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Surgical Alternative Top 10 treated conditions


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As our clientele grows, we have noticed that more and more of our newer clients know less about the different conditions we can help with.  Originally, we had two separate blogs showcasing the top ten conditions treated at Surgical Alternative.  This made it difficult for some of our clients to find the information.  We have decided to combine the two stories for a more cohesive place to find out more information about our top treated aliments.

Over the past few years, I have seen many different injuries treated in Surgical Alternative’s Institute of Alternative Therapy, but many of them have been returning ailments.  We have taken a few minutes to create our top ten treated injuries from Surgical Alternative.  If you have any further questions, please CONTACT US TODAY for your evaluation and treatment.

Without further adieu, we present our top ten treated injuries by surgical alternative for with alternative therapydeep tissue massageenergetic therapy, and other methods.

10.) Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a disease that affects the central nervous system causing extreme pain and discomfort and many areas of the body independently and simultaneously.  Symptoms may include but are not limited to debilitating fatigue, insomnia, and joint stiffness.  Other symptoms include numbness/tingling and trouble swallowing.  For more information on fibromyalgia, please continue here, or CONTACT Surgical Alternative today for your evaluation.

9.) Rotator Cuff Injuries

The rotator cuff in your shoulder is made up of tendons, ligaments and muscle that work in unison to create the range of motion for your arm and upper back.  By injuring any of the pieces of the rotator cuff, you are not only causing inflammation and irritation, but you may also be doing further damage by not attending to your injury.  For more information of rotator cuff injuries and what surgical alternative can do to help, please continue here, or CONTACT US TODAY for your evaluation.

8.) Plantar Fasciitis

This is the most common cause of heel pain.  It is caused when your plantar fascia ligament becomes irritated, weakens, swells or strains.  Since it is the tissue that supports your arch, some people call it “fallen arches”.  Plantar Fasciitis causes moderate to severe foot pain and should be attended to as soon as possible.  If you would like to learn more about your condition, please continue here or CONTACT US today for your evaluation.

7.) Hiatal Hernias / Hiatus Hernia

hernia is simply described as part of your internal body moving somewhere it does not belong.  Your Hiatus is an opening in your diaphragm and acts as a muscular wall between your chest cavity and your abdomen.  When your abdomen and stomach bulge up through the opening in your hiatus, this is called a hiatal hernia, or hiatus hernia.  There are two types of hiatal hernias : paraesophageal and sliding.  Though extremely uncomfortable, surgical alternative can treat these hernias and make your life more comfortable and manageable.  If you have a hiatal hernia and would like to learn more, please click here, or CONTACT us today for your evaluation and treatment.

6.) Tight Muscles / Stiffened Joints

We all get older and we all get LESS mobile each day.  Even with an active lifestyle and proper stretching, we cannot always be that “21 year old” that we all remember was invincible.  We have many clients that have been unable to do some of the things that they love due to aging muscles and joints.   Many include hunters, golfers, fisherman/fisherwomen, and other active oriented people.  With our treatment most of them are able to return to what they love.  Whether its casting a rod, climbing into a tree stand, or any other activity, we can help you return to the things in life that you have worked so hard to enjoy.  If you would like to learn more about joint stiffness or muscle tightness, please click here, or CONTACT us for your evaluation.

 5.) TMJ Dysfunction

Known as Temporamandibular Joint Dysfunction, this painful ailment usually has symptoms such as tenderness, or pain in the joint that connects your jaw to your skull.  This is the joint that allows you to chew, talk and yawn amongst other things.  TMJ disorders can be caused by many different things such as grinding your teeth, an accident involving your jaw, or even arthritis.  If you have any pain in your jaw area and would like to find out more, you can CLICK HERE, or you can CONTACT US today for your evaluation!

4.) Sciatica Pain

Your sciatica nerve is a large nerve extending down your lower back, and down to the backs of your legs.  When damage or wear occurs, discomfort and chronic pain are common symptoms to the damage of this nerve.  Some symptoms of sciatica damage may include burning or tingling down your leg, weakness or numbness, constant pain, or even shooting pains that incapacitate you and not allow you to get up from a sitting position.  While usually only affecting one side of the body, sciatica some patients show symptoms on both sides of their bodies.   If you have sciatica pain and would like to relieve yourself from the discomfort, please CONTACT US today for your evaluation, or you can READ MORE ABOUT sciatica pain here.

3.) Bulging/Herniated Disks

Also called a ruptured or slipped disk, this refers to when the soft tissue between your vertebrae called disks encounters a problem.  When you have a herniated disk, it can irritate nearby nerve passages resulting in pain, numbness, and even weakness in an arm or a leg.  Some people do not experience symptoms of a herniated disk, making it a very hard injury to diagnose.  If you are experiencing back pain and believe you may have a herniated disk, please CONTACT US today for your evaluation or READ MORE HERE about your condition.

2.) Migraine Headaches

Though the exact cause of migraine headaches cannot be established, no one can deny the severity of these “showstoppers”.  Migraines tend to be quickly onset with severe pain and debilitating symptoms including numbness, tingling, temporary blindness, and other sensory warnings.  In some cases, medication is prescribed with hopes of treatment, but in many of those situations the medication does little or no good at all.  If you suffer from migraine headaches, please CONTACT US today for an evaluation, or you can READ MORE ABOUT these headaches here. 

The number one condition that we treat at surgical alternative institute is an elusive yet simple condition causing a spectrum of further symptoms that affect your entire body.  Some people get this condition by being in high speed accidents, while others can get this condition by just sleeping.  Some patients live with chronic pain and others come and go.

THE NUMBER ONE TREATED CONDITION OF SURGICAL ALTERNATIVE IS………

1.) Neck Pain

Neck pain can be caused by a host of issues ranging from trauma (car accidents, etc.) to just poor posture.  There are some degenerative diseases that will cause the neck pain, but it can also be just a simple muscle strain.  In some cases, the pain can work its way down to the shoulders and even the middle and lower back over time.  With proper treatment, most neck pain can be resolved in little time with little or no effort by the patient.  If you suffer from neck pain and would like relief, please CONTACT US today for your evaluation orREAD MORE HERE about your condition.

 

Proper Bending and Lifting Techniques

Is it really almost time to go in our attics to pull down those seasonal boxes?  Whether you are
preparing to do this or just have straitening you may want to accomplish before your family
and friends arrive, here are a few tips to help keep you from causing yourself back pain:

  • Use your leg muscles to lift/lower your self as opposed to just bending over. Bend at your knees not at your back.
  • Pull in your belly button while lifting. This will help hold your pelvis in the proper position which will minimize strain on the spine. (Maintain this while lifting, carrying, and lowering)
  • Lift close to your body. Your spine is more stable and strong.
  • Know your limit! Carry lighter packages and make more trips.
  • When in doubt ( too heavy or awkward) wait for help. The risk are not worth it and jeopardize setting you back with pain and immobility…. no one wants to make time for that!

We would all like to take a moment and wish everyone a safe and healthy beginning to our holiday seasons!  By following the tips provided above, you can prevent a number of injuries before they even happen.

If you do encounter one of the issues that comes from improper lifting and bending, please CONTACT US today, or SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT to see one of our expert therapists.

Carpal Tunnel Treatment-Unneeded Surgery?

Having worked with clients for many years that have been suffering from carpal tunnel, I’m still amazed that people are willing to do damage by cutting nerves and muscles.  Carpal Tunnel syndrome can be caused by a number of factors including age, medical conditions, or as many have experienced from of use and relative motions in the wrists and fingers most commonly associated with typing.

Symptoms start gradually, sometimes causing frequent burning, tingling, or itching numbness in the palm and the fingers, especially the thumb and the index and middle fingers. Some who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome say their fingers feel useless and swollen, even though little or no swelling is apparent. A person with carpal tunnel syndrome may wake up feeling the need to “shake out” the hand or wrist. As symptoms worsen, people might feel tingling during the day. Decreased grip strength may make it difficult to form a fist, grasp small objects, or perform other manual tasks. In chronic and/or untreated cases, the muscles at the base of the thumb may waste away.

There are many cures for carpel tunnel that don’t require surgery.  The main issue I have is that even after surgery it is common for carpal tunnel to reoccur; therefore you just did damage to muscles through surgery that will probably have to be done again in the future.  A Surgical Alternative we have had great success curing carpal tunnel syndrome without surgery.  Before you have surgery please give us call.  We really can help.

We feel very fortunate and excited to do what we love to do, help others. We have been dealing with clients in severe pain for over 14 years now, that are suffering from herniated discs, bulging discs, hiatal hernias, peripheral nerve damage, nerve entrapments, pinched sciatic nerve issues, degenerative disk disease and many more symptoms that people think they either have to have surgery for or are told they just have to deal with the pain. We use a combination of deep tissues massages and cranial structural techniques to balance and align the body. The reason we started blogging was so that we could reach and help some of those people that suffer from these and many other painful conditions.   Surgical Alternative is now located in Lutz near New Tampa. We proudly service Tampa, St. Petersburg, Land O Lakes, New Port Richey, Wesley Chapel, Trinity and all surrounding areas. Please call today, or schedule your appointment online!

1) http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/carpal_tunnel/detail_carpal_tunnel.htm

 

Where’s Your Head At? Part 2

In the last post I discussed how our lives tend to lead us to position our head in front of our body, which overtime can cause neck strains, herniated discs, nerve entrapment, and other related conditions.  If we have been injured in an accident, this pathway to pain can accelerate rapidly.

With our approach here at Surgical Alternative with SET Bodywork, we know how to address the key areas causing pain, even if they are not the places where our clients are feeling their pain.  It wasn’t until I learned this specialized therapeutic approach to structural bodywork in SET that I realized how much the front of the neck plays a key role in back and shoulder pain.

The muscles in the front of your neck and chest are often very tight when you are experiencing neck pain, but not every massage therapist knows to release them, or how to do this effectively.  Now that I practice SET Bodywork, I have seen dramatic changes in my clients. Often after just one session.

As one client who was experiencing chronic pain in her neck noted, “I never had that much of a shift from just one session before.”  That was last Spring.  I haven’t seen her since because she still feels great. What are you waiting for?

We feel very fortunate and excited to do what we love to do, help others. We have been dealing with clients in severe pain for over 14 years now, that are suffering from herniated discs, bulging discs, hiatal hernias, peripheral nerve damage, nerve entrapments, pinched sciatic nerve issues, degenerative disk disease and many more symptoms that people think they either have to have surgery for or are told they just have to deal with the pain. We use a combination of deep tissues massages and cranial structural techniques to balance and align the body. The reason we started blogging was so that we could reach and help some of those people that suffer from these and many other painful conditions.   Surgical Alternative is now located in Lutz near New Tampa. We proudly service Tampa, St. Petersburg, Land O Lakes, New Port Richey, Wesley Chapel, Trinity and all surrounding areas. Please call today, or schedule your appointment online!


Surgical Alternative- Grand Opening Celebration

Offering deep tissue massage and much moreDecompress in December at Surgical Alternative’s Grand Opening

Lutz, FL - Surgical Alternative, Institute of Alternative Therapy, will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday, December 10th from 10am-2pm.  The community is invited to come in for an experience of the senses and learn about the many ways to decompress from stress.

Surgical Alternative is celebrating its new location in the Heritage Station business complex in Lutz, FL.  Members of the community are invited to visit the new space, get to know us and learn about how they can de-stress and feel better. This free event will be catered by a local cafe and is open to the public; all ages are welcome.

Guests will receive an “Experience Scavenger Hunt” at the entrance and are invited to walk through our treatment rooms and experience each therapeutic technique on the list.  Several short informational/experiential sessions are also scheduled throughout the event and will include vouchers for discounted offers for those who attend the sessions. Schedule for these sessions is printed below:

11:30 Hot/Cold Therapy for Pain Relief

12:15 Stress and Bodywork

1pm   Outdoor Yoga: Upper Body Stress Release

Surgical Alternative is an independent business founded by Peggy Boyd, BA, LMT, specializing in therapeutic bodywork and committed to helping others rehabilitate from pain and regain their life. SA is also the home of Upward Spiral Therapy, founded by Nyssa Hanger, MA, LMT, specializing in aromatherapy, pregnancy services and self-educational workshops. Pam Mann, LMT and Jan Foster, LMT, RYT of Surgical Alternative will also be present.

Health & Wellness! Our community outreach

Surgical Alternative community outreachWe are proud to announce that, Surgical Alternative will be taking part in the 2011 Health & Wellness Festival this Sunday November 13 from 9am to 4pm.  We at Surgical Alternative would like to welcome you to come down and visit our booth.  We would love the opportunity to meet with you and answer any questions about our specialized therapies and the conditions we can effectively treat!  We will also be offering chair massage at our booth for a nominal charge.  Please come down, join in on the fun, and support us expanding in the community!  We hope to see you this weekend!

Here is a list of activities for the whole family:

  • 5K Run/1k Walk (7AM)
  • Fun Run (7:30 am)
  • Visit with medical, health and wellness professionals
  • Fitness and healthy cooking demonstrations
  • Live entertainment
  • Nutrition and health food advice
  • Healthy fun for people of all ages
  • Kid’s Zone

We feel very fortunate and excited to do what we love to do, help others. We have been dealing with clients in severe pain for over 14 years now, that are suffering from herniated discs, bulging discs, hiatal hernias, peripheral nerve damage, nerve entrapments, pinched sciatic nerve issues and many more symptoms that people think they either have to have surgery for or are told they just have to deal with the pain.  The reason we started blogging was so that we could reach and help some of those people that suffer from these and many other painful conditions.   For more information or read other testimonials or blogs Check US OUT!

To pay or not to co pay?

Surgical Alternative ehlping those living in painI recently had a phone call from a person whom had been referred to our office from his neighbor who comes here for maintenance therapy.  She recently spent  time explaining her journey of finding pain relief to him.  He’d finally had enough pain  that he was now thinking about what he considered to be the only next step, surgery.  He‘d been told he would need surgery for his herniated discs and bulging discs in his lower back which were causing him a wicked sciatica pain.  His neighbor had been down this similar path but thankfully someone steered her our way.  I spent at least an hour on the phone listening to his health history and his treatment journey thus far.  He asked lots of questions about our bodywork approach and what our therapy plan would entail for a person in his condition.  Most clients feel a significant improvement after the first session, but being that he’d been in pain for over 10 years,  I asked him to schedule 5 appointments spaced 7 to 14 days apart.  I could hear his hesitation though the phone.  He then said, maybe he should try physical therapy or his chiropractor again.  His insurance would pay for that.  He was only responsible for the co pay.  In prior years these therapies  which worked for him now seemed to give him less results.   I could not understand how he was willing to go back to therapy that he says was no longer giving him relief.  He would rather pay a co pay than give another approach a try, out of pocket.  I felt like he was fitting to stay in the cycle he was stuck in because insurance would cover it.

Much of the work that I do is updating the public’s thinking about what structured massage therapy can address.  I feel like most people are still running a DOS program when what “WE” do is actually equivalent to running Windows 7.    We can successfully treat more conditions than the public knows a therapist to work on. The work we specialize in “Structural Energetic Therapy,” is a total body restructuring!  It is not your mother’s massage therapy. Many can’t fathom that massage therapy could rehabilitate them.  Structural imbalances are responsible for over 90% of our painful symptoms throughout the body, and can cause varying degrees of limitations and dysfunctions.   We use specialized deep tissue massage protocols to release myofascial holding patterns, scar tissue and adhesions that maintain distortions causing pain and dysfunction! These techniques allow us to release the primary distortions/ imbalance, and sub-patterns, with the ultimate goal of restoring balance in the body long term.

We feel very fortunate and excited to do what we love to do, help others. We have been dealing with clients in severe pain for over 14 years now, that are suffering from herniated discs, bulging discs, hiatal hernias, peripheral nerve damage, degenerative disk disease, nerve entrapments, pinched sciatic nerve issues and many more symptoms that people think they either have to have surgery for or are told they just have to deal with the pain.  The reason we started blogging was so that we could reach and help some of those people that suffer from these and many other painful conditions.   For more  information  or read other testimonials or blogs Check US OUT!

A Caring Attitude

Helping those who live in pain

I see clients suffer from all kinds of pain and my passion keeps me working and training on alternative techniques that I can integrate to help my clients. One of my clients had been suffering for a while and this is their story.

I incurred lumbar and cervical injuries as a result of an automobile accident in March of 2008.  I underwent physical therapy (PT) for 5 months soon after.  While I received some help with the PT, it did not resolve my pain issues, flexibility and range of motion for my lumbar and cervical injuries.  I began (SET) therapy on July 17, 2008.  Though I am not pain free, I feel that we are making more progress then when I was merely taking physical therapy.  These individuals have helped me in my arduous journey towards recovery.  These people are not only quite proficient in what they do, but also have a caring attitude regarding assessing the proper protocol for each patient based upon their presentation at each session.  This is not a paid solicitation or offer of a “work-out”, but merely a recommendation from one friend to another with the hopes that you will afford these people time to come, meet and demonstrate the care that they can provide for other patients.  Wishing you continued success!  (Mr. Jones, Tampa, FL)

I feel very fortunate and excited to do what I love to do, help others return to a normal pain free life. I have been dealing with clients in severe pain in Tampa Bay, for almost 14 years now, that are suffering from herniated discs, bulging discs, degenerative disk disease, hiatal hernias, peripheral nerve damage, nerve entrapments, pinched sciatic nerve issues, rotator cuff injury and many more symptoms that people think they either have to have surgery for or are told they just have to deal with the pain. If you know someone who is living in pain we can help Contact US!

 

Why we are not just another deep tissue massage?

Including bulging discs, herniated discs and hiatal herniasI get inquiries from potential clients looking for deep tissue massage.  Sometimes I think that clients have the impression that the deeper the massage the better the results.  You’ve heard the adage “no pain, no gain.”  I am here to tell you that you should expect more from your sessions and your therapist than just depth!  How would you like to experience a session where several evaluative tools are used to assess your total body alignment and the bodywork systematically releases the soft tissue directly affecting your pain, and more! After discussing with your therapist the pain causing condition that brought you in, we perform  a postural analysis to observe how your body is compensating to keep you going. Through postural analysis it is possible to determine which areas of their body are under more strain than others, and which muscle groups are causing this strain. We use kinesiology/ muscle testing before and after to show you which muscles are involved in the collapse and the changes that the cranial/structural work has made to your structure.  Only after a thorough analysis, we finally couple all of this with the slow but deep tissue restructuring body work!  Our therapists are highly trained and specialize in SET Bodywork which prepares us to help and effectively treat conditions ranging from herniated discs, degenerative disk disease, bulging discs  and much more, to helping you recover from that painful sciatica pain or the plantar fasciitis you’ve now been putting up with for months. Once you book your appointment , you are in for lasting changes within your  entire body structure that will have you rehabilitated from pains you thought you had to live with. Managing pain is not acceptable here!  We approach the body as a whole.  We look to address the source of where the pain originated from, not address all the symptoms.  When this is kept at the fore front of your rehabilitation plans we can rehabilitate you from pain, not manage it.   You’ll find yourself resuming life activities you had not fully enjoyed in years!  Contact us regarding your condition.  WE CAN HELP!

Surgical Alternative Opens A New Location

Treating those in pain suffering from bulging discs, hiatal hernias and other debilitating conditions.It is with great pride and pleasure that I am pleased to announce,” Surgical Alternative has a new office!!!.”    We are still conveniently located on N. US HWY 41 in Lutz,FL.  We now have 2 more therapists whose schedules you can also view online at our site.  No more waiting your turn while a loved one is seen; you can now be seen simultaneously. With 3 therapists specializing in various types of therapy including SET BODY(integration of  deep tissue massage and cranial structural therapy), Emotional Release, Mother Massage and much more. We have the staff to support your therapeutic needs and you’ll be on your way to feeling more like yourself in no time.

Our new therapist include a wealth of experience:

Pamela Mann’s ability to empathize and her calm energy allow her clients to receive the maximum results possible during each session. She is passionate about educating her clients and empowering them to take control of their own health and well-being. Pamela has a mindful, nurturing touch and a relaxed professional presence that allows her to work well with a variety of clients. “My passion is to provide a service that improves the quality of life for my clients. If they come to me in pain, the end-goal is to find a way to alleviate that pain and make them a happier and healthier person.”

Nyssa Hanger has been a licensed massage therapist since 2005 and has been specializing in Structural Energetic Therapy® since 2006. In 2009, she founded Upward Spiral Body Therapy and Education (www.upwarspiraltherapy.com), offering therapeutic bodywork and educational workshops designed to help others embody their potential. She has seen both in herself and her clients the holistic benefits of this rehabilitative therapy and desires to share this gift with many more

In my dream to bring you a well rounded approach to healing,  Jacqueline Armand,  a clinical social worker  will also be joining our officelate fall.  We look forward to having her join our team.

We look forward to giving you the care and attention that you have come to know, but adding that compassionate touch to make your experience here exceptional!

NEW HOURS OF OPERATION:

M-Thursday  8-6:30  Friday  8-4  Saturday  10-4

New services being offered such as Cranial decompression, Mother Massage® and lymph drainage.  More information on our new services and more can be found at our site!  Come meet the newest additions to our staff.

Office Address:

17886 N. US HWY 41

Lutz, FL 33549

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