Tuesday, January 7, 2020

New Year, New Body

So it's the New Year, a new decade, and you have goals!  Many of us take this new beginning as an opportunity to reflect on our lives, and readjust and reset goals.  If one of your goals is to improve your health, then consider including Myopractic massage into your wellness routine.

Studies show that in a whole wellness plan, massage is a great tool for increasing range of motion of joints, increasing blood flow, decreasing swelling, and decreasing or eliminating pain.  These are just some of the benefits of massage in general.

Myopractic massage specifically works on ligaments and tendons in addition to muscles.  This combination yields greater pain relief, and greater range of motion of joints.

As many of you know, I am a nurse and I was attracted to Myopractic massage because of the difference I witnessed in the lives of those who suffer from chronic or acute pain.  Since working in this industry, I am further impressed by the benefits I see that go beyond pain relief!

I have had several clients who could scarcely lift their shoulder come in, and within a few sessions they were able to lift their arm above their head and have normal range of motion. The pain they were living with was gone. This is LIFE!  We not only want to live, but we want to live our BEST life!

I have been to many patient's homes as a home health nurse.  I have seen the evidence of a comfortable lifestyle: luxury cars, beautiful homes, etc.  Those same wealthy patients tell me that they would trade it all for good health.

These patients have expressed to me that they wish that they had taken better care of themselves when they had their health.  They wish they had not assumed that they would always be in good health, and would have worked harder to preserve and improve their health.

These are the wishes I have for you this New Year: Great health for a great life!

The time and money you put into your health is an investment worth making!

Without your health, you don't have a life!

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

How is Myopractic different from "Regular Massage"

I am often asked how Myopractic is different than a "regular" massage.  I understand why some would think that massage is massage.  However, within massage are many different modalities. Most people are familiar with the Swedish massage which, in their minds, is a "regular" massage.  Swedish is one of many modalities and is intended to relax the client.

The difference in most of the modalities is what is the end goal.  The biggest difference between Swedish massage and Myopractic is the end goal.  Swedish massage is intended to relax the client and Myopractic is intended to realign muscles, ligaments, tendons to bring relief to a specific set of muscles.  When a client goes to get a Swedish massage, the therapist is intent on bringing relaxation.  When a client goes to get a Myopractic treatment, the therapist is intent on how to address the muscles involved in the pain to bring about the relief the client seeks.

For instance, when a client calls and tells me that they have hip and back pain I am immediately thinking of which muscles are in that area and could possibly be causing the distress the client is feeling.  My treatment plan begins during my initial conversation with the client and will continue to evolve when I do the hands on evaluation of the muscles.  The hands on evaluation tells me specifically which muscles are the primary muscles that need work and then the secondary muscles that need work.  As the work is done each session, other muscles may come to the fore as the primary and secondary muscles are released.

No session or client is the same.  Sometimes it seems that all is well and then in my palpation and assessment of the client muscles I will find another area that is causing specific, acute or chronic pain.

Although most clients initially try Myopractic for relief of pain in a specific area, most continue to come for treatments every 3-4 weeks for maintenance.  Maintenance is a great way to prevent injury and consists of a head to toe evaluation and alignment of muscles.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Yard Work's Effect on Hips and Back

When spring and summer bring pain:

Yard clean up begins.

1. You haven't moved this much since last spring and summer!
2. You find you can barely move after spending hours picking up branches, weeding, planting.

3. You don't know how long you are going to be this stiff and hurt this much.

You want to get it resolved but how do you do that?

Options for relief:

1. Take muscle relaxers or pain relievers

2. Go to someone who can address the muscles that are involved in creating your pain.

Most of the time, your pain is temporary and will go away on its own after a few days.  

Sometimes, your pain is debilitating and you feel as though you cannot get relief, no matter what you do.

Call Cornerstone of Wellness and set up an appointment, or, if it is before or after business hours, go online to cornerstone-of-wellness.com and make an appointment to get a treatment.  Myopractic gets to the core of what is causing the pain, realigns muscles and gets you back to feeling like YOU!

Not sure about this new treatment?  Check out the reviews on Facebook and Google to see what others are saying about the difference Myopractic has made for them!

Monday, July 8, 2019

My Baby is Hurting my Neck!!

This week's installment is about a new mother.  Welcoming a new baby into the home is an exciting time!  Often, however, in the excitement of caring for the baby, holding them and feeding them, rocking them, playing with them, we will experience muscles that are hurting due to the awkward positioning of muscles that occurs with baby care.  I can usually tell if a client has small children or a baby just by palpating certain muscles because these muscles that control the shoulders, neck, arms are often very tight and painful!

This features a new mother who had a history of getting sudden "kinks" in her neck before the baby.  This was only being exacerbated by turning her neck to look at the baby while she was holding her or feeding her.  When I saw this client she could not turn her neck due to  the pain.  I worked the muscles that were causing the pain and tension and was able to free them up and release them back to alignment.  It was instant relief of the pain that had been plaguing the new mother.  She was now able to care for her bundle of joy without having to be careful of how she moved.  My recommendation for the mother was regular monthly treatments to keep her body in alignment so that she would remain pain free and able to joyfully care for her new baby.

We usually seek help when we are hurting, not realizing that we can prevent the pain with monthly maintenance treatments.  Most of my clients come every 3 weeks for a maintenance treatment and find that by doing this they avoid frequent treatments for an acute injury.  I also arm my clients with information of stretches they can do between treatments to keep their muscles in optimal shape.

If you or someone you know is hurting have them call me for an evaluation.  If they mention that you referred them, you get a 50% discount on your treatment!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Knee Pain

This post in the series is going to focus on knee pain.  I have had several people come to me with knee pain.  Some of them are runners or serious weight lifters and some have a chronic disease such as Fibromyalgia or have sustained a strain at work.

I am bringing this to the fore, as I feel that there are many people with knee pain who may think that they need orthopedic interventions such as injections or surgery.  All of the people who came to see me with knee pain were coming to see if I could help before they went to an orthopedic doctor or they had seen an orthopedic doctor and given the option of injections but wanted to try a less invasive approach before having injections in their knee.

I actually spoke with an orthopedic doctor this week about using Myopractic as an option for pain management and he was very excited to be able to offer this to his patients.  In his words, "we need other options, especially since we are so limited on writing prescriptions as we try to get this opioid crisis under control."  This orthopedic doctor also knows that I am an RN and stated that he trusts that if I can't help someone I would know to refer them to a medical doctor for evaluation.  I am excited to still use my nursing assessment to determine if someone needs to be referred to a different professional to ensure they get the best care possible.

In all of my clients I noted that the muscles in the calf and the thigh were very tight.  As I began to massage and realign the muscles I noticed that the origins and insertions around the knee continued to have lots of tension.  As I continued treatment, releasing muscles and tendons the clients went from having a lot of pain to having no pain at all in their knees.

The proof is always in whether the relief they felt on the table continued into their daily lives and every single one of them was able to report to me that they had no knee pain at all after the treatment they received to release and realign their muscles.  One client who was a runner and had been sidelined for several months due to the knee pain had even gone for a run and reported no pain after the run when she came back for a followup treatment.  The right knee she had been having pain in for a year, had prevented her from running and she now reports that it has been several weeks since the first treatment and she has absolutely no pain at all in her knee!   A couple other clients came back a few weeks later for maintenance treatments and reported no pain since the initial treatment!

I know that before I discovered Myopractic therapy I had no idea how much addressing the muscles in our body could help to alleviate and sometimes even eliminate pain!  As nurses, we are taught how to manage pain with medications and positioning, etc but we are not taught that our patients could possibly eliminate their pain with therapy such as Myopractic.  Even physical therapy did not have a good track record of resolving pain issues for my patients.  Until I discovered Myopractic therapy, I really did not have an alternative for pain relief to offer my patients.  Now that I have discovered this treatment and use it for myself and my family, I am excited to share it with everyone.

Imagine if the pain you are living with daily could actually be treated in a few sessions and kept away with a maintenance schedule of a treatment every few weeks?  The cost of your quality of life is worth it!  I know that every one of my family members as well as myself continue to benefit from Myopractic.   I don't live with the leg aches I used to have because I now understand that it is muscle involvement and I get regular treatments to help me.

If you are reading this and you are thinking that you or someone you know could use this type of treatment please contact us www.cornerstone-of-wellness.com.   We would be happy to see you and be a partner in your journey to wellness!

Wednesday, June 5, 2019


This installment will discuss the benefits of Myopractic for Fibromyalgia.

I had a client come to see me for headaches and had been getting Myopractic treatments, but only from the waist up.  I did not know that she usually only got a treatment from the waist up and did a full body treatment.  After the treatment she told me that she usually only gets a treatment from the waist up but that she was feeling really good in her whole body, not just her headaches, with the full body treatment.  She felt relief from her Fibromyalgia symptoms with the full body treatment.  We scheduled another treatment for a month out and when she came back she said, you know I really started noticing my Fibromyalgia kicking up after two weeks so I think I better come back every two weeks.

Many clients with Fibromyalgia suffer greatly, trying many different treatments including those endorsed by the medical community as well as those offered by the naturopathic community.  The constant, nagging pain is debilitating both mentally and physically and both of those result in emotional dysfunction often including depression.  My Fibromyalgia friends and clients report a feeling of hopelessness, often, because they try so many things and do not realize relief. Fibromyalgia is a silent disease, wreaking havoc on one's emotional, mental and physical being, but those suffering often don't look sick.  Being dismissed as being a hypochondriac or attention seeking because your disease is not visible to others is very disconcerting and makes patients feel hopeless.

We have been doing treatments every two weeks for my client and she is reporting that her Fibromyalgia is better controlled now than it's ever been.   Her words were "I have never found anything that helps my Fibromyalgia more than these Myopractic treatments I get from you."

I know that Fibromyalgia is a very frustrating disease and many who suffer with it just have to "grin and bear it" as there is no known cure, and patients don't seem to be able to find much for relief.  If you are reading this and thinking that I am describing your mental and emotional state because of the physical distress you live with, call or go online to schedule.  If you have questions you would like answered before you schedule, call me 724-372-3621.  If you are suffering from Fibromyalgia I would encourage you to give Myopractic a try.  Myopractic works with your body to help it to heal.  Go to our website www.cornerstone-of-wellness.com or call us to schedule or get your questions answered.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

My Pain in the Neck!

The second installment of this series will feature a young girl with neck and shoulder pain.

A few weeks ago I had a young girl schedule a treatment session with me.  As usual on the first visit, I spent considerable time getting a history of any medical treatments, current medications, etc.  Turns out the pain this young girl was having was in her right shoulder and neck. She told me that her pain had started several years ago and had gotten progressively worse.  She had not had an accident or any "incident" that she could point to as a reason the pain began.  As she told her story of going to multiple professionals, from chiropractic to orthopedic specialists, she began to cry with the frustration that no one seemed to know what was wrong and how to help her.  I handed her tissues and told her that I would do an assessment and let her know if it was something we could help.  It sounded like, based on her description, it was something we would be able to resolve.  I also told her that if I did not feel I could help, I would let her know.

After a thorough assessment of her muscles, and feeling how tight her neck and shoulders were, I told her that I felt we would be able to get through to release the muscles but it would take considerable time as it had been there for over 6 years.  She was willing to come for multiple treatments.  After the first session I told her that if I did not know my anatomy, I would have thought that her shoulders had grown a new bone, the muscle there was so hard!

After 3 treatments I was able to actually get in where the bone-like muscle had been and feel the fibers of the muscle.  Because there are multiple layers of muscle in your shoulders it was taking me some time to work through the layers.  After the 4th treatment she reported feeling relief for the first time in over 6 years.  We began spacing her treatments out a bit more and I taught her some stretches to do between treatments that would also help to loosen tension and maintain her structure.  We also talked about ways to reduce stress as it seemed she carried a lot of her stress in her neck and shoulders.

After making some adjustments in her stress load, being treated several times and incorporating stretches daily into her routine, she felt her headaches and shoulder pain release. 

For the first time in years, she is free of headaches and shoulder pain!  She continues to come in for maintenance every couple of weeks and we are both grateful that Myopractic was able to bring her the pain relief she so desperately needed. 

If you are reading this and wonder if Myopractic is something that could help you in your struggle with chronic pain, call us or go online to schedule a

New Year, New Body

So it's the New Year, a new decade, and you have goals!  Many of us take this new beginning as an opportunity to reflect on our lives, a...