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Testimonials from Howard's Massage Clients
When Your Doctor Just Can't Help You
My journey to healing began on an unfortunate night many years ago when I became victim to an assault. I suffered injuries to my spine and neck that took almost the next two years to get over. I was 20 and as I moved on with life I would find a new reality I would have to face, an invisible, crippling, impediment that would become part of everyday life, undiagnosable pain.
Things started with constant back pain, sharp sporadic pains in my chest. The usual tests, x- rays, CT scans, blood tests showed nothing was wrong. We would ignore it and a few months later I was back again unable to get a diagnosis.
This continued for years and I had been living with pain for so long, I had forgotten what it was like to not have constant neck, shoulder, back pain, sharp sporadic chest pains, legs and arms constantly going to sleep, and myself unable to sleep at night.
Over time things worsened until I could bare this no more. My doctors had run every test available over the years, I have had probably 40 x-rays of my chest over the past 10 years, MRIs, CT scans, blood tests, blood tests, X-rays, pain killer this, pain killer that, muscles relaxers, and everything on the tests showing up normal. ER visits proved no help either.
I had been tested for Limes Disease, Lupus, MS, always coming back with negative test results but the symptoms constantly there. It got to the point were my doctors didn't even take me seriously anymore. It was clear after all these years they could not help me.
When I had all but given up on medical science, I turned to more traditional homeopathic pain therapies. I tried acupuncture, there were some results with this but they would not last. This became a weekly ritual for the while I could afford it.
After about 8 month, I started massage therapy and this helped a lot with the pain. Over the course of the next 5 years this would be my pain management therapy but in the end it seemed that even massage therapy had reached its plateau.
The pain was usually back the next morning in my shoulders and back, then headaches started, my vision was not clear at times, I got feelings of being disoriented, exhausted, difficulty digesting food, and the sporadic chest pain became more intense.
Now at this stage some 10 years on I am fairly young still, 32, non-smoker, don't drink or use substances, I watch what I eat, don't eat or drink junk foods or soda, despite all the pain I am in decent physical shape, but I could not understand what I am in so much pain. I discussed my worsening condition with my doctors, they just ordered the same old tests again, I believed that at 32 years of age, I would not live to see my three small children grow up.
I talked with my massage therapist and he suggested that I try a different type of therapy called Hellerwork. I was given Howard's phone number, and with very little hope that this would work I called and scheduled an appointment.
I was skeptical, exhausted by this failure our great country calls health care but with no other option. I came to my first visit and it was clear to me from the start that Howard has a gift. By my third session with him, I was a completely changed person.
My pain was almost completely gone. I could move, I could breath, my headaches were gone, my vision was back, no more disoriented cloudyness. God had given me my life back, and Howard was the hand that gave it to me.
There were tough times as we continued the series, but I am ever grateful that I made the decision to see Howard. If you suffer physical pain and are looking for healing, this is your place. It hurts that so much of my life was wrongfully taken but the joy of getting it back is indescribable.
A Testimonial for MRM
In May 2007 I was injured in a construction accident at work and fell 25' off a bridge to the ground. I was very fortunate to have only sustained two lumbar vertebrae compression fractures, with multiple sprains to ligaments in my neck, back and pelvis.
I went through rehab and physical therapy for five months and then returned to work, limited duty. I struggled with moderate to severe daily pain. Though after nine months I was at full duty, with the nature of my work as a construction carpenter I still experienced multiple flare ups, i.e. muscle spasms and residual pain (5-7 on the 10 scale) and sometimes debilitating pain still persisted.
In addition to physical therapy, I had weekly acupuncture treatments, medical massage, energy work, and Chinese herbs which all contributed to my recovery to a degree. However, I was still at a loss as to how to regain as pain free a body as possible.
In my research to help myself I became aware of Howard Rontal and Myofascial Release Massage. (Though I worked as a carpenter by day, I had work as a licensed massage therapist (my passion) for 8 years. Since the accident I was unable to do much with massage because it was too much for my body) I signed up individual sessions with Howard, desiring to know personally the efficacy of the work and also signed up for the MRM seminars.
I went into the MRM session with Howard with a pain level of 5-6 and left the session with a 0-1 pain level! I don't know if I had been pain free since my accident. Now I was!
I couldn't believe the difference. I was breathing easier, moving easier, standing straighter and was relatively pain free! The depth of the work reached the trauma to my body in a way no other modality had. Subsequent sessions have provided lasting relief and ease of movement. Just a few months ago I wasn't sure all this would ever be possible.
Since then, I have taken both the Upper Body and Lower Body Myofascial Release Massage seminars. I have found that the techniques allow me to work again as a Massage Therapist, with much less stress on my body.
The techniques are a fast and efficient way to bring to my clients ease of movement and a marked reduction of pain. I was pleased to find that MRM integrated well with the other modalities that I use. My clients have told me that they are able to move in ways they hadn't for a long time and I attribute it to the addition of MRM to my repertoire.
This work has taken my work to the next level. I am so impressed with this work that I look forward to getting certified. Thanks Howard!