Neuromuscular Therapy with Jessica Kern
I approach every new patient and pain problem with loving kindness and invite the wisdom of each patient into my practice.
Drawing on my deep knowledge of neuromuscular massage therapy, zero balancing, orthopedic massage, yoga, and massage therapy, I solve acute and chronic muscular pain issues using a combination of soft tissue manipulation, deep trigger-point release, skilled energy work, proper structural alignment techniques, strength training, and spiritual support.
Whether pain comes from overuse, underuse, repetitive motion, hypermobility, some acute impact or injury, or if it is an emotional response to everyday life, my goal is to relieve pain, retrain muscles and fascia, and maintain patient health and wellness for the long term.
Don’t be surprised if I encourage you to notice little victories when you do a familiar pain-driving action. In the short run, there may be some re-learning, and it can take more effort in the beginning. But the extra work (or fun, depending on your viewpoint!) will be temporary as your body begins to automate and integrate some of the shifts you'll experience as we expedite your healing.
Because I believe in the body/mind connection, I’ll probably ask if you’ve been happy at work lately or if you’ve had or have been having any kind of stress in your life. It’s all part of the treatment and recovery process, and I’ll teach you how it works along the way.
I also teach patients to listen to their bodies as I go, so they can understand what has happened to cause the injury and how best to treat it. Sometimes, this introspection is new for people, and I love teaching patients how paying attention to their body’s cues will be the greatest part of their recovery and maintenance plan.
You’ll receive at-home exercises and behavior-modification advice to continue to strengthen and repair after treatments.
WHAT IS NUEROMUSCULAR MASSAGE THERAPY?
Neuromuscular therapy is a form of soft tissue manipulation that aims to treat underlying causes of acute and chronic pain involving the muscular and nervous systems. This medically-oriented form of massage addresses trigger points (tender muscles points), circulation, nerve compression, postural issues, and biomechanical problems that can be caused by repetitive movement injuries. Practitioners apply direct pressure to muscles for up to 30 seconds to release knots, increase blood flow, and quiet spasms.
WHAT IS ZERO BALANCING?
Zero Balancing is a powerful body-mind therapy that uses skilled touch to address the relationship between energy and structures of the body. The practitioner uses finger pressure and gentle traction on areas of tension in the bones, joints, and soft tissue to help the body relax and reorganize. Zero Balancing focuses primarily on key joints of our skeleton that conduct and balance forces of gravity, posture and movement. By addressing the deepest and densest tissues of the body along with soft tissue and energy fields, Zero Balancing helps to clear blocks in the body’s energy flow, amplify vitality, and contribute to better postural alignment.
WhAT IS ORTHOPEDIC MASSAGE?
Orthopedic massage focuses on the tissues and muscles surrounding the joints of the body. While it aims to alleviate the source of bodily pain and tension, orthopedic massage also works to restore balance to these physical structures.