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Integrated Positional Therapy (IPT): You deserve to live your life pain free.

 

 

Integrated Positional Therapy is an extremely effective program of recovery to bring long lasting results from acute and chronic pain. This modality was created by Lee Albert, who is a Nationally recognized expert in neuromuscular pain relief. This modality has an extremely effective pain free approach for bringing relief to common Neuromuscular conditions such as Plantar Fasciitis, Fibromyalgia, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Sciatica, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Low Back Pain, and Knee Pain.

 

This modality has such a high rate of success in treating these common conditions because IPT has 3 basic core principles. The first of these 3 principles is “THE ROOT CAUSE OF YOUR PAIN MUST BE IDENTIFIED”. The root cause of your pain is usually not where the pain is manifesting. For example, If a person is experiencing pain in between there shoulder blades, it could be stemming from the Pectoralis Minor. The second core principle is “THE MUSCLE IMBALANCES MUST BE TREATED.” A vast majority of Neuromuscular pain patterns stem from muscles being imbalanced. This means some muscles become tight and short, and other become weak and over stretched. When the muscular system is brought back into balance by using techniques such as Muscle Energy Technique (MET) and Strain-Counterstrain (SCS) the body then can relax bringing relief to many pain conditions. The third and final core principle of the practice is “THE MUSCLES MUST BE TRAINED TO STAY IN BALANCE”. This part of the treatment plan is crucial for the long lasting effects. This means that you as the client must play and active role in your progression as your body heals. This involves daily exercises of stretching, slackening, and strengthening your muscles.

 

Some clients have been knows to experience immediate relief in there pain but it can take 6-8 weeks for your body to get back into balance. To achieve faster results in your healing process, some lifestyle changes might need to happen. Such as increasing your water intake, adjusting your driving position, and adjusting the way you sit in a char. These simple yet important changes in your lifestyle can make a significant impact the wellbeing of your life.

The Dreaded DOMS ( Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness)

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We all know the feeling, 6-8 hours after a hefty workout or long period of any physical activity, your muscles start to ache and tighten up. Every movement you do reminds you of the activity done prior to getting you to this point. Peaking at around 48 hours, DOMS can stop you in your tracks and put your activity level to a minimum. Some see this as a badge of honor, but too much time spent with DOMS can really impact your training and activity level.

We all know the age old tale telling us DOMS is a build-up of Lactic Acid. So before we move any further lets clear the air and say this is in fact FALSE. From what we understand today DOMS is a byproduct of inflammation caused by micro-trauma in the connective tissue. As this micro-trauma accumulates by the breakdown of cell membranes, it allows metabolites to leak out into the cell. This process of breakdown results in localized inflammation and localized edema.

In a recent study published in the Feb. 1, 2012 issue of Science Translational Medicine, they found that massage reduced the production of compounds called cytokines. These compounds play a critical role in inflammation. They also found that massage also went as far as stimulating mitochondria, the powerhouses inside every cell that converts glucose into energy which is essential for the repair and function of a cell. Basically massage reduces the pathways responsible for inflammation, and helps the muscles adapt to high demands of output, thus increasing performance.

In my personal experience as an Athlete and a Massage Therapist who leads a very active lifestyle, massage is a key role to my recovery when the going gets tough. In my experience the most effective massage modalities in the treatment of DOMS are Deep Tissue/ Sports Massage, Thai Yoga Massage, and Neuromuscular Therapy.