Archive for July, 2008


Neuro-Fascial Processing and its Benefits!

July 11, 2008

Neuro-fascial processing or NFP is an exercise we often give or review at the end of each PT session. It is a very simple 15-20 minute technique that can have profound effects on the body.
It involves placing the hands on two specific points on the body. One hand usually, but not always, is on the area of injury or concern. The other hand goes on different “process spots” – the heart for circulation, ureters for drainage (toxicity and swelling). Lots of these “spots” correlate with Eastern medicine.
But how does it work? We don’t quite know. It is interesting, however, that multiple studies demonstrate that premature infants who are held gain more weight and do better health-wise compared to matched infants who are not. Similar to NFP, one thought is that placing your hands on your body gets your body’s awareness to the area and helps out that way. Funny thing is, it works. I have seen wonderful things happen with this technique. Remember, it only involves 15 minutes of your time and your own light touch. Bottom line, it can’t hurt.

Testimonials about NFP: Center of IMT
Kanoe Hook, DPT


No Pain is TOO SMALL – Get Help Early!

July 8, 2008

Get Treatment Early!

I have been practicing physical therapy for 7 years. One of the biggest recommendations I have for people who are having physical pain is this: GET HELP EARLY! Treating an acute injury is so much more effective, and recovery is much quicker. Many of us feel pain, and assume, “It will get better! My body always has.” This may very well be the case, but it may take a very long time. This may mean a long time of you being limited in your activities, and feeling uncomfortable! No pain is too small, and I believe it is very worth it to get it addressed earlier than later.

I am currently part of a wonderful practice that treats a large majority of chronic pain patients. We are fortunate to have very skilled therapists, and our techniques and patient education are very effective for this population. However, I find myself often thinking, “If only this person had sought out help and treatment many months/years ago! Then this process wouldn’t be taking so long, and he or she would have had his/her life back to normal a long time ago!”

In encourage you to call your doctor even if you are having the least bit of pain that seems to be lingering longer than it should. In many cases you don’t even have to go in to see your doctor! He or she may be able to refer you directly to PT, or better yet in many states (California is one) you can go directly to a Physical Therapist for an evaluation. You will thank yourself in the long run!

Thanks for reading!
Danielle Emhof, MPT


Chronic Knee Pain Seminar – San Diego, CA

July 3, 2008

If you are in San Diego area, join us for our quarterly Helping You Help Yourself Seminar on July 19th, 2008. We will be discussing Chronic Knee Pain Prevention and New & Effective Treatments.
The seminar will be held at Mission Hills Physical Therapy 928 Fort Stockton Dr. #201, San Diego, CA 92108. Please RSVP


Gluten Sensitivity Research – If you have an auto-immune problem you need to read this.

July 1, 2008

As we have been seeing a rise in gluten sensitivity and as we have been helping our patients recover their health by eliminating gluten, we have looked to the medical and scientific research on gluten sensitivity and found that a search of celiac disease shows over 14,000 research articles on this topic.

What we found in our search is that gastro-intestinal problems account for a small minority of the signs and symptoms of celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. Most problems related to gluten are neurological, heart, bone, endrocrine, behavioral or autoimmune in nature. In fact what we found was that most of these diseases and conditions could be called auto-immune diseases and implicate gluten sensitivity as a probable cause.

We have seen remarkable recovery from even severe cases of pain and disability from osteoporosis within 3 weeks of adherence to a gluten free diet (GFD). I have a case right now of a patient who was unable to be up for more than one hour at a time due to severe pain as a result of osteoporosis. She is after 3 weeks of being gluten free, reporting the ability to be up for the entire day, until 4:30 pm, and told me on her last visit that “it’s not that bad anymore”. We will continue to work with her to help her achieve her goals but her improvements in function are very good to this point.

We have the benefit now of having the research presented in a concise manner by Dr. Thomas O’Bryan, DC, chiropractor and nutritionist who has done a wonderful job of compiling the research and presenting it in a user friendly way. You can watch his webinar at and clicking on Dr. Thomas O’Bryan’s June 10th, 2008 presentation.

This is important information for anyone dealing with chronic problems or diseases, especially any auto-immune problems. Please let everyone you care about know about this webinar and feel free to email me for any further information you may need. You can regain your health!

Ralph Havens, PT, OCS, IMTC