About Your Therapist

LIFE IS AN ADVENTURE

 

Ryan Friend, PT, DPT, CSCS is a Physical Therapist with a wholistic approach to the profession.  He graduated from Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania with a bachelor's degree in psychology in 2003. After graduating, he involved himself in social work for several years prior to discovering his passion for the physical healing arts. In 2008, he graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a doctorate in physical therapy.  Years later he trained under several advanced yoga practitioners at YogaWorks in Costa Mesa, California. He also specializes in the art of myofascial release, having trained extensively under the guidance of his mentor, John F. Barnes, the creator and master of the technique.  He is also a Level 3 certified practitioner of Neurokinetic Therapy, training under the founder of the technique, David Weinstock. Throughout the years he has also trained under several masters of varying techniques of energy medicine. More recently, he has undergone extensive training through Anatomy in Motion, an innovative movement-based rehabilitative approach using the gait cycle and how the body reacts from the ground up.  Also, he has completed over 250 hours of training in the Proprioceptive-Deep Tendon Reflex methodology that focuses on balancing aberrant neurological receptors of the body that influence motor output. His education in psychology and physical therapy combined with his background in yoga provided him with the awareness that the mind and body are deeply interconnected. 

 

"We must bring back dignity into our healthcare system and begin treating the entire human being. We are far more than just a sum of our physical parts."

 

MIND/BODY

 

"The Body is the Map of the Mind."

   -- J. D. Landis, Solitude

 

     Physical sensations are the foundation of the mind and it is through our five senses that we experience our world.  Our brain receives information from our bodies and decides whether what is felt is either pleasurable and safe or painful and threatening.  

     The body is first to experience the world, the brain is a step behind.  The old adage of 'listening to our gut' has a biological basis,  acting as a protective mechanism.  Many of us have become 'thinkers' instead of 'feelers' and have stopped listening to our bodies alarm system.  Warning signals go unnoticed and over time these missed signals can lead to injury, pain, and 'dis-ease.'

     It is never too late to learn how to 'tune-in' to our body's innate awareness and capacity for self-healing. 

WHY MYOFASCIAL RELEASE?

 

"Take care of your body.

It is the only place you have to live."

-- Jim Rohn

 

     The fascial system is the only system in the body found throughout its entirety, encompassing and enveloping every structure down to the cellular level. This interconnected, interwoven, web-like structure covers the body from head to toe. 

     Healthy fascia allows for the fluid, pain-free movement of the body. Trauma (physical and emotional), inflammation, posture, and/or surgical procedures can create restrictions in the fascia.  These restrictions can produce tensile forces up to 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures.  That's like having a horse stepping on a nerve all day long.  The tension caused by and the release of these restrictions through myofascial release create sensations known as the 'fascial voice.'

     This 'fascial voice' can allow you to 'tune-in' to your body and give that horse a chance to gallop off to the races.

WHO IS YOUR THERAPIST?

 

"Be the change you wish to see in the world"

-- Ghandi

 

     The last addition to his family, Ryan grew up in a small town outside of Pittsburgh, PA.  Since he was little he had a fascination with psychology, human behavior, the world and its current state, religion/spirituality, and healing. These interests coupled with his love of sports and physical movement have allowed him to connect the worlds of both mind and body.

     This connection led him on a path toward self-healing and learning and acquiring the skills necessary for helping others better their own lives. He feels that the path to healing is a journey where the therapist and patient work together side by side until the patient reaches his or her full potential.

 

WHY NEUROKINETIC THERAPY?

 

"Neuroscience over the next 50 years is going to introduce things that are mind-blowing"

-- David Eagleman

 

     The Motor Control Center, located in the cerebellum of our brain, is responsible for storing the 'memory' of our body's movement patterns. The brain does not differentiate whether the movement patterns are functional or dysfunctional.

     Functional movement patterns are stored when a muscle or movement fails to produce a desired result.  An example is when a baby begins to learn how to walk.  After many failed attempts and recorrection, the baby walks and this new 'motor program' is stored in the brain.

     Dysfunctional movement patterns are stored after a trauma occurs or from repetition of compensational movement.  Often the pattern is beneficial acting as a protective response to brace for injured tissues.  However, this dysfunctional pattern is then stored in the brain and will remain there until it is changed.

     No longer do you have to live with dysfunction.  Let's change your 'motor memory' and get you back to moving with confidence.