At Arizona Pain & Posture, Doctor of Chiropractic Marc Bonacci and his staff rely on both chiropractic care and physiotherapy to treat chronic pain. The result is a clinic where patients can receive services such as spinal adjustments, massages, and manual therapies like myofascial release. In order to help patients outside of the office?where gravity is the strongest?Dr. Bonacci and his team can also suggest corrective exercises or provide nutritional recommendations.
Conceived of by Ida Pauline Rolf, rolfing is a form of bodywork that attempts to align the human form through soft-tissue manipulation so gravity can flow unhindered through the body. Donna Jo Cross has been practicing this modern modality for 32 years, employing structural-integration techniques to loosen up restrictions in the fascia and body tissue, thus aiming to root out the cause of pain, stress, and ice-cream headaches.
Deanna Melnychuk's mission is to recalibrate the human body. As a certified advanced rolfer, she scouts for gravity's compressing effects on connective tissues, and unwinds fascia that have shortened due to tension. With sessions that focus on complete body realignment including areas such as the lower back, legs, and neck, she plies stiffness from muscles as clients conduct synchronized motions. Each appointment aims to enhance flexibility while subtracting physical and mental stress.
Deanna also guides clients through Rolfing Movement Integration?a program that identifies potentially inefficient ways of moving and helps explore alternatives. After a walking analysis, she points out established habits such as hunching or sliding on your back when your legs get tired. She then assists in setting a goal for new modes of getting around that can increase comfort and range of motion.
Tucked away inside r Salon is the low-lit treatment room of BodySmart Massage & Bodywork. Here, licensed therapist Jon LaFlamme has developed his own technique, a deep-tissue massage during which he focuses on loosening tight joints before they rust. He's been specially trained in deeply therapeutic modalities, which not only undo tension, but, over time, help to improve posture and restore range of motion. But if clients are seeking a session that's more relaxing than therapeutic, Jon employs the rolling strokes of Swedish massage and other soothing modalities. In fact, he'll draw from far-ranging techniques depending on what's best for the client, making each session different from the next.
At 16, Jenna Syverson could barely lift a glass of water. Her hopes for a collegiate swimming career were also dimming, all because of a shoulder injury that caused intense pain. Her physical therapist, chiropractor, and massage therapist were all flummoxed, but after one session of Rolfing, she was back in the pool with no pain. She continued treatment, swam through her degree in exercise science at the University of New Mexico, and wasted no time enrolling at the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration just two weeks after graduation.
Today, she helps others shuffle off pain with Rolfing, a massage modality that focuses on restoring alignment. During first sessions, she assesses each clients? past and present health, as well as their goals. Patients perform simple balance tests that involve standing, sitting, and dancing the charleston on a treadmill so she can observes patterns of movement that reveal inner misalignments. This guides her bodywork, which focuses on manipulating the fascia to ease nerve inflammation, free restricted tissues, and encourage unimpeded movement.
During the eight years she taught anatomy, physiology, and therapeutic massage, Patti Selleck was frustrated. On her website she discloses the reason: "As much as I could affect with massage, I couldn't make permanent changes." So she sought therapies to enhance the results she could provide for clients, traveling a path that led her to enroll in The Rolf Institute in Boulder, Colorado. Rolfing, the commercial name for structural integration, relies on gravity to release tension patterns after sessions in bands of connective tissue called fascia that, when tight, strained, or french braided, can cause joint and muscle pain and imbalances throughout the entire body.
Selleck connected with the practice because it built on her strengths, as the healing process stems from consultations with clients?a specialty of hers since she is a chaplain and a certified lay counselor?and requires a massage therapist's deft touch and detailed understanding of the human body. More than a quarter-century after learning massage in 1985, she revels in work that can have a transformative effect on her patients' lives, enabling them to achieve emotional and spiritual balance through physical alignment.