Pain Relief

With a goal of pain-free movement, sessions incorporate orthopedic massage, neuromuscular re-education, joint mobility and strength work.

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Through repeated studies, modern pain research has shown that pain does not necessarily equate to tissue damage. Instead, it’s an action signal from your brain telling you to change something. 

In your initial sessions, we’ll determine what the sources of discomfort or limited movement may be, and — through hands-on work and simple exercises you can take home — give you the tools to speed your path to feeling great. Read on to understand how our brains use pain to get our attention, and how the thing that hurts may not be the thing that needs to get ‘fixed.’


New Client Package $295 ($60 savings)

75-minute initial evaluation + 2 55-minute sessions

The Z-Health Threat Bucket

The Z-Health Threat Bucket

The Threat Bucket

The Threat Bucket, an analogy developed by Z-Heath, explains how movement challenges, muscle tension or pain can arise. I feel that it also offers hope because it’s something we have the power to change.

Anything that’s a stressor to our nervous system can end up in the bucket. This can include external influences (relationships, job, lack of sleep), as well as any deficiencies in our internal systems that impair our ability to quickly and correctly understand where we are in relationship to our environment (visual skills, hearing, balance system, proprioceptive issues from an old injury).

When the bucket of threats gets too full, the output can be muscle tightness & imbalances, and other things that limit our movement, including pain. Why? Your brain’s #1 job is survival, and it does this via prediction - taking in current information around you plus all previous experiences: ‘I’ve seen this situation before, I know how to handle it.’ However, if your brain is having trouble understanding where you are in space, its prediction capability is diminished, it senses threat and will put up roadblocks to keep you from moving.

The great news is that we can pull things out of the bucket, improving movement and reducing pain. A neurocentric approach focuses on figuring out what your brain is interpreting as a threat, then addressing those problems to remove the danger signals. Our nervous system governs how we see, feel, and move, so we target the brain to change the body.