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If the doctor says I'm OK then why do I still hurt?
If you have had a car accident, trauma or surgery and are not satisfied with your level of recovery, then Rolfing probably will help you. In one simple consultation with Dr. Patterson, it will be evident to you whether not further improvement can be made.

Is there a doctor in the house?
Yes, indeed. I understand musculoskeletal rehabilitation in depth from a physician’s point of view and have dedicated myself since 1992 to master the art of myofascial release and Structural Integration through Rolfing. Therefore, I offer an approach to physical rehabilitation based on a solid foundation of medical science and enhanced by an evolving alternative perspective.

I am a practitioner of integrative medicine. By that I mean integrating both conventional and complementary/alternative modalities, and integrative in the sense of coming from the perspective of treating the whole person, body, mind, and spirit.

Modern Medicine is very good at treating diseases whose etiology is easily defined; where a specific pathogen or lesion can be identified. This system is less effective at coping with certain kinds of chronic, low-grade less well defined conditions.

I trained as an MD, and over the years have worked in physical, occupational, and addiction medicine. As an MD, I can order your X-rays or MRIs, or read the images or reports you provide me. I can discuss with you the relationship between any other medical conditions you may have, your medicines, your musculoskeletal symptoms, and other concerns you are bringing to me.

I am also certified in addiction medicine. In my extensive experience working with those in recovery, I have discovered that Rolfing powerfully supports the recovery process, in that it helps to open up new possibilities of self.I am recovering from addiction, gambling or other obsessive disorders.

Would Rolfing help my recovery?
Once a person is dedicated to personal recovery and is demonstrating courage, willingness, and acceptance, Rolfing accelerates and deepens personal growth remarkably.

Does Rolfing help Nerve Impingement syndromes?
The most common cause of feeling numbness, chronic shooting pain or altered sensation in a nerve distribution is pressure on the affected nerve. This can occur at the exit of the nerve from the spinal canal through the vertebral foramen (window) and out into the arm, leg, head, neck or trunk. If the impingement occurs at the vertebra, steroid shots and/or surgery are typically prescribed. However, many such syndromes are actually caused by pressure not at the exit from the spine but by muscle tension pressing the nerve anywhere further along its track.Releasing such muscular pressure frequently stops the nerve symptoms immediately. Retraining the muscular habit provides an enduring solution.

Releasing muscular tension along the backbone can sometimes decompress a slightly impinged nerve as it exits the spine. If this is the case, then maintaining proper muscular tone in the muscles affecting the backbone can effectively maintain ongoing relief and free one from the need of surgeries and/or steroid shots, pain suppressant medicines such as Lyrica, Neurontin, antidepressant medicines, and analgesics. Individual responses vary. Some people become pain and medicine free. Others use fewer medicines and have increased function depending on the current physical or emotional stress in their life.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome presents with numbness and weakness into the hands and fingers. It is not always due to pressure from the carpal ligament at the wrist. It can be caused by forearm muscular tension. Resolving such tension with manipulation and educating movement patterns reduces swelling in the tendons under the carpal ligament. It can be a very effective approach to such a situation and can therefore avoid surgery. As is true for sciatica, such nerve impingement can occur at the exit from the spine or anywhere along the track where muscular tension is imposing upon the nerve.

If the nerve is metabolically impaired, severed or frayed, then Rolfing, steroid shots, or surgery will have no effect.

Does Rolfing help Headaches?
Some headaches are caused by impinged nerves exiting the cranium. Once decompressed, no nerve impingement headache.

If the headache is caused by muscular tension in the scalp or neck, Rolfing does quite well. If the headache is caused by stress, the improved functioning Rolfing typically imparts often will get a person out of the chronic muscular tension patterns that provoke such a headache.

Can Rolfing help my back pain?
Rolfing is very efficient for certain types of backaches. Back strains without nerve impingements, typically acquired during lifting incidents, are backaches due to altered back muscle coordination. These do very well with Rolfing. Many people with mild to even moderate MRI findings with nerve impingements can safely avoid surgery, become asymptomatic and function well using Rolfing. This has to be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Backaches due to altered anatomy such as prior surgery, fractures, or developmental disorders can also respond to Rolfing. This also needs to be assessed on a case-by-case basis.Scoliosis does well with Rolfing. It is rare that Rolfing will provide perfectly straight alignment in a back with scoliosis, but visual improvement in alignment clearly occurs. Most people with scoliosis who receive Rolfing have considerably less pain and function at a much higher level. Does Rolfing help shoulder pain and mobility?

The shoulder is a very complicated area anatomically. It has very little ligament strength and depends almost entirely upon balanced muscular tone to feel normal and move fully. Without question, Rolfing is an excellent option for rehabilitating shoulder motion. Rotator cuff strains and minor tears, Biceps tendonitis, range of motion limitations respond well to Rolfing. Adhesive capsulitis responds also but at a slower rate.Does Rolfing help Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or other repetitive stress syndromes?

There are many causes for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. The most common these days is behaviorally acquired by computer data input or other repetitive tasks using the forearms and hands. Rolfing typically rapidly reduces such pain. Resolution usually occurs in 2 or 3 visits for the majority. One then has to modify work habits to reduce the fatigue of the repetitive tasks.Does Rolfing help plantar fasciitis and other foot problems?

The most common presentation of plantar fasciitis is usually resolved in 2 to 3 visits. If the foot pain is due to mechanical/coordination problem Rolfing will be very effective. Individual assessment will determine whether Rolfing will help.

Does Rolfing help knee and hip pain?
Frequently, yes. As with most such musculoskeletal syndromes, an individual assessment is necessary. For acute and chronic hip and knee strains, Rolfing is very effective. With advanced degenerative joint disease, Rolfing is still effective to help you to maintain a higher level of function.

I have had a car accident or other major physical trauma and am still not well even though nothing was broken or all has had ample time to heal. Can Rolfing help this?
Rolfing is an excellent choice for such situations. You will feel an obvious difference the first visit. Individualized plans will be made depending upon the severity of your situation. Fractures and surgeries frequently heal with myofascial restriction. Rolfing should help a great deal.

I have a chronic musculoskeletal condition with anatomical changes. What could Rolfing do for me?
An individualized assessment is absolutely necessary to answer this question. Many people are able to maintain a higher level of function with Rolfing. Many people decide to see a Rolfer to see if they could avoid a surgery, or to get a different perspective than mainstream physical therapy.

I had a difficult childhood and now realize my emotional development was hindered. Will Rolfing help this?
Rolfing typically will help emotional development in such situations enormously. Children of alcoholics or children of parents with a psychiatric or personality disorder usually grow profoundly with Rolfing therapy.

Without doing typical psychotherapy, Dr. Patterson will help you stay on track as you grow during this process.

Can Rolfing help me to perform better in my sport?
If you are a high-level athlete and well, Rolfing typically will take you to a new increased level of performance. If you are a high-level athlete hampered by a major or minor injury and not progressing to your satisfaction, Rolfing frequently will get you back to your desired level of performance. Please read the web page section entitled Who Chooses Rolfing?

How does it differ from Physical Therapy and other body work modalities such as massage and Airrosti?
Massage is basically designed for muscular relaxation but can do much more in the hands of an experienced and competent masseuse. Chiropractic primarily works on the vertebral alignment to optimize nerve signal quality. Zero Balancing seeks to align the energy body with the physical body. Airrosti is myofascial release therapy designed for rapid resolution of soft tissue injuries. Physical therapy is a mainstream therapy designed to relieve swelling and inflammation of acutely and chronically injured tissues and restore coordination and function of the musculoskeletal system. Rolfing works on the fascia, the connective tissue system of the body. Under mechanical pressure, the connective tissue (fascia) will go from a “gel” to a “sol” state, much as taffy will go from being hard and stiff to being more pliable if it is “worked”.

Rolfing differs in that seeks to integrate the entire physical structure over time to the plumb line of gravity. Without such an intention other bodywork is never Rolfing. Rolfing's mechanisms, effects and the benefits of organizing the body’s relationship to gravity are discussed at length in this webpage. Rolfing is very sophisticated in its scope and outcomes.

Can bunions resolve with Rolfing?
Mild to moderate bunions respond readily to Rolfing interventions. Typically, the pain improves with one or two visits. The great toe can straighten up in that time but frequently takes longer.


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