether you can raise your left arm easier than your right arm. The exercises are always done on the easy side.
By using these exercises, I realized that pain and restricted movement does not come from a lack of strength. It comes from a balance discrepancy. If you realign the balance of the body, weakness, and motion are improved. It happened almost instantly for me.
The results were surprising. Treating imbalance or eliminating restrictions resulted in big changes of the severity of my pain and within a few weeks I was free from pain.
Total Motion Release is a simple and easy to learn technique. After I learned and practiced the techniques, I have the ability to continue using the techniques on my own.
I increased the benefits of my physical therapy by practicing my exercises every morning and every evening. If I am going to learn anything I need to practice it. The exercises are simple and I was able to enhance the results by doing the following:
1. I did each exercise slowly and carefully, not rushing to finish. The exercises only took a few minutes to complete so there was no need for me to hurry. I considered the time spent with my morning exercises as time that would make my whole day better. My evening exercises were a way I could sleep more soundly and without pain.
2. I found that if I tuned in to the exercises, rather than the television, and gave them my full attention, I got better results.
3. I set a timer and took a break as the therapist recommended between sets.
In addition to the exercises I began to notice habits I had adopted that were twisting my body out of alignment. Because I had trouble going down stairs I had become accustomed to leaning sideways while holding on tight to the railing. When I continued to do this it brought my pain back. Now that the exercises were helping me to move more easily I had to remind myself that I didn't need to go down stairs this way anymore."