Pain can make us do things we never thought we’d do. It may drive us to take painkillers every few hours, turn to ice/cold packs in frustration, or kick us into high gear in the gym or our yoga classes. It may even lead some of us to turn to injections. The bottom line is that pain has a way of turning the world upside down; it can push people into the arms of the strangest ‘cures’ just so that they may be rid of the discomfort and daily agony. But, how often do those solutions and cures really work? If you’re dealing with terrible, debilitating pain, how well is that downward facing dog really coping with treating the issue? My bet is… not very well.
Imagine getting ready for a 10K… new shoes, weeks of training, an air-tight exercise routine, high-quality snacks… you’ve got it all planned out. The big day finally arrives and you hop in the car to get into the fray. Excitement builds and you’ve got your eye on the prize. In your excitement, though, you forget the golden rule – the one thing you’ve been doing day in and day out for the past half year… you forget to warm up. 10 minutes of solid running and something in your leg gives way, you’re knee seems to cramp, your back compensates, and then the unthinkable happens: you’re sitting on the pavement, hand in the small of your back, looking at the dust left behind by those still in the race.
And what are you thinking while you sit there? Yup… “I should have warmed up.
Dr. Karen Scott says pain is the body’s messaging system, “screaming out that something is not right.”
The problem, says the doctor of physical therapy, is that the root cause of pain is often not where we feel it. The only physical therapist in Kentucky certified in NeuroKinetic Therapy® and Amino Neurofrequency Therapy, Karen explains that even a decades-old injury can cause chronic pain by blocking normal neural communication between the brain and injured muscles. The result is that other muscles take the brunt of stress — for example, when a woman has a C-section, her abdominals become underactive and weak and can remain that way for decades until the scar is properly addressed. This leads to increased back pain and pain in the hips due to lack of abdominal support.
Karen, a Kentucky native, describes herself as a nontraditional, holistic physical therapist. At Pain and Performance Solutions, her Louisville private practice, Karen specializes in restoring hope and function back to people who have tried numerous other therapies and failed treatments and have lost hope of ever returning to a normal lifestyle or doing the things they love again. Karen’s unique approach typically gets positive results on the first visit. For the curious, Karen offers all new patients a free “discovery visit” to get acquainted with her and her techniques. She provides an assessment and pinpoints areas of the body where brain-muscle breakdown has occurred.
Ultimately, Karen says, each treatment plan is unique. “What I look at today and fix today for you shouldn’t be the same the next time I see you,” she explains. “I re-check everything every single time, and I go where the body tells me to go, so there’s no guesswork. They call NeuroKinetic Therapy ‘the missing link’ because there’s no guessing where to fix, what to activate, because the body tells me exactly what needs to be done.” She is able to get to the root cause of the symptoms once and for all. Painandperformancesolutions.org offers tips on easing back pain, as well as options to receive free reports on your well being.
What would life be like if you didn’t have to worry about how your pain is going to affect your activities?
Dr. Karen Clark Scott's Excerpt in TOPS Louisville Magazine
“I treat those who have tried every option and still live with pain,” says Dr.Karen Scott, a physical therapist who specializes in helping active adults and exercise enthusiasts who have tried numerous other treatments and have lost hope to get back to the workouts, sports, and daily activities they love.
Kentucky’s only certified Neurokinetic Therapy PT and Amino Neuro Frequency expert, and her unique approach has helped many to live fuller, richer lives, free of chronic pain once and for all. This holistic, low impact approach could save you from going under the knife by reconnecting and rewiring your brain.
Karen has 20 years of experience finding performance solutions and is a nontraditional physical therapist. She provides one on one, high quality care with a manual therapy emphasis that gets immediate results on the first visit. For the curious, she offers free discovery consultations, in which she will take you through your history to determine the root cause of your issues, then work from there to treat them, giving you a new lease on life.
You can begin by visiting painandperformancesolutions.org, where you can find tips on easing your back pain, as well as receive a few free reports on your well being.
The only thing that you have to lose is your pain!
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