You Finally Found the Answer to Aches, Pains, Headaches & Limited Mobility in Your Muscles & Joints!
Active Modulation Therapy -The Diamond Method™!
Whether you have been in chronic (persistent) pain for years or are recovering from a new situation such as a Recent Injury, Surgery, Car Accident, Work-Related or Sports Injury – Active Modulation Therapy™ could very-likely help you relieve your pain, move easier and get back to living a fuller-life!
(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.
Each and every AMT & AMM session
incorporates the 7-step D.I.A.M.O.N.D. Method
D - Discovery
(What is going on for you, now - let's start to explore why you have scheduled the appointment)
I - Initial Assessment /Investigate
(We dive deeper into what your history is, what has worked, not worked, and what else you might have tried. We do an assessment of movement, strength, comfort-levels, and look at anything else that may be contributing to your current situation.)
A - Actions & Activation
(You will be asked to move your neck, limbs or torso so you can start the process of relieveing tension, pain and restrictions -- this is all done in a pain-free manner!)
M - Manual Therapy /Tissue Manipulation
(Either you will be guided or your therapist will apply manual pressure or stretching to your body. Always, at a comfort-level that feels good to you!)
O - Client's Perspective: Observe Physical, Emotional & Mental Changes
(You and your therapist will observe any sensations or changes you experience which are discussed and considered)
N - Therapist's Perspective: Notice Physical, Emotional & Mental Changes
(Your therapist will observe any sensations or changes you experience which are openly discussed and considered)
D - Design, Develop & Determine Next Step & Future Therapy plan
(You and your therapist will design a therapy plan to get you the best, fastest, most comprehensive results. You will partner with your therapist to determine your goals and how to reach them.)
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!
Active Myofascial Therapy™ will:
- Reduce or Get You Out Of Pain
- Improve Your Ability To Move Your Body With Less Stress & Strain
- Teach You Easy Steps To Reduce The Physical Strain Your Posture or Position Might Have
- Educate You On Effective Movement-Patterns, Biomechanics and Ergonomics (How to lift, bend, sit, work, etc, although much of what we now know, points to the understanding that there is no "Right" or "Wrong" way!)
AMT™ is for You If You Have Any of the Following:
- Pain during the day or at night which affects your ability to carry out your daily activities or get a good night sleep
- Injuries or mobility restrictions resulting from a car accident , sports or work related injury
- TMJ disorders
- Repetitive Stress Syndrome or Over-use Conditions
- Numbness or Tingling in legs, arms, fingers or toes
- Whiplash / Strain / Sprain injury
- Shoulder Impingement / Frozen Shoulder
- Headaches & Migraines
- Carpal Tunnel
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (T.O.S.)
- Sprains, Tears, and Spasms
- Rotator Cuff Tears
- Degenerative Disc Disease (D.D.D.)
- Low back Pain
- Fibromyalgia (FM)
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Shin Splints
- Hunched-over Posture
We used to think soft-tissue dysfunction was because of an old or new injury, years of poor posture, or physical or emotional stress which led to a contraction of our muscles as a way for our body to protect itself or to compensate for a dysfunction.
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.
And Guess What?
In Many Cases, Active Myofascial Therapy™ - The Diamond Method Can Reduce Pain & Limited Mobility by Modulating The Sensations!
Joan shares how her migraines are finally gone after years of pain and disability.
(after only a handful of AMT sessions)
Karen also got rid of her knee pain finally, when no one else could help her!
The Objective of Active Modulation Therapy–The Diamond Method™ is three-fold:
The First Objective:
"Re-educate" Your Neuromuscular System.
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.
The Second Objective:
Develop Balanced Functional Strength and Joint Flexibility.
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.
The Third Objective:
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.
To have the greatest results, we have found:
- 50% of the key to success, through AMT is Awareness of body position and mobility and breath, history of habits, and ) neuromuscular re-education and developing a client's ability to be self-reliant.
- 25% of the therapy success comes from Soft-tissue mobilization and manipulation (active massage) BUT, the client actively engages their muscles and joints while receiving the manipulation, and are not a passive recipient.)
- And the last 25% is made up of the therapeutic movements we call, Actions (stretching, balancing, stabilizing and strengthening).
Note that AMT is not a therapy that is done 'to' you.
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.
Active Modulation Therapists Guarantee Your Success!
Clients and Patients are treated on a select basis.
(Please look here for a list of therapists in your area.)
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!