Alton (Rusty) Nail, AAS, RRT, LMT, MMT,NCMMT
US Army Veteran
Southwest Texas State University AAS - 1993
Registered Respiratory Therapist RRT - 1994
Licensed Massage Therapist LMT - 1996
Master Myoskeletal Therapist - MMT -2018
Nationally Certified Medical Massage Therapist - 2005
Goals: To help reduce any discomfort that is experienced and help my clients eliminate sources of pain.
To teach clients ways to prevent pain from returning.
After an oilfield injury that resulted in two major surgeries on my right wrist and a cast for 30 out of 36 months then a leather,metal reinforced, brace for 7 years - I needed a career change.
I attended Southwest Texas State University and received a Associate Degree in Respiratory Therapy. I soon found many of the acute breathing problems endured by folks were stress related and calm spoken word and light touch were often more effective than the medications being administered. The hospital I was working in at the time funded my massage therapy school.
I attended Austin School of Massage Therapy in San Antonio. The program had different instructors each week and provided a vast exposure to many modalities and points of view. As required by the State of Texas the main modality was Swedish Massage. I started working as a massage therapist in 1996 after passing the Texas state exam licence number 13222.
I continued to work as a respiratory therapist and used massage on hospital patients. I continued studying different modalities in great depth. Modalities used are Swedish Massage, Craniosacral Therapy, Lymph Drainage Therapy, Muscle Release Techniques, Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial Mobilization, Body Memory Recall, Massage for Cancer Patients, Prenatal & Postpartum Massage, Repetitive Use Injury Therapy, Pressure Point Therapy, Muscle Testing, Acupressure Touch, , Active Isolated Stretching, Reiki, Qigong, Advanced Food-Healing Certified Instructor, Tapping Emotional Freedom Techniques Practitioner (EFT), Certified Myoskeletal Alignment Therapist (MAT), Touch For Health Muscle Testing (TFH) and Energy Work, Microcurrent Pain Stimulation(MPS) and several other modalities that combine those listed above. I found what I was looking for when I started studying Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques. Erik Dalton has developed a modality that addresses pain and discomfort. The results are amazing and beneficial to the client.
I have enjoyed all the courses and have learned something new from each one. If it were possible I would be a full time student forever - there is so much to learn about our body, mind and spirit connection. Research has shown we only use 10% of our brain potential - what potential of our body are we using?
In December of 1999 I had the opportunity to have an office in Racquetteball & Fitness Club on Nacogdoches Road, for 4 years, until the club was closed by new owners. I continued working with my clients in their homes and offices for 4 more years. In 2008 I returned to full time respiratory therapy in a local hospital ER. I continued with massage outcalls until April 2014. I returned to full time massage therapy at that time.
About Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques (MAT)
Myoskeletal Alignment is a term developed and coined by Erik Dalton, PhD, in the early 80s after seeing a need for a more integrative perspective on pain science as it applies to the human body.
After spending years working as a certified Rolfer® and studying under legendary figures such as Drs. Vladimir Janda and Phillip Greenman and Ida Rolf, Erik realized a broader approach was needed to better help his clients in pain. Erik’s fascination with Janda’s upper and lower crossed postural model challenged him to design a way to incorporate and teach this basic, but powerful, discovery to the massage and bodywork community.
In 1998, the Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques book and video set was released. This very popular MAT home-study course included Dalton’s “Dirty-Dozen” routines for assessing and correcting pain problems associated with Janda’s commonly seen “crossed posture” model. It was then that Myoskeletal Alignment -- an integrative marriage of the work of Vladimir Janda, Rolfing, and manipulative osteopathy -- was born.
The MAT program was developed as a tool to help relieve our nation’s neck/ back pain epidemic. By incorporating muscle-balancing techniques with joint-mobilization maneuvers, manual therapists learn to quickly identify and correct dysfunctional neurologically driven strain patterns before they become pain patterns.
Fly-by on Pain Science in Manual Therapy
Working in the pain-management field is a challenging, yet exceptionally rewarding, experience. Clients suffering from chronic pain are confronted by a unique disorder—a personal experience unlike any other physical malady. While an X-ray can confirm a broken bone and an infection can be detected by a simple blood test, there are no universally reliable tests available to measure pain levels. Because of this, many common musculoskeletal complaints are incorrectly assessed and treated.
To achieve a noticeable reduction of increased excitability in the neuronal pool, the pain-generating stimulus must be interrupted until the memory burned into the nerve cells has been completely forgotten. For many chronic-pain cases, a serial-type deep-tissue therapy works best when clients are seen twice weekly until hyperexcited receptors feeding the CNS are quieted. This process helps inhibit the chemical activation of pain at the site of its peripheral stimulation and often allows the brain to downgrade the condition and relieve protective spasm.
Of course, successful management of chronic pain depends on much more than intellectual knowledge. It must be teamed with keen observation skills, patience, compassion, and a constant reminder that the healer is, ultimately, within each client. Therapists only serve as helpful facilitators in the brain’s ongoing journey toward optimum health, and we must learn to gratefully utilize the body’s innate self-regulatory system to help guide the therapeutic process.
Despite the variety of pain-management approaches available in today’s ever-expanding bodywork field, the therapeutic goal should remain the same: restoration of maximal pain-free movement within postural balance.
Erik Dalton, Ph.D., created Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques and founded the Freedom From Pain Institute. Dalton’s broad therapeutic background in Rolfing and osteopathy is taught worldwide through pain-management workshops and home-study courses approved by NCBTMB, BOC, the Florida Board of Health and most state-certifying agencies. The Freedom From Pain Institute is licensed through the Oklahoma Board of Private Vocational Schools.
"The neuromusculoskeletal system must be assessed and treated as a whole, with muscle dysfunction considered in relation to the functional status of the whole motor system, including articular and nerve structures. Any change in the statics or dynamics of the distal trunk and lower extremities will, in some way, be mirrored in the function of the upper complex, and vice-versa." Vladimir Janda, M.D
What is MPS Therapy and How Does it Work?
MPS Therapy is a new FDA approved therapy that combines the principles of acupuncture and neurology with microcurrent stimulation. Around the world, MPS is successfully helping many patients control their pain levels and resume normal functioning in their lives again.
MPS Therapy applies concentrated DC micro-stimulation to produce an “acupuncture” response that “releases” muscle tissue that impinges nerve
and causes joint articulations (pain). This action permits increased re-innervation of affected neural pathways, allowing patient pain levels to be substantially decreased, often instantaneously. This multi-pronged approach to the body’s nervous and musculoskeletal system is the reason why MPS Therapy works so well on pain.
Clinically, the intention of MPS Therapy is to isolate the root causes of a patient’s pain by applying micro-stimulation to acupuncture points that relate to different muscles, tissues and systems (neurological, segmental, limbic, myofascial, etc).
MPS Therapy electrically locates and stimulates specific treatment points (motor, trigger, and acupuncture), which have been proven to help relieve many chronic pain syndromes.
It is essentially Acupuncture without the needles, taking less time per treatment, and is non-invasive.
MPS Therapy provides Natural Pain relief without side effect and is safe for all ages.
What Does MPS Therapy Do?
• Relax muscles
• Reduce nervous tension
• Release fascia
• Release scars
• Increase range of motion
• Improve circulation
• Duplicate acupuncture
What can MPS Therapy help relieve?
• Arthritric Pain
• Head Pain
• Back Pain
• Knee Pain
• Inflamed Joints
• Menstrual cramps and PMS
• Carpal Tunnel
• Sports Injuries
• Post-Op Inflammation and soreness
• And more!
What disease can it help prevent, or tonify the organ, so the nervous system can help with recovery?
• Bell’s Palsy
• Kidney disorders (stones and disease)
• Peripheral Neuropathy
• Meniere’s Syndrome
• Thyroid–Hyper or Hypo
• Hypertension or Hypotension (Blood Pressure)
• Gastrointestinal– IBS, diverticulitis, constipation, colic
• Jet Lag
• Decrease Appetite
• Erectile Dysfunction
• Menopause-Hot Flashes / Irregular Periods
• Smoking Cessation
About Touch For Health (TFH)
About Touch for Health Kinesiology and the Association The Touch for Health Kinesiology Association (TFHKA) is a non-profit, member run, national organization, dedicated to making the Touch for Health self-help skills available to the public. In cooperation with the International Kinesiology College (IKC) in Zurich, Switzerland, TFHKA supervises and maintains standards of teaching Touch for Health in the United States. It also organizes annual Touch for Health Kinesiology conferences, publishes an annual Journal and a quarterly newsletter.
Touch for Health (TFH) is the most widely used system of kinesiology in the world. Millions of people have experienced and benefited from TFH. It is recognised and respected as the fundamental training for other kinesiology systems as well as a healing modality in it's own right – and a key source for the emergence of Energy Medicine, Brain Gym, Energy Kinesiology, and even Energy Psychology. See the Touch for Health Tree
TFH Kinesiology can be easily learned by anyone, with a little practice, without any prior knowledge of muscles, physiology, meridians, etc. The practical, hands-on Touch for Health Synthesis workshops are facilitated by Certified Touch for Health Instructors, trained by the Faculty of the International Kinesiology College (IKC), and active in over 60 countries worldwide. www.ikc-info.org
In TFH we use muscle testing as a method of biofeedback to identify imbalances in the body's energy system. Using a holistic approach, we rebalance the body's energies and activate the body's intrinsic healing process so that the body can better heal itself.
The TFH process can also assist individuals to better achieve their life goals and true potential with goal specific balancing.
We invite you to take greater control of your health and well being through learning these simple techniques that will last you a lifetime