The Method works. It’s changed my practice permanently and all it took was a two day seminar. The course filled in many of the blanks for me. I had advanced questions that the top specialists in the field have different answers for about low back pain and sacroiliac involvement. It was exactly the clarification I was looking for. As an LMT, we focus almost entirely on releasing muscles and fascia and I soon learned this wasn’t enough to completely release some pain inducing patterns. Some patterns I found were tok deeply rooted and some released and came right back dispite my “college try”. After 12 years of practice, I consider myself to be a good therapist with good palpatory awareness and a problem solving mind that forces me to research and applies the findings clinically. Until I took The Hesch method class, my basic and advanced understanding of joint and ligament dysfunction and how it pertains to massage and chronic pain came mostly from Dalton’s Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques. Through my studies I further understood and gained confidence with putting my hands on myoskeletal dysfunction and addressing it throughout the pelvic area, but there were still a few clients that I could only bring so far. Referring out wasn’t an option because these people had already seen all sorts of medical specialists. Besides, I could feel something “off” and knew it was presenting something for me to find. Specifically when it came to hip abduction and extension, gluteus maximus, medius and minimus weakness constantly returning. In the past two weeks, I have treated such a case where I had already seen a client for 18 sessions. Since The Hesch Method seminar, the constant (years) of internal pulling the client felt stopped and the reflexive adductor and glute medius, minimus contractions that normally resume days after our intense sessions also abated. I knew that something I didn’t know how to screen or treat was going on but I didn’t know what. Neither did the doctors or others he saw for relief. I tested for ascending/ descending patterns and looked at the feet to the occiput over and over releasing the compensatory muscle patterns all the while missing the “Key lesion”. Hesch’s contribution to simplifying the Pelvic-SI dysfunction mystery by mapping a palpable pattern got rid of the guess work. I can identify the specific dysfunction and address it, then re-test and feel the changes. Hesch presents materials in a clear 1+2=3 format in his course materials and in presentation. That is what made the difference in identifying the movement restriction for me. To be completely transparent, the pattern did eventually re-present itself after a few weeks but there are questionable issues at the ankle that I believe are to blame. I will continue to work on it and I also want to go study with Jerry privately to learn his whole body system of addressing postural dysfunction. Thanks goes to Jerry for sharing across disciplines. Everyone who addresses musculoskeletal dysfunction should be using his spring assessments from DO’s to PT’s to LMT’s and anyone who considers themselves Bodyworkers or Manual Therapists. Recalcitrant pelvic dysfunction begone. It works. Period.
Kiambu Dickerson LMT
New York Orthopedic Massage