I have been a physical therapist over 30 years. I have worked mostly in orthopedic outpatient clinics, but also in a hospital. My favorite way to treat has always been with my hands: soft tissue mobilization of various types (including the "old" myofascial release), joint mobilization, trigger point treatment , etc. In early 2008 I started specializing in Women's Health and particularly pelvic physical therapy, working mostly with women. I took the APTA courses and exams , wrote the case study article and earned the CAPP (Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Physical therapy). When I took a visceral mobilization course, my eyes were opened to the importance of fascia. I noticed there was a Barnes "Fascia Pelvis" course coming to my area and signed up. My life has never been the same since that course with Joan Miller, PT! I felt a deep connection to John Barnes' work. I realized my own body could be better than I thought. As I benefitted from the work myself and saw my patients get better more than any work I had done before, I became passionate about Barnes MFR. I was able to start my own private practice two years after the first seminar! This work is that effective. In the previous decades I could only dream of that. Now I have a treatment approach that people seek out. People are ready for it. I still focus on women's health/pelvic problems a lot. This included helping people with bladder problems such as incontinence. But I work with many other issues as well. During the pandemic I was not busy and found myself writing "Myofascial Release for Women's Health Self Care". Please visit www.womenselfcare.net for information on that book.
Oregon license number PT 63125
"As your body goes through the decades, taking care of yourself becomes like taking care of an antique car. You have to know much more about how it works. It needs far more tinkering and adjusting. You need experts to help you with certain aspects. You cannot drive as hard and fast as with a new car. Generally, there is less driving and more tinkering. But you thoroughly enjoy the fact that it is still going! And you keep taking care of it with love and pride. John F. Barnes’ myofascial release (MFR) is one of the most effective tinkering tools for our bodies."
The pelvis consists of a "bony bowl" made up by two halves (ilia) that come together in the front at the symphysis pubis and in the back into the sacrum through joint called the sacroiliac joints (SI joints). These joints can be painful when there is poor balance in the pelvis and/or one is stiff and the other is loose. People often call this SI pain or low back pain.
The inside of the pelvic bowl is lined with muscles. These include the pelvic floor muscles and hip rotation muscles. Inside this muscle bowl lie the pelvic organs. Much of what we often refer to as "internal" manual therapy or internal work is directed to treat these muscles. It can be done through the vagina or rectum: transvaginal or transrectal, with one or two gloved fingers. We can also work on the tailbone from the inside of the pelvis. This is needed in so many people. Many people have tailbone injuries from childhood. Many people have decreased movement or total loss of movement of the tailbone (coccyx). We also work on the other structures of the pelvis.
I, Jeannette Zyderveld, PT, first learned the mainstream pelvic physical therapy and earned the CAPP (Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy) through seminars, exams and an article written about a case study (of one of my patients) with the APTA (American Physical Therapy Association). This type of therapy involves thorough examination, extensive knowledge of the scientific studies in this area, and what evidence there is confirming the benefits of this therapy. Education of treatment included training in use of biofeedback, strengthening home exercise programs, vaginal weights, devices women can use for mechanical feedback about their pelvic floor muscle contractions, electrical stimulation, education for the patients, and much more. Manual therapy is taught also, but as with general physical therapy nothing like what John Barnes teaches. As with any other part of your body: it is connected with everything else in your body and results are limited when treated in isolation. I practiced the mainstream pelvic PT for a couple years and took a seminar in visceral mobilization. My eyes were opened to the importance of fascia! I started to take both John Barnes seminars and Barral Visceral Manipulation seminars. I realized that John Barnes' work suited me best. This was based on how I was able to practice each approach with my patients and the results my patients were reporting. One session of John Barnes approach yielded far more. I did learn a great amount of anatomy and (energetic) palpation of the viscera in the thorax, abdomen and pelvis. I feel it adds greatly to doing my John Barnes MFR. And when I feel something very specific in the organs, I still sometimes switch to using some Barral techniques. I feel so lucky to have these best of both (actually three) worlds to offer you! I am passionate about it because of the results I experience myself and the results I have with clients.
If you want a different approach based on your own body's healing capacity, using myofascial release. If you want a therapist with many years of experience. If you want a therapist specialized in Women's Health.
After evaluation of posture, movement, etc. treatment will be primarily Barnes myofascial release, education, and self-care instruction.
Therapy with me is highly individualized. You will be the only one there. You will never be assigned to another therapist or assistant.
Even for a person without substantial symptoms, Barnes MFR can be very beneficial. Fascial restrictions affect you in ways you may not be aware of or you may consider them unchangeable or contribute them to aging. By removing restrictions, everything you do can be done with greater ease and comfort. For example, you'll find that you can stay in better posture easier or that you can touch your toes again! Or that your bladder problems are cut in half. It is about quality of life! Barnes MFR also helps with developing greater body awareness which is essential for well-being. When you are not used to being connected mind-body, negative changes can go unnoticed. Many people who are injured physically or emotionally disconnect. It is like a restaurant without a manager: open for business, but nobody is minding the business. The kitchen gets dirty, the waiters do what they wants, food quality might go downhill, if you watch any reality TV you have seen all the things that happen without someone paying attention and taking charge. Taking charge in your case means getting enough sleep, exercise, water and regular, healthy food. But it also means getting treatment, doing self-treatment, stretching, learning what your structure needs. John Barnes teaches for all of us to do daily self-treatment, even if it is just 5 minutes per day and then a longer session on the week-end. As MFR therapists we emphasize teaching you how to do that. Receiving MFR is a learning process in itself. The person being treated is very active with their attention during treatment. You begin to learn a lot about yourself. Sometimes it can be difficult, sometimes you need to move through things that can be hard to let go of. Your body can be very convinced that it is not OK or possible to get rid of certain restrictions. This is especially true is they got there in response to pain. Pain is very convincing! When we are in pain, we often learn to hold the painful area still. This is good short-term when something needs to go through basic tissue healing. But it often becomes a longstanding holding pattern. If it stays that way for years, just imagine how used to it your body is! Then when the restriction goes away, your body has to reorganize and find how to operate without that road block. This can make you sore for a while. This is "healing crisis" After getting rid of large amounts of restrictions, life just is more enjoyable.