DMS: First off, you’d probably like to know what DMS stands for. Our Deep Muscle Stimulator at A&W Fitness is one thing that completely sets us apart from other personal trainers. For anyone who has ever done deep tissue massage or used foam rollers to try and work out muscle adhesions (knots) and/or to add flexibility, you will know that this is a very painful and slow process. For adhesions that could normally take months to clear up through typical forms of treatment, the DMS can eliminate these problem spots in seconds. Many professional sports teams and high-end physical therapists use this device as well, but you will have a hard time finding any other gym or personal trainer that has one. By clearing up muscle adhesions (essentially, tangled up muscle fibers) and the scar tissue that typically surrounds them, flexibility and body alignment can be corrected by improving the range of motion of the affected joints. Whether it is a past shoulder injury, chronic lower back stiffness/pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, or a variety of other ailments, the DMS can help with almost any form of body trauma that has affected your muscular system.
Alignment sessions: Aside from my normal personal training sessions, I also do body alignment sessions. These sessions consist of any combination of DMS work, inversion therapy, corrective exercises, and stretching. Inversion therapy decompresses the body, especially the hips and spine, while also improving lymph/blood flow circulation. Corrective exercises are very different from strength exercises in that they are not meant to be extremely difficult or for the purpose of building muscle and burning fat. Corrective exercises instead are to stimulate under-active areas and increase the range of motion of over-active areas that have caused certain muscles to shorten. For example, tightness in the hip flexors and the erector spinae in the lower back typically causes what is called an anterior pelvic tilt. By learning to activate the transverse abdominus, rectus abdominus, and gluteus maximus, your body can learn how to properly align the hips and therefore reduce the pressure that was put on the lower back. This is usually caused simply by sitting down too much, as most people do for the majority of their work day, their commute to/from work, and any time they spend at home watching TV or on a computer. Problems just like this can occur at every joint in the body, and corrective exercises can help to balance out the positions that we spend too much time in.
I do both 30 minute and 1-hour long body alignment sessions depending on the need of the particular client. If you only have 1-2 areas that bother you which you would like to work on, then 30 minute sessions are typically all that is necessary. For full body work, a full 1-hour session would be necessary to be able to get to everything.