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The team at MSK Specialists is introducing a newly created bodywork technique that facilitates movement and glide between muscles that have previously been bound and stuck together. This glide between muscles allows freedom of nerves, veins, arteries, and increases mobility.  Patients report an increase in strength and performance and a general feelings of wellbeing.

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Treatments Without Limits

The Muscle Isolation techniques of the 5-day treatment are unique to our clinic and are not like massage, myofascial release, Rolfing, Active Release, chiropractic, etc. If you are a current MSK patient, these techniques will also be unfamiliar and new to you.

These new techniques are pain-free and incredibly effective.  In fact, we have found them to be so effective that we cannot do them on isolated body parts or regions without creating imbalance; we must treat the whole body as the continuous system that it is. Mobility, posture, and diaphragmatic function is so changed post-treatment that we must do specific exercises that teach your body how to use its new, optimized version. Therefore, we do this as a five-day treatment series. The hands-on treatment is ninety minutes of bodywork with one or two practitioners present, and then later the same day, sixty minutes of low-impact neurological reprogramming exercise. You must participate in the exercise portion of the process in addition to the manual therapy in order to not feel “out of whack” from the new freedom of movement. The neurological exercises do the important work of coordinating your nerves and brain with your body, and with the new and improved movement systems.

This treatment series is the best that we can do.  For these 5 days we go all in on restoring you without the limits of standard treatment models.  This is our chance to dive in and do what we do best.  

Remodel Day 1 & 2 Outlook

  1. Release and relieve nerve irritation of the four major nerve systems in the musculoskeletal system.  Muscles are tight because they are protecting important structures.  Pain comes from the nerves, not the muscles.  These nerves must be relieved before muscles can be properly isolated:

    1. Cervical Plexus

    2. Brachial Plexus

    3. Lumbar Plexus

    4. Sacral Plexus (the sciatic nerve) 

  2. Release all the cervical arteries and veins to ensure proper blood flow to the brain and arms. A tight neck is usually protecting irritated arteries and nerves.   

  3. The Dura (membrane) around your brain and spinal cord is released to ensure as much glide as possible and relieve any abnormal tension during movements of your extremities.  

  4. Release the Cervical Arches (the cartilage of your throat) to ensure lymphatics can drain from your head and face.  This also releases mechanical tension on the thyroid.  

  5. Release the fascial tension between your head and the diaphragm.  This tissue runs through your chest wall, the membrane around the heart, encapsulates the vagus nerve, and can inhibit you from full proper diaphragmatic breathing.  

  6. Check and release the vagus nerve from the head to the stomach and to the pelvis if needed.  

  7. Ensure nerves are gliding in and out of the foramen (holes) of the spine.  Movement of your extremities should not pull on your spine; in most patients we see, it does.  

  8. Do any necessary abdominal scar releases (this step is very important).  We also check for scarring around the pubic bone on mothers.  Check for any adhesions on all mother’s abdominals to pubis even though they didn’t have any surgeries.  Sometimes postpartum healing can behave like scaring and the patient will not be able to get expansion of breath into the pelvic floor. This work is done through the clothing.  We also have female therapists on site to help with sensitive areas.  

  9. Check sacrum fascia and coccyx coordination with spine movement above.  

  10. Perform visceral (organ) techniques to improve breathing and stimulate 360-degree core breathing.

  11. Consider if a full cranial treatment is necessary (We will add this to an evening as an extra treatment.  Unless there were serious concussions or injury to the head, it is usually not necessary to add a full 90-minute cranial treatment.)

  12. Correct sympathetic dominance.  Sympathetic dominance is a term we use when the nervous system is confusing pain signals, and the pain response is reversed.  In this state, what should not hurt causes pain, and what should cause pain often does not.  Pain happens in the brain; we have tricks to reset this system.  The sympathetic nervous system is the fight or flight nervous system. When it’s overactive, the body is out of balance and unrelaxed.  This is suboptimal for wellness.  

  13. Facilitate full diaphragmatic breathing.  With the new ability of movement of all the tissue above and below the diaphragm, your breath will be completely different.  We will do exercises to teach your nervous system to breath properly again.  This breath moves the pelvic floor and should be coordinated with the respiratory diaphragm.  This alone goes a long way in helping pelvic floor issues.  

  14. We will consider if trauma in the body needs more attention.  There is strong scientific evidence that emotions are simply frequencies.  These frequencies are vibrations in the water within the fascial structures and crystalline minerals of the bones.  These vibrational patterns can stay in parts of your body for your entire lifetime.  We take a mechanical approach to these vibrations.  Usually the bodywork will release it, however, for stubborn cases that we cannot touch we can use a technology similar to noise cancelling to neutralize the offending wave form.

  15. Verify that the periosteum (membrane around the bones) is free enough to provide adequate bone flexibility and health.    

Remodel Day 3-5 Outlook

  1. Isolate the muscles of the neck, shoulders, upper back.

  2. Balance the ligaments of the neck and thoracic spine.  Center the shoulder girdle and the 4 joints that operate the shoulder.  Decompress neck vertebrae and maximize shoulder mobility.  

  3. Isolate the muscles on the upper and lower arm.

  4. Open the fascia between the bones of the arm and wrist.  Maximize wrist mobility.  

  5.  Center the bones of the hand and fingers. Center the elbow.

  6. Isolate the abdominal muscles, including the psoas and QL.

  7. Isolate each rib to ensure independent movement with breath and spinal rotation.  

  8. Isolate the muscles of the hip, thigh, and calves

  9. Balance the ligaments of the hip joint, pelvis, sacrum, and coccyx.  Maximize hip mobility.  

  10. Release the fascia between the bones of the leg and ankle.

  11. Work any past injury sites, open any congested joints, pain complaints, or dysfunctional findings that you didn’t even
    know you had.

  12. Perform Neurological reset exercise to integrate the changes.  


Yoga Stretch

E.H. Los Alamos

My body feels like it did before I had my 2 kids.  I can do yoga poses I haven’t been able to do for many years. Everything is incredibly open.  I’ve tried every form of bodywork out there before this treatment series.

Physical Therapy Session

G.S.  Los Alamos

I now have a curve in my low back, and it ‘undulates’ as I walk. I feel more even and balanced on my bike.  Like my sitz bones are more squarely on my saddle and I can feel my breath going into my pelvic floor. This may be TMI but sitting on the toilet is different. The ability to hip hinge helps here and so does being able to breath with my diaphragm all the way down.

Man Stretches

T.D. Los Alamos

Since I was 6 years old, my dance teachers have told me to get my shoulders out of my ears, and I have dealt with chronic neck and shoulder tension for my whole adult life. But since having the new muscle isolation treatment, I have not experienced neck and shoulder pain or headaches. For the first time in my life, I can keep my shoulders down and my neck relaxed and long like a proper ballet dancer! But now I only dance in the kitchen.”

Indoor Stretch

K.G. Los Alamos

After the new muscle isolations my neck was lighter and longer.  My shoulders dropped with better range of motion.  When my abdomen was worked my entire body felt lighter and I could stabilize my core better.  My SI joint pain immediately went away.  I could move so much better at the gym.  My lifts are easier, and my form is cleaner from the improved hip mobility.  My neck has still maintained the shape.”

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