Corrective Bodywork
Theraflex, Massage Therapy, Myofascial Release & Gua Sha

Julie A. Cline, LMT
Richmond, Indiana       Lewisburg, Ohio     and surrounding areas

Julie Cline, LMT
I don't enjoy being in front of the camera, so here is my facebook photo, and below is a bit about my background in massage therapy.
     Starting from the base of Swedish Massage and for general well being,  my style of therapy has evolved to what I describe simply as deep relaxation massage.  Generally moderate to deep pressure for warming and relaxing the soft tissues, with your comfort and relaxation being the key goal.  Corrective techniques are used as needed per your requests and goals for the session.  Some days you just need to relax; some days you just need the pain to go away.  
   Theraflex can be added to the massage session, or be used by itself for focused work on the back, neck and hip areas.   It is a more intense, focused therapy that accomplishes much in a short amount of time.  You'll find more info about it below.
     I was a 1996 graduate of the Alexandria School of Scientific Therapeutics.  Thats Alexandria, Indiana; not the one Egypt.   Massage Therapy was just going mainstream about then, so my timing was good.
     After graduating I started the massage program at the Fayette Hospital Wellness Center in Connersville, IN while also beginning to build a practice in Richmond.   The Richmond practice grew faster and eventually took all of my attention.  I have been based in Richmond, IN ever since, until fairly recently when I also began travelling with the Theraflex therapy to bring it to more clients in neighboring communities.

About Theraflex Reflex Therapy

Theraflex Manufacturer's Video

What is theraflex?   
The theraflex machine is a  console connected to a small handset tool.  Controlled by precise electronics, and powered by compressed air,  it delivers precise and repetitive "taps" to muscles and tendons along both sides of the spinal column.

What does it do?  
The handset pistons deliver  a range of light quick taps to slow, deep pressure taps to the small tendons and muscles that attach to the part of the vertebrae known as the transverse processes; a reflexive neuromuscular response is elicited that "unlocks" chronic patterns of stress within the intervertebral sections of the spine, and encourages movement to restore flexibility.

How does it work? 
The theraflex therapist holds and controls the theraflex handset at all times during the therapy session, while the pistons of the handset are gently powered by compressed air.  The
client lays face down, and after applying an oil or lotion to the client's back, the therapist maneuvers the "bionic hand" up and down the back and along the sacroiliac joint repeating the following 3 modes of therapy:

Rapid Mode   Light, rapid pressure to relax the muscles.
Momentary / Reflex Mode   Slower, precise strikes to elicit the stretch reflex response of the small inter-vertebral muscles.
Mobilization Mode:  The slowest, deepest application, as the pistons of the theraflex are allowed to exercise the muscles and encourage the micro-rotation of the vertebrae. 

Is it safe? 
Yes.  The theraflex machine has been approved by the FDA and classified as a Type 1 massage device.  It is safe, gentle, and non-invasive.   The air compression that drives the pistons is sufficient to move the vertebrae only within the client's natural range of motion.  It will not force rotation and will not force movement in fixed or fused spinal sections. Ask your doctor if it is safe for you to receive the equivalent of a deep tissue massage.

Is it like massage therapy?   
Not exactly.  Theraflex reflex therapy is administered by a therapist specifically trained to operate the theraflex console and hand set.  The therapist uses the device as a tool and can feel the condition of the soft tissues through the handset. The therapist may  recommend combining massage or other bodywork with the reflex therapy. 

Is it chiropractic?   
No. A chiropractor could choose to use theraflex on their patients, but it is not classified as chiropractic.  It does not employ any forceful manipulation of the spine.

Is one session enough?   
The degree of mechanical dysfunction is usually the determining factor for a therapy plan.  While most people experience a tremendous relief from pain after just one session, a
series of approximately five  25 minute sessions is usually recommended. The additional sessions continue to release the chronic stress patterns that have built over time. After the initial five sessions, occasional single sessions may be helpful.

What about acute back issues such as pinched nerves and herniated discs? 
Mechanical conditions that result in herniated discs and pinched nerves are often the result of an injury or simply wear and tear of the vertebrae. Ligaments weaken as the instability in the vertebral joints worsen. The resulting imbalance can cause chronic patterns of stress in the musculature of the spine in an effort to keep the body balanced and upright.  Five theraflex sessions are usually sufficient to release the stress patterns that contribute to the nerve and disc conditions.  Increased activity and exercise will then strengthen the back and stabilize the joints.  An occasional theraflex "tune up" may be helpful, but equally important is continuing to move and stay strong,  rather than allowing muscles atrophy through inactivity.

Can Theraflex help with scoliosis?  
Yes, a protocol of 45 minute sessions has been proven effective in releasing the spine twisting patterns of scoliosis.  The degree of curvature and the individual's response will determine the number of sessions. Ideally, the theraflex would be in combination with exercise protocols determined by a physical therapist, Schroth method therapist, or Clear Institute practitioner.

What does it feel like?  
Each separate mode of the therapy has a distinct sensation that ranges from vibrations to deep, precise pressure.  For some, the deepest pressure may be slightly uncomfortable in the areas of greatest tension in the back.  As the tension patterns in the back muscles release, the deep pressure of the theraflex pistons becomes more and more comfortable.  After the therapy, individuals report varying degrees of muscle soreness that usually subsides within a few days.  It is also common to feel very sleepy after a theraflex session.