You Are Not Broken (Part 1 of 2)

Posted: July 5, 2010 in Conditions and Cures, Therapeutic Bodywork

I cannot tell you the number of people I have talked with in the past 10 years in my career as an “Assisted Healer” or a Soft Tissue Specialist and expert in natural pain relief. I can tell you that I get my business cards printed in 500 and 1000 card batches. I pass out about 300-500 cards a year and have that many or more conversations about my work annually.

Those are a lot of conversations with people from all walks of life about pain and dysfunction.

I feel it is accurate to say that a large percentage of my professional time is spent educating the public about the benefits of my work. Educating the public that a remedy or solution exists for their particular malady or personal health goal.

It is with understandable frustration and fatigue that many people have a difficult time hearing my words of coaching and encouragement – that a condition they have suffered with can be alleviated. A person’s condition could include chronic pain, limited range of motion (R.O.M.), nerve compression, chronic inflammation and fatigue, etc. This likely patient has a hard time imagining how a Soft-Tissue Therapist with ‘advanced training’ could be successful a helping them with a condition that they have suffered with for some time. Especially when other health care professionals were not able to create relief.

“But, I’ve tried everything, and nothing works.”

That sentence has come up again and again in the few thousand conversations I’ve had with potential patients.

Usually this means that the person has been to an Allopathic (M.D.) primary care provider to report their pain and dysfunction. Course of treatment may have included pain relieving meds, anti-inflammatory prescriptions (or injections like cortizone), ice and heat and of course rest. All can be useful, especially for mild and acute conditions.

A more in-depth course of treatment may include physical therapy appointments (any number and duration) for more ice and heat and some postural awareness for muscle tone and balance training. This can be effective if the patient is ready to hear the coaching from the P.T. professional and if the patient is compliant. This first assumes that a person has medical insurance that covers therapies and can afford co-pays and time to go to said appointments.

One thing many practitioners can tell you is people in pain are often short tempered and often not compliant with their therapy program. Patients want relief now and expect results and soon. This is all disregarding how long the patient has let the problem go on before seeking professional help.

Article continues in “Your Are Not Broken (Part 2 of 2)” for more information on conditions and action plans. Please read on!

– 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

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

(480) 225-2313

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