For some chronic pain sufferers there’s nothing worse than therapy that seems to cause more pain than it does any good. The bending, the twisting and the pain medication all seem to give little relief. But there may be an answer and all it takes is a short drive down the hill to find out.
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Symmetry, located at 2575 E. Bidwell Street, No. 260, in Folsom, has been in business since 1997 and through its unique program, many have found pain relief.
“Symmetry is a physics-based program that specializes in postural misalignments,” said Owner and Founder Dr. Patrick Mummy. “The whole goal is to get people back into postural alignment so that their pain will go away. It is completely different than the western mentality of dealing with pain.”
He added 95 percent or more of the treatments that people in chronic pain go through, deal with the symptom itself.
“If I have a foot problem, I go to the podiatrist. If I have a knee problem, I go to orthopedic,” he said. “If I have a back problem, I go to the chiropractor or I go to my doctor, in which case they’ll either adjust me or give me drugs. Or, they’ll send me to a physical therapist that will just address my back.”
Mummy knows the routine well as he was an athlete in college who was chronically injured his last year. No one could help him. When he graduated, he didn’t know what he wanted to do. He ran into a friend who was working in a clinic that did sort of what Mummy is doing now, which is specializing in corrective exercise for posture, instead of just looking at a symptom.
“I have a device, it’s called a Postural Assessment Tool and basically it’s nothing more than a fancy level,” Mummy said. “What it does is it allows the practitioner to put this device in their hands so they can measure how the person is standing.”
He said 21 measurements are taken while the person is standing and additional measurements are also taken.
“Our theory is if you’re standing crooked then anything you do moving-wise, you’re going to do it with this crooked frame and joints are going to take the impact,” Mummy said.
He added once the measurements are taken, Mummy will then input them into computer software which aids in focusing on the areas most in need.
“We work on what’s called the intrinsic muscles and they are the muscles that hold your skeleton together,” he said. “The whole emphasis here is to measure and then put those measurements into the system. The system then sequences a specific set of strengthening exercises, which we teach them to do, and the emphasis is, you go home now and you do it.”
He said every two weeks the clients return and are remeasured, because the assumption is that the set of exercises helped with the realignment but now another set of needed corrections comes to light. The client continues this program for four months.
“It is a program not for the faint of heart,” Mummy said. “It is a program for people who really want to get better and are really committed to wanting to invest in their own health.”
According to Mummy, he has helped about 2,000 clients over the years and has just formed a new company called Symmetry for Health LLC in an effort to help other practitioners become certified in the program.
For more information about the program, call 916-467-7764.