Bruce and Georgia each have over 20 years experience doing body work.
Georgia gained much of her experience working with chiropractors. In particular with the pain relief techniques developed by Janet Travell. She in fact worked with a local doctor, a trauma surgeon who now specializes in chronic pain, who was one of the few that was trained directly by Dr. Travell.
Bruce has worked with many doctors over the years. Mostly with those specializing in chronic pain. He also worked with a cardiac rehab unit and with a psychotherapy practice.
If you’re looking here, it is probably because you hurt.
I was raised thinking that as you get older you just accumulate bumps, scrapes and bruises and are supposed to hurt. Once I discovered massage I learned that you are not supposed to hurt. Much of what I thought of as “getting older” was only the accumulation of my body’s attempts to compensate for years of use. Just because something quit hurting after awhile does not mean the problem is gone.
While many have seen information that says massage can relieve pain, industry surveys show that only about 10% of massage therapists are actually trained and/or specialize in treating pain.
There have been several studies that have shown that about 90% of all pain comes from soft tissue. From that alone you can figure that there is a good chance massage can help you.
Even if there is an underlying condition, something physically damaged for example, often therapeutic massage can help reduce the pain because often the pain is magnified by the surrounding soft tissue.
As an analogy picture towing a car. If you use a chain, which has no stretch, when you take off you will jerk the towed car and probably cause damage. If you use a rope, which does stretch, when you take off the weight of the car will likely break the rope. By using both, with the chain a little longer than the rope, you can take off and smoothly tow the car. As the rope stretches it allows an easy start to the pull and then the strength of the chain comes into play before the rope breaks.
In your joints the ligaments play the part of the chain. They limit the extreme range of movement to keep the muscles from being torn.
I dislike listing the ailments we have had success with. The list is long and may or may not include your particular issues. Neither case implies good or bad result for you. No matter your problem one or two treatments will usually tell you enough to know whether the treatments are helpful.
There are several studies that show about 90% of all pain comes from soft tissue, mostly muscles.
Even if you suffer damage of some sort, for example arthritis, often some portion of the pain you suffer is from the surrounding muscles. Doctors are very good at diagnosis and have many tools to help find the cause of your pain. Unfortunately few of these are effective at analyzing the problems associated with soft tissue. They can evaluate disability easy enough but things like knots in the muscle just don’t image well.
It isn’t the fault of the doctors. Their training isn’t geared to deal with something like a stiff neck or aching back. If it doesn’t respond to medication and surgery either isn’t indicated or is ineffective for reducing the pain the doctor doesn’t have much recourse.
We are often the last resort for our chronic pain clients. They have tried everything, several doctors, medications, surgery, physical therapy, home remedies, and even other massage therapists.