Through physical activity, systemic dysfunction, stress and nervous system patterning, compensatory activity, movement and position, muscle imbalances, overuse of certain areas and many things in life, soft tissues of the body will develop excessive tension, trigger points, strain and restrictions that can impede blood flow, oxygen delivery and nutrients; which will cause pain, movement restrictions and detriments to performance and daily activities.
Manual therapy, whether in the form of traditional massage, active release, neuromuscular techniques or whichever treatment is deemed necessary, will help to release these soft tissue restrictions and restore optimal movement, blood flow and nutrient delivery. Training without proper soft tissue work will only get you so far, since restricting lesions can create dysfunctional movement and hold back progress. Soft tissue work without proper training and movement will also only get you so far, since old patterns will come right back if you don’t retrain the motor patterns and lines of tissue stress. Combining proper manual therapy with proper training provides AMAZING results and helps lead to optimal performance, movement, health and a pain free lifestyle.
What makes our manual therapy different than other professionals? As a Postural Restoration Trained (PRT) practitioner, Nick Rosencutter is highly trained in assessing and working with compensatory patterning that commonly occurs throughout the body from head to toe, segment by segment, from breathing dysfunction to compensatory rotational dominance to sympathetic nervous system overuse. Multiple very specific treatment protocols are used based on specific dysfunctions that are found with screening and assessment. The structures that are treated (muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, fascia, rib cage positioning), the modalities that are used, the tension and contact that is used, the duration of treatment, the movements that are incorporated and everything that is done with each treatment is highly specific and specialized based on what the needs of each individual are. While most massage businesses you go to will simply “rub” you and hope for the best, Nick uses his extensive knowledge of anatomy, physiology and biomechanics in order to treat the cause of your problem and get the LASTING relief that you deserve.
- Your body alignment, movement, patterning and specific issues are evaluated and a treatment and exercise plan is developed based on the findings.
- Site-specific tissue work is often performed for specific areas of the body that either have pain or are causing pain or some other issue.. Techniques used include Active Release Techniques (ART), Postural Restoration Institute (PRI) techniques, fascial release/manipulation, neuromuscular techniques, trigger point release, connective tissue release, soft tissue tool treatments, swedish massage techniques and others as deemed necessary.
- The appropriate exercises are prescribed in order to improve specific dysfunctional patterning, movement compensations and muscle imbalances while getting rid of the CAUSE of your problem.
Bottom line: The sessions are based on what YOU specifically need in order to address the true cause of your symptoms and/or issues.
About ART- Active Release Technique ART is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles from poor movement patterns or poor postural positioning at rest.. Used by professional athletes, at all IronMan competitions and by the general public, it is used for pain relief, improvement in body function/performance and reducing risk of injury/recovering from injury. Every ART session is a combination of examination and treatment. The texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves is evaluated. Abnormal tissues are then treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements. Nick is a Full Body Level 2 Elite Provider and has performing this treatment for over 11 years both in our facility and at multiple companies. Find out more at the ART website.
About PRT- The Postural Restoration Institute® established this credentialing process in 2011 as a way to recognize and identify individuals with advanced training, extraordinary interest and devotion to the science of postural adaptations, asymmetrical patterns and the influence of polyarticular chains of muscles on the human body as defined by the Postural Restoration Institute. The PRT credential is available to Certified Athletic Trainers, Certified Athletic Therapists, Exercise Physiologists and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists who have completed the course requirements, application and testing process. There are now 68 PRT professionals throughout the U.S and Internationally, with Nick being the only one in the state of Wisconsin.
If you wanna know more about what we specialize in, read on……
The Postural Restoration Institute® (PRI) was established in 2000 to explore and explain the science of postural adaptations, asymmetrical patterns and the influence of polyarticular chains of muscles. Our mission is based on the development of an innovative treatment that addresses the primary contributions of postural kinematic movement dysfunction.
We are committed to the ongoing search for improved pathways of physical medicine. PRI creates resources, educational opportunities, patient-care programs and research supported practice-based evidence approaches to assist those who wish to maximize their knowledge and skill in respiration, myokinematics, neuromuscular applications and postural imbalances.
Basic Concepts of the Postural Restoration Institute®
The human body is not symmetrical. The neurological, respiratory, circulatory, muscular and vision systems are not the same on the left side of the body as they are on the right, and vice versa. They have different responsibilities, function, position and demands on them. This system asymmetry is a good thing and an amazing design. The human body is balanced through the integration of system imbalances. The torso, for example, is balanced with a liver on the right and a heart on the left. Extremity dominance is balanced through reciprocal function; i.e. left arm moves with right leg and vice versa.
Postural Restoration Institute® (PRI) credentialed professionals recognize these imbalances and typical patterns associated with system disuse or weakness that develops because of dominant overuse. This dominant overuse of one side of the body can develop from other system unilateral overuse. For example, if the left smaller diaphragm is not held accountable for respiration as the right is, the body can become twisted. The right diaphragm is always in a better position for respiration, because of the liver’s structural support of the right larger diaphragm leaflet. Therefore, the left abdominals are always important to use during reciprocal function, such as walking, to keep the torso balanced.
Keeping the right chest opened during breathing is also challenging since there is no heart muscle inside the right side of the chest. Standing mainly on the right lower extremity to offset the weight of the left upper torso, assists in moving the pelvis forward on the left and the shoulder complex down on the right. This asymmetry compliments the special functions of the two sides of the brain. Although the two sides (hemispheres) of the brain share responsibilities for some functions, each hemisphere has its own “specialties”. Each hemisphere controls the opposite side of the body. The left brain has more responsibilities for speech and language and thus the right upper extremity becomes a dominant extremity in communication, growth and development. PRI credentialed professionals recognize when this normal pattern is not balanced sufficiently with left extremity neurologic and muscular activity.
When these normal imbalances are not regulated by reciprocal function during walking, breathing or turning, a strong pattern emerges creating structural weaknesses, instabilities, and musculo-skeletal pain syndromes. Balancing muscle activity around the sacrum (pelvis), the sternum (thorax) and the sphenoid (middle of the head) through a PRI approach best positions multiple systems of the human body for appropriate integrated asymmetrical function. PRI credentialed professionals incorporate reciprocal function to reduce ‘leading’ with the left pelvis and right arm, and respiratory function to maximize airflow in and out of the right lung.
Vision, occupational demands, in-uterine position, etc. can all influence asymmetrical tendencies and patterns. Humpback whales bottom-feed on their right side, lemurs tend to be lefties when it comes to grabbing their grub, toads use their right forepaw more than their left, chimpanzees hold a branch up with the left hand and pick the fruit with their right hand, and humans usually balance their center of gravity over their right leg for functional ease and postural security. PRI credentialed professionals recognize the more common integrated patterns of human stance, extremity use, respiratory function, vestibular imbalance, mandibular orientation and foot dynamics; and balance these patterns, as much as possible, through specific exercise programs that integrate correct respiration with left side or right side inhibitory or facilitory function.
Find out more at the PRI website.
Manual Therapy/Postural Restoration Pricing
For Non-Training Clients
Initial visit with full assessment: $199.99 (or assessment included with 5 pack)
- (1) 30-minute session for $109.99
- (5) 30-minute sessions for $499.99 ($120 savings, includes assessment). Treatment and exercise prescription progress each session.
Special Pricing for Our Training Clients
- (1) 30-minute session for $89.99
- (5) 30-minute sessions for $399.99 ($50 savings)
MONTHLY Tune Up: Save money and stay ahead of soft tissue problems before they start!
- (1) monthly 30-minute treatment for $69.99/month ($20/month savings)
An assessment will be done on the first visit to identify your particular needs. Reassessments will be done afterwards as needed to ensure treatment stays tailored to you.