Mary works with complex pain patients, orthopedic conditions, and wellness programs in her private office in Scottsdale.
An osteopathic technique, neurofascial release reestablishes the communication link between the nervous system (software) which contains the information about proper body function and the fascial connective tissue (hardware) which contains the strain patterns. Our mind, emotions, toxicity, and injuries can all make patterns that affect pain levels and how our body functions. By listening to the fascial tissues with our hands, therapists can identify and release the key lesion in the fascia that may be distant to the site of perceived pain and reconnect the body.
Utilizing the 12 wrist pulses from acupuncture, the therapist identifies the affected organs and applies moderate pressure to points along the spine. This noninvasive technique can address musculoskeletal and visceral origins of pain.
An osteopathic technique developed by Jean-Pierre Barral, DO, VM is a method of identifying and treating tension patterns in the organs of the body. He believes 90% of all musculoskeletal problems have a visceral component. A skilled therapist’s hands are drawn to areas of increased tension or heat around an organ which indicate altered movement of that organ. Its origin may be in environmental exposures, emotions, diet, and injury. These chronic irritations pave the way for disease and dysfunction. By combining lifestyle change to avoid the triggers and support the body with visceral mobilization, the self-healing mechanisms of the body rebalance and harmonize the tissues.
A technique working with the cerebrospinal fluid around the brain and spinal cord, treatment with light touch can release lesions that are affecting the symmetry, vitality, and balance of the body. Developed by John Upledger, DO, this technique has been applied in a wide variety of health conditions since among other things it calms the body by influencing the central nervous system.
Travell’s Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy places an emphasis on treating local, irritable points in the muscle - points that when pressed refer pain to other areas of the body.
This comprehensive training program developed at SPRI begins with basic stability exercises and progresses to routines for improving balance and power. It includes training with power bands, the oscillating beam, the kinesthetic primer board, and the mini-trampoline. Combined with soft tissue/cranial therapies and dietary/supplement programs it is used for conditioning and rehabilitation programs for athletes and pain patients alike.
Conventional wisdom is that tissue damage causes pain - the more severe the pain, the more damaged the tissues. The latest research in neuroscience has shown that pain levels are determined by the brain. The brain can produce false readings as to the severity of the problem. When the nervous system detects a problem, the brain concludes the body is in danger. If activities keep producing pain or maladaptive beliefs create body tension, the nervous system can become hypersensitive and misread what is actually happening in the body.
Recovery requires more than passive treatment and involves a comprehensive team approach using education, nutrition, counseling, and carefully prescribed movement.