Welcome to BBTOA!
At BBToA we focus on analyzing how imbalances in the body create pain, determining why they are occurring, and designing uniquely individualized treatment(s). The therapist and patient/client actively work to re-balance the body through implementation of strategies and techniques to not only relieve the pain, but also to maintain that balance even after treatment
A Little About Alex
My personal experiences and insatiable curiosity with the inter-connectedness between the body and brain, injury, chronic instability issues, and chronic pain have led me to a career in Structural Integration, Neuromuscular Therapy, and beyond.
Between the ages of 8 and 18, I have had extensive personal and specific knowledge and experiences regarding pain, including but not limited to:
Compromising outer/lateral ligament tears to my right and left ankles which led to dislocating my fibula on both sides, for a number of years
The bone that runs parallel to the shin bone and plays a significant role in stabilizing the ankle and supporting the muscles of the lower leg.
Sustainment of more than 50% tears of MCL of both knees
and severe bruising of the bone,
A separated left elbow,
Dislocation of my left shoulder, and
A 2nd-3rd degree separated right shoulder.
In college, at age 20 while playing football, I sustained neck trauma, a few concussions, and a career ending injury to my lower back (severe ligament damage to my SI joint) which left me bed ridden for 2 months. It took me 9 months to learn how to walk again. At age 28, I herniated the L4-5 and L5 S1 disks in my lower back, resulting in nerve pain radiating to different areas of the leg. I have only had surgery to my left meniscus. To this day, I am physically aware of these injuries and have learned how to make modifications to my movements to maintain a good quality of life.
These personal experiences have provided me with a very unique perspective and understanding of different types of pain that impact the entire body. As such, I do not just base my treatment of pain from theories, books, or research papers, but on practical, every day, physical and mental expectations, limitations, and experiences.
I am an accomplished, board certified, practitioner in CORE Structural Integration and Neuromuscular Therapy with over 20 years’ experience. As I am board certified in both disciplines, use them as diagnostic tools mostly in the treatment of people’s pain and dysfunction and have hybridized them to work in tandem to ascertain how and why signals from the brain lead muscles and fascia to create chronic pain and dysfunction with or without a traumatic event. Therefore, I consider myself to be a NeuroMyoFascial Therapist (NMFT).
I am a graduate of CORE Institute of Massage Therapy and Bodywork specializing in CORE Myofascial Therapy/Structural Integration (from the traditions of Ida Rolf and the Rolfing Institute), have
completed a 100-hour program in Neuromuscular Therapy at the Southeastern School of Neuromuscular Therapy and certified in Clinical Neuromuscular Therapy and Structural Bodywork (NMT), studied abroad in China at The China Academy for Traditional Chinese Medicine and at the Beijing Hospital for Orthopedics and Traumatology in a modality known as Medical Tuina, and finally I have performed extensive and rigorous studies at the University of South Florida Medical School, under the Director of Gross Anatomy, focusing on the realistic view and exploration of the physical, mechanical/operational, organizational, and construction of the human body.
To better understand the process of pain, (from acute to chronic) I utilize my multidisciplinary education, which also includes systems engineering design, chemical engineering, civil engineering, all which employ advanced physics and mathematics such as differential equations. Coupling this with my ongoing research in biology, chemistry, anatomy, and physiology, I have a unique understanding for viewing structural imbalances and pain symptoms to develop an approach specifically tailored to one's needs.
For example, I specifically utilize electrical engineering (brain and nerves) to understand these complex interactions in conjunction with fluid mechanics [vascular (pipe) and heart pump, or fluids with no pump (e.g., lymphatic system)] while under pressure from surrounding structures and thermodynamic properties. Coupling the strengths of these materials and systems as they apply to fascia (a thin sheath of fibrous tissue enclosing a muscle or other organ), one must then integrate all these systems. Due to the fact that fascia is also a contracting tissue sometimes independent of muscles; this complicates a singular engineering and medical approach to treatment.