name is Stephen
Opper, LMBT#2955, and I have been practicing
Therapeutic massage and bodywork since 1998. I am a lifelong
student of the body, and continually strive for more effective
ways to treat pain and dysfunction. My practice is called
Manual Medicine Asheville Massage, and is located in Asheville,
medicine has a long history of treating people
with persistent pain conditions. Over 90% of all pain is soft
tissue in origin. Whether you are dealing with chronic pain,
or recovering from an athletic injury or auto accident, effective
soft tissue release can be one of the most important steps
in achieving lasting freedom from pain.
There is an inherent wisdom in the body, which reflects every
aspect of our being. Our physical, physiological, mental,
and emotional selves are interlinked and affect each other
continually. Issues in one area inevitably affect and are
affected by the whole system.
Effectively treating pain, especially chronic pain, is often
not as straight forward as simply rubbing where it hurts.
The human nervous system has elaborate mechanisms in place
to prevent pain from reaching conscious awareness. This is
designed to maximize our survivability. We couldnt run
from the saber-toothed tiger very well if we were consumed
with how much our back and knee hurt. In the process of blocking
pain signals, we subconsciously adapt by altering our posture
and biomechanics to guard the injured area. While in the short
term, this allows us to keep living and functioning, it also
takes energy, and transfers strain to other areas of the body
which must now overcompensate to perform tasks. This process
also adds to fatigue, decreases our ability to handle stress,
and negatively affects our endocrine and immune systems. All
this happens without significant pain!
We adapt and adapt, but eventually we reach the limits of
our adaptive capacity and symptoms manifest, usually in a
different place than the original problem. Often these symptoms
show up as musculoskeletal pain, other times as headaches,
or allergies, or digestive distress, or whatever the weakest
link in the chain may be. These symptoms compel us to reduce
the stress load we place on our bodies, and prevent us from
damaging ourselves further. It is important to not just deal
with the weak link, but to follow and release the entire chain
that it is connected to, otherwise symptoms tend to reoccur.
Manual Medicine can have such profound effects because we
spend a tremendous amount of life energy dealing with the
force of gravity, and the more efficiently we can do so, the
more energy we can free up to deal with the rest of lifes
challenges and appreciate its blessings. Click
here to read client testimonials.
I treat a wide variety of conditions, and specialize in chronic
pain and difficult cases. I am fully versed in the treatment
of all musculoskeletal conditions, as well as with the cranial
and visceral systems, and I have studied a wide variety of
modalities in order to increase my effectiveness and understanding
of the body.
If you are suffering from chronic pain and injury, Manual
Medicine may be able to help you even if you have tried
massage therapy without satisfactory results.
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While I focus on structurally oriented massage and bodywork
because it is such and important and underrepresented part
of a complete health care system, it is also only one piece
of the puzzle. I believe in a team approach, and enjoy collaborating
with other health care professionals in order
to bring faster and more efficient results
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manual medicine and other therapies.
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hourly rates and payment.
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