When a Wealth of Experience Leads to Delos – A New Therapist’s Perspective

When a Wealth of Experience Leads to Delos – A New Therapist’s Perspective

December 5, 2018|By Astrid Mikrut|No Comments »

I came to Delos Therapy as a chiropractor, a massage therapist, and an anatomy and physiology college instructor. My background in physical medicine and bodywork is quite varied. I studied pre-med at Northwestern University in Evanston, earned a doctorate degree in chiropractic medicine from National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, and completed massage therapy school. I’m also certified in acupuncture and have completed seminars in Graston Technique and in the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy. I’ve learned a lot about injuries and different treatment modalities.

In private practice, I found that my patients who saw the most dramatic results were the ones who addressed their soft tissue dysfunction – not just their joint complaints. Joint manipulations are of course very beneficial to the whole health of a person, but tight muscles will pull the bones that are involved in a joint chronically out of place. Addressing those tight muscles is the cornerstone to achieving pain-free movement.

After learning about Delos Therapy, I was incredibly enthusiastic about coming on board with this technique. At Delos, I use Delos Therapy exclusively to address pain and stiffness. The philosophy behind Delos Therapy is to get to the root of the problem. The therapists at Delos understand the biochemistry and the physics of fascia and muscle contraction. Delos Therapy in no way disagrees with progressive research and science – it builds on it. Delos works with physical therapy, with chiropractic, with massage therapy. It’s not competition; it’s the foundation that builds optimal health.

I’m very interested in talking to other therapy providers about what Delos Therapy does and how we can work together for the optimum health of our patients. Relieving pain is my life’s work, and I am personally invested in the health and quality of life of every single one of my clients.

My Journey to Delos Therapy

My Journey to Delos Therapy

November 19, 2018|By Nick Wade|No Comments »

I was working at the Juice bar in Hyde Park’s Bonne Santé Health Foods when I realized that I wanted to help people resolve their muscular pain issues. I felt as though too many people were trying to find solutions by masking their true underlying cause of pain or discomfort with a bottle of pills. I met a lot more people at the juice bar who knew the answers were not through quick fixes, but through a lifelong dedication to mindful eating and exercise. What I wanted most was to take knowledge like this and help everyone discover that you can do this too and it is important. I wanted more though – I wanted to be a person who could show people how awesome their bodies are at repairing themselves with a little physical encouragement. Physical encouragement? How does one go about that? What does that mean? I began looking into massage therapy schools around Chicago and decided to go to an open house at the SOMA Institute School for Clinical Massage Therapy. Part of the open house included receiving a 20-minute clothed massage. I remember when I left the school that afternoon that I was blown away by how you good I felt in a minimal amount to time of bodywork and thinking that, if I could make someone feel half the relief I feel right now, wouldn’t that be a rewarding career?

Enrolling at SOMA was the best decision I had made as a foundation for my career in massage therapy and soft tissue work going forward. I had a good technical skillset at the beginning. I wasn’t great, but I was capable. However, it was the rigorous course work and clinical thinking skills that gave me the best advantage and confidence to get me started. I began working in Chiropractic facilities for the first year or so of my career. There I had a lot of autonomy and was able to tailor and recommend treatments. The experience was great from a ‘getting your feet wet’ perspective, and I met a lot of great patients and paid my dues. However, I couldn’t help but notice that what I was doing was always not as valued or as important to the clinic’s main modality offered. What I was looking for was a team environment, where everything that was being done was in the patient’s interest and not just based on the work of the few whose modalities took precedent. Autonomy was great, but what I needed that I didn’t have were colleagues who supported me and who understood that the same principles of regular treatment for optimal results applied to my work as well as theirs.

My career needs changed and I left the clinical arena and began working at a spa. It wasn’t what I wanted, but getting health insurance and a 401k to contribute to was very appealing me, and being a body worker wasn’t a part time job to me, it was my passion, so I wanted to do this work for as long as I could. I worked in a spa for 11 years with the same dedication that I had working in a clinical setting. How could I best help those who needed muscular relief and what could I do to educate them to realize that this is important to have in their life? I did have modest success over the years, building solid client relationships, and adapting to economical catastrophes that changed the spa and massage landscape for a long time. Nevertheless, at some point I began to wonder if what I was doing had the type of impact on people’s lives like I had hoped when I finished school. The answer was a deep-felt no. I did a lot of continuing education over the years to not only improve my skillset, but to be able to offer people better solutions for their pain and dysfunction. I always felt that I was missing something in my bodywork toolbox; I just didn’t know what it was yet.

I always knew that I would one way or another return to doing clinical bodywork, as that was where I truly belonged. That’s when I discovered Delos Therapy. Here is a company that is blowing me away with its innovative and successful technique, as well as its vision and purpose for the future of chronic muscular issues and soft tissue enhancement that Delos Therapy provides. I work with a team of consummate professionals who are driven to not only improve themselves, but constantly asking the question, what can I do to make those around me be better as well? The excitement at Delos Therapy is palpable. We are on the cutting edge of connecting the dots regarding the relationship of muscular dysfunction to the body’s collagen production in and around muscles. We are reconstructing muscles to bring them back to a healthy state. And we are educating our clients to understand that their bodies need regular maintenance for optimal muscle health, just like their car or their teeth, in order to prevent common aches and pains from developing into more expensive and debilitating issues. I am excited to start being a part of this team at Delos Therapy, and we are all fired up, because we have seen the success of our therapy. And we see the impact we can have on our industry to help people discover what is possible in how great they feel.

In search of relief and a career – a new therapist’s perspective

In search of relief and a career – a new therapist’s perspective

November 9, 2018|By Dayanne Bowden|No Comments »

When I was a teenager, falling down on a regular basis while snowboarding didn’t seem like a big deal. Years later at 28 years old, I was dealing with two bulging and one ruptured disc. I felt way too young to have these issues and yet I had been suffering from chronic back pain for about a decade. One day, the pain became unbearable. I couldn’t walk, sit, drive, work, sleep, walk my dog and do common household chores.

Prior to finding Delos, I was a massage therapist for 7 years. I preferred working in a clinical environment because my goal was to make a difference in people’s lives. I knew from personal experience what they were dealing with on a daily basis. While working for a chiropractor, and in an attempt to heal myself, I had typical treatments such as adjustments, Stim, ultrasound, and light muscle manipulation. Other modalities I tried were acupuncture, cupping, McKenzie extension exercises, press ups, McGill big 3 core stability exercises and the use of an inversion table.

My MRI was a wake-up call and I just couldn’t reconcile in my head how someone as active as me could have been affected by pain when I had no injuries as a teenager and was working out regularly in my twenties. During the 2018 winter season I was not able to snowboard, let alone do anything active, including going to the gym. I felt so debilitated. I grew depressed, gained weight and stopped caring about my nutritional health. In February, I received two epidurals, which helped me get through my days and continue working. By March, I was brave enough to try out the gym again, this time with group classes instead of lifting on my own. I modified my exercises as well as I could, but I felt discouraged by not being able to perform the way I once used to. I kept telling myself to give it time and eventually I’d get stronger. I tried conventional stretching and foam rolling without much relief. I wasn’t able to grow stronger because my muscles were so tight. About 4 weeks later I re-injured my back in class and had to get a third epidural.

By springtime, I was completely discouraged and grew frustrated with any modality I tried. I started questioning my own career at that point. How could I not help myself? I wanted answers while also seeking out a new career to help people like me. When I found Delos, things finally began to make sense. Yes, I had disc issues, but there was also a very important muscular component of my pain that was making things worse. The tight muscles and fascia in my back were exerting further pressure on my discs. My muscles were so bound up, filled with collagen and dehydrated of any healthy blood flow, that no amount of stretching or foam rolling or strengthening could actually affect them. At Delos, the therapy is specifically designed to systematically loosen up muscle tissue and restore regular function.

My new career with Delos has made me rethink my health overall. After receiving the therapy myself and feeling instant relief, I knew this was something I needed to be a part of. I’m ecstatic to be here with a team of kind and intelligent therapists, and I can’t wait to grow in my career.

Delos Spotlight: Stephanie Stock

Delos Spotlight: Stephanie Stock

September 28, 2018|By admin|No Comments »


Delos Therapy has some amazing clients with extraordinary stories and we want to take the time to share their success with our therapy. Meet Stephanie, a Crossfit enthusiast struggling with shoulder pain. Read her interview to find out her amazing transformation since starting Delos.

How did you hear about Delos?

SS: I Delos made a visit to my gym during the Crossfit open in 2017. Also, there have been several people from my gym who are current/past clients of Delos!

What issues brought you to Delos?

SS: I had chronic shoulder pain for about a year and half that was keeping me from doing certain exercises at the Crossfit gym.

What types of treatments did you try before coming to Delos?

SS: I did a couple rounds of physical therapy treatments without noticing or feeling any progress.

What improvements have you made since starting Delos Therapy?

SS: My pain has completely subsided since I have been receiving treatments at Delos. I am able to do all the movements at the Crossfit gym pain-free that I wasn’t able to do with my shoulder pain, and I even got my very first ring muscle up and bar muscle up! I wasn’t able to work on those movements due to the pain. Now, after about 4 months at Delos, I can use my shoulder to its fullest potential, and it feels great!

What would you say to someone who hasn’t tried Delos Therapy?

SS: I have encountered several people in my life, whether it be at the gym or at work, who are in pain. I always recommend Delos solely due to my success story. I tell them that they shouldn’t be afraid of looking at solutions to their pain management that are outside the normal conventions of medicine. Delos is something that I was definitely skeptical about before trying it, because it’s not considered to be a traditional solution to sports related injuries. People are told to go to the doctor and try physical therapy, but sometimes those things just don’t work. There is no ‘cookie cutter’ way to deal with pain. All situations and patients are different, and if those traditional treatments don’t work for you, don’t just live with the pain, give Delos a shot. It works!

Tell us something unique about you.

SS: Fun fact: I attended a boarding school, Choate Rosemary Hall, located in Connecticut for my four years of high school.

Anatomy Trains, Collagen and the Delos Perspective

Anatomy Trains, Collagen and the Delos Perspective

September 20, 2018|By Eric Owens|No Comments »


The education provided by Tom Myers’ Anatomy Trains is globally regarded as containing one of the most comprehensive and groundbreaking collections of data for understanding how muscles and fascia work together in the body. I recently had the privilege to attend a weekend seminar organized by Anatomy Trains where practitioners from around the world gathered to learn about the latest research as it relates to muscles, fascia and movement.

Based on my experience with clients, education and even intuition, I already had a good idea of what was happening in the body. There are some new scientific findings that I learned in the seminar that finally explain some of my intuitive conclusions from working on clients and I’m excited to share this information.


The role of collagen in our muscles

Pain and stiffness in the body result from a build-up of collagen in the tissue. Before I went to the seminar, I knew that collagen was being deposited into a muscle, but the question that I had is why? I speculated that it may have been due to a repair mechanism in the body. In other words, when we use a muscle, whether by lifting weights, running or sitting at a desk, we are tearing down that muscle and then the repair process included the production of collagen. I was wondering if it was possible that collagen was being put in almost as patchwork. It turns out that’s not entirely correct.

What’s actually happening is that our body is always trying to be more efficient in anything that it does. There is an existing lattice structure of collagen around individual muscle fibers. These structures are organized in a 50 to 60 degree angle relative to each individual muscle fiber. That orientation is really important because it allows muscle tissue to contract and recoil very effectively and efficiently. So as soon as we start to do something over and over again, we are using very specific muscle fibers in a very specific sequence of contractions. Doing so over and over again tells the body that it needs to become very efficient and effective with this movement.

So what the body does is lay down collagen by following this specific sequence of events and those specific muscle fibers, to enhance the contraction. Essentially, the double lattice is getting thicker at that specific location to enhance movement.

Let’s say that the performance of a muscle can be represented by a bell curve. So when we start to do something repetitively, our body recognizes that it needs to make this movement more effective. As a result, collagen is deposited in the muscles in a pattern that is optimal for making that specific movement very efficient, sequential and refined. This creates what people refer to as muscle memory. Eventually, the performance of this movement begins to increase (a climb along the bell curve) because of a specific track of collagen fibers.

However, if we keep doing a movement and the body keeps depositing collagen in the cells required to optimize this movement, at some point, rather than the muscle’s performance (or progress on the bell curve) being enhanced, it will start to decline because there is too much collagen build-up. So we still develop some muscle memory and some neurological responses to make that movement effective, but over time the collagen will start to affect the movement and make the muscle stiffer. Eventually too much collagen build-up will cause strain on the muscle fibers, leading to pain.

If we’re lifting weights every day – doing squats and bench presses, for example – over time and through repetition, collagen build-up will work against us. That’s why trainers often say it’s good to completely change up our workouts. We should be running, walking, sprinting, climbing hills, doing yoga, lifting weights, jumping rope, etc. because then we’re never doing any repetitive motions for an extended period of time. We are constantly tricking our body to avoid collagen build-up in specific patterns. It doesn’t mean that we still won’t get some build-up because the body is always responding and trying to optimize movement. However, people who are hurting typically have injuries and pain because of a specific repetitive movement or activity that they do. If you’re a carpenter and constantly hammering or a tennis player constantly using your arm, it’s no surprise that you will experience pain more quickly because you have the same deposition of collagen every single day. If you change up the activity it will delay that process. The body will still produce and deposit collagen, but it will be in a much more global, scattered way rather than into very specific muscle fibers and patterns.


The best way to remove a build-up of collagen

An over build-up of collagen in the muscles and fascia feels hard to the touch and causes stiffness and pain.The most common things people are doing to remove that stiffness is stretching, foam rolling or massage, but these processes don’t actually break apart any fibers. Collagen molecules are too attached to themselves to be affected by conventional stretching. And gliding across the muscle with massage or a rolling motion has very little impact on dense, collagen bundles.

Based on our experience at Delos and what I learned in the Anatomy Trains seminar is that the most effective way to break up the collagen is by squeezing it. What we do at Delos is identify collagen build-up and break it up with direct pressure. Using pressure, we’re realigning the collagen back to the original lattice structure so that it can help the muscle fibers contract properly and efficiently. Tom Myers has plenty of scientific data to demonstrate this process.


The role of water

At the seminar, I kept hearing that there’s no better way to hydrate a muscle than just to squeeze it. The word ‘hydration’ was used in a global sense to include blood, oxygen, lymph, nutrients and water. What they found was that collagen fibers have a very high affinity for each other, meaning that they want to stick together. And what the water does is provide a barrier for collagen molecules. The water layer between collagen fibers allows them to slide past each other to allow optimal movement.

When people are dehydrated, they lose this water layer. What remains are collagen molecules that desperately want to stick together in the absence of water. As soon as they stick together, they become bigger. And now they have a higher affinity to grab more collagen molecules. The result is collagen build-up, which we typically call knots in the muscles.

What’s interesting, according to the Anatomy Trains team, is that once there is a build-up of collagen in the muscle, drinking plenty of water doesn’t make much of a difference to undo it. The body is not absorbing most of it and none of it is going into the muscle tissue. What is very clear to me now, especially when I heard clients say that they drink plenty of water and don’t feel hydrated, is that tightness and dehydration go hand in hand.

One of the conclusions in the seminar is that the absolute best way to rehydrate our body isn’t necessarily to drink more water, but rather to squeeze or apply pressure into the muscle. The release mechanism causes the tissue to act like a sponge and absorb the water that we are already drinking.


So what are we doing at Delos when we apply pressure is break up dense collagen. There’s nothing more effective at getting rid of waste and rehydrating the muscle then squeezing it with pressure. That squeeze is definitely lost with a glide or a roll. Collagen restrictions can be superficial to the muscle, but they can also be very deep within them. What makes us unique is our multi-angular or multi-directional systematic pressure. Once we break up the tissue, hydration becomes possible, pain and stiffness symptoms go away and movement can once again be optimized.

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