myodiversity

the practice of engaging the body in dynamic movement patterns to increase function

On Pain, Function & Fitness

WORDS FROM THE OWNER

The chronic pain game is no joke.  I’ve spent the past decade trying to unravel the tension and pain that I developed from years of computer work during my first career.  I can still remember waking up at night crying because of the deep ache in my hands that never seemed to let up.

The fear and frustration that comes from quitting not only a job, but an entire career path because you feel your body can’t handle it…that was intense!  I eventually found relief in the strangest thing – yoga.  Even though it was hard at first for me to put weight on my hands or endure through an entire class, it was the one thing that brought relief.  So I kept at it, eventually becoming a yoga instructor, and then a certified personal trainer.

My hands began to heal, and my new career began to take off, but I also began to develop low back pain and plantar fasciitis.  In addition, I noticed that almost everyone who attended my classes also had their own battles with a variety of physical ailments: limited motion in the shoulders, chronic migraines, bad knees, scoliosis.   The one thought that I had over and over was that I didn’t know enough to ensure the safety and progress of each of my clients.  I immersed myself in courses to try and overcome that feeling, but it never went away.  The thing that made it worse was when I got a new client who told me how badly they were hurt under the supervision of a previous personal trainer or group instructor.

I began thinking that I should work more closely with doctors or physical therapists to ensure that each client was using safe exercise progressions, but I quickly found out that once a client had completed their baseline exercises and their joints were considered functional, they often got no additional help from the medical community.  It wasn’t the fault of the practitioners – insurance won’t pay for that.

My frustration with lack of expertise in the fitness industry and inability to follow a patient past initial rehab efforts led me to develop Myodiversity.   I went back to school to earn a doctoral level occupational therapy degree and completed clinical rotations in hand therapy, mental health, work hardening, and outpatient rehabilitation.  I pursued extensive post-doctoral trainings in manual therapy and the neuroscience of movement.  

Myodiversity was born to bridge the gap between
cookie-cutter fitness training and insurance-based
medical care.   The results have been phenomenal.

I assist others to overcome pain conditions, re-gain mobility & strength, anticipate & plan for obstacles, move through trauma, creatively solve solutions to mobility challenges and to carry that which will not change.

Through a variety of pill-free therapies, my hope is for clients to move & feel freely, and participate fully in life’s big adventures.

About Myodiversity

SIMPLE SOLUTIONS

You won’t find a ton of complicated machinery in the treatment room or gym.  Affordable equipment means that you can easily perform your exercises at home and maintain your results independently.

LIFESTYLE AS MEDICINE

Physical function, stress, work/home environment, nutrition, mobility, emotions, social interactions, as well as family and self-defined roles can impact how we feel and function.  It may be helpful to modify one or more of these areas.

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PAIN-FREE FIRST

Imagine trying to cook dinner while the fire alarm was going off.  You wouldn’t be very productive.  So stop trying to train your body through pain signals screaming to your brain.   Reduce pain and increase function with gentle manual therapies.

CLIENT DRIVEN, MEDICALLY SUPERVISED

It’s ultimately up to you.   Your therapy should focus on areas that you value, so motivation stays high.  Partner with a medically trained therapist to ensure your safety and come up with optimal solutions!

About Marisa

CERTIFICATIONS.

ACE PERSONAL TRAINER
FUNCTIONAL AGING SPECIALIST
BIOMECHANICS SPECIALIST
MYOFASCIAL RELEASE
FASCIAL STRETCH
FUNCTIONAL RANGE RELEASE
HATHA YOGA INSTRUCTOR
FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT SCREEN
SELECTIVE FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT ASSESSMENT

FORMAL STUDIES.

2015

Occupational
Therapy
Doctorate

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY

2002

Marketing Information Systems

JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY

2002

Computer Information Systems

JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY

RECENT LEARNING.

IN THE WORKS

  • Trigger Point Therapy Master Course: Neil Asher
  • Applied Movement Neurology: Level 1, 2, 3

COMPLETED

  • Functional Range Release, Upper Extremity : Functional Anatomy Seminars
  • Myofascial Release: Women’s Health Conditions : John F. Barnes
  • Recent Advances in the Evidence-Based Evaluation & Treatment of the Shoulder: Mike Reinold, PT
  • TRX Training for Active Seniors: IDEA Fitness
  • Rotator Cuff Disorders: Summit Professional Education
  • Pediatric Myofascial Release: John F. Barnes

My job as a student will never cease.

It is my responsibility to expand possibilities for my clients, and so I keep seeking. Past comfort zones, past what makes sense, into the realm of what has yet to be understood. To stop this continual search would simply be negligent.

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