Active Myofascial Therapy – The Diamond Method, either alone or used in conjunction with physical therapy, massage therapy, chiropractic, or other modalities is focused on getting you quick and permanent results!
Soft-tissue dysfunction is usually because of an old or new injury, years of poor posture, or physical or emotional stress which lead to a contraction of some muscles as a way for your body to protect itself or to compensate for a dysfunction. Unfortunately, even if your injury has healed or the situation has changed, your muscles don’t always get the message from your nervous system to release the chronic contraction (called “splinting”) or protective compensation. What may start out as a small limitation in movement, over time may result in severely restricted movement and a shortening of the muscles. If pain continues, it can set up a whole slew of compensatory movement patterns and what is known as a pain-spasm-pain cycle, which is hard to break.
Joan shares how her migraines are finally gone after years of pain and disability. (after only a handful of session)
Karen also got rid of her knee pain finally, when no one else could help her!
To function correctly, muscles need to be able to contract completely but more importantly to relax completely. Through proper posture, breathing, relaxation techniques, manual therapy, and movement patterns your nervous system is “reminded” if you will, of how to function efficiently.
This is accomplished through AMT’s corrective exercises which are called ‘Actions’. Strong, stable, flexible joints, and muscles is the key to living a pain free, happy life.
It’s important to learn how and where your head, limbs, and trunk should be held while standing, sitting, lying, and moving. This means being aware of how you are ‘holding’ and using your body. (You could be tensing your shoulder muscles all day while at work with out even knowing it!) You will also begin to enhance your “Positional Awareness” an term coined by founder, Irene Diamond, which relates to your proprioceptive and kinesthetic awareness of your joint and limb positions. Since everything is inter-connected, there will also be an assessment of other factors that may contribute to your pain, such as your work/desk set-up, sleep positions, etc. By addressing all of these aspects we will help you increase your mobility, improve your posture, expand your breathing, aid your digestion and reduce or eliminate your pain.
Note that AMT is not a therapy that is done ‘to’ you. During your session you are not passive (like massage), but are active. You move in prescribed ways, press muscles up into the therapists applied pressure, and do the gentle Actions. We develop your therapy plan based on the results we find from your initial evaluation. This comprehensive approach provides long term results. It is not, however, realistic to expect a few one-hour sessions to undo 23 hours a day or a lifetime of incorrect body mechanics! So to enhance your therapy results, an individualized program of Actions are designed for you to do at home or throughout the day and some life-style changes may also be beneficial to incorporate daily. To facilitate your healing, please note that after an Active Myofascial Therapy – The Diamond Method™ session it is highly recommended you allow a minimum of five minutes to walk before sitting down. If this additional time is not available, please notify your therapist to finish your session a little early. To assure the best possible results, your therapist will be happy to discuss your treatment plan with your other health care providers. It may be necessary to have your doctor write a prescription to help you receive reimbursement from your insurance company. Most workers’ compensation, automobile accident and personal injury cases will cover AMT under neuromuscular reeducation, myofascial release, and therapeutic exercise.