Many can benefit from the Total Motion Release technique. In this article, I discuss how this therapy works to increase balance and strength and who might want to try it. Read on to learn more.
Imbalances often create weak and strong sides of the body. For instance, an inefficiency or injury in the left knee may force the right knee to take on more work during walking. Rather than treating the injured knee, Total Motion Release focuses on the other to bring pain relief and more efficient movement to the inefficient side.
Here is how this Total Motion Release technique works to help those with strength and balance issues.
How It Works
When you begin TMR, you will be shown a series of exercises done on one side of the body. Your therapist will assess how each side compares to the other and note any imbalances.
First, the side with fewer inefficiencies is tested, followed by the other side. As you go through the exercises, your therapist will compare characteristics between the sides of the body, such as tightness, pain, range of motion, tension, and strength.
After the assessment, your therapist will give you a workout to address the imbalances and strength deficiencies in whatever joint or muscle systems are showing symptoms. Over time, these exercises will allow you to reassert your balance and strength in daily activities so that you can once again enjoy the activities you used to do every day.
Who can benefit from the Total Motion Release Technique?
Since most people have mobility inefficiencies, almost anyone can benefit from the Total Motion Release. However, those with overuse issues, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and chronic pain may have the most to gain from treatment.
People who were athletes in high school and college but who stopped playing because of pain can start playing again, in some cases. Many people who experience pain report a significant reduction in their symptoms thanks to this wonderful therapy.
It’s critical to understand, however, that a single TMR session will not magically fix all the issues you are experiencing. You should expect to go through several sessions to fully understand the exercises enough to continue doing them on your own. Inefficiencies can easily return if you fall back on old movement patterns. Without the proper guidance from a trained instructor, you may even end up injuring yourself further, which can lead to even more complications.
Are you ready to rediscover your balance and strength? Trying the Total Motion Release technique could be what you need.
At Montgomery Somatics, I like to offer several different therapies so I can help as many people as possible. If you think Total Motion Release sounds like it might be for you, I am happy to answer any questions you may have. For your convenience, I offer TMR through telehealth and online instruction.
Want to learn more about my practice? Get in touch with me today.
Carol is a physical therapist, a co-creator of Integral Human Gait theory, a certified Feldenkrais practitioner, and a Senior Trainer in Movement Intelligence. Focus, Align, Teach and Inspire! These qualities not only describe her work, but they also describe her presence. She is passionate when it comes to reconnecting learning with human function and health. Carol is in private practice at MontgomerySomatics.com in Columbus, Indiana.