My name is Dottie Drake and I am a Licensed Massage Therapist. I prefer to call myself a Myofascial Therapist because I work with muscles (myo = muscle) and the connective tissue (fascia) that surrounds every muscle and organ in your body. I do not give massages although I might end a Myofascial Release treatment with some massage if requested.
My healing journey began a couple of years ago when I went to my local Physical Therapist with a knee problem. I had never had such gentle treatment in my life and was not sure he was really doing anything. But my knee kept getting better. I remember asking him what he was doing and he told me something about the fascia and Myofascial Release. However, this was so far from what I was familiar with that it went right over my head. I kept wondering how this gentle hands-on treatment could do anything, but my knee was pain-free in just a few weeks and I was happy.
I have had chronic back pain most of my life and had been getting steroid injections into my spine for several years just to relieve the pain for a few months. I had been told that I had 6 herniated/bulging disks in my spine. I had been going from doctor to doctor trying to get some relief. Some of the best back doctors and surgeons in America had told me that nothing could be done to ease my pain. I would just have to live with it!
I had not been able to do my grocery shopping on my feet for more than 7 years because I could not stay upright for any length of time without excruciating pain. I was taking 4 high-dose pain pills daily and wearing a TENS Unit every waking moment just to be able to do what I had to do. I never did more than absolutely necessary because of the pain. Despite all of this, my pain became unbearable and I returned to my back doctor for more spinal injections. However, the last time I was there he would not give me an injection because it was too soon for me to get another one. In addition, my pain was unbearable and my pain medications could not be increased.
I remember telling my doctor that he was going to have to "shoot me or shoot me" meaning that he would either have to give me a spinal injection or put a bullet in my head. I could not stand the pain and I just wanted it to stop - whatever it took. I was desperate for pain relief! He suggested that I try physical therapy although he did not think it would help much. I believe he thought it would keep me occupied until enough time had passed so that I could get another steroid injection. So I went back to my local Physical Therapist for therapy on my back. I also began shopping for a wheelchair or scooter because several doctors had told me that I would be unable to walk at all very soon because of my deteriorating spine. I was drugged and my brain was being distracted by the TENS unit (electrical stimulation), yet walking was still unbearable. Every step was agony. And I knew that I would be in that wheelchair very soon and I would be there for the rest of my life.
So hoping for some relief, I returned to my local Physical Therapist and he did some gentle work on my back and it began to get better - and I could not figure out why! It was all so gentle and easy. After a few short months, I did my grocery shopping on my feet - for the first time in more than 7 years! I had HOPE for the first time in a very long time. And I found that HOPE is such a big thing. I had seen the rest of my life as being pain-filled and in a wheelchair. I thought I was on a painful down-hill track until I died. But now I knew it did not have to be that way. I had HOPE.
Because I had been in chronic pain for more than 40 years, my therapist suggested I go to Therapy on the Rocks in Sedona, AZ for an "Intensive" which is a 2 or 3 week period where I would receive 3-4 treatments daily from the best Myofascial Release therapists in the world. I opted to go when John F. Barnes, PT was there and while making my appointments, I was asked if I wanted to be treated by John. I had read John's book, Healing Ancient Wounds: The Renegade's Wisdom, and was quite impressed so I jumped at the chance. I understood that I could continue my treatments at home, but an Intensive would help me break the subconscious holding and bracing patterns that I had used all my life and would put me on a fast-track to healing. So I headed to Sedona.
For the next 13 days, I spent some part of every day with John Barnes. I received treatment from him, I climbed up in the rocks of Sedona with him and I attended his Healing Seminar. I immersed myself in the Myofascial Release experience. During those 2 weeks, I climbed up into those beautiful rocks 3 times! I was no longer shopping for a wheelchair. I could walk, I could climb and I could do it with much less pain! I learned that the doctors are not always right. I learned that there was hope for a long-term solution to my pain. I learned that my body knew how to heal itself if I would just get out of its way! I met some of the most amazing people and the experience changed my life.
While there, John suggested that I consider becoming a therapist. He said the best Myofascial Release therapists in the world are patients who know what it is like to be trapped in their own bodies, who know what is is like to be in excruciating pain, who the medical community has virtually given up on and who know that they don't have to live that way. He planted the seed. I was so grateful to him for teaching what he had personally learned about Myofascial Release. I was grateful for the chance to be treated by the best therapists in the world. I was grateful because I knew that I did not have to live a pain-filled life in a wheelchair. I also knew that I wanted to help others as I had been helped. I wanted others to know that there is hope for a pain-free life. So I attended Massage Therapy School and passed the Arkansas State Board of Massage Therapy's licensing exam so that I could do this work. I have returned to Sedona several times and have studied with John Barnes so that I could become the best Myofascial Release Therapist I can be. I will continue to study with John because I know Myofascial Release treatments work!
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