Frequently Asked Questions

What is orthopedic massage?

Orthopedic massage describes a comprehensive system, rather than a single technique, that involves therapeutic assessment, manipulation and movement of soft tissues to resolve pain and dysfunction. Alisa Clark, NYOM's orthopedic massage specialist will massage, stretch and manipulate your tissues into a more organized and balanced space using the NYOM approach of assesment and postural stabilizing. The Hesch Method, Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques, Orthopedic massage and myofascial release by Til Luchau and Art Riggs are some of the massage methods used in a massage session.

What is Neuro-Orthopedic bodywork?

Neuro-Orthopedic bodywork eliminates pain in the muscles by targeting neuromuscular dysfunction at the root. Expert assesment of biomechanics and posture inform Kiambu where and which cutting edge techniques will be used to effectively resolve issues even where most treatments don't. Thinking outside of the orthopedic box is what made this synthesis of integrated therapies successful. After years of study with manual therapy and therapeutic movement masters, a two year investment in P-DTR gave Kiambu a rare look at the neurological "back end" of orthopedic conditions. Learning the physiological response of dysfunctional nervous system gave him a deeper understanding of musculoskeletal function and what each body needs to achieve balance. Pain is an interpertation of the nervous system. Accumulated trauma from chemical, emotional or physical injuries equally affect the nervous system's neuromuscular communication. This creates weakness and tightness in the muscles and joints. An old childhood injury, a pulled muscle, a repetitive micro trauma from typing or even emotional suffering are actually common reasons chronic muscle pain. In this exciting and highly effective work, we can the reboot the neurology of the body and even diffuse emotional triggers without any of the therapeutic talking associated with trauma work. Using autonomic stabilizing techniques that reverse dysfunctional communication and compensation in the nervous system in minutes, Neuro-Orthopedic bodywork reaches deeper with less deep tissue work and after session soreness than massage. Kiambu's Neuro-orthopedic approach combines 17 years of expert manual work with neurological know how. Expect to make more permanent changes in the body faster than you ever thought possible. Reverse years of imbalance in hours!

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What is involved in a typical session?

Each session uses techniques that will allow you to obtain immediate and long-lasting results in even the most challenging and complicated conditions.

Orthopedic massage sessions are only available with Alisa. Sessions begin with functional assessment and may include myofascial release, neuromuscular techniques, Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques, The Hesch Method and others. Clients will be in shorts and/or a sports bra/tube top, or are draped with only the area of the body that is being treated exposed during sessions. Unscented lotion or cream will be used lightly so as no shower is necessary.

Kiambu's Neuro-Orthopedic sessions begin with Proprioception recalibration, and breathing exercises designed to reverse the neurological aspect of physical dysfunction often left behind by injuries. Next, he identifies and mobilizes structural tissues that cause reflexive muscle inhibition with various massage and manual therapy techniques. Next, he usually uses anatomy in motion's movement integration or  other specific client home care strengthening or stretching protocols. Please be aware that Kiambu's work is usually less physical for the first few sessions depending on client history and it gets to the root of dysfunction often within four sessions. Loose fitting clothing is fine but tights, shorts and/or a sports bra/tube top are preferred.

how many sessions do I need?

Each session is an hour. How many sessions deemed necessary can only be estimated after the first session or two. Everyone is different and is treated accordingly. The bodywork we practice is very comprehensive. Your history, functional movement, muscle-firing order, strength, posture, gait as well as your symptoms are all considered to provide you with exactly what your body needs. Unless your injury is due to a recent acute trauma, it has taken years to develop. One session is usually not enough to release deeply rooted patterns whether on the muscular, joint, neurological, fascial or even emotional level (pain occurs in the brain only and therefore contains a psychological component whether it manifests or not). That being said, both systems we practice at NYOM are designed to give you results in the quickest, most thorough way possible with the least amount of discomfort. Packages are available.  Read below to decide which approach you would like to take.