Services

Michael Westgate Therapy

Method and Programs

In-Office and Virtual

Neuromuscular Therapy in-office and ZOOM Session – For muscle aches and pains, sports injuries, stress-related tension, and repetitive stress injuries

Corrective Movement Therapy in-office – Neurokinetic Therapy, for muscle aches and pains, sports injuries, stress-related tension, and repetitive stress injuries

The Safe and Sound Protocol in-office and ZOOM home program For chronic stress conditions like chronic pain, fibromyalgia, hypertension, and anxiety/ depression.

The Biofeedback in-office and ZOOM home program For anxiety/depression, hypertension, sleep disorders, and chronic pain.

The Focus System in-office and ZOOM home program For chronic pain, stress regulation, learning disabilities, and mental focus

Neuromuscular Therapy

Trigger Point Therapy

Release pain patterns for lasting relief

to acute and chronic

pain.

Neuromuscular Therapy – Trigger Point Therapy

Neuromuscular Therapy

For sudden and persistent pains from:

  • Tense and painful muscles triggered by emotional stress
  • Working from home with poor ergonomics (neck, shoulder, wrists and back pain)
  • Muscle pulls, strains and other sports injuries

    What happens during a typical Neuromuscular Therapy in-office 50-minute Session?

    Clients wear comfortable workout clothes for their sessions. Therefore, If you are a first-time client an intake session will include a thorough review of your medical history and an assessment of your muscles and other tissues’ health. During the remainder of the session, the therapist will treat your body’s points that are causing your complaint. After that, If appropriate, a home exercise program to support and speed up your recovery. Additional sessions will include a short review of results followed by more therapy and refinements to the home program.

    What happens during a typical Neuromuscular Therapy ZOOM 50-minute Session?

    In this session, I will identify the source(s) of your pain(s) complaint and direct you to relieve your pain using simple tools and simple techniques. Next, I will walk you through the process of finding and treating your problem step by step. Finally, I will guide you to pain relief during the Session.

    Your ZOOM Session will include the following:

    • Pain relief – release painful spots with simple tools like a lacrosse ball
    • Stretches and exercises – customized for your specific complaint
    • Suggestions – what changes to your habits or environment would help keep the pain from coming back
    • Customized self-treatment video – I will send you a video of the Session to review your recommendations at any time.

    Would you like to know if Neuromuscular Therapy can help you? Email me at [email protected] to schedule a free 15-minute ZOOM consult.

      Fee structure:

      Neuromuscular Therapy: $190 per 50-minute session in-office or virtually by ZOOM.

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      What is Neuromuscular Therapy?

      Dysfunctional patterns can develop from an overload of the nervous system caused by physical or psychological stress. Also, the causes of overload can be widely different for everyone. Therefore, good examples include car accidents, slips, falls, repetitive stress from the use of electronic devices, domestic/child abuse, and acts of war are all possible contributors. Illness from bacteria, viruses, cancer, and nutritional deficiencies can also be a cause. Finally, to sort through all this information, the therapist uses precise protocols to analyze and treat these pain patterns.

      Hence, Neuromuscular therapists carry out a thorough assessment procedure that enables them to sort out the origin of your pain. Therefore, this assessment helps clarify whether it’s source is the myofascial dysfunction (trigger points) or caused by more severe dysfunction or injury.

      These are the methods that the therapist uses to gather this information:

      • Medical intake – the medical history can provide clues to the origins and solutions to pain.
      • Palpation – using touch to find trigger points, adhesions, inflammation, and stuck or misaligned joints.
      • Functional muscle testing – FMT measures and rates the ability to engage in activities required for daily living, such as walking, bending, squatting, or holding or lifting objects of various sizes and weights. Functional muscle testing evaluations consider your ability to balance, bear weight, climb stairs, walk, lunge and jump, or hop from one spot to another.
      • Manual muscle testing – MMT is a method for documenting problems with muscle strength. Therefore, Manual muscle testing determines how well individual muscles function and helps identify the muscles that compensate for a weakness.

      Pain conditions that often benefit from this treatment include:

      • Back pain
      • Headaches
      • Neck pain
      • Shoulder pain
      • Hip and knee pain
      • Chronic pain – pain that lasts more than three months without showing any signs of improvement

      How does Neuromuscular Therapy work?

      Precise pressure applied to the dysfunctional muscles or connective tissue using the practitioner’s hands and elbows. The treatment may also include the use of special tools. The pressure relaxes and thus frees up parts of the tissue that have become knotted or tangled together. As a result, the release causes an increase in blood flow in the treatment area, which speeds up the removal of cellular waste and supplies nutrients and oxygen. Also, nerves trapped by tight tissue. These changes reduce the overall stress load on the nervous system and, in most cases, bring pain relief and increased freedom of movement.

      During your sessions, the therapist will look for and correct the following problems:

      Ischemia – tight tissue that reduces blood flow

      Myofascial trigger points* – hypersensitive, painful points within muscles that, when released, relieve pain

      Neural entrapment – pressure on nerves caused by tight muscles, tendons, ligaments, and connective tissue

      Nerve compression – pressure on nerves caused by the misalignment of bones, herniated discs or torn cartilage

      Dysfunctional movement patterns – an ineffective movement that occurs in everyday activities like walking, sitting and standing

      Perpetuating factors – other factors that may cause pain, such as nutrition deficiencies, chronic stress, autoimmune disease, etc.

      *What are Myofascial Trigger Points?

      Trigger points or muscle “knots” are sensitive spots in soft tissue. They form when the body becomes overwhelmed by physical, psychological, or chemical stress or a combination of these causes. Consequently, If you have a large number of trigger points, you may have “myofascial pain syndrome.” These ultra-sensitive spots are common. Due to many factors, they can spread into seemingly unrelated parts of the body, growing like weeds.

      Also, Myofascial trigger points can be a significant factor in neck pain, back pain, and many other pain challenges. When these points are active, they can create symptoms that range from a deep ache to shooting pain that feels like your nerve a crushed nerve. Also, often these pain patterns will mimic other conditions like sciatica or even chest pains that can result from having a heart attack. If no one can find the source of your pain, but your symptoms persist, trigger points may be the cause of your pain.

      Corrective Movement Therapy

      Re-train your movement patterns to bring
      lasting relief to acute and chronic
      pain.

      Corrective Movement Therapy

      Corrective Movement Therapy

      For sudden and persistent pains from:

      • Tense and painful muscles triggered by emotional stress
      • Working from home with poor ergonomics (neck, shoulder, wrists and back pain)
      • Muscle pulls, strains and other sports injuries

        What happens during a typical Corrective Movement Therapy in-office 50-minute Session?

        Clients wear comfortable workout clothes for their sessions. After that, the intake session will include a thorough review of your medical history and an assessment of your muscles and other tissues’ health. Also, during a session, corrective movement therapy is combined with other techniques. Therefore, the aim is to use precise muscle tests to measure the function of each muscle or muscle group. The muscle tests measure function, not strength, so the test feels like the resistance of a light exercise band. Your therapist will put your body in different positions and then ask you to resist pressure using specific movements.

        After identifying the compensation patterns that the muscles are displaying, specific muscles are released. To release/relax a muscle, your therapist puts pressure on the tight area using fingers, an elbow, or a special tool. When needed, the therapist will give corrective exercises to do at home that will reinforce the new movement pattern. The therapist will ask you for feedback during each release to make sure that the release is not uncomfortable.

        Rather than being a complete therapy on its own, Corrective Movement Therapy is most often used as a tool to enhance the effectiveness of other treatments. Additionally, Corrective Movement Therapy is an excellent tool for finding the compensation patterns that are causing pain. Finally, the precise muscle tests can take some of the mystery out of the “Why” of persistent injuries and pain patterns by mapping out and correcting dysfunctional movement patterns that were the result of muscle compensation.

         

        Fee structure:

        Corrective Movement Therapy – $190 per 50-minute session. Corrective movement therapy is a form of neuromuscular therapy and is scheduled as a 50-minute Neuromuscular Therapy session.

        Would you like to know if Corrective Movement Therapy can help you? Email me at [email protected] to schedule a free 15-minute ZOOM consult.

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        What is Corrective Movement Therapy?

        “Corrective Movement Therapy” is a group of therapies based on the current scientific understanding of how our nervous system learns to produce, refine, and remember movement patterns. Therefore, when this system is examined and treated by a qualified therapist, fast and long-lasting changes which can then correct pain and injury-causing patterns. The result is the ease of movement restrictions and pain levels.

        How does the Corrective Movement Therapy work?

        The Motor Control Center (MCC) is a section of the brain responsible for creating and storing conscious and unconscious movement patterns and is made of two kinds of movement systems in mammals: the hard motor and the soft motor systems.

        Firstly, the hard motor system includes body movements that come “pre-installed” at birth. Therefore, think of a nature program on TV that shows a mother deer giving birth to a faun. As a result of this system, fauns can stand within 10 minutes, walk in 7 minutes, and run in about three months which is very different than the soft motor system in humans and apes.

        Secondly, the soft motor system is one in which there are no pre-programmed movements available at birth. Therefore, all motions are learned by trial and error. For example, a human baby starts crawling between 7-10 months, walks without support at around 12 months, starts running and jumping at two years, and can usually hop and skip by their 5th year.

        Moreover, both of these systems have advantages. For deer, gazelles, or antelopes, being able to walk and run soon after birth helps them avoid predators and, for some animals, keep up with the herd.

        The evolutionary trade-off

        With humans and apes, the evolutionary trade-off means a more extended period of dependence on parental care before the child becomes independent in exchange for being more adaptable when injured.

        If a deer pulls a hamstring when a pack of wolves is chasing it, it will go lame and most likely become a victim of its predator. If a human is trying to escape from a tiger and pulls a hamstring, the MCC soft system will compensate by immediately recruiting other muscles to take over. The injured human may not even feel pain in the damaged area for 1-3 days after the injury.

        In humans, our MCC is continuously looking for ways to refine movement. The goal is to optimize how we move to save energy and to avoid injury.

        However, various problems may arise after an injury has healed, and our brains and bodies are unable to unlearn the compensation patterns. The compensation was necessary during the injury, but if not corrected after the injury has healed, this pattern can cause significant problems.

        Our MCC is still an evolutionary work in progress; sometimes, it needs help finding its way back to efficient pain-free movement. In many cases, people will have persistent pain in part because of a movement pattern leftover from a previous injury.

        I have certifications in two versions of this therapy: The Nemerov Method and Neurokinetic Therapy.

        Neurological Repatterning

        The Safe and Sound Protocol

        Biofeedback

        The Focus System

        Reconnecting the Brain and Body

        Three Programs That Change the Way

        Your Brain Handles Stress

         

        The Safe and Sound Protocol

        Neurological Rehabilitation Programs:

        The Safe and Sound Protocol

        For sudden and persistent pains from:

        • Chronic pain – daily pain that lasts for more than three months
        • Fibromyalgia – widespread pain, tenderness, and stiffness of muscles and connective tissue
        • Hypertension – also known as high blood pressure
        • Brain fog – challenges with concentration, memory, and learning
        • Depression/anxiety – most people that have chronic pain also have these challenges.
        • Autoimmune disease – an illness that occurs when the immune system attacks the body tissues. Examples include type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriasis.
        • Insomnia – sleep disorders and chronic pain issues go hand in hand.

        Traumatic stress, which includes a feeling of overwhelmed, hopeless, or terror, can trigger changes in the brain’s patterns. The SSP is addressing these changes in the brain. It was designed to help correct specific brain pathways, allowing the affected person to access feelings of safety more efficiently and more often. Therefore, as a person feels safer and more relaxed, the effects of stress-related conditions begin to fade.

          Safe and Sound Protocol In-Office – 

          Firstly, you will fill out two forms, one for your medical history and one for your sensitivity to environmental stimulus. Secondly, a free 15-minute session to go over the results and determine if SSP is right for your condition. If you are a good fit for this therapy, five consecutive 70 – minute sessions are scheduled.

          You will wear comfortable clothes for your sessions and sit or lay down for the duration of the treatment. The therapy consists of listening intently to specialized therapeutic music with headphones while in a safe and calm state. Your therapist will observe your stress level using a combination of visual observation and data from a biofeedback monitor. If you show signs of elevated stress, short brakes are used to help you calm down, before therapy is resumed.

          The Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP)

          ZOOM Home Programs – Firstly, you will fill out two forms, one for your medical history and one for your sensitivity to environmental stimulus. Secondly, a free 15-minute session to go over the results and determine if SSP is right for your condition. If you are a good fit for this therapy, you will be scheduled for five consecutive 70 – minute ZOOM sessions or ten consecutive 40 – minute sessions depending on which is most appropriate.

          Option – 1: Five Consecutive 70-minute sessions. You will wear comfortable clothes for your sessions and sit or lay down for the duration of the treatment. The therapy consists of listening intently to specialized therapeutic music with headphones while in a safe and calm state. Your therapist will observe your stress level using a combination of visual observation through ZOOM and data from a biofeedback monitor. If you show signs of elevated stress, short brakes are used to help you calm down, before therapy is resumed.

          Option – 2: You will wear comfortable clothes for your sessions and sit or lay down for the duration of the treatment. The therapy consists of listening intently to specialized therapeutic music with headphones while in a safe and calm state. You will need a trusted friend or relative to observe you for signs of stress. There will be two ZOOM sessions with your therapist, one to train you and your trusted person on how to apply the therapy effectively, and a follow-up session after the treatment to assess the results.

          The SSP is best used together with other therapies

          While you may notice some very positive changes while using the SSP, it is not meant to be used in isolation. Improvements from the SSP can be cumulative and enhanced by social support, and other treatments or practices like psychotherapy, meditation, and yoga that aim to expand your stress tolerance.

          Would you like to know if the Safe and Sound home program can help you? Email me at [email protected] to schedule a free 15-minute ZOOM consult.

          Fee structure:

          The Safe and Sound Protocol In-Office Program – $1500 Includes five consecutive daily 70-minute in-office sessions. 

          The Safe and Sound Protocol Home Program – Option 1: $1500 Includes five consecutive daily 70-minute ZOOM sessions and equipment rental for one week.

          The Safe and Sound Protocol Home Program – Option 2: $750 Includes two 50 – minute ZOOM sessions (for training on how to use the equipment and for follow up to assess the results) and equipment rental for two weeks. This home program includes ten consecutive daily 30-minute sessions with the help of a trusted friend or family member. This treatment option may not be appropriate for everyone.

          Participants who have completed the SSP program have shown significant improvement in the following areas: [1] (1) Sarah Schoen, Lucy Miller, Jillian Sullivan. A Pilot Study of Integrated Listening Systems for Children with Sensory Processing Problems. Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention [website]. 2015, https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/19411243.2015.1055418 (accessed February 5, 2020)


          • Chronic pain intensity and frequency = living a fuller life [2] (2) Steven Porges. Examining the Effects of Processed Music on Chronic Pain. U.S. National Library of Medicine [website]. March 20, 2017, https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT03083977 (accessed February 5, 2020)
          • Emotional control/ managing stress
          • Impulse control and organizing daily life
          • Behavioral organization = more success at school and work
          • Social connection
          • Hearing sensitivity
          • Quality of sleep

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              What is the SSP?

              Traumatic stress can trigger changes in the brain. These changes come from feeling overwhelmed, a sense of hopelessness, and terror. Therefore, situations that can cause these changes to our brain include a traumatic childhood, a severe car accident, surgeries, serious illness, or domestic abuse. Traumatic stress can also come from events that seem minor to most people but are overwhelming to the individual. Additionally, if there are multiple repetitive stressors, traumatic reactions are more common

              Traumatic stress leads to chronic stress.

              Feelings of overwhelm, helplessness and shame cause parts of the brain to become strained. Similar to a pulled muscle, the nervous system becomes very hypersensitive to stimulation. To a person with this problem, it feels like a fire alarm going off 24/7. Everyday sounds, lights or smells are exaggerated, triggering feelings of fear. Even the harmless sound of a passing bus or a person’s tone of voice can sound like a stalking predator.

              When this occurs, the brain usually responds by preparing the body to fight, run, or play dead. All of this happens on an unconscious-automatic level. If this continues over a long period, many health and behavioral problems can arise.

              Chronic stress causes many health problems.

              Living like this, a person becomes stuck in a chronic stress pattern. This condition can cause learning problems, anxiety, depression, insomnia, digestive issues, autoimmune disease, and even chronic physical pain.

              The Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is a program that helps change the way the brain processes chronic stress.

              SSP was designed to help rewire the brain allowing the affected person to access feelings of safety more easily and more often. As a person feels safer and therefore, more relaxed, the effects of chronic stress begin to fade. [3] (3) David Alvarez, Pamela Rockwell. Trigger Points: Diagnosis and Management. American Family Physician [website]. February 15, 2002. https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/0215/p653.html (accessed January 29, 2020)

              How Does SSP Work?

              The Safe & Sound Protocol, backed by over 20 years of clinical research, was designed and developed by Stephen Porges, PhD. [4] (4) Stephen Porges, Olga Bazhenova, Elgiz Bal, Nancy Carlson, Yevgeniya Sorokin, Keri Heilman, Edin Cook, and Gregory Lewis. Reducing Auditory Hypersensitivities in Autistic Spectrum Disorder: Preliminary Findings Evaluating the Listening Project Protocol. National Library of Medicine – National Institutes of Health [website]. August 1, 2014, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4117928/ (accessed January 29, 2020)

              SSP includes the use of music that has been specially selected to help reduce the effects of chronic stress. The music is modified by a computer to stimulate key muscles in the middle ear. [5] (5) The Stapedius is located in the middle ear. Its function is to adjust the tension on the eardrum in response to sounds in the environment. It protects the ear bones from sudden loud sounds. It also adjusts to hearing sounds of different frequencies. Trauma conditions are associated with this muscle being stuck in a slack mode. A slack eardrum picks up low-frequency sounds that are associated with danger. A tight eardrum picks up high-frequency sounds that are associated with human speech and situations of safety. Gierek T, Salska-Kaspera A. The stapedius muscle—The present opinions about anatomy and physiology. U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health [website]. 2007, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17605415 (accessed February 5, 2020)

              Specialized headphones are used to apply the treatment. The music is played one hour a day for five days in a row. The sound therapy must be administered in a safe unstimulating environment under the supervision of a trained professional.

              Specially filtered music helps the nervous system reach states of safety more easily.

              This specially filtered music stimulates and tones the muscles that control the eardrum. These middle ear muscles go slack during traumatic events. When this happens, many sounds that are generally perceived as safe become interpreted as danger signals by your nervous system. When these ear muscles reactivate, normal environmental sounds no longer feel like danger signals. The affected person can now more easily relax and feel safe in their surroundings. Activities that used to be a struggle now become more manageable.

              Biofeedback programs

              For stress-related pain disorders like:

              • Chronic back pain
              • Muscles pain
              • Tension headaches
              • Quality of sleep
              • Migraines
              • Depression and anxiety

                  Biofeedback is a process of gaining greater awareness of many physiological functions in your body. The goal is to increase your ability to self-regulate, handle stress a healthy way, and ease stress-related pains and other symptoms.

                  The Lief Smart Patch – This personal biofeedback device monitors your stress levels. It measures your heart rate and breathing patterns in real-time. A combination of easy stress management techniques and real-time feedback from the Lief Smart Patch has shown a significant increase in people’s resilience to stress in clinical trials.

                  Biofeedback in-office and home program – This program lasts for 8 weeks or more, with a rental device shipped to you. It requires weekly 50-minute sessions in-office or on ZOOM with Michael. Also included are accessible daily practices for you to do on your own; those will be programmed into your wearable Lief device. In these weekly sessions, I will guide you in the use of the Lief Smart Patch, remotely monitor your stress cycles, and explain what the data means. Finally, I will train you in highly effective stress management techniques, including therapeutic breathing.

                  Clients who have completed the Biofeedback program have shown significant improvement in the following areas:[6]  (6) Dana L Frank, Lamees Khorshid, Jerome F Kiffer, Christine S Moravec, and Michael G McKee. Biofeedback in medicine: who, when, why, and how? June 2010. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2939454/ (accessed January 24, 2020)

                  • Pain intensity and frequency
                  • Ability to focus
                  • Overall health
                  • Performance at work/sports
                  • Emotional control
                  • Impulse control/decision making.

                  Would you like to know if the Biofeedback home program can help you? Email me at [email protected] to schedule a free 15-minute ZOOM or phone consult.

                  Would you like to get started on the Biofeedback home program? Fill out these two forms Intake form and BBCSS form. Then schedule yourself for a 50 Min Intake/New Client Session click here or call 415-924-2323 Ex.1.

                    Fee structure:

                    Biofeedback home program: $1500 for the initial eight weeks

                    Additional Sessions: $190 per each 50-minute ZOOM session

                    The Focus System programs

                    For challenges with:

                    • Brain fog – challenges with concentration, memory, and learning
                    • Depression/anxiety
                    • Low energy levels – like chronic fatigue syndrome, etc.
                    • Chronic pain – daily pain that lasts for more than three months
                    • Fibromyalgia – widespread pain, tenderness, and stiffness of muscles and connective tissue
                    • Hypertension – also known as high blood pressure
                    • Autoimmune disease – an illness that occurs when the immune system attacks the body tissues. Examples include type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriasis
                    • Insomnia – sleep disorders and chronic pain issues go hand in hand

                        The Focus System in – office and home programs – During the session, you will wear special headphones connected to an iPod. Your therapist will set the volume and headband vibration. You will then go through a series of exercises that include a balance board, a ball on a string, a handball, and small bean bags for tossing.

                        The sessions will last either 30 minutes or 60 minutes, depending on the target goals. The exercises will take between half or two-thirds of the allotted time, followed by some form of play. Your therapist will help you with the exercises and decide when to increase the complexity of the activities.

                        The Focus System in-office program – Lasts for 8-16 weeks, with three weekly 50-minute sessions.

                        The Focus System home program – lasts for 8-16 weeks, with rental equipment shipped to you. It requires a weekly 50-minute session on ZOOM with Michael and at least two additional weekly practice sessions performed at home on your own.

                        Clients who have completed the Focus System have shown significant improvements in the following areas:

                        For challenges with:

                        • Coping with feelings of stress, anxiety, and overwhelm
                        • Sensory processing – sensitivity to light, noise, touch, and smells
                        • Overwhelm/ fatigue
                        • Concentration/ attention/ memory
                        • Communicating and cooperation in a social context
                        • The speed in which new information is processed both in learning and daily tasks
                        • Speech and language challenges – ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia, Autism, etc.
                        • Chronic pain

                            Fee structure:

                            Focus System– in office: $190 per each 50-minute session (with a minimum of three sessions per week), 8 – 16 weeks

                            Focus System – home program: $190 per each 50-minute session (with a minimum one office session per week in the office and two self-guided home sessions), an additional $240 monthly equipment rental, 8 – 16 weeks

                            Would you like to know if the Focus System program can help you? Email me at [email protected] to schedule a free 15-minute ZOOM or phone consult.

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                            What is the Focus System?

                            The Focus System is designed to help improve brain and body function. This program, appropriate for all ages, starts by organizing how your brain interacts with your body.

                            Building blocks of the Focus Program are music, movement, language, and play. By building on these basic human activities, your mental abilities are improved. This, in turn, helps you cope with and enjoy life’s events.

                            This is how it works:

                            Using these building blocks to improve the fundamental parts of the brain-body connection, you will become more able to handle a multitude of environmental stressors without becoming overwhelmed. After that, as you develop increased mental and emotional resilience, you will tend to experience less pain and/or inflammation. This change commonly manifests as an improved academic or professional achievement as well as more rewarding personal relationships.

                            The Focus System is tailored to those who have difficulties with:

                            • Chronic pain
                            • Speech and/or language
                            • Concentration/attention/memory
                            • Writing and reading comprehension
                            • Sensory processing
                            • Social communicating and behaving in a social context
                            • Developing good motor skills and balance
                            • The speed in which new information is processed both in learning and daily tasks
                            • Coping with feeling stressed, anxious, or overwhelmed

                            How does the Focus System work?

                            Through the use of sound, vibration, movement, and cognitive tasks, the Focus System productively stimulates the brain and body. The program’s unique combination of nervous system exercises and stimulation creates faster and more lasting improvements in the interactions between the signals between the brain and body.

                            The Focus System includes these components:

                            Auditory component

                            During practice sessions, the client wears specially designed headphones that deliver computer- altered music. This music is processed to stimulate key areas of the brain. The headphone has a unique headband that stimulates the bones of the skull. This bone stimulation speeds up the brain-body connection.

                            Movement component

                            As the music plays, the client is led through a series of exercises. These activities serve to “wake up” the brain through increased input to the brain area that deals with logic, reason, and self-control. These exercises will also improve coordination and balance as well as the ability to focus when learning new information or during daily tasks.

                            The movement exercises include the following elements:

                            • Core strength
                            • Hand-eye coordination
                            • Rhythm
                            • Dexterity
                            • Balance
                            • Visual tracking
                            • Body awareness in space

                            Mental component

                            Mental components of the therapy are usually added later in the program. Therefore, As you progress through the program and become able to handle more tasks at once, the therapist will add some cognitive exercises. For instance, repeating something with rhythm or rhyme such as a song or poem, counting in challenging ways (backward or by 3s) or being asked to create a story or tell a story from memory.

                            Play component

                            Play is an essential part of the program because play has a powerful effect on our brain. These exercises build up our creativity and increase the brain’s ability to manage stress and utilize self-control. Types of play include drawing and painting, puzzles, and jump rope. These activities also help keep the program interesting for the client. They can even serve as a reward for completing the movement and cognitive exercises.

                            How long will it take for me to feel better?

                            Typically, you will feel positive results in 3-6 weeks, the timeline depends on many factors, including the frequency and length of the sessions. Other factors include diet, exposure to electronic devices, and medical history. Consequently, a long-term commitment is needed for lasting results, with a minimum of two months of therapy, but 3-6 months is a more realistic expectation.

                             

                            Conditions Treated

                            Michael Westgate employs therapeutic
                            practices to heal a wide range of
                            conditions

                            Carpal Tunnel

                            • Muscle cramps, pulls, and strains
                            • Frozen shoulder
                            • Rotator cuff injuries
                            • Whiplash
                            • Back pain
                            • Low back pain
                            • Headaches
                            • Tennis elbow
                            • Golfer’s elbow
                            • Tendonitis
                            • Headaches
                            • Sciatica
                            • TMJ Syndrome
                            • Iliotibial Band Syndrome
                            • Plantar fasciitis
                            • Shin splints
                            • Knee pain
                            • Hip pain
                            • Myofascial pain
                            • Chronic stress conditions
                            • Traumatic stress conditions
                            • PTSD
                            • Anxiety

                              Testimonial

                              “I’d been in pain for a really long time before I saw Michael. I had actually gone to see a surgeon and was going the route of potentially having surgery on my shoulder. I came to Michael as a last-ditch effort. I went in not even being able to lift my arm, and I was able to lift my arm all the way over my head by the time I left that day.”

                              Gina

                              Notes   [ + ]

                              1.  (1) Sarah Schoen, Lucy Miller, Jillian Sullivan. A Pilot Study of Integrated Listening Systems for Children with Sensory Processing Problems. Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention [website]. 2015, https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/19411243.2015.1055418 (accessed February 5, 2020)
                              2.  (2) Steven Porges. Examining the Effects of Processed Music on Chronic Pain. U.S. National Library of Medicine [website]. March 20, 2017, https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT03083977 (accessed February 5, 2020)
                              3.  (3) David Alvarez, Pamela Rockwell. Trigger Points: Diagnosis and Management. American Family Physician [website]. February 15, 2002. https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/0215/p653.html (accessed January 29, 2020)
                              4.  (4) Stephen Porges, Olga Bazhenova, Elgiz Bal, Nancy Carlson, Yevgeniya Sorokin, Keri Heilman, Edin Cook, and Gregory Lewis. Reducing Auditory Hypersensitivities in Autistic Spectrum Disorder: Preliminary Findings Evaluating the Listening Project Protocol. National Library of Medicine – National Institutes of Health [website]. August 1, 2014, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4117928/ (accessed January 29, 2020)
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