Trigger point therapy - for triathletes to soccer moms
They say you can tell a book by its cover. It's also true you can tell a company by its leader. Find a great leader and it's likely you'll find a great company.
That's definitely the case with Trigger Point Performance Therapy, Inc., whose founder and CEO, Cassidy Phillips, is one of the most highly respected experts in the use of trigger point therapy.
"I had always been ‘that guy' - the guy who did everything extreme - and I enjoyed the reaction I got from people when I told them I had just completed a marathon or an Ironman,” Phillips explains. "I enjoyed seeing the shock on people's faces. I thought that was my confidence! In reality, that was my cockiness. I believe confidence comes from within, but when I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, I was totally stripped of every piece of confidence I had. I was forced to look within myself in order to understand how I was going to move efficiently through the rest of my life.”
His experience with fibromyalgia changed his life in unexpected ways. First, he needed to overcome his own problem, and then it became his personal mission to help others with fibromyalgia and other health issues that prevented them from living full lives.
"After my diagnosis and experiencing the chronic, debilitating pain that comes with fibromyalgia, I looked for all the answers in the mainstream medical world. Unfortunately, this path was a dead end for me, and I realized that what I needed to do was empower myself,” he says.
In 2002, Phillips founded Trigger Point Performance.
"My wife and I literally started the company out of the back of our car,” he admits. "I made all the products myself, and they were made for totally selfish needs. I realized that I needed to be able to take care of myself! I did every form of therapy I could in an effort to figure out what was going to be best for my body so that I could continue being an athlete... I took a good, hard look at the body and its fulcrums and levers, and I determined how I thought I could help the body perform patterns of movement more efficiently.”
Thanks to the products and techniques he developed, Phillips was able to return to his athletic pursuits.
"I learned that what you tolerate, you accept and that a confident body is a confident mind. I rebuilt myself with a sound platform for biomechanics, a newfound understanding of muscular structure, and the guidance of the Lord through every step,” he adds.
His next step was to make sure he shared what he learned with others. Through Trigger Point Performance, he works with athletes from the NLF, NBA, and MLB, as well as with some of the top triathletes in the world.
"But we also work with soccer moms and weekend warriors,” he stresses. "The bottom line is, if you don't take care of yourself, it's going to catch up with you. You then may not be able to do what you love to do.”
Chiropractors have long integrated trigger point products into their practice since they can be used for both rehabilitation and wellness. Trigger point products are based upon Myofascial Compression Techniques (MCT) which bring additional blood flow and oxygen to muscle tissue. MCT is based on muscular compression and specific movements of the trigger point tools and muscle tissue to reset the muscle spindle while also addressing associated fascial dysfunctions and myofascial trigger points.
The patented products and methodologies of movement developed by Phillips act as physical therapy and a complement to chiropractic adjustments.
"Using trigger point tools to create additional blood flow will limit the amount of wear and tear on the practitioner and empower the patients to aid in their own recovery,” Phillips explains. "The combined methodologies allow patients to maximize their therapy in your clinic and in their home.”
(For more information on Trigger Point Performance Therapy, visit tptherapy.com or call 888-312-2557.)
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