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.

Delos Spotlight: Jennifer

Delos Spotlight: Jennifer

July 17, 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 Jennifer* who was suffering from frozen shoulder. Read her interview to find out her amazing transformation since starting Delos.

How did you hear about Delos?

JH: I heard about Delos from a current patient also suffering from frozen shoulder. Our symptoms were identical and they were seeing results so I decided to take the recommendation to try Delos.

What issues brought you to Delos?

JH: I was suffering from a frozen shoulder. The pain in my shoulder and arm had become so bad that I was unable to sleep. I lost the range of motion in my left shoulder such that I could no longer life it vertically or horizontally. It began taking a toll on my daily life – I couldn’t reach my back, wash my hair or drive a car. Others that I know who suffered from frozen should had surgery as a corrective measure and I wanted to do everything to avoid the knife.

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

JH: Before coming to Delos, I tried yoga and massage. Since I had lost so much ROM in that shoulder, I was physically unable to do many of the poses, like downward dog. The massage therapist tried his best to help me but was honest regarding the condition I was in and didn’t think he could help me.

What improvements have you made since starting Delos Therapy?

JH: Not to spoil the surprise but I have complete range of motion back! All of it! Not only that but I’m back in the gym beginning to rebuild the strength I lost along the way too. I can reach behind my back to stretch after workouts, I can drive, wash my hair, everything. While its been a long road, the payoff has well been worth it. My progress started slow and initially I was frustrated because it was hard to see my progress. My pain and inflammation were decreasing but my ROM was still limited. That’s when Kate suggested we begin tracking my progress with photos and measuring using marks on the treatment room walls. As my therapy began to gain traction, I was eager to come in and test my ROM limits. Once I could see the changes we were making, it was exciting to come in and see how much further we could get with each session.

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

JH: While I was a skeptic at first, as my progress was slow to start, its quite clear now that this therapy works. It’s so effective and can give you your quality of life back! I had to be diligent about repairing my body and follow the recommended consistency and frequency, but it paid off. The therapy works and I was able to completely avoid surgery. Whatever your condition is, Delos can help. Follow their plan and trust in their process, it’s worth it.


Jennifer’s* progression through therapy:

*name has been changed

The benefits of Delos Therapy during school summer break

The benefits of Delos Therapy during school summer break

May 30, 2018|By admin|No Comments »


In addition to working on professional athletes, we’ve had the pleasure of working on high school athletes who have gone on to set personal records in their schools and then went on to college to continue their endeavors in sports. We’ve seen baseball players, soccer players, tennis players and golfers, but here is an article highlighting one example of such an accomplishment for one of our track and field athletes.

Each summer, whether they are in high school or college, these athletes come back to Delos to maximize their muscle health in preparation for next season. A few summer months of Delos Therapy can result in major gains in achieving and maintaining muscle health. Healthy muscle tissue is soft, spongy and pliable when in a relaxed state and is only hard when the muscle is flexed or contracted. The idea of pliability is finally being recognized by the world’s best athletes, such as Tom Brady, who wrote an entire book about it and credits his longevity and athletic performance to it.

Through training and competition, muscle tissue undergoes tremendous amounts of wear and tear along with repair, and gradually accumulates a buildup collagen and elastin within the tissue, making the muscle hard and fibrotic to the touch even when it is in a relaxed state. These fibrotic bundles create stiffness in muscles that is unresponsive to conventional techniques such as stretching, foam rolling, deep tissue massage or rest. The tightness also greatly diminishes the performance of the muscle because these particular bundles are unable to contract, so the muscle is considerably compromised. There is no better time than the off-season to have these fibrotic bundles broken up with Delos Therapy, alleviating the wear and tear and reestablishing muscle pliability. This will provide a considerable advantage over the competition because the muscles will be at their optimum performance ready to fire for another season.

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