Delos Spotlight: Mary & Corinne

Delos Spotlight: Mary & Corinne

November 3, 2016|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. This month we had two clients who achieved similar goals and couldn’t pick just one! Meet Mary and Corinne, both competing in the Obstacle Course Racing World Championship and both suffering from shoulder injuries. Read their interviews to find out their amazing transformations since starting Delos.

How did you hear about Delos?

MP: I heard about Delos while attending a beach workout at North Avenue Beach over the summer. Delos was giving mini treatments and after getting on the table, I realized this was a technique that could work for me.

CP: I heard about Delos at the same event as Mary, the Hangover Cure at North Avenue Beach. I found the treatment very helpful and afterwards I decided to investigate continued therapy.

What issues brought you to Delos?

MP: As a competitive obstacle course athlete, I tend to push my body to its limits in unique ways.   My hamstrings were perpetually tight with a desk job, yet I became complacent. A new shoulder injury from a race was the moment I knew I needed to take my body’s recovery seriously. I only had 3 months to get ready and be “pain free” for Obstacle Course Racing World Championships (OCRWC).

CP: Over the summer, I had really ramped up my training for Obstacle Course Race World Championships (OCRWC). I started noticing a slow reduction in my shoulder’s range of motion and increased pain. Then when I injured myself during skills training, I knew I had to try to find something to fix it.

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

MP: Before starting with Delos, I tried physical therapy, yoga and a lacrosse ball. While these modalities were useful in strengthening my muscles, I was still struggling with pain and tightness.

CP: Before starting with Delos, I tried ice/heat, massage, stretching and foam rolling.

What improvements have you made since starting Delos Therapy?

MP: Since working with Lia, my hamstrings have been more relaxed and my shoulder injury has improved dramatically. The true moment success was nailing OCRWC and successfully completing 10 trail miles, 50 obstacles with 3000ft of climbing and return a day later with zero complaints during the event and after. Lia and I were both thrilled!

CP: Since starting my sessions at Delos, I have resumed full range of motion in my shoulder and I no longer have pain. Delos was an integral part of my physical training for OCRWC. With my Delos sessions I was able to continue training while treating my pain, and helping my shoulder to heal. As a result, I was able to race injury free and placed in the top 10 of my age group. I could not have done it without Delos.

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

MP: If you have tried it all – foam rolling, lacrosse balls, PT, yoga – and still need relief, this is it. It takes time but it’s worth the investment.

CP: If you need real pain relief, definitely try Delos!

Tell us something unique about you.

MP: When I turned 39 I realized I needed to take my health back. Two years later I’m down from size 12 to a strong and healthy size 2. I’m grateful for re-learning how to be a kid, and have fun while being active. I never expected to be competing with paid athletes and rank 10th woman in the WORLD in my age group for Obstacle Course Racing. Anything is possible with the right team supporting your goals.

Delos Spotlight: Daniel Solis Jr.

Delos Spotlight: Daniel Solis Jr.

October 5, 2016|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 Daniel, a high school student who was suffering from debilitating migraines. Read his interview to find out his amazing transformation since starting Delos.

How did you hear about Delos?

DS: I heard about Delos from my sister, Sol, who had been receiving Delos Therapy for over two years. She swears by it. Being an avid athlete all her life – CrossFit, boxing, tackle football, water polo, dance, etc. – she knows their treatment is effective and would be the solution I was looking for.

What issues brought you to Delos?

DS: I had extremely severe and debilitating chronic migraines that started in 6th grade. The migraines became progressively worse and more frequent, reaching the point where I suffered from them on a daily basis. In many cases, they were so bad they prevented me from my daily activities, including attending school. My migraines would be so severe I wasn’t able to get out of bed, nor be in a room with light. Any type of light would aggravate the piercing pain that shot above my eye and temple area for long periods of time. As you would imagine, my high school academics suffered tremendously from missing so much school. This was certainly the rock bottom point for my migraines. This was also when my sister told me about the effective progress she experienced at Delos Therapy with her chronic pain and injuries. Three and a half years of struggling with my migraines, countless doctor visits, pain meds, MRI’s and alternative treatments, I started my treatment with Eric Owens at Delos. He did a clear job of explaining the source of my migraines, as well as walking me through the root-focused treatment. This was a refreshing change from some of the previous doctor visits that consisted more of prescribing me medication that treated my symptoms versus the root of the problem.

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

DS: Before starting with Delos, I tried acupuncture, saw a chiropractor, had an MRI and was prescribed a variety of medications.

What improvements have you made since starting Delos Therapy?

DS: Once I started Delos, I started seeing results within a few weeks. The migraines went from debilitating and daily to almost never. I had fewer each week as I progressed through my treatment plan and now they happen so rarely that I no longer consider them an issue.

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

DS: If there is even the slightest chance that your pain is being caused by tight muscles, try Delos. It may seem like the pain has nothing to do with muscles, but Delos can help with a variety of issues so its definitely worth a try.

Tell us something unique about you.

DS: Something unique about me? Well, for starters, I have three older sisters old enough to be my mother, literally. (I also became an uncle at the mature age of 7). My father always wanted a son, and twenty-odd years later… surprise! He got his boy.

Muscle Activation & Muscle Recruitment Are Not The Same

Muscle Activation & Muscle Recruitment Are Not The Same

September 9, 2016|By Eric Owens|No Comments »

 

The terms muscle activation and muscle recruitment are often used interchangeably and while they do have some overlap, they also have distinct differences. We believe that people should care to maximize both.

When looking at a muscle contraction, there is a difference between the number of muscle fibers being recruited versus how active those recruited muscle fibers actually are. In our opinion, muscle recruitment is determined by the number of fibers that are actually being engaged within a muscle contraction. For illustration purposes, consider the following example – if a muscle contains 1000 muscle fibers and 500 of them are being engaged, then there is 50 percent muscle recruitment, but this does not indicate anything about the degree of activation. The force generated by the individual recruited muscle fibers is how we would define activation, or their ability to contract and generate a given force. Ideally there would always be 100 percent muscle recruitment and 100 percent muscle activation, but in most cases this simply doesn’t happen.

Through repetitive use of muscle tissue during fitness activities or just daily use, muscle fibers gradually become tighter, hardened, immobile and eventually fall into a chronically fibrotic state. As this progression takes place, the fibers can no longer be contracted, which results in a decrease in overall muscle recruitment. In terms of activation, as this muscular tightness sets in, the amount of force generated by the individual muscle fibers decreases. Consequently, activation is diminished. Keeping this in mind, what is one of the most common complaints we get from patients in addition to stiffness and pain? Weakness. In reality, they don’t actually have a true weakness, but a tightness that is causing the weakness. There is a lack of available muscle tissue or a lack of recruitment and diminished activation. If a patient is only recruiting 50 percent of a muscle, there will be weakness present. So exercising at this point to increase strength isn’t an effective approach because the only fibers that are being strengthened are the ones being recruited for use, i.e. the healthy fibers.  None of the tight fibers are capable of being recruited or engaged.

So before exercise or training should commence to strengthen a muscle, we believe that it is critical for the tight, contracted fibers to be separated. Based on our experience, we believe this separation and loosening process can only happen with precise, direct pressure into the muscle fibers that forces a stretch at the location of the pressure. This method is very different than conventional stretching, deep tissue massage or foam rolling, which are relatively superficial techniques that do not access deep tightness. Breaking up the fibrotic tissue and restructuring the muscle back to its original anatomical state allows proper recruitment and activation of the individual muscle fibers. This enhances function as there are more fibers being recruited and the force generated in each fiber is elevated, leading to an overall increase in performance.

Delos Spotlight: Darren DeMatoff

Delos Spotlight: Darren DeMatoff

September 2, 2016|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 Darren, an avid marathon runner and long time Delos client who attributes his running career to Delos. Read his interview to find out his amazing transformation since starting Delos.

How did you hear about Delos?

DD: I heard about Delos through word of mouth. My running coach suggested that I try getting a massage when I injured myself before a marathon. Which is when a friend of mine, who I run with and is also a client of Delos, suggested that I try their therapy instead.

What issues brought you to Delos?

DD: To put it simply, I was in pain. About a week before the 2013 marathon I woke up and attempted to go for a run only to discover that I had pulled a groin muscle. Being in severe pain and not able to run, I knew I needed to try something if I was going to make the marathon. That’s when a friend of mine suggested that I try Delos. After the first visit, I knew this therapy would be something I needed if I wanted to continue running.

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

DD: Before coming to Delos, my attempts to remedy pain were the usual – stretching, foam rolling, massage and seeing a chiropractor. Even being diligent about stretching and rolling didn’t ever seem to be enough. So when presented with the option to try something new, I took it.

What improvements have you made since starting Delos Therapy?

DD: Having been a long time patient, I’ve made many improvements over the years. I was able to run the marathon in 2013 and several since then. Delos helped me set several personal records, including a 9 minute P.R. during the Tokyo marathon. I re-injured myself in 2015 and was barely able to stand up straight or walk. Delos was what got me moving again. So whether I’m healthy looking to improve or injured and in need of fixing, Delos continues to keep me running pain free.

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

DD: I recommend Delos to everyone. Anytime someone mentions having tightness or pain, my immediate answer is Delos. They can get places that traditional modalities can’t. My Delos treatments directly relate to my success as a runner. Therapy is as much a part of my training as my runs are. Everyone who tries Delos loves it and has a great experience. Beyond the actual treatment, which speaks for itself, the Delos therapists are equally amazing. The personal investment from each therapist is special. I’ve worked with several over the years and each one has a personal commitment to their patient’s health. They all are excited about the progress of myself and other patients. Delos is a unique therapy worthy of lifelong commitment.

Tell us something unique about you.

DD: For 4 years, I’ve been raising money for TPAN – an AIDS support group. I helped raise enough money so that they could implement a mobile testing facility to reach underserved communities around the city. I also am a coordinator for CARA and own my own business. I am committed to making a difference in my community and spreading the joy of running.

Delos Spotlight: Kevin Sager

Delos Spotlight: Kevin Sager

July 29, 2016|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 Kevin Sager, a high school track and field runner who was almost sidelined with an injury and has now achieved both personal and school records. Read his interview to find out his amazing transformation since starting Delos.

How did you hear about Delos?

KS: A good family friend of ours had been going to Delos Therapy and was happy with his results.

What issues brought you to Delos?

KS: I have run track and field as a sprinter all throughout high school. My junior year, I had two bad hamstring injuries, one in each leg. By the beginning of my senior year track season, my hamstrings didn’t seem to be fully recovered even though I put lots of time and effort into getting back to 100%. I was desperately looking around for a way to fix my tight muscles.

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

KS: Like most athletes, I first tried traditional physical therapy. While I found it to be beneficial, it got to a point where I was no longer improving. I got to a level where I could comfortably sprint about half the time, but my hamstrings would still frequently tighten up and make me nervous that I would hurt myself again. Eventually I began looking for a different type of treatment.

What improvements have you made since starting Delos Therapy?

KS: I began noticing improvement after just a couple sessions. After a few weeks, my hamstring muscles were softer to the touch and I could sprint at full speed without feeling any tightness in my legs. Coming to Delos about 3 times a week during track season kept me feeling loose and fast all the way to the State finals. I concluded my senior year at Neuqua Valley High School as a State Champion in the 4 x 200m relay and State runner-up in the 4 x 400m relay, breaking the school record in both events.

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

KS: When I first heard of [Delos Therapy], I was a little skeptical because I had already worked with highly regarded athletic therapists and was not getting the desired results. “Why would Delos work when other experts’ methods have not?” After the first session, it was clear to me that Delos is a completely different approach from what I was used to. I definitely recommend it to anybody who has issues that just seem impossible to fix. There’s a good chance Delos will fix it.

Tell us something unique about you.

KS: I played football for 11 years straight, mostly as a running back, and never suffered more than very minor injuries. Track and Field has given me way more injuries, some of which were very hard to deal with. Most people would think that running is safe and that playing football is one of the most dangerous sports. I think that my determination to succeed in sports caused me to over-train for track, which put a lot of stress on my body. While I need to learn the limits, the determination that I gained from sports is a valuable skill that I will carry over into other areas of my life in the future.

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