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I came to Hargroder Physical Therapy with little hope and much skepticism. My sense of hope had been worn thin after years of unsuccessful traditional therapy. I had become tired of being seen as a lost cause by the PT’s because of my inability to get up and walk. I had grown weary from being looked down upon by the OT’s because I was not able to stack cones. I was skeptical as to whether or not HPT would be able to help me since I knew nothing about myofascial release.
Almost 17 years ago, I had brain surgery to remove a tumor located on my brainstem. The surgery left a large amount of scar tissue that caused the muscles in my neck to become tighter and tighter as time went on, limiting the range of motion of my neck. That issue had remained unaddressed until I started therapy at HPT. Within a few MFR treatments, the scar that was left behind from the surgery, which felt hard as a rock, began to soften. Soon after that, my neck muscles loosened, giving my neck a wider range of motion. With a stiff neck came a tight jaw. With a tight jaw came sadness and despair. I could no longer enjoy my love, my passion of eating sushi. I couldn’t open my mouth wide enough to fit a piece of sushi in it. I would have to cut it in half which would cause the piece to break apart as would my heart. After several MFR treatments focusing on my jaw, I can once again open my mouth wide enough to enjoy my sushi!
Because the brain surgery wasn’t successful, I received radiation therapy. 10 years later, my body began to suffer from the side effects from the radiation. Nerve damage had caused slow connections between the nerves and the brain. When I first came to HPT, I had set a goal. That goal was to push myself in my wheelchair. Despite the damage, I still had enough function in my left arm to push the left wheel, but not enough in the right arm to push the right wheel. Unless I wanted to continue to roll around in circles, I needed to get the right arm moving again. Almost a month after I went through a higher frequency intensive program at HPT, while continuing regular treatments, things started to slowly reconnect. I regained more function than I had already had in my left arm and I was now able to push with the right arm. I was finally able to meet my goal!
When I started the MFR therapy, I was having to take medication for an overactive bladder. After two MFR treatments which focused on the bladder, I no longer needed to take the bladder control pills. Less medication means less side effects and believe me, I don’t miss the side effects of that drug at all.
I have been in a chair for eight years. Throughout those eight years I’ve had to deal with back pain. I figured that the back pain was just part of being in a chair and that I should learn to live with it. The therapists at HPT have taught me, through MFR, that things don’t have to be that way. I don’t have to deal with the back pain simply because I’m in a chair. I very seldom experience back pain now and when I do, it’s not nearly as severe as it was before. Over the years, the arch in my back had became much larger causing pain when lying down and poor posture. Through MFR therapy, the arch has become significantly flatter and I’m able to sit up straighter in my chair.
I had been experiencing nerve pain in my legs that was so unbearable, it kept me awake at night. I wondered if there was anything my doctor could prescribe me to stop the pain, but at the same time I didn’t want to have to take another medication. I told the therapists at HPT about the pain I was having, hoping they might be able to help me with the pain so I could get some sleep. After several MFR treatments, the nerve pain I had began to shift from one part of my leg to another and eventually went away.
Aside from the nerve pain in my legs, I was having such serious pain in my knees that I would cry when having to stand up to make transfers. I went to see my orthopedic doctor and he gave me cortisone shots in both knees. The shots seemed to do nothing to help with the pain. Once again, I told the therapists at HPT what was going on with my knees. Just like with the nerve pain, the pain in my knees eventually went away after several treatments. After the pain was gone, I realized I could have avoided getting those cortisone shots.
This may all sound too good to be true, but it is all true. Myofascial release therapy has helped me in so many ways. I strongly believe that those with spinal cord injuries and other neurological disorders can greatly benefit from this type of therapy. I have made more progress with HPT than I have ever made with any other physical therapy facility and there is still much more progress to be made! Hargroder Physical Therapy along with their myofascial release techniques have given me hope and have ultimately changed my life.
I have been receiving treatments for several years and over these years have enthusiastically recommended myofascial therapy (at HPT) to several of my friends and family. In every instance I was asked how it works. I aways answered, “I don’t know, but it does”. – Al
Dear HPT staff, God has blessed me so much through you all. Thank you so much for working me in for an intensive week of therapy this summer when i was having a flare. I send everyone your way whom i think could benefit from MFR. I know you must be highly esteemed by all of your patients. With many thanks for all that you do.
” I have been a client of Hargroder PT for quite a long time. I sought them out for help with the osteoarthitis in my neck and the relief I found with Myofascial Release was great! Then I returned last year for help with my insertional achilles tendonitis in both ankles. It was very painful and eventually caused me so much pain in both legs that I began to feel like I would never walk without assistance again. After 3-4 months of regular visits and 6 weeks of twice a week, my recovery was amazing. Not only can I walk again without assistance, I can barely tell that I had such pain only 6 months ago. Wow! I love all the women at Hargroder PT!”