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Treating wrists and forearms hurt from playing the violin

violinist-treatment

Tatz醫生的醫式好像中西醫運合的。他好像中醫會用全面的方法,但他也會用現代的機器而不會只是依靠傳統。

我是由於拉小提琴傷了手腕及前臂。我看了西醫物理治料而感到它們慣例的伸展活動和超聲波沒有效, 而Tatz醫生這樣完全明白。他第一眼見到我已經說我整身體緊。這個我已經知道,而我都下意識知道這個問題對我平常一舉一動有挺大的影響。可是,從來都沒有人(過去的物理治料師,健身教練等等)跟我應對過這個全面的問題。

Tatz 醫生會動生幫你按摩及鬆解你的肌肉。第一天他沒有對我的手腕或前臂做任何東西,他跟我說不想一天醫好我,而他只按了我的腰和背部。他也教我一些超輕柔的“運動”,是很微細的整體左右擺動。每次最後的15-20分鐘,他會放你在一部磁性機器下“睡覺”。下來的預約,他有按鬆我超繄的肩膀,腿等等,及教我多些擺動的運動。第三個預約,他按了我的手腕(不是無痛的!),而我的手腕這大半年沒感到過這樣好。但是, Tatz 醫生也說,“We have a big project” (我們有一個大工程)。他要我用八星期,二十次見他。

Tatz 醫生是一個好人,也想醫好你。 他會多說,人愈用腦多,身體就愈繄。他多強調,我們的身體自然懂得動。他也說,身體放鬆“loose”,比強的身體好。


Dr Tatz’s style seems like a mix of Eastern and Western philosophies. He takes a holistic approach like Chinese doctors, but he also uses modern technology and doesn’t rely on tradition totally.

I hurt my wrists and forearms from playing the violin. I had been to a physical therapist and found that their prescriptive methods of stretching and ultrasound useless, and Dr Tatz understood completely. The moment he looked at me he already said that my whole body was tight. I was already aware of this, and I already had a suspicion that this affected a lot of what I did in life. But, no one (including previous physical therapists, fitness instructor etc) had ever addressed this for me.

Dr Tatz heals you hands-on, massaging you out and loosening your muscles. Our first appointment he didn’t do anything to my wrists or forearms; he said he didn’t want to heal me in a day, and he worked on my core, front and back. He also taught me some super mild “exercises”, which were sort of micro movements that involved shaking/twisting left and right fairly quickly. The last 15-20 minutes, you are almost always put under some magnetic machine to “sleep”. Our next appointments, he loosened my shoulders which are super tight, and my legs, etc, and gave me more similar exercises .On our third appointment, he massaged out my wrists (it wasn’t painless), and over the last 6 months my wrists haven’t felt better. But, as Dr Tatz says, “We have a big project.” He wants me to come for 20 sessions over 8 weeks.

Dr Tatz is a nice man, and he wants to get you better. He says often, that the more you use your brain, the tighter your body. He emphasizes that our body naturally knows how to move. And, he also says, that a loose body is better than a strong body.

Physical Intuition

Almost all of us have heard of Medical Intuitives, alternative medicine practitioners who use their intuition to seek the cause of a physical condition. In general, they do not provide a prescribed diagnosis, but some Medical Intuitives are also M.D.s and may be held in higher repute. With their psychic skills, Medical Intuitives ‘read’ our bodies, our internal organs, the individual energies we present. With the information they gather they may be able to explain the root causes or connections between a symptom, or disease and an emotion or traumatic event that caused the sickness. That information can help to find the proper treatment and eventually a ‘cure’ for the ailment.

Louise Hay’s book: Heal Your Body is itself a kind of medical intuitive guide. Edgar Cayce, not an M.D. but a clairvoyant, was known to be able to diagnose and treat people he had never seen. Much of his work shows the correlation between our mental processes and the diseases we have. And perhaps the most famous present day Medical Intuitive, Carolyn Myss, a Ph.D. not an M.D. who has written extensively on the mind/body connection and who eventually teamed up with an M.D. named Normal Shealy to enhance her work.

There are many ‘healers’ we encounter in our everyday lives. I would include psychological counselors, bodyworkers of all kinds who allow more than their training but their instincts or intuition to lead their clients towards better health and well-being.

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There Are No Accidents!

From time to time I am going to have some of my clients tell of their experience with the care they have received in our Body Tuning Studio. If anyone would like to contribute their story, please contact the office and let us know. It is not necessary to post your name if you wish to withhold it. It is your direct experience with our physical therapists that is important. Here is the first.

“I found the BodyTuning Studio by ‘accident.’ An ‘accident’ that turned into one of the most important things I have ever done for myself. As I was having lunch at a restaurant near Carnegie Hall with a friend, a young woman sat down at a table next to us. She looked very peaceful and mellow and she struck up a conversation with us. After a while I mentioned that she looked so relaxed and calm and she told me she had just had a physical therapy session with Shmuel Tatz at Carnegie Hall.

I said: “Carnegie Hall? I didn’t know there was a physical therapist there. I really need one.” She told me about the Body Tuning Studio and how wonderful her experience there was. I told her that I had been to so many physical therapists and though they had helped me some, I always found myself in pain in not too long a time after the sessions were done.

So, first I sent an email to the Studio asking if they dealt with my particular problems, which are many. I have back problems, arthritic knees and hip and degenerating disks in my neck that cause me a lot of pain from time to time. I received a short note back saying that they could definitely help me. So I made an appointment. I count that day as the first day of the rest of my physical life as it was a turning point for me in my ability to find relief from long standing pain and impairment. The therapy was unlike any I had ever experienced in a physical therapy office.

Since that time, I have had sessions with Shmuel most of the time, but have also had many healing sessions with Viktor and a few with Valery. I am tended to no less than 30 to 40 minutes at each session, depending on the nature of my problem. Following the hands on therapy, I am given various modalities which are soothing and relaxing since at times the therapy can be somewhat painful, but a good kind of pain that means progress and more movement in my joints. That day I may experience some feelings of discomfort but it never lasts and when it leaves me I am aware of being more flexible than I had been before I had the session.

Although I have been given many exercises to do at home, if I miss an office visit I can tell the difference in the way I feel, the way I walk and carry my body. So, I try not to miss any sessions that are not absolutely necessary. I truly do not know what I would do without Shmuel and Viktor and the BodyTuning Studio, and that includes the kindness of Irina, who greets me so warmly and is always so helpful and knowledgeable about my particular insurance claims.

As long as they will have me, I will be a regular visitor to the Tatz Body Tuning Studio because it means a happier and healthier life for me.”

Name withheld for privacy.

Physical Therapy for Pianists

Jerzy Marchwinski’s Road to Recovery

About ten years ago, the well known Polish pianist and pedagogue Jerzy Marchwinski began to lose control of the fingers of his right hand. Within a few years, he had stopped playing altogether. “At first, I started to make a few mistakes in concerts,” he explained, ” and eventually I lost sensation in my right hand. It felt like a piece of wood.”

For the last several years Mr. Marchwinski traveled around Europe, unsuccessfully seeking a solution to his problem. However, during a recent trip to Manhattan, he had the good fortune to meet and work with the respected physical therapist and educator Shmuel Tatz for a period of two weeks. My discussion with Mr. Marchwinski focused on both his odyssey through various unsuccessful treatments and the uniquely productive aspects of his work with Mr. Tatz.

Starting in 1990, Mr. Marchwinski began a series of visits to prominent physicians in Poland, England, France, and the United States. By the end of two years worth of medical exams, the only conclusion that had been reached was that he had suffered some degeneration in his upper spine. Some physicians suggested laser surgery; however, the explanation of the high risk of postoperative paralysis convinced him to forgo such a procedure.

Next, Marchwinski went to a Parisian clinic specializing in the treatment of hand malfunction. He was given a series of exercises which, to his disappointment did nothing to improve his condition. Acupuncture sessions were similarly unproductive.

By this point, Marchwinski had not played for three years, a period of time which seemed like an eternity for him. Frustrated by the many unsuccessful attempts at treating his condition, but unwilling to continue without the piano, he decided to try to play with only his left hand. Determined to reintroduce his right hand to the keyboard as well, he started to develop a limited technical approach that enabled him to play at least to some extent with his inflamed and dysfunctional right hand.

It was at this point that a friend suggested to Marchwinski that he come to Manhattan to work with Shmuel Tatz at Medical Arts. “I didn’t expect a miracle,” Marchwinski confided, “but Shmuel has helped me enormously.” Tatz began by mobilizing the joints in Marchwinski’s right hand through hands-on manipulation. Tatz also taught him hand exercises which have helped Marchwinski to begin to regain control of the fingers of his right hand.

“On a more general level,” Marchwinski elaborated, “Shmuel has introduced me to the sensation of relaxation, the feeling that the body is elastic, like a spring. It is important for me to be able to feel this sensation were when I am away from the piano–while shaving, for example.” After a mere two weeks of work with Tatz, Marchwinski found that in addition to his regaining some control of his right hand, his physical movements in general had become more relaxed and supple. “Thanks to Shmuel,” he remarked, “I even sleep better.”