(We are transitioning from our prior name "Active Myofascial Therapy" to "Active Myofascial Therapy" to reflect our current understanding of our inability to specifically address fascia.)
AMT™ was developed over 30 years ago, by Irene Diamond, RT, an exercise and movement therapist and neuromuscular re-educator as a result of a spinal cord accident she sustained at age 15 while participating in acrobatics.
Due to a fall, she fractured her 5th and 6th vertibrae and was paralyzed initially from the neck down for about 2 weeks. Luckily, she eventually went on to regain full movement, with only slight residual symptoms.
After completing her degree in Recreation, Rehabilitation & Movement Therapy, Diamond began to find relief for her own migraines and neck pain through the application of manual manipulation to specific areas of her body, combined with actively moving individual joints in a prescribed manner. Over the years, Diamond fine-tuned the method into what is now known as Active Modulation Therapy ~ The Diamond Method and teaches AMT to therapists in seminars and workshops around the world. She continues to see a select number of clients at Diamond Pain Relief & Wellness Center in San Francisco, California, USA.
AMT's focus combines manual manipulation of the 'soft-tissues' of the body such as muscles, ligaments, fascia, etc, while addressing the psychological component of how we interpret and can reduce pain. Active Modulation Therapy - The Diamond Method encourages clients to become as self-sufficient as possible through understanding their own ability to make changes which builds confidence in themselves.
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!
Unfortunately, we now know, even if our injury has healed or the situation has changed, our brain doesn't always get the message to our nervous system to release the chronic contraction or protective compensation (called "splinting"). 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. Our nervous system begins to be over-sensitized and even the slightest irritant can throw us into a flairup or full-blown case of chronic or persistent pain.
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 guided conversation, awareness, 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 are one of the keys to living a pain free, happy life.
It's important to be aware of how and where you hold your head, limbs, and trunk while standing, sitting, lying, and moving so you can move into more ease. (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" a 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.
Our goal is to help you become as self-relient as possible. We are here to facilitate your improvement and teach you what to do on your own. We are not here to "FIX" you, and will support your improvement through partnership.
During your session you are not passive (like traditional physical therapy, chiropractice, acupuncture or massage), but you are active.
You move in prescribed ways, press muscles up into the therapist's applied pressure, and do the gentle movements called, 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 sessions to undo 23 hours a day or a lifetime of stress and strain on your body! To enhance your therapy results, an individualized program of Actions is 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 Modulation Therapy – The Diamond Method™ session it is highly recommended you allow a minimum of five minutes to walk and move after your therapy session 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. A prescription for therapy in most states is not required, however, 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.
Look up a local therapist in your area and call them today to see if receiving
Active Modulation Therapy – The Diamond Method™ would be a smart next step for you!