Delos Spotlight: Joey Peevey

Delos Spotlight: Joey Peevey

May 1, 2017|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 Joey, a physician suffering from knee pain. Read his interview to find out his amazing transformation since starting Delos.

How did you hear about Delos?

JP: I actually met Eric Owens (Delos co-founder) in grad school, so I’ve known about Delos since its conceptual phase. We have known each other since 2007 and oddly enough are both from Texas but we met here in Chicago. We recently reconnected because I suffered a running related knee injury, I remembered Eric talking about starting a practice in pain management so I looked him up and reached out.

What issues brought you to Delos?

JP: As I mentioned, I’m a runner and about a year ago I suffered an IT band/knee injury. I had also been dealing with some plantar fasciitis and Achilles issues as well, all on my right side. All of these things combined had me hobbling around stiff as a board, and completely sidelined from running.

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

JP: After about 1 month of independently stretching, rolling, ice, hip exercises, and rest I still wasn’t improving. Being a physician myself, I felt it was important to have a sports medicine doctor evaluation/physical before moving forward with any other type of treatment. I wanted to ensure that all the issues I was having were strictly musculoskeletal and that I didn’t have any serious tears or anything. The sports medicine evaluation confirmed my suspicions and recommended a protracted course of physical therapy. I wanted something that was more proactive, so I went to Delos.

What improvements have you made since starting Delos Therapy?

JP: After 14 sessions over the course of 5 weeks, I was back and running pain free. I began treatment shortly before I was scheduled to run a half marathon, which I assumed I would have to cancel due to my injuries. Delos had me back running in such a short time that I actually was able to run the half and do so completely pain free. I was so happy and impressed with the fast recovery. My plantar and Achilles issues are completely gone as well. I have since continued to incorporate Delos into my schedule and I am running faster, better, and happier than ever. The best way to describe my success is I came to Delos running like the Tin Man – all squeaky, rusted and stiff. After Delos, I now feel like Gumby – loose, free, and flexible with greater range of motion.

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

JP: I believe Delos is a critical tool for any training plan to keep you healthy and on track. I completely entrusted my care to Eric and his staff, I did exactly what was prescribed and have nothing but excellent results to show for it. Come in for an evaluation, get on a plan and let the therapy work for you. You’ll need to be ready to commit to the frequency but your muscles will respond and you will see results. As a runner, I think it’s instrumental for other runners to have Delos as a part of their training regime. My weekly or semi-weekly sessions are as important as my weekend long runs. I’d recommend Delos to those who feel healthy as well. The therapy is equally beneficial for maintaining your health as it is for addressing acute injuries and pain.

Tell us something unique about you.

JP: I consider myself pretty average guy but if I had to pick, I really enjoy traveling and I run two marathons every year – the Chicago Marathon and the El Paso TX Marathon. The two couldn’t be more different (one has 40,000 participants and the other has about 200…) but El Paso is my hometown and being able to visit friends and family, get out of Chicago in the middle of February, and supporting health and wellness in my hometown community makes the trip and race special to me. It is my favorite trip and race of the year, its my own personal “Boston on the Border”.

Delos Spotlight: Imran Rahman

Delos Spotlight: Imran Rahman

April 7, 2017|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 Imran, an avid CrossFitter suffering from knee pain. Read his interview to find out his amazing transformation since starting Delos.

How did you hear about Delos?

IR: I heard about Delos from a friend, Donatella. She’s the type of person who is very critical when it comes to trying something new and knowing what works and what doesn’t. Being very analytical myself and knowing nothing about Delos, I was definitely hesitant and I rarely trust just one person’s opinion when it comes to trying something new. Since her opinion is one I trust, her rave review and confidence in Delos is what pushed me to try it. At the time, Delos was on Gilt City so I purchased one so that I could try a few sessions.

What issues brought you to Delos?

IR: I had been dealing with knee pain for about 10 or 11 months when I started Delos. The pain was a clear, uncomfortable pain that presented itself the most while working out. As a CrossFitter, it was both mentally and physically affecting my workouts. I would have to push through the discomfort to “warm it up” and found myself feeling the need to stretch it out long after my workouts were over. While it wasn’t enough to actually prevent me from working out, I had to wear a brace and be constantly aware.

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

IR: I actually hadn’t tried anything except for stretching. I ignored it for a long time because I was afraid of what might be the cause and what it would mean to have it remedied. When I decided to come to Delos, I had also been considering physical therapy and Airrosti as well as seeing an orthopedic surgeon. Again, being analytical I had to really investigate all my options. None of them were a guarantee. All of them were going to require time, of which I don’t have a lot nor was I willing to give up a lot. What really made Delos stand out was there was no need for extra work outside of my appointments and it was a half hour of my time a couple times a week. A simple process and based upon Donatella’s recommendation, the perfect solution.

What improvements have you made since starting Delos Therapy?

IR: I had immediate relief during the evaluation. After just one session, I could do a squat without pain. There was no need to “warm up” or push through. Post workouts, I didn’t have the nagging need to constantly stretch out my knee after sitting for a while. After a few sessions, I could do all my workouts at full capacity without pain or hesitation that there would be pain. It made me more mentally prepared for my workouts as well. I was now able to focus on the workout itself rather than the pain. Kate found that my ankle had been contributing to the knee issues as well so we are exploring this new area so that I’ll have even more mobility.

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

IR: I would definitely want to give them the confidence to try Delos. Explain to them how this therapy is not at all what you think it will be. It’s not another massage, its so much more. Go in for an evaluation and let the therapy speak for itself. I must have asked over 30 questions in my first few sessions to just try and better understand what was happening and Kate and Rob answered every one of them with confidence. I would want to take away any misconceptions they might have because this will work for you. The therapy manipulates the right muscles in the right places to relieve the affected areas. It’s an easy commitment and effective solution.

Tell us something unique about you.

IR: There are a lot of interesting things about me but probably the most unique is that I’m half Indian and half Mexican but grew up 100% like a typical American suburban kid. I’m as white as they come haha Also, the absolute most important thing to me in my whole life is my French bulldog Ella. She’s my entire world!

An Open Letter to the Fittest on Earth

An Open Letter to the Fittest on Earth

March 23, 2017|By admin|No Comments »

 

As the most recent local CrossFit games come to an end in a few days and the athletes considered by CrossFit experts to be the “Fittest on Earth” begin to emerge as winners, we can’t help but get ourselves involved in the conversation about fitness and CrossFit.

We had the pleasure of being on site at Chicago’s Movement Republic during the last four weeks and saw for ourselves the intensity of the competition. What we love the most is the commitment of the athletes. They have the courage to push themselves beyond what might seem possible and they rely on each other to achieve their goals.

We decided that we wanted to be a part of this CrossFit community, in our own way, by supporting athletes through Delos Therapy.

So what would make us great “teammates” for the CrossFit Community and why is Delos Therapy a critical component of becoming the “Fittest on Earth”? Here are our thoughts:

 

1. We are world class athletes

We have the credentials – our team of therapists includes a former Olympian and a former Pan American champion. We know what it means to be a world-class athlete. We know what it’s like to push the body to the limit, to consistently work hard, to experience frustrating physical pain and injuries, and to thrive in the end as a champion.

2. We have a unique perspective

We believe healthy muscles are critical for athletic performance and, in the context of CrossFit, we define muscle health as having maximum activation and maximum recruitment. To achieve this, muscles fibers must be soft and pliable in a relaxed state. Muscles should only be hard when they are flexed. What we notice from working on athletes is that performance and strength diminish and pain eventually emerges when muscles are chronically tight, or feel hard, in a relaxed state.  The challenge for athletes, prior to coming to Delos, is that the only solution they are offered for keeping muscles lose and pliable is conventional stretching (which we don’t believe does anything for tightness), foam rolling (which is too superficial and non-systematic) or perhaps trying to strengthen an area that hurts (something we don’t consider possible when muscle fibers are chronically contracted and can’t activate). We are here to challenge the limited standard views that exist and offer a real solution for muscle health and performance.

3. No one else does what we do

We pride ourselves as being the only company in Chicago where our technique is available. Delos Therapy is very subtle and yet the most effective solution for muscle tightness. There is a science behind everything we do – the muscles we focus on, the order of the muscles we address in each treatment, the angles of the pressure, the intensity, the tempo and the frequency. From a distance, it seems so simple, and yet, we know that all of these complicated aspects of our technique literally make the difference between getting someone well and not.

4. We want you to do CrossFit for life

Our team of professionals has a ton of experience working on athletes and we know for certain that, whether people exercise for fun, for health or to be champions, they don’t want to stop. Our goal is to make sure that they keep doing what they’re doing without pain or limitations. We have no interest in “managing” pain or asking people to “modify” the way they perform their activities. Our only goal for our clients is to eliminate pain, to optimize the performance of each muscle fiber and to keep it that way for life.

Delos Spotlight: Christopher Marcheschi

Delos Spotlight: Christopher Marcheschi

March 20, 2017|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 Christopher, a young and active individual suffering from severe neck and shoulder pain. Read his interview to find out his amazing transformation since starting Delos.

How did you hear about Delos?

CM: A friend of mine who could see my frustration with my constant neck/shoulder pain found Delos online and after reading all of the positive feedback, she really pushed me to give it a try.

What issues brought you to Delos?

CM: For years I have been struggling with sharp neck-pain and tingling from my neck down through my left arm and into my back.  Most likely from over-lifting and years of built up fibrotic tissue impinging on the nerves.

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

CM: Before Delos Therapy, I had tried three different forms of physical therapy, steroids, cervical injections, acupuncture, chiropractic, and even paleo dieting. Nothing was able to give me the relief I was looking for.

What improvements have you made since starting Delos Therapy?

CM: I initially came to Delos after a severe flair up where my left hand could not reach my right shoulder.  Since starting Delos, I have gained back all of that mobility and the pain has subsided considerably.  After my first session, Rob could tell exactly where my fibrotic tissue was and worked through those trouble spots to provide the relief I needed.

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

CM: As someone who has tried almost everything else, there is no reason NOT to try Delos.  It tackles the problem by approaching the muscle tissue in a unique way and helps relieve the pressure on the nerves causing pain. Its true pain relief.

Tell us something unique about you.

CM: I love playing basketball and lifting, so not being able to do those things had been tough.  I also love music, enjoy singing and playing piano.  Delos has helped me get back to enjoying some of those hobbies.

Delos Spotlight: Ben Johnson

Delos Spotlight: Ben Johnson

February 3, 2017|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 Ben, a young and active individual suffering from severe back pain. Read his interview to find out his amazing transformation since starting Delos.

How did you hear about Delos?

BJ: I heard about Delos through Claire, an instructor at Yoga Six and a current client of Delos.

What issues brought you to Delos?

BJ: Severe back pain brought me to Delos. It was waking me up every night, interfering with work every day. My quality of life was very low and nothing was helping – including extra strength pain medications.

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

BJ: Before Delos Therapy, I tried epidural injections, chiropractic, facet injections, physical therapy and medication. Saw dozens of doctors with no cure. I really didn’t know what to do.

What improvements have you made since starting Delos Therapy?

BJ: I was able to sleep through the night for the first time in 16 months after my 3rd session. I can function throughout the day without pain. I have started to get back into a routine that wasn’t feasible for quite a while. I feel like I’ve been revived back from the dead!

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

BJ: The team genuinely cares about getting you better. I was completely lost and Delos has quickly become my preferred method of getting better. Through their technique and no foreign substances entering my body, I don’t have any pain after over a year of significant pain 24/7.

 

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