Are you in pain? Do you have limited movement? You have finally found ACTIVE MYOFASCIAL THERAPY - "The Diamond Method"
Active Myofascial Therapy (AMT) The Diamond Method - is something completely different. It's not a massage, not physical therapy, and not exercise; however it does use techniques from all these modalities, plus a variety of other disciplines.
Active Myofascial Therapy, either alone, or used in conjunction with physical therapy or chiropractic will allow you to experience quick & permanent results! It is the most effective therapy you experience for physical pain and to improve your range of movement!
The Story: AMT was developed in 1987 by Irene Diamond, R.T., a movement specialist, neuromuscular re-educator and Director of Diamond Massage & Wellness Center in San Francisco, California, USA. Diamond had a spinal cord injury and was paralyzed at the age of 15 as a result of a gymnastic accident. She learned to rehabilitate herself through movement and massage. She attained her BA degree in Rehabilitation & Recreation/Movement Therapy, and used herself and clients as the first guinea pigs for Active Myofascial Therapy. She fine tuned the method and has now helped thousands of people get out of pain. Diamond teaches AMT to pain specialists and therapists across the nation. This AMT technique is the result of her life work.
Is AMT for you? YES, if you have: Pain during the day or at night which affects your ability to carry out your daily activities or get a good night's sleep; Limited movement in a joint; Problems resulting from a car accident or work-related injury; TMJ disorders; Repetitive Stress Syndrome, or any other acute or chronic injury or dysfunction.
Statistics: Almost 90% of physical aches and pain are due to a soft-tissue (muscles, fascia and /or ligament) imbalance, weakness, and/or restriction. The cause of these conditions is usually an injury, years of poor posture, or physical, or emotional stress which lead to a contraction of some muscles as a way for your body to protect itself or to compensate for a dysfunction. Unfortunately, even if your injury has healed, your muscles don't always "get the message" from your nervous system to release the chronic contracture that is a protective compensation (called 'splinting'). what may start out as a small limitation in movement, over time may result in severely restricted movement and shortening of the muscles. If pain continues a pain-spasm-pain cycle begins, which is hard to stop.
Method: The objective of AMT is to "re-educate" your neuromuscular system, enhance your proprioceptive and kinesthetic awareness of your joint and limb positions (AMT term: "Positional Awareness"), and to improve physiologically efficient posture & movement.
AMT therapists also strive to help you develop balance, functional strength and joint flexibility through corrective exercises that are called "Actions." The last objective of AMT is to reduce myofascial adhesions and trigger points through a specific unique hands-on technique.
Impressive Results: Since everything is inter-connected, other factor that may contributeto your pain, such as your work/desk set-up, sleep positions, etc, will also be assessed. By addressing all of these aspects, AMT helps you increase your mobility, improve your posture, expand you breathing, aid your digestion and reduce or eliminate your pain. These impressive results occur because AMT makes deep-rooted changes to your neuromuscular system as well as to your soft-tissue Your results are achieved through 50%Awareness (of body & breath), 25% soft-tissue mobilization (like massage & myofascial therapy), and 25% through the Actions.
AMT is Different. AMT is movement based. During your session you are an active participant. our therapist will direct you to move in prescribed ways, while they apply manual manipulation of your tissue. You will also be instructed to move through gentile Actions. Your therapy plan and progression is developed based on you initial evaluation and is not the same for everyone. This comprehensive approach provides long-term results, not seen elsewhere. To enhance your therapy results, an individualized program of Actions are designed for you to do at home or throughout your day. You may also be encouraged to make some life-style changes to complement you Active Myofascial Therapy.
Allow Time to Walk. To facilitate your healing, please note that after Active Myofascial Therapy session it is highly recommended you allow a minimum of five minutes to walk before sitting down so your body can assimilate all the changes. If this additional time is not available, please notify your therapist to finish your session earlier.
Total Care. To assure the best possible results, your therapist may discuss your therapy plan with your other health care providers. Your doctor may write a prescription to help you receive reimbursement from your insurance company. Most flex plans, workers' compensation, automobile accident and personal injury cases will cover AMT.