Muscles Need Maintenance Too

Muscles Need Maintenance Too

February 9, 2016|By admin|No Comments »

 

We schedule routine check-ups for our oral and general medical health, so why not our muscular system? Muscles often aren’t assessed and treated professionally until they become symptomatic. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe many of us are attempting to design our own muscular maintenance programs, but they’re often ineffective.

After over two decades working in the rapidly growing, multi-billion dollar spa industry, I know people are searching for ways to treat muscular discomfort. I also know that a typical massage often doesn’t generate the desired results from either my or my client’s perspective. I don’t want to say I’ve been wasting my time practicing massage all these years, but I will admit I have often been frustrated at the end of a treatment when the client and I both know the problem area has had minimal change and relief. I now know the gliding techniques used in most massage styles are the reason for these limited results

There is an alternative, however, and it’s Delos Therapy: an effective and efficient pressure technique to assess and treat the soft tissues of our bodies. Whether the culprit is repetitive use from activities of daily living or an actual injury, Delos delivers consistent, therapeutic results. Tight, contracted muscles are not only uncomfortable (due to compression of the vessels and nerves that pass through that tissue and the congestion and irritation that follow), but they are also functionally impaired. Once it is chronically contracted, muscle is less extensible, so range of motion is diminished. We feel that strength is limited as well since the muscle fibers that are already contracted would be unavailable to do work.

We typically treat clients after symptoms have begun, but once relief and function is restored, we always recommend customized maintenance. I propose that if we assess and treat our muscles regularly, the way we do other body systems, symptoms could be prevented and function optimized. Believe me, as a working mom, I know well the tendency to prioritize my own health and wellness last. However, I also know that when I’m feeling great physically it translates into every area of my life.

Culturally we seem to be rediscovering the interconnection of Body-Mind-Spirit. The wellness of each facilitates the others. As Aristotle pointed out, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.” If excellent health is one of our goals, then let’s add effective muscle maintenance to our list of healthy habits. Sante!

A Newcomer’s Perspective

A Newcomer’s Perspective

October 16, 2015|By Danielle Witt|No Comments »

 

When you are new to something, it can be difficult to jump in whole-heartedly. You can research, read reviews, check social media and blogs till your head spins but you may not be convinced. This was the case for me with Delos Therapy. I started working for Delos as the Office Manager at the beginning of September. Before coming for my interview, I didn’t even know Delos existed. Upon receiving an invitation to interview, I did as much research as I could. Blogs, news articles, social media, Yelp reviews… you name it I read it. While all outlets had stunning reviews, I was still unsure of what I might be getting myself into. Even post interview, in which it was clearly explained to me exactly what Delos does and what they are about, I was still not fully onboard with their concept. It wasn’t until a few weeks later that I truly understood what Delos is all about.

I was sitting in our Lincoln Park office one quiet Saturday morning and as one loyal client was leaving her session, a brand new one sat on the couch awaiting her first. The exchange started simple: the new client asked the veteran what she thought of the therapy. With complete conviction the veteran stated that Delos has changed her life. She didn’t know where she would be without Delos. Usually this kind of conversation would have the skeptic in me wondering how much we had paid her. However, by now I had spent significant time in two of our three offices and heard the exact same thing from every client that has come through our doors. Her sincerity and gratitude was equal to that of someone who’s life was saved. Her words were simple yet so powerful. She had both the new client and me on board and then some in just a few sentences.

To our clients, Delos is doing the seemingly impossible: we are giving people their lives back. After seeing us, people can do things that they had once written off for good. This veteran client’s words made me feel amazing. I am beyond excited to have joined a team that is truly making a difference in this world.

Why Frequency is Important

Why Frequency is Important

September 29, 2015|By Eric Owens|No Comments »

To elicit change within a muscle, frequent administration of a stimulus is required in order to maintain or build upon a previous stimulus. For example, if the goal is for the muscle to increase in size, resistance training needs to be applied to the muscle so that it responds with growth and development. Weight training breaks down a muscle.  Over a period of 48 hours, the muscle is rebuilt and results in increased capacity to deal with resistance in the future. Furthermore, to maintain a specific level of fitness or muscle size, ongoing training is required on a regular basis. If training is stopped, muscles will atrophy and conditioning will decrease. Most people know this when it comes to their time in the gym.

It’s no different if the goal is to achieve healthy, loose (and elastic) muscles. We believe that chronically contracted muscles cause pain and stiffness, and the optimal way to relieve this condition is to stretch the muscle tissue with systematic and precise pressure, which is what we do at Delos. Muscles respond very quickly to pressure, meaning that they stretch apart and loosen.  However, they also fight to stay in a tight or contracted state if that is the state that they had been in the longest. Just like working out on a regular basis, frequent application of therapy is essential to break apart the tightness, restructure the muscle to a looser anatomical state and prevent the retightening process.

What we see clinically is that muscle tissue retightens in about 48 hours after being stretched apart with pressure. Once a muscle is loose, the frequency can be decreased to maintain the current state of the muscle. In summary, to cause any type of long-term change within a muscle, the work and stimulus applied to it must be continuous.

Delos 101 – The Student Therapist Perspective

Delos 101 – The Student Therapist Perspective

April 21, 2015|By admin|No Comments »

In 2014, I was a manual therapist and an amateur tri-athlete, and I was still on a frustrating quest to find a long-term resolution to physical pain and dysfunction for my clients, as well as myself. The techniques I had acquired provided temporary management of pain and restriction, but I saw clients giving up. They weren’t finding substantial resolution to their problems, and I had begun to believe that, as a therapist, I couldn’t do more to help.

Fortunately, that summer, I contacted Lia Rousset who was a close friend from school. She had been working at Delos, which was in the midst of tremendous growth. Lia knew how seriously I approach my work so she suggested that I join the Delos team. Lia, a former Olympic athlete and a brilliant therapist at the Lincoln Park Delos location, worked on my calf for 15 minutes. I was sold.

After passing scrutiny by the founders Eric and Mimi, I began intensive months of training, which turned out to be the most illuminating and motivating months of my career. Another new hire and I trained together. Building upon our prior education and work experience, we found that like many of the most beautiful and effective things in life, Delos therapy is quite simple. Still, it requires the sort of sensitivity, attentiveness and refined technique that makes people who are the best in their field appear to perform effortlessly.

I also found that working in an environment focused on pain and dysfunction can also lead to tremendous joy and optimism. This fact seems to come from the rich sense of empathy that has been cultivated at Delos, the confidence that what we do works, and the appreciation of seeing results.

After some time working at Delos, I’ve encountered athletes who are training for some of the most grueling events on Earth, to professionals whose challenges are conquered from behind their desks. I’ve worked on parents who simply want to enjoy time with their kids and folks who want to hold on to their solid golf swing deep into retirement. The bottom line is that the specific goal is less important than the fact that they are committed to that goal and we are helping them fulfill it.

Like any serious pursuit, working at Delos is a process of perpetual refinement. Every day we strive to improve our clients’ ability to thrive. And every day we go home knowing that we’re consistently involved in real and dramatic physical change in the physical realities of our clients’ lives – a change that is allowing them to live unencumbered by the pain and restrictions which they could have considered “the inevitability of life”. I’ve come a long way as a therapist and I finally found the solution to my quest.

Delos Therapy Keeps CrossFit Athletes Healthy, High-Level Performers

Delos Therapy Keeps CrossFit Athletes Healthy, High-Level Performers

January 22, 2015|By Eric Owens|No Comments »

CrossFit athletes push their bodies to the limit. Quick explosive movements inspired by Olympic lifting, power lifting and gymnastics are coached to blast calories through timed, high-intensity workouts aimed at maximizing cardiovascular conditioning and physical strength.  Customized programming (WOD or Workout of the Day) is applied to magnify each individual’s confidence and performance in a fun, high-energy atmosphere that fuels the “I can accomplish anything” attitude.  As a former personal trainer, I know how tough these athletes are.  At Delos, we love our CrossFit clients because of their commitment to pushing their physical boundaries, but we also recognize that our therapy is critical in ensuring that such endeavors can continue and even help with performance.

In a recent study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, researchers found that “73.5% of CrossFit participants had sustained an injury that had prevented them from working, training or competing.” While intense sports and physical activities always come with some risks of injury, what we can learn from this data is not only that there is a significant number of athletes who are suffering when they would prefer to continue their CrossFit workouts, but also that there is room for improvement in terms of injury prevention by achieving optimal muscular health. At Delos, we are able to effectively address both concerns with our therapy.

Many CrossFit participants understand the risks involved, but believe that the benefits of muscular, neural and cardiovascular conditioning are far greater, not to mention the gratification of reaching milestones and belonging to a community of like-minded individuals.  The passion for the sport sometimes leads individuals to “push through” the pain or to take some time off and recover, neither of which enables them continue enjoying the process.  What we often see is that our CrossFit clients either reach a point where the pain is unbearable or resume their WODs after some rest and end up disappointed to see the symptoms re-emerge.

 

Eliminating pain caused by CrossFit WODs

Many aches and pains reported by CrossFit athletes are located in the lower back-hip region, followed by the shoulders and knees. Repeated movements and continuous contractions cause individual muscle fibers to reach a hyper-contracted state.  At Delos, we’ve found that the most effective way to break apart the hyper-contraction is to stretch the tissue with systematic pressure.  In our experience with clients, no amount of foam rolling, strengthening or conventional stretching suffices in removing their symptoms.  Once the tissue is loose, it allows for proper function.  A key point we emphasize to our CrossFit clients is that repetitive motion and stress on the body will resume the re-tightening process of muscles.  Therefore, a small amount of maintenance therapy to keep the fibers loose and functional goes a long way in keeping these athletes healthy as they continue their WODs.

 

Enhancing CrossFit Performance

Once pain and stiffness is eliminated, Delos Therapy has an impressive impact on an athlete’s performance.  If we consider tight muscle fibers as fibers that aren’t able to contract, that means that they are not available for use in any given exercise.  If any portion of an athlete’s muscle is not available for use, the limited function restricts an athlete’s strength, power, mobility, and explosiveness.  By loosening up these unavailable muscle fibers, Delos therapists essentially allow athletes to utilize a larger portion of each muscle during a WOD. The end result of using more muscle fibers is being stronger and faster – an improvement in performance.

In conclusion, we can say with certainty that Delos Therapy delivers loose muscles, which not only prevents pain, but also enhances athletic performance.  In the world of CrossFit, these are key elements of accomplishing personal goals and records.

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