Therapist seeks to educate community on pain relief
Yvonne Remz, a physical therapist located at 134 Main St., Suite 103, in Prince Frederick, seeks to educate the community on integrated manual therapy, as well as provide tips for those who suffer from chronic pain symptoms.
Integrated manual therapy, or IMT, is a whole-body or holistic approach to physical therapy, according to a news release from Yvonne Remz Physical Therapy LLC.
IMT is comprised of thousands of tissue-specific techniques that allow the therapist to find contributory causes affecting the patient’s symptoms and diagnosis. It is the most comprehensive form of physical therapy available, and generally consists of very gentle techniques, according to the release.
Examples of IMT techniques are craniosacral therapy, myofascial release, visceral fascial release, lymphatic drainage, strain counter strain and neural tissue tension, just to name a few, the release states. These are proven neuromuscular facilitating techniques. IMT is also able to reset muscular holding patterns at the brain and spinal cord level, and facilitates mechanisms that the body understands and uses to function normally. For example, a muscle spasm brought on by trauma can be permanently reset using these techniques. IMT techniques are able to facilitate normal function in all body tissue, such as muscle, bone, circulation and lymphatic tissues.
Use of these tissue-specific techniques allows for permanent lasting changes in most diagnoses, with great success in unresolved pain, according to the release.
Locally, Remz offers this integrated manual therapy at her Prince Frederick office. For more information, call 410-4744631.
In addition, Lisa Klein at Total Health Physical Therapy offers IMT at 1712 Eye St. N.W., Suite 306, in Washington.
Remz also aims to teach members of the community how to decrease their own chronic pain symptoms and offers essential tips.
One of the most healing things people can do for their bodies is get seven to eight hours of sleep, according to a release.
The body cannot heal or re- store itself without sleep. Tips for improving sleep include: going to bed at the same time every night; doing calming activities such as a warm shower or bath, or reading a book; and stopping the use of all screen time, including TV, computers, smartphones and tablets, as these stimulate the brain and counteract the brain’s ability to slow down for sleep (no news channels or phone calls before bedtime).
Another important factor in decreasing pain is to decrease one’s stress load. For those who are constantly under stress, that is another stimulus (besides the pain) that the body has to manage, and the body can only manage so many things in order to maintain balance, the release states.
Avoid inflammatory foods such as milk, wheat gluten or known food allergens, as these foods inflame the gastrointestinal tract and cause systemic or full-body and joint inflammation.
Also avoid processed foods, the release continues, as they require more work from the kidneys and liver to process and decrease the body’s ability to detox itself.
Making some of these simple changes to one’s lifestyle may help in relieving chronic pain, according to Remz.
Remz is a manually certified physical therapist specializing in integrated manual therapy. She graduated from Daemen College in 1985 with a bachelor’s in physical therapy and is also certified in the Stanley Paris technique of soft tissue and joint mobilization as well as Dr. Ma’s Integrative Dry Needling techniques.