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Rolfing Structural Integration Helps Professional Hockey Player

October 31, 2013 : Blog

Rolfing Structural Integration is helpful for all walks of life. People who are serious athletes especially can be helped by the work. Structural Integration helps to break down unnecessary scar tissue from past injuries or surgeries. Check out this hockey players experience:

“After Mark hurt his back playing hockey for the Philadelphia Flyers in 1990, an injury which required surgery, his recovery was impeded by severe muscle stiffness. With the traditional means of tackling the problem not working, Mark was introduced to TeamChildren founder and certified Rolfing practitioner Robert Toporek by Flyer’s trainer Pat Croce, who suggested that Howe give Rolfing a try.

“Other treatments were not helping,” he said. “When I went in to see Robert for the first time I was bent over about 20 degrees at the waist and couldn’t stand straight. When I left I was stooping maybe 5 degrees and within two days, after (the treatment) took full effect, I was (walking upright) again.”

Mark has been visiting Toporek once or twice a year to be ‘Rolfed’ since they first met in 1990, and introduced his father to the treatment last year.

“It really helps him with things like getting in and out of cars and getting his shoes on,” said Mark. “It makes things a lot simpler for him.”

According to Toporek, Rolfing balances the disparity between muscles “flexors and extenders” to correct posture.

“Emotional and physical things cause our bodies to contract over time,” he said as he manipulated Gordie’s back and shoulders. “Rolfing was developed by Ida Rolf, a biochemist who also studied yoga and the ‘mind-body’ relationship. Rolfing is the beginning of a new medicine for humanity.”

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