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Muscle Spasm Testimonial from Dr. Larry S.

“After several months of back spasms and related pain, my physician recommended that I see Nicole Ftacnik. She is a Certified Precision Neuromuscular Therapist, and I made an appointment with her. She began by LISTENING to my description of my symptoms, and then carefully developed a specific treatment of the affected areas. She then modified treatment as she saw my response to each appointment.

Unlike many therapists, she did not plug me into a “one-size-fits-all” regimen. After several weeks, my symptoms have gradually diminished, and my daily muscle spasms have stopped occurring. I have been most impressed by her thoughtful approach to treatment, and her genuine concern for a quick resolution to my problems. An enthusiastic 5-star recommendation – if you are having chronic muscle pain, see her as soon as you can.”

Kids and Sports: How Much Is Too Much? | Psychology Today

Kids and sports: “Are kids being over-coached?”

I decided to do some research this morning, hence me sharing this article, after recently pondering that my 15-year old daughter is quite possibly doing too much lacrosse. I’m a big believer that there needs to be balance… And unfortunately, it seems her dad and I are slowly-but-surely losing sight of this. As with everything in life, balance is important!

Even though my daughter has not yet sustained any sports-related injuries, it blows my mind the amount of young clients I’ve seen in my office over the past eight years of practice. Many of them come to me now for maintenance, but most originally first came in for somewhat debilitating repetitive-use injuries (some straight up debilitating); usually affecting the hips, legs, low back, and/or shoulders.

“Kids’ sports have gotten out of control.”

As an example, a client of mine had to quit playing high school softball after exploratory surgery found a labrum tear. Without going into detail, her coach definitely over-coached her. It was my understanding she was expecting to get a scholarship for college, but that quickly became a pipe dream and it was devastating for her. So sad.

At 41, I simply do not remember this sort of thing being an issue during my childhood years. And at what point is enough enough?

Check out the source link below, and let’s try to remember…

“… maintaining a healthy body and a clear perspective is key. Encourage kids and teens to strive for balance.”

At any rate, I know it’s time for me to start setting limits for my teenager. Fingers crossed it all goes well!

As always, I hope you find this information informative!

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“Neutral balance alignment is key to becoming pain free!”™ ~ Me

Source: Kids and Sports: How Much Is Too Much? | Psychology Today

Injury Testimonial from Mark B.

“I’m impressed with Nicole’s knowledge of how the human body REALLY works. With all of the research I’ve done in the last three years combined with what I’ve had to deal with in order to get here, I believe I have found the person smart enough as well as willing enough to get me through my injury. Now I just hope I don’t screw it up. Lol.”

Sciatica Testimonial from Jason A.

“I had injured my hip while skateboarding about eight months before I started seeing Nicole. The constant and unbalanced overuse of the muscles in my leg and hip caused them to lock up on one side, and I started to have pain and limited mobility in my left leg. When the pain and immobility initially happened, I told myself “eh, I’ll probably be better in a week or two.” Boy was I wrong. My injury gradually worsened over time, and I started to experience full blown Sciatica, which rendered me bed ridden for days on end, taking pain killers for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The pain in my leg and hip was so bad, I had to leave my friends wedding reception so I could go lay down in my car for an hour. The long term chronic pain was making me irritable and depressed because it was literally robbing me of life moments with friends and family. I spent eight months seeing various Doctors, Chiropractors, and Massage Therapists, and also gave Yoga a shot. When someone in my Yoga class noticed that I couldn’t even sit on a mat without groaning in pain, he referred me to Nicole. After a few sessions with Nicole, my pain started decreasing substantially and I was able to regain a lot of my lost mobility. After an eight month ordeal of seeing various specialists, Nicole was the first person who was able to set me back on track to actual recovery. I just now got back from spending the entire weekend down at the lake water skiing, and I thank Nicole for helping me live my life again.”

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“Neutral Balance Alignment Is Key To Becoming Pain Free!”™

I mentioned in previous posts how PNMT treats pain and dysfunction caused by muscular imbalances within the muscular-skeletal system. So, I thought I would include more detail regarding the distortions (misalignments) I look for⏤via the measurements I take⏤when treating clients, which ultimately has to do with the quote/slogan I coined 8+ years ago…

“Neutral balance alignment is key to becoming pain free!”™

When we are out of alignment, our body tends to spread distortions (via compensation) over as many segments as possible, which in turn spreads negative effects over multiple areas. My experience is that this usually stems from the hips, so my ultimate goal  during the first session (depending on my clients needs) is to get the pelvis back into neutral balance alignment.

I believe this is of great importance. In fact, when I get people back into alignment, this is when the magic really happens. To get there though, I take measurements before every session. I believe they are crucial for long-term health and wellness⏤it is about getting to the root cause; not just “rubbing where it hurts.”

Because most of my sessions last only one hour, I typically start with a select few based on my experience of what has worked over the years. If need be, I go from there considering we are all different, and our bodies respond differently as well.

The first thing I look for is a shoulder height discrepancy, while my client is standing. I check to see if they are level; most times not. This misalignment in shoulder height usually presents itself as being superior and inferior; one shoulder high, the other low. This is not an ideal situation to be in, but unfortunately, it can be difficult to avoid based on the factors that cause misalignments to begin with (more detail on that subject in another post). The good news is that this high/low discrepancy is usually an easy fix⏤one that I find most are unaware of for one reason or another.

The next thing I look for, while my client is still standing, are distortions in the pelvis. Distortions may include obliquity (high/low), torsion (twisting), anterior/posterior rotation (rolling forward/backward), etc. It could be one distortion or a combination of two or more. I also look at the knees⏤for more reasons than one⏤but specifically for confirmation of torsion.

Next would be to have my client lie on the table⏤on their back. From here I check the pelvis again; looking for more confirmation of what I saw while they were standing. I then look at the leg length. More times than not, there is a “long” leg⏤or “short” if you prefer to look at it that way. This also is not an ideal situation, but usually an easy fix if it is a functional leg length difference as opposed to a structural leg length difference. (It is my understanding that an x-ray of both legs with actual measurements of bone length, for comparison, is the only way to determine 100% if it is structural. And, of the 700+ people I have seen, a handful of them possibly had a structural leg length difference based on additional measurements I took.)

There are many other measurements in PNMT that are important indicators as to why something may be happening, but this is where I start… And they are well worth the few minutes it takes before I actually treat the muscles.

As always, I hope you find this information informative!

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“Neutral balance alignment is key to becoming pain free!”™ ~ Me