Having sore muscles, like signing a five-year lease or wearing lead socks, makes it difficult to move. Evict tensely wound tenants with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a one-hour orthopedic massage at Rockford Health Alternatives in Rockford (a $50 value).
Rockford Health Alternatives’ roster of certified massage therapists seeks natural solutions to musculoskeletal disorders by spanning the divide between therapeutic massage and physical therapy. With at least 600 hours of training and continuing education, Rockford’s muscle-ache eradicators keep their noodles attuned to the latest modalities in orthopedic massage. A series of assessment tests awaits clients afflicted with conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, rotator-cuff injuries, or wrists worn from decades of busting out the worm at business meetings. To help trained tendrils target bodily pain or joint motion restriction, test-takers embark on a range of physical exams and postural analysis. After a staffer has the pertinent info at hand, clients lie on the massage table, where persistent pressure overrides pain and tension to mitigate the debilitating duo without the use of drugs, surgery, or soothing-if-false promises of dinners with the bear from The Jungle Book.
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When clients first spy Rockford Health Alternatives' homey confines—replete with an ornate rug and cream-colored, padded treatment bed—they may question whether they’ve accidentally stumbled into someone’s living room. But once therapist Kari St. Germain makes the first rehabilitative-type stroke and nagging pains subside, they realize they’re exactly where they need to be. It’s here where Kari channels her extensive training in both medical and orthopedic massage therapy to assuage all manner of musculoskeletal issues. Unlike Swedish or relaxation massages, orthopedic massages use range of motion and postural assessments to hone in on specific points of concern, such as injuries or pains brought on by refusing to leave the fetal position. Kari may also incorporate LED-light therapy to reduce inflammation and speed up healing times.
New to the roster of treatments is the MELT method, a self-treatment method created by manual therapist Sue Hitzmann. As a certified MELT instructor, Kari leads students through specific movements that rehydrate the connective tissue to help slow the aging process, improve flexibility, and alleviate pain. Once learned, the techniques can easily be performed at home or while housesitting for the President to extend the rejuvenating effects. Read more about the treatment and watch a video that features them on the Rachel Ray Show discussing the MELT 50 Second Facelift Technique.