Dry Needling… Can it help me? Is it different from Acupuncture?

Although you may have never heard of dry needling, there has been a lot of discussion about it in the healthcare field lately, especially in light of the abuses of narcotic pain medications. In a nutshell, dry needling is a treatment technique whereby thin, filament needles are used to penetrate into myofascial trigger points and […]

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Constipation…What’s stopping you up and why?

Constipation has many different defining factors including stool weight, frequency, and consistency.  A general guideline for the accepted normal range of bowel frequency is anywhere from 3X/day to 3X/week.  As many people fall within this “normal” range, they often have symptoms that are associated with a change in their regular patterns, enough to complain about, […]

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Hypopressive exercises in women with pelvic floor dysfunction and postnatal concerns

We have discussed what the benefits of hypopressive exercises are in the last article,  (Safely building your core: Hypopressives vs. traditional abdominal exercises), and how they differ from standard abdominal and core exercises. They can be especially therapeutic in a woman who suffers from pelvic floor dysfunction such as a prolapse, heaviness in the pelvis, […]

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Safely building your core: Hypopressives vs. traditional abdominal exercises

By now, most everyone has heard of, or has participated in ex programs specific to building the “core”. Although an important concept, we are now discovering that how we have been building and exercising our core may actually be causing more harm than good, especially if you have a back problem, pelvic floor dysfunction like […]

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Myofascial Treatment for Postpartum women with a Diastasis Recti Abdominis

Many pregnant and postpartum women experience a space in the middle of their belly where their abdominals used to meet.  This generally happens around the third trimester of pregnancy.  Stretching and thinning of the abdominal muscles is a natural occurrence during pregnancy due to the growing baby inside the uterus and is called a Diastasis […]

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Traditional Physical Therapy vs Myofascial Release via Massage Therapy For Pain Relief

This morning, I was listening to a pod cast from a Physical Therapist that is promoting a cash based practice model for Physical Therapists.  The title of the podcast was “Do Physical Therapists under value their own services?”  Physical Therapists were invited to comment on the unvalued nature of the service that they have trained […]

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ACCELERATED TREATMENT PROGRAM

Verde Valley Myofascial Release and Hands On- Austin are partners in Myofasical Release/manual therapy services.  We have restructured and renamed our Intensive Program to meet today’s needs and demands. The Accelerated Treatment Program (ATP) is a customized program consisting of 1:1 treatment.  Clients are treated multiple times daily for a specified time period.  This builds […]

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PELVIC FLOOR MUSCLE DYSFUNCTION AND THE EMOTIONAL COMPONENT

This article is the third in a series relating to pelvic floor muscle dysfunction.   I thought it would be the easiest of the 3 articles to write.  Instead, it’s turned out to be the most complex.  Our emotions effect every aspect of our body, including the pelvic floor.   The first article, Pelvic Floor […]

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