February 18, 2013

I have been at Jointworx patient since training for triathlons in 2006. Through the years, the PTs and MT’s at Joinworx have helped me considerably.

My first experience was when I pulled my hamstring and then struggled with tendonitis while training for an Ironman. Not only was Sara supportive of my goal, she helped me continue to train by using manual therapy to get my body back in alignment, taught me how to use Kinesio tape to tape myself before the race and gave me exercises to strengthen my muscle imbalances. I was not only able to complete my race, but I was able to race my race.

Next, I crashed while skiing and had an enormous bruise on my hip. Sara was working on an article and wanted to show how Kinesio tape helped heal bruises. She taped my hip in a basket weave pattern and the taped area of the bruise healed significantly faster. I am sold on Kinesio tape!

Several years later, I injured my low back. I was not able to function normally, because sitting hurt, bending hurt, and lifting hurt. This time the treatment included manual therapy, dry needling and massage. At first, I was terrified of dry needling. Basically, Sara needled different parts of my hips and back. She would stick the needle into my sore muscle causing it to contract and then release. Although it is a bit uncomfortable during the treatment, it seems to provide fast relief of injuries. I was able to function normally within a few weeks.

Last fall, I was training for a 200 mile, 2 day bike ride. Two weeks before the ride, my calf got very sore. It was so sore, I stopped riding my bike. When I made an appointment at Jointworx, I was certain I was not going to be able to do my ride. I went to see Sara and in only 4 appointments using a combination of dry needling, manual therapy and massage, I was able to do my bike ride with no calf pain.

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