FAQ

Quick Facts

Medical Massage means relieving you of specific pain and other conditions without medications, surgery, needles, or cracking. There are many forms of medical massage. Primarily, I use the Myokinesthetic System (MYK), a minimally invasive approach to pain management. This muscle movement technique corrects and balances your nervous system. The MYK techniques re-educate your nervous system to relieve pain and numbness as well as many systemic conditions. MYK focuses on treating a specific condition rather than giving you an all-over-feel-good massage, such as a Classic (Swedish) massage would provide.

A treatment lasts 10-20 minutes, you are fully clothed, and I use no oils or creams. A treatment consists of precise, gentle muscle movements.

I don't actually treat any condition directly. What I do is to suggest to your Central Nervous System some changes that will balance your body and nervous system. After such balancing, the following and many more conditions have been relieved.

Adenoids

Anxiety

Appendix

Arm Pain Anywhere

Asthma

Back Pain, Anywhere

Bloating

Blood Pressure

Coeliac Disease

Carpal Tunnel

Colon

Constipation

Cornea

Coughing

 

Crohn's Disease

Diaphragm

Diverticulitis

Dizziness

Dry Eyes

Dry Mouth

Ear Pain

Esophagus (including GERD)

Finger Pain

Foot Pain

Frozen Shoulder

Gastrointestinal Problems

Genital/Urinary Problems

Gout

Hand Pain

Hard Palate

Headache

Heart

Hemorrhoids

Hip Pain

Incontinence

Internal Organs

Iris

Kidney

Knee Pain

Lacrimal Gland

Larynx

Lungs

Migraines and Other Headaches

Myasthenia Gravis

Nausea

Neck Pain

Plantar Fasciitis

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rotator Cuff

Sciatica

Shoulder

Snoring

Tennis/Golfer’s Elbow

Tenosynovitis

Thigh Pain

Thyroid Gland

Tinnitus

TMJ

Vertigo

Vocal Tremor

You can likely use your health insurance to pay for our services. To verify your benefits, please click here. It may take a day or two, and we will let you know when we receive information from your insurance carrier.

If not using insurance, then treatments are $70 each. Payment is required at time of treatment and may be paid by cash, check, or credit card.

After your first treatment, you may purchase one of the of the following discount treatment packages:

  • Five Treatment Package: $65 per treatment
  • Ten Treatment Package: $60 per treatment.

Discount Treatment Packages: We accept payment via cash or check only. We do not accept credit cards, and discount packages are transferable, but not refundable.

The discount coupons are valid as long as the practice is open. If you do not use all your entire package, they can be transferred to a family member or friend.

Of all the patients I see, 80% - 85% experience significant relief from their condition. Treatments vary between 1-6 appointments based on the condition and the patient. In general, a new patient will be seen five or six times over two weeks. We then assess and adjust the treatment plan as needed.

Injury, muscle strain, and other stressful events can cause physical imbalance, shortened muscles, and other destructive compensations as your brain struggles to maintain your upright position. The brain reacts to imbalances by instructing muscles to compensate and rebalance your body, even if it means causing you pain as a result.

According to MYK developer Michael Uriarte DC, the major difference between MYK and other medical massage techniques lies in which muscles we treat to clear the entire peripheral or autonomic nervous system pathways, the likely cause of your pain.

As a Certified MYK Practitioner, I first identify the nerve pathways involved in your condition. I then treat the muscles along that pathway to encourage your nervous system to restore balance remove your pain.

If you are experiencing tender points along the muscles that I am treating, then there may be some momentary discomfort. Other than that, MYK medical massage treatments do not hurt.

The number of treatments required to make you pain free varies. Some patients experience relief after just one treatment. The average is around three or five treatments, and some require more.

It’s common for the relief to be long lasting, and often permanent.

Step one: Identify the nerve root that is primarily responsible for the condition you’re experiencing. There are several ways of doing this. Your postures and the location of your symptoms, provides a good idea of the applicable nerve root. I may use muscle testing as well.

Step two: Choose a treatment that is intended to show your Central Nervous System (CNS) the nerve root that’s out of balance. This process treats every muscle that’s innervated by the problematic nerve root. Each of those muscles is treated by putting it into a gentle stretch and stimulating it. The effect of this is to send to that nerve root a nerve impulse, called an Action Potential, which is then transmitted to the CNS. The imbalance becomes obvious to your CNS when I do the same treatment on both sides of your body.

Your CNS response to this is to make changes that will restore balance and modulate your condition.

My goal is to provide a patient with the best treatment options to fit your needs and schedule. I offer both in-person and telemedicine treatments. For in-patient visits, I follow and implement all COVID health and safety requirements provided by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

  • A Zoom meeting may be scheduled prior to meeting in the office. The purpose of the online meeting is to review the symptoms you are having in order to determine the best treatment to provide to you when you visit our office.
  • If you are not fully vaccinated, then prior to starting the treatment, it is required that you sign a release treatment form.
  • Before entering the office, I ask a series of required questions. I also take your temperature.
  • All unvaccinated people wear a mask.
  • The best treatment is based on a combination of the Zoom meeting, intake form, and my observation of you in the office.
    • Upper body treatments are performed while sitting on a stool.
    • Lower body treatments are performed lying on the massage table.
    • You remain fully clothed for all treatments.
  • Treatments consist of stretching and stimulating certain muscles repeatedly.

At this time, some patients do not feel comfortable in receiving an in-person treatment. For those patients, I offer online telemedicine treatments via Zoom. I utilize a video demonstration, guiding you through the “Do-It-Yourself” version of the hands-on treatment I would do in person. These remote treatments have been effective.

My goal is to provide a patient with the best treatment options to fit your needs and schedule. I offer both in-person and telemedicine treatments. My online telemedicine treatments, called Cyber Treatments, also offer a great scheduling solution for patients that have busy work schedules.

Remote telemedicine treatments are conducted using Zoom. You will need to have access to a computer or tablet with good internet access.

  • An initial consultation on Zoom may be scheduled prior to the first online Cyber treatment. The purpose of the online meeting is to review the symptoms you are having in order to determine the best treatment to provide to you when we conduct our online Cyber appointment.
  • To prepare for your treatment, please wear something comfortable and loose fitting.
    • For upper body treatments you will need to have a firm stool or chair. You will be seated and will need to ensure there is enough space for you to freely move your arms to the front and side of your body. Position your computer/tablet screen so that you can see the screen easily, and I can easily see your head and upper torso.
    • For lower body treatments, you will need a padded table/floor or reclining chair. Position your computer/tablet screen so that you can see the screen easily, and so that I can see your hips, legs, and feet.
    • You remain fully clothed for all treatments.
  • Treatments consist of your stretching and self-stimulating certain muscles repeatedly.

Physicians recommend patients to me on a regular basis. I recommend that you ask your doctor about any treatments you may be considering prior to starting them. Medical Massage is not intended to be an alternative to medical treatment, but rather a complement. With medical massage, many patients have been able to give up their pain medications after our treatments, and some have even cancelled previously scheduled surgeries.

Absolutely not. The medical massage techniques I use are neurologically sound. The methods I use are based on traditional Western Medical Model theory and practice.

You have 31 nerve roots altogether, 8 in your neck, 12 in your thorax, 5 in your lower back, 5 in your sacrum, and 1 in your coccyx. At every vertebra in your spine, there emerges a pair of nerves referred to as a nerve root. The nerve roots branch out to innervate every muscle and organ in your body. Although there is overlap, each nerve root is focused on a specific region of your body.

Your central nervous system (CNS) loves balance, balance in your body and balance in your nervous system. If you are in pain, then it’s likely that there is an imbalance within your body or nervous system. A body and nervous system that are in balance are generally pain free, and free of other conditions as well.

You can likely use your health insurance to pay for our services. To verify your benefits, please click here. It may take a day or two, and we will let you know when we receive information from your insurance carrier.

You will need also an order from your doctor or chiropractor recommending massage therapy, and providing an ICD diagnostic code.

The procedures I use are:
97112 Neuromuscular Re-Education,
97140 Manual Therapy, and
97124 Massage Therapy.

In addition to my Board Certification and certification as an MYK Practitioner, I have broad experience and training in a variety of areas. My undergraduate studies resulted in degrees in both Liberal Arts and in Electrical Engineering. I then undertook graduate programs in Computer Science and in Psychology. I studied Medical Neuroscience and Clinical Neurology at the Duke University and University of California Medical Schools. These are in addition to professional training in a variety of bodywork disciplines including Medical Massage Therapy, Feldenkrais, Zero Balancing, and Core Myofascial Therapy. As well, I have post-graduate studies in liberal arts and literature.

Step one: Identify the nerve root that is primarily responsible for the condition you’re experiencing. There are several ways of doing this. The location of your symptoms provides a good idea of the applicable nerve root. If that’s ambiguous, I conduct a posture analysis which provides the information I need to determine what’s going on in your nervous system. I also use muscle testing.

Step two: Choose a treatment that is intended to show your Central Nervous System (CNS) the nerve root that’s out of balance. This process treats every muscle that’s innervated by the problematic nerve root. Each of those muscles is treated by putting it into a gentle stretch and stimulating it. The effect of this is to send to that nerve root a nerve impulse called an Action Potential that is then transmitted to the CNS. The imbalance becomes obvious to your CNS when I do the same treatment on both sides of your body.

Your CNS response to this is to restore balance and modulate your condition.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has now lifted all COVID-19 restrictions, and the State of Emergency has ended. However, since long before COVID, I have worked to ensure a safe and healthy environment in my office.

  • This means that for each treatment, I use 70% isopropyl alcohol to disinfect the air, and wipe every surface that may have been touched.
  • I apply hand sanitizer which is available at all times, and I may wear disposable gloves at your request.
  • Although they are no longer required, you may wear a mask if you wish. I have masks available if you need one.