“At first I was somewhat skeptical about the benefits of Myofascial Release. Being a relatively new form of alternative medicine, I did not hear about the therapy from physicians or therapists, but rather by word of mouth.
“In 2003 I had a terrible bike accident causing me to fracture my pelvis in two places. I thought everything would heal correctly by not participating in any activity for a few months. While training for the Memphis Marathon in 2007, I found that my past injuries had created significant pelvic imbalances and leg length discrepancies, causing severe hip pain and the inability to compete in races.
“I have had chronic pain throughout my entire body for the past ten years. I am glad to say that after four months of going to Integrative Physical Therapy Inc. and receiving regular Myofascial Release therapy, I am basically free of pain. I can do things again that I could not do 10 years ago, like play golf.
“ In my 62 years, pain has been an unwelcome companion through the removal of a blood tumor by radiation as an infant; through polio at age six; through two spinal fusions for scoliosis as a teenager; through the removal of a pituitary tumor; carpal tunnel surgery; and a total hip replacement as an adult. Over the past fifteen years, I have tried exercise, traditional physical therapy, chiropractic services, acupuncture, vitamin therapy and structural integration massage, much of which wasn’t covered by health insurance.
I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis when I was 50 years old. I knew before that time that I surely had it because of my symptoms and since both my parents, sister and brother also had it. My grandparents, aunts and uncles on both sides of my family suffered from it as well. I felt that I was always going to endure severe pain for the rest of my life. I started seeing a Rheumatologist, Orthopedic Surgeon, and a Neurosurgeon. Scans, X-rays, MRI’s were all performed along with physical exams. I was diagnosed with a condition called spinal stenosis.
My story begins in June, 1996 with a complete hysterectomy. Fast forward 10 years to 2006 and I am being rushed to the ER by my husband due to nausea and abdominal pain. After enduring unbearable pain and waiting hours in the ER I was told by my physician that my X-ray showed a bowel obstruction. I was immediately rushed into emergency surgery where my wonderful surgeon found that I had a closed loop small bowel obstruction which required that eight inches of my small intestine be removed.
After four years of countless doctor visits, diagnostic testing, and dietary plans, a doctor told me about Integrative Physical Therapy. It seemed that no medication would help this chronic pelvic pain. This specialized therapy was my last resort.