About Engaging Muscles

I Restore Stability and Improve Function for Optimum Performance and Prevention.

When you have pain or an injury, it’s either due to an accumulation of physical stressors that can’t be avoided or stressors that can be avoided.  

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About pain and injury: both can be brought on by doing more than your muscles are prepared to tolerate at the time.

How about the experts? Believe it or not, they tend to ignore the role your muscles play in all of this.  🙄   

And because you don’t know what you don’t know – it continues to happen.  (For more details on how the experts are ignoring your muscular system, check out my Did You Know? page.) 

One example of why your muscles are ignored:  clock hours and a business model that requires the experts to see multiple patients in the same hour.    

That’s the pragmatic answer.    

Besides possessing the level of skill and knowledge it takes to tune-up your muscular system, the reality is, it takes a certain amount of time. 

Even though your muscles have been ignored for all this time, that doesn’t make them any less important!    

Who’s taking care of your muscles? 

Physical stressors that can be avoided: Sitting

Avoidable stressors: Foam Rolling, Stretching, Doing Too Much Too Fast, Group Exercise, “Custom” Orthotics, Planks, Walking Lunges, Boot Camp (a.k.a., group exercise), High Heels, Chiropractic Adjustments (a.k.a., stretching), Deep Tissue Massage, Lunges, and Running Shoes that aren’t the right fit for you.

When was the last time your muscles were tuned-up? 

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Having worked with the muscular system for over two decades, I can tell you that a chiropractor or physical therapist doesn’t specialize in preparing your muscles to tolerate the demands of everyday life or sport.

I’ll prepare your muscles to tolerate the stressors that the activities of everyday life can bring.  

In doing so, I’ll also restore stability and improve function which will allow you to perform optimally.  

When a person experiences a substantial improvement in their ability to move with more efficiency, it taps into a very powerful emotion that everybody is searching for.  

That emotion is HAPPINESS.  🙂   

How My Blog Got Off The Ground 

About 6 years ago, a friend of mine suggested I meet with an ultra- runner by the name of David Hanenburg.

As it turned out, David writes all things Trail Running at EnduranceBuzz.com.   

Since I was new to the area, I decided to go ahead and meet with David.  As it turned out, David had a ton of ideas for a blog, YouTube Channel and Facebook Page.

I was overwhelmed by all of the information that David shared with me that day.  It’s been a while since I first met with him, but as I remember it now, I left our first meeting feeling like a student that had just met an amazing teacher at just the right time.

And just like that, I suddenly had a new direction (and adventure!).

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About My Journey

Imagine being 18 years old and going from doing everything to not being able to do anything without chronic pain.

The year was 1989, and I had been diagnosed with a bulging (herniated) disc in my lower back.

As you can imagine, I had intense pain and limited range of motion for many months.  I went from being extremely active to not being able to do anything without a great deal of pain.

Having an alternative mindset from the start helped me to avoid the traditional path of seeing an orthopedic surgeon, physical therapist, et cetera.

As I reflect on it now, going down that rabbit hole never even crossed my mind.

Instead, I decided to take the path that gave me the most freedom to explore what felt right.

Over the next two years, I explored acupuncture, chiropractic, nutrition, stretching, strength training and eventually…therapeutic massage.

As my journey towards a more active life unfolded, I became more and more self-aware and in touch with my body.  

Which was a remarkable gift!  A gift that I still cherish to this day.  

I also found myself gaining a much deeper appreciation for what it felt like to have more motion with little-to-no pain or range of motion limitations.

Early on, there were brief glimpses of feeling better.  

Which turned out to be a great lesson in patience.  

Whenever I had consistent days of feeling less pain, I would have an itch.  It was an itch I couldn’t keep from scratching.  

Unfortunately, the itch always got the best of me. Then like clockwork, I would have a setback and more pain which created even more faulty movement patterns.

The pain and range of motion limitations left me with a lot of uncertainty.  And I must admit, having that much pain at such a young age had me thinking about what the future held for me.   

One night I remember crying because the discomfort was so intense that I could not find a comfortable position that would allow me to fall asleep.  

As I laid there thinking about my situation, I distinctly remember asking two questions, ‘Why is this happening to me, now?’ and ‘What am I supposed to learn from this experience?’

Over time, I started to feel closer to normal.  

Around the same time, I started to experience the therapeutic benefits that massage therapy was offering me.

Then one day in 1991 (which happened to be New Year’s Eve), I made the decision right then and there to pursue a career in massage therapy.

At that time, I remember knowing two things for certain: (1) Massage therapy had helped me a great deal.  (2) I also realized I had always been fascinated by the role of the muscles.  But up until that point, I had never thought an entire career could come out of those two things.   

So I put two and two together, and that’s what led me to where I am today.  

Now with my hand over my heart, I can honestly say my lower back injury was a journey that I would not change for anything.  

What I realize now that I had no idea of at that time: The pain that I was feeling in my lower back was an accumulation of many smaller injuries that occurred over time.

I had been compensating for many years.

Then when my body could not adapt any longer, I was left with a much more severe injury that could have been avoided.

I had no pain.  But I still had muscle imbalances throughout my chain.

With over two decades of experience working with the human chain, I have consistently seen people take on a movement strategy that works for them. 

And they have no pain.  But it takes a lot more effort to cover the same ground.

And it doesn’t have to be that way! 🙂

Even though you’re not experiencing pain at the moment, if I was to ask the right questions for you as an individual, your chain would show what the ‘big rocks’ are for you.  

 Which muscles aren’t capable of pulling their weight for you?

For you!  Not the 10 people that walked through the same door before you.

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Texas Massage Therapy License:  MT110566

75248/ 15150 Preston Road #56 Dallas, TX

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