What Miranda’s clients are saying…
Can You Relate?
I would like to introduce you to my client John*. John, is a 60 year old, hard working Mainer who spends his time off chopping wood and clearing his property. Basically, John doesn’t find pain to be an excuse for not getting things done. Instead, he resorted to taking as much as 500mg of naproxen and ibuprofen to numb his chronic pain. You see, John has degenerative disc disease and degenerative arthritis, the worst of it originating in his cervical spine.
Back in 2011, he was in a car accident where he sustained whiplash that ultimately pinched a nerve in his neck and resulted in paralysis of his left arm. Battling chronic pain and no longer having use of his arm, in 2013 John was advised by a neurologist that a double fusion of his cervical vertebrae (C4-C6) was his only option to end his pain. He went through with the surgery, which seemed to solve the issue…for a while.
Fast forward a few years, at the end of 2016, John was experiencing similar nerve pain to that which left his left arm paralysed back in 2013. Recognizing the symptoms, John went back to his neurologist seeking relief. Again, the neurologist’s only fix was another fusion, this time between C3-C4…
Thankfully, this neurologist advised against this procedure, knowing that John couldn’t just keep continuing to receive fusions that would ultimately leave him completely immobile. Instead, he prescribed him extra strength tylenol and said there was nothing that they could do for him besides mask the pain and “sent him on his way”.
Knowing there had to be another way, in January of 2017, John reached out to a physical therapist hoping they could give him relief, but instead they suggested that he try massage instead and sent him to me. And I am so happy they did!
After one session with John, it was abundantly clear that the pinching of nerves he was experiencing was due to constriction of the muscles in this shoulders and neck. I explained to him how nerve bundles run from the brain stem, out of the cervical vertebrae, and under the clavicle (collar bone) to shoot down the arms. We worked together to loosen these muscles and reduce their constriction on the nerves with stretching, myofascial release movements, and deep but gentle compression.
I knew how important it was for John to get back to working out in the yard (there was tons of snow that wasn’t going to shovel itself after all!) and therefore we agreed to meet again for another session in two weeks.
The next time I saw John he looked like a new man. He smiled and sighed with relief as he told me “its as if a miracle has happened”. He had stopped taking all of his pain medication and was back to working outside!
John and I worked together bi-weekly to get his mobility to where he wanted it to be and within a few months we were able to push our appointments to monthly “maintenance” sessions. He is able to continue to push his body to physical limits and enjoys working hard knowing that it isn’t going to leave him in crippling pain that he needs to drown with pain medication.
Like many of my clients, John came to me when he felt he had exhausted all of his options. He had his doubts that massage would be able to help him, because all he had known was surgery as the only cure for his pain. Unfortunately, John’s situation is not rare or unique, but that doesn’t make it any less exceptional.
*Name changed per client’s request and privacy
“I can’t possibly overstate how deeply satisfied I was with my experience. Miranda is a true professional with a real talent for her work. I strongly recommend her to anyone seeking deep relaxation and peace of mind. I was the most impressed with how intuitive Miranda was. The way she lingered on the areas that provided the most relief without me having to say anything was truly special, and relaxing on another level. I love the feeling of being able to just trust someone to do a great job with little to no guidance from me. I also appreciated the variety of techniques utilized. It really made me feel that my session was tailored specifically to me. Miranda did exactly what a healthcare provider is supposed to do: she eased my suffering and made me feel cared for. I will absolutely be back.”-Eric V.
Your Body Will Thank You.
When was the last time you paid attention to all the incredible things your body does for you on a daily basis? For all it does, doesn’t it deserve a break? A chance to rest, repair, and recharge so you can continue being incredible? I think so too. I’d love to see how I can help you.