James Holzer, LMP
Back and Neck Pain or Stiffness:
There can be many causes of back and neck pain. From muscle imbalances, and stuck joints, to compression of the vertebrae(actually, it is usually all the above). For this reason, these conditions require the most treatment. The best treatment starts with a good assessment to find out where the area of greatest restriction occurs. From there Strain Counterstrain and Myofascial Release are some of the most effective treatments to relieve symptoms.

Shoulder Pain and Stiffness

Whether from over use, a fall, sports injury or from causes unknown, shoulder pain and stiffness almost always require treatment of the ribs and thoracic spine (and sometimes neck) in addition to the shoulder to be effective. Treating just the shoulder would be like changing the oil in your car without changing the filter, the job would only be half done! Strain Counterstrain and Myofascial release are both unique and effective ways of treating all of the involved structures.

When it comes to treating TMJ/TMD pain, the ADA, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, and the TMJ Association, all recommend using conservative, and reversible treatments.  Even when TMJ disorders persist, most patients still do not need aggressive treatment.  Treatment not only includes the muscles of the jaw (both inside and out), but also the neck.  A very important step.  Click here for more on TMJ/TMD treatment.

Tennis/Golfers Elbow (Lateral/Medial Epicondylitis):
Much like shoulder pain, Tennis and Golfers elbow involve a larger area than just the elbow. Completely treating the problem includes addressing the thoracic spine, ribs, neck and shoulders.


Sciatica refers to pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the leg. It is caused by injury to or pressure on the sciatic nerve. This compression can be a low back disk problem (true sciatica), or compression of the sciatic nerve anywhere in the leg (pseudo-sciatica). There is also a third kind:
congestive sciatica, where in an artery of the leg or lower abdomen is compressed thereby reducing blood flow to the leg causing sciatica type symptoms.

Plantar Fasciitis:

Is the most common cause of heel pain. The 
plantar fascia is the flat band of tissue (ligament) that connects your heel bone to your toes. It supports the arch of your foot.  If you strain your plantar fascia, it gets weak, swollen, and irritated (inflamed). Then your heel or the bottom of your foot hurts when you stand or walk. Treatment involves releasing not only the plantar fascia, but also the muscles of the calf and those deep in the foot.

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