Cerebral Palsy – Standing Tall and Walking Straight

Posted: February 24, 2010 in Conditions and Cures
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In the last few years, I have been lucky enough to help create a significant impact on the lives of several children with Cerebral Palsy.

As a specialist Rolf Method Practitioner, I am concerned with manipulating the connective tissue (myofasciae) of my patients.  This soft tissue manipulation is extremely effective for people with limited ability to walk, stand and sit with a normal gait and posture due to chronic spasm and shortening in their musculature.

My approach to helping children with CP is to assess their ranges of motion of their limbs and ability to walk and balance in gravity.  Then I set to work – a layer at a time – on their soft tissue to relieve the spasm in muscles and lengthen out all significant tissue surrounding their joints (including spine, knees, elbows, etc.).

By earning their trust and cooperation, I am able to help my patients move past their existing level of discomfort to greater freedom and increased ability to balance equally on both feet.  The unnaturally twisted tissue of the usual hand and foot combination of the patient responds quickly and often dramatically to the work.  By increasing the circulation of blood and lymph fluid to the immediate area and gently lengthening the myofasciae, the patients show an ability to move with normalcy previously unattainable.

Children enjoy the work as they know it is helping them.  They realize they not only feel better, but they are better.  Traditional treatments of stretch and strengthen are often limited in their effectiveness and are frequently very painful, as the other practitioners will force stuck joints and muscles into lengthening without increasing the quality of the tissue first.  Newer (Botox, high frequency stimulation, etc.) and traditional PT treatments can be helpful but lack the specific manipulations which have proven to be so effective for my patients.

In addition to soft tissue treatment, Rolf Method Practitioners empower their patients to move in more efficient and balanced ways.  I will provide the patients with homework stretching and postural awareness exercise programs to keep them getting better between each session. Sometimes the greatest challenge is getting the patients to move in the powerfully different and better way their “new body” can – to break the old habits of movement.  Whether as a stand-alone therapy or in cooperation with well-educated PT’s and Physicians, soft tissue manipulation provides remarkable results.

– Roberto A. Paredes, B.A., L.M.T.

Roberto Paredes, B.A., L.M.T., Rolf Method Practitioner has a healing practice in Phoenix, AZ. He provides patient empowerment, therapeutic treatments and education with nutrition, exercise and body manipulations. To schedule an appointment for a consultation you may call (480) 225-2313 or email him at RolfTherapyWorks@gmail.com.


Roberto Paredes, B.A., L.M.T.

www.RolfTherapyWorks.com

www.AdvancedTherapeuticBodyworks.com

(480) 225-2313


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Comments
  1. summer says:

    Have you been able to try this in adults with any success?

    • Hello

      I have had success with adult patients that have limited ROM (range of motion) due to injury or inability to move limb and joints (such as CP).

      The principles of the Rolf Method- systematically manipulating the connective tissue to create better circulation, freedom and length can provide a solution.

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