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Total Motion Release (TMR) was developed by a physical therapist in Raleigh, NC.  After treating thousands of patients he said it appeared that the body’s center of balance is misaligned to some degree with every incident of pain or dysfunction.  Over time, the body’s center of balance no longer resides in a healthy position for full motion. The person now cannot function as well.  He found that in a large number of patients muscle, joint, and surgery pain is not being addressed efficiently and effectively as it could be.  Treating just the area of injury is not enough.  Treating areas immediately above or below the area of injury is also not enough.  He found that a center of balance dysfunction is the primary cause of most painful conditions.  To reset or realign the CBD, different areas of the body must be treated simultaneously.  It is the simultaneous treatment that facilitates faster healing. 

The technique that we use in the total motion release basically comprises of four body movements; an arm lift, a trunk twist, a straight leg raise, and a sit to stand maneuver.  We then compare right to left and using the easier side we use those same four motions in a specific treatment pattern to not only have the right-left movements become equal, but also have your main issue, ie pain or specific movement restriction, be made less.  In a lot of cases, the patient gets significant pain relief and improved mobility after the first treatment session.  After that treatment session we follow up with the patient to see how well they are continuing with the TMR at home.  Once they have a handle on the technique, we then address any specific muscle groups that may need to be strengthened in order to prevent further return of the pain or limited flexibility problems.

TMR can be utilized for any pain from neck pain, back pain, knee pain, hip pain, arm pain, shoulder pain, but works extremely well with headaches of all kinds.  I have had several headache patients suffering from migraine headaches 2-3 times a week for the past years.  I have shown them the TMR technique and we have had immediate headache relief. After follow up phone calls 3-4 weeks out patients have been able to control their headaches with the use of TMR.

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