Healing Painful Conditions

Imagine life without pain.
Here’s how our Denver (Lakewood) pain clinic can help you …

Do you struggle with a deep ache in your back? A searing pain in your foot? Knife-like headaches? Chronic pain saps your energy, dulls your senses, and limits your activities. Living life in pain is not fully living.

Our medical massage treatments can help you achieve a pain-free life. And there’s more. Without pain, you are free to be who you really are … free to fulfill your life’s purpose.

Here are some of the problems our patients experience, with brief explanations about how we treat the pain and heal our patients.

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Do you have a different type of pain? Call us for a free consultation

We can help heal many problems at our Denveer (Lakewood) Colorado clinic beyond the handful we’ve listed here. If you have a chronic pain problem, call and ask for a free 10-minute phone consultation with Dr. Joan Sloss.


Back and neck pain

If you are experiencing back or neck pain, please don’t wait to use our services. If your pain persists after using prescription pain killers and muscle relaxants or after chiropractic treatment, call to set an appointment right away.

Here’s why it’s important to immediately treat this type of pain: The small bones of your spinal column are subject to mighty forces that act upon them as you twist, bend, reach, lift, carry, push, pull, and move about. It’s critical that these small vertebrae and the surrounding nerves and soft tissue are safe and protected as you move through your day.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking back pain always originates in the back. In fact, we frequently find that problems with abdominal, chest, and leg muscles directly contribute to back pain. Plus, neck pain often can be caused by jaw problems.

Spinal pain and spinal problems often fail to resolve and heal due to major problems with the shoulder girdle or pelvic girdle. We can balance your shoulder and pelvic girdles to ensure your spine is protected from injury and degenerative forces. Keep in mind, a good therapist will look beyond the spine when resolving spinal problems and pain.

To determine the cause of your back or neck pain, we’ll investigate using principles of kinesiology, the science of human movement. This provides us with a three-dimensional approach to understand how your body integrates itself and how it moves in space. For example, we may discover that a spasm of the diaphragm muscle is causing intense stabbing pain under your rib cage (even though the pain feels similar to a slipped rib) or that a spasm of the quadratus lumborum muscle is throwing your entire spine into an abnormal lateral curve.

Every month, we heal scores of back and neck pain problems. You owe yourself a chance to be well. Let us help you.


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Headaches

The “simple” headache is not so simple. There are many different kinds of headaches and different causes, and they are associated with many different illnesses. If you suffer with headaches, we can quickly determine whether or not medical massage can help you.

First, let’s consider migraine headaches. True migraine headaches are a vascular problem that can’t be permanently cured with massage techniques. However, medical massage can reduce the number and severity of migraines you experience during the treatment period. We highly recommend our neurofeedback treatment, which normalizes brainwave activity to cure true migraine headaches – for life. The trained technicians at Healing Unleashed can provide a neurofeedback evaluation and treatment plan for you. (Click here to learn more about neurofeedback.)

Headaches caused by stress are surprisingly easy to heal. You’ll receive a combination of therapeutic massage and stress education. We’ll recommend a treatment program that includes massage and appropriate changes to your lifestyle or behaviors, which could be as straightforward as setting up an ergonomic work area.

When headaches are caused by poor body mechanics and poor muscular-skeletal function, manual therapy is the ideal solution. But don’t be fooled! Few people have ideal mechanical balance, and if you attribute your headaches to stress, they actually may be caused by poor biomechanics.

Do you have headaches that began after a physical accident or injury? Often, we can totally eliminate these headaches, even when they have occurred for many years. Whiplash and other head, neck, and shoulder injuries often cause spasms in the deeper muscles, and we use safe and careful techniques to heal the deeper tissues. Manual therapy to the head, neck, and shoulders can be very effective.

When headaches are caused exclusively by allergies, hormonal dysfunction, or other physiological dysfunctions, medical massage may not be helpful. We strongly recommend our homeopathy services for the treatment of this class of headaches. Therefore, our first responsibility is to medically determine whether manual treatment is safe for you given your total health history. (Click here to learn more about homeopathy.)

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Fibromyalgia

Patients with fibromyalgia require individualized treatment. This condition varies in the severity of its symptoms, and no two cases are exactly alike.

If you have mild symptoms, a variety of treatment methods can help reduce your pain. These methods include deep-channel lymphatic drainage massage to eliminate chemical holding in the tissues. Holding toxic chemical wastes in the soft tissues is typical for fibromyalgia and is a major cause of muscle pain. A medical massage focusing on relaxation and therapeutic stretching can reduce your pain for several weeks. Also, manual therapy aimed at normalizing autonomic nervous system activity often produces great results.

If you experience a combination of fibromyalgia symptoms along with chronic muscular-skeletal pain from other causes, our treatment plan must focus on each area separately. Often, generalized fibromyalgia symptoms will quiet down once we improve other pain-producing physical conditions. Once we optimize your body’s physical balance and eliminate chronic stress on the joints and soft tissues, we can address the residual fibromyalgia symptoms with the therapies mentioned above.

We specialize in helping people with severe symptoms. We have achieved wonderful results, because we offer an ideal type of treatment for severe fibromyalgia. In this treatment, you lie on your side and receive gentle stimulation to the sympathetic nerves along the thoracic spine. The sympathetic nervous system becomes more active during times of stress and is best known for mediating the neuronal and hormonal “fight-or-flight” stress response. When this system is continually overactive, your body will experience sensations such as heat, cold, or pain. This treatment calms down the sympathetic nervous activity, and you’ll be amazed at how it helps to reduce pain!

We’ll also discuss and uncover ways you can improve your lifestyle with the goal of curing your fibromyalgia.

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Shoulder pain

Shoulder pain can be especially debilitating, because so many of our daily work and home activities require a wide range of arm and shoulder movement.

If you have shoulder pain, we’ll first evaluate you for signs of joint instability. If you have ligament weakness or other structural problems that destabilize any component of your joints, we’ll immediately refer you to an orthopedic medical doctor for evaluation. The physician may choose to refer you back to our office for manual therapy to complement his or her treatment plan.

The shoulder is complicated; we evaluate 26 muscles and 4 joints whenever shoulder pain or shoulder dysfunction exists. We’ll do this evaluation thoroughly and inform you and your doctor of the results. And we’ll recommend a treatment plan to improve shoulder girdle function.

Neck, arm, shoulder, chest, and upper-back pain are often linked with dysfunctional position and dysfunctional movement of the shoulder girdle. We are very likely to be successful in healing shoulder problems, because we evaluate and treat the entire shoulder girdle – not just the painful parts. In fact, if you’ve been diagnosed with a rotator cuff dysfunction, there’s a high probability we can help you heal and recover good function.

In addition, if you come to us with shoulder pain combined with symptoms of nerve pain, we can likely heal you. Symptoms of nerve compression include tingling and numbness. Don’t let these symptoms frighten you; often they can be quickly eliminated by specific therapy along the nerve routes. (Nerve compression occurs when muscles and surrounding fascia put too much pressure on the nerves.)

But guess what? Most cases of neck, shoulder, arm, and back pain are directly caused by poor posture! Good posture means your joints are properly aligned and work as they are designed to work. We never overlook posture as a major contributing cause to muscular-skeletal pain, so during your session you’ll learn easy and effective ways to improve your posture.

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Buttock pain, sciatic nerve pain, and piriformis syndrome

When you tell us you have pain in your low back, hip, buttocks, or leg, the first thing we do is examine the position of your sacral bone. Why? If this bone is not properly positioned, the mechanics of your lumbar spine and hip are adversely affected. The sacrum is a large, triangular bone at the base of the spine and at the upper and back part of the pelvic cavity.

Muscle problems often adversely affect the position and movement of the sacrum, and some of the strongest muscles in your body directly act upon this keystone bone. If your sacrum isn’t correctly situated, sheering forces are placed upon the lumbar spine (lower back), compressive forces can be placed upon the large sciatic nerve, and the performance of your hip can be adversely affected. The result can be extreme pain!

Your sacral bone is the most important link between the weight-bearing ability of your spine and the weight-bearing ability of your legs. It also links your spine’s movement with your legs’ movement. Position and movement of the sacrum directly affect position and movement of the lumbar spine. That’s why low back pain frequently results from sacral problems. In addition, leg and hip action depend upon proper function of the sacral bone. Again, if the sacral bone is not correctly positioned with its adjoining bones, hip and low back pain results.

Sports injuries, accidents, falls, poor standing or sitting posture, and other factors can cause a problem with one of the four joints formed by the sacrum. Dysfunctional position and movement of the sacral bone requires orthopedic correction. As the first line of defense, we’ll provide orthopedic massage, because this can quickly release a stuck or wedged sacral bone by balancing the muscle forces acting upon the bone and the total pelvic ring.

If you regularly drive a vehicle, you likely have a sacral bone sheer. The frequent forward reaching of your right leg toward the gas and brake pedals pulls the sacrum to the right. Approximately 90% of people who come to our clinic with spine, buttock, hip, or leg pain show a sacral bone sheer. We playfully refer to this as “car butt syndrome” and usually correct this in one or two treatments by balancing the muscle action. Plus, we’ll show you simple daily exercises to keep your sacral bone in its neutral and correct position.

If you are experiencing pain in your low back, buttock, hip, or leg, we’ll carefully evaluate your entire body, head to toe, to determine the musculo-skeletal causes of your discomfort. And we’ll help you heal as quickly as possible.

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Plantar fasciitis

This hard-to-pronounce medical term simply means the soft tissues along the bottom of your foot are inflamed. The plantar fascia helps to support the arch of your foot. Typically, pain is felt on the underside of the heel and can be intense when you walk. Many people suffer with this condition much longer than necessary!

If you have plantar fasciitis, here’s how we can help you quickly heal. First, we’ll apply muscle and joint mobilization to help your foot joints move easily. If we believe you have a serious problem with one or more joints, we’ll refer you for orthopedic evaluation.

Next, we’ll perform deep-tissue massage to find and release adhesions in the fascia and to stretch the tendons and muscles along the bottom of your foot. And we’ll stretch and balance the muscles of your lower leg that control the movement of the ankle and foot bones.

In addition, we’ll examine your gait (how you walk) and show you how to walk more correctly. We may suggest you seek help choosing shoes that better fit the structure of your feet. And we’ll show you how to use a tennis ball to stretch the muscles and tendons along the bottom of your feet. We’ll also discuss how to correctly stretch your lower legs to prevent the pain from recurring.

We’ll examine how you stand and walk to determine whether you have muscle weakness and lack of muscle support. If this is the case, we’ll show you how to strengthen your calf, ankle, and foot muscles, or we may recommend you see a physical therapist to strengthen and normalize your leg, ankle, and foot action. These recommendations help you achieve long-term wellness and, of course, freedom from pain!

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Knee pain

Knee pain can be scary and can greatly limit your activity. Many people assume major joint problems require surgical intervention, but this often isn’t the case. Problems like runner’s knee and patella chondromalacia can be easily healed with orthopedic massage and manual therapy.

It’s a good idea to consult with an orthopedic medical doctor for evaluation and diagnostic tests to determine if your knee pain is caused by superficial dysfunction or deep dysfunction. Deep dysfunction means you need physical therapy or surgery, because a problem exists within the joint capsule of one (or more) of the knee’s three joints. Superficial dysfunction is best treated with manual therapy and orthopedic massage.

Plus, sometimes successful surgical reconstruction of a knee joint doesn’t totally eliminate knee pain. This indicates that your knee problem includes a soft-tissue component. After surgery, our orthopedic massage finishes the job by balancing the total mechanical forces acting upon your knee. We may need to work segments of your pelvis, hip, upper leg, lower leg, ankle, and foot to ensure your knee is able to work correctly without undue mechanical stress.

Also, many people have weak, underdeveloped hip adductors along with hypertonic, overdeveloped hip abductors. This combination can lead to knee problems for those who exercise or participate in sports. Others have compacted muscle bundles within the thigh muscles. And some people have connective tissue adhesions that interfere with independent muscle action. All these problems can create knee pain and can be readily healed with medical massage.

If you have a weight-bearing or gait problem causing knee pain, we can help to correct this with a combination of orthopedic massage and manual therapy. These problems include tibial torsion, supination of the foot, and inflexibility of the quadriceps, hamstrings, and iliotibial muscles. These conditions can lead to knee joint dysfunction and pain, and we can correct the problem and alleviate the pain with medical massage therapy. Plus, because we believe in education and wellness, we will help you change any negative behavior or lifestyle causes.

You and your surgeon need to keep in mind that correctly diagnosing knee pain can be tricky if soft-tissue components aren’t evaluated. Again, joint dysfunction can be caused by problems inside the joint capsule or by soft-tissue problems outside the joint. When one of the causes of knee pain is soft-tissue-related joint dysfunction, medical massage therapy can be extremely helpful.

Please keep in mind …

  • The above information is not exhaustive.
  • Don’t attempt to use this information to diagnose your problem.
  • Always seek medical attention when dealing with a serious or chronic pain problem.

We do not diagnose illness, only a licensed physician can do that. We do give you information about how medical and orthopedic massage may be able to improve your health and eliminate musculoskeletal pain. Also, please tell your doctor about our website, so he or she can learn about our services.


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