What are your qualifications?
I am a board -certified muscular therapist with over 25 years of experience. I trained at the Muscular Therapy Institute in Cambridge, MA where I received over 2000 hours in clinical training in myofascial and Swedish techniques, an advanced certification in injury assessment and treatment, and integrative somatic therapy training with Tom Myers and Dr. Josef DelGrotte and finally at Florida School of Massage in Gainesville, Fla. I hold licenses in the State of New York and New Hampshire and I am Nationally Board Certified in Therapeutic Bodywork. I am also approved by the United States Olympic Committee through their Safe Sport Certification.
What is Muscular Therapy?
Muscular Therapy is a system of “hands on” bodywork that focuses on assessment, treatment and prevention of pain and soft-tissue injury problems. It is a technique developed by Dr. Ben Benjamin in the 1960’s.
Who is your ideal client?
The Muscular Therapy Center is right for you if you are someone committed to your personal well-being. Taking care of one’s self is the hardest thing on anyone’s to-do list. Committing to a training program or a running program requires taking very specific care of one’s self and my ideal client is one who believes that muscular therapy is an integral component of not only a training regimen but of lifelong wellbeing and not a luxury item.
How is muscular Therapy different from PT?
Both have the same goal: to restore function and relieve pain. They both use exercise and soft tissue manipulation to help patients but in different ways. For PT the primary concern is the treatment of impairment, pain, and disability through physical examination, mobility testing and diagnosis. For muscular therapy, the primary concern is to restore function, to improve physical and athletic performance and to promote healing. It is not within the scope of practice of a muscular therapist to diagnose. In Physical Therapy, pain can be a challenging obstacle to recovery. By incorporating soft tissue therapy such as the techniques developed by Dr. Benjamin into the PT plan, the patient may improve more rapidly through improved breathing, tissue mobility, and stress relief. With increased documentation of the efficacy of muscular therapy in the medical construct of pain management, it has become a more widely accepted and an increasingly sought after modality.