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::: Frequently Asked Questions :::

::: 1.How did I get this way?

A shift in one or both arches of the pelvic girdle can occur for a number of reasons. For this reason in self-evaluation, one should ask one's self if he/she has ever been in a situation where their body has been abruptly jarred such as a car accident or a fall. Additionally, we often discount occurrences of long ago which have relevance to the condition today such as sports' activity in school, things that might have happened as a child or other life's experience.

For example, a patient came who had never fallen, been in a car accident or been active in sports in school. After some discussion of the extreme nature of his condition, he mentioned he used to be a rodeo bull rider.

The body, however, can shift as a result of more subtle activity. (The bull rider has been to see me only two times over a year and a half.).

::: 2.How often should I come for a treatment?

My usual client is seen once or twice every 4 to 6 months or as required by their life's activity. It greatly depends on the body's muscle condition and its ability to maintain the new position created by the Myopractic (Human Body Mechanic) Treatment. Sedentary people who are over weight are commonly seen more often than those who have good muscle tone from working out or physical activity.

Even so, there are no clients who come on a monthly basis because the body wants to work right and will maintain a correct position once it has been properly placed.

Each individual body will dictate when it needs to be worked on again. The key is to not put off a treatment if the body is indicating a need as then it is more arduous, and there is no reason to continue to live in pain or discomfort.

::: 3.How can I maintain my new body position?

Exercise on a regular basis to strengthen and tone the muscles will start the stabilization process.

There are a few exercises that strengthen the lower abs that are very important to maintain the pelvic girdle and low back. Initially these should be the focus and then others should be added to tone up the entire body.

::: 4.Does it hurt?

When this question comes up, my usual response is "It doesn't hurt me at all, and besides you only hurt the ones you love."

Generally when people come to see me, they are already in pain. Many have been to see other medical practitioners and are not experiencing adequate results. The Neuro-myologic (Human Body Mechanic) technique uses dynamic stretches with focused tension, and directed or guided motion. Some of the moves, when performed, are surprising to the client but the discomfort is minimal. If the discomfort is greater, it is short lived and no damage is done, as the movements are designed to work with the normal body motions. Movements are never forced, and the discomfort usually is a result of the body complaining about having to return to their normal and proper motion pattern.

The cessation or reduction of pain, in most cases, is immediate as the body gains its proper balance position. People who come to me with pain usually leave with none or only residual soreness as a result of having had their pain for a long time.

If the client has been sedentary, there is often soreness and discomfort the next day. This would be akin to a person, who is a couch potato, deciding to work in the garden for eight hours and is sore the next day as a result of using different muscles. The soreness fades in 24 to 48 hours as the correct muscles become active. Active people usually do not experience much soreness.

::: 5.How long will the treatment last?

In many people the treatment is more or less permanent. Meaning, unless the person does something to cause a relapse, it will maintain, especially if they carry on an active exercise and conditioning program. As mentioned before, people with poor muscle tone tend to need treatments more often, and conditioned active people who experience life's challenges may also need treatments more often.

There have been only two client failures as I identify them. With one, the client was under the influence of alcohol, belligerent and "there to please his mother." Wanting to help, I treated him but his alcoholic state did not allow his body to respond and maintain. The second was an M.D. who had suffered pelvic pain for years as a result of an iatrogenic injury during female surgery. She was on heavy pain medication and muscle relaxers, which according to her, she could not live without. We could properly reposition her structure and eliminate the pain, but within five minutes of leaving my clinic the pain would return as a result of her medications blocking normal muscle function.

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