For Working Professionals
Starkey Labs is one of Minnesota’s best employers; it makes hearing aid devices. Fifteen years ago, most of their workers’ compensation claims were for carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) injuries. Rolfing professionals were brought on-site to treat employees for CTS. The Rolfing sessions have reduced CTS significantly. The company has gone from $150,000 a month in workers’ compensation claims to $58,000 a year. Starkey Labs pays $80,000 a year for the two on-site rolfers. The workers’ compensation expenses are half the national benchmark for light, electronic assembly. Starkey’s mod rate is 55 and most companies cannot get lower than 70. It is estimated the company has saved $10 to $20 million for an $80,000 a year investment. In 2010, Department of Labor and Industry established the Governor’s Award for Innovation in Workers’ Compensation. Starkey Labs was one of the three or four companies to win this award.
Department of Labor and Industry, Minnesota, US
For Athletic Performance & Injuries
The Olympic athletes wouldn’t have as many injuries if they had soft tissue manipulation. Rolfing is valuable for all athletes in high level competition to address the build up of scar tissue and the disarrangement of myofascial tissue that occurs from training, scaring and injury. Athletes always need help with chronic injuries, muscular strain and overuse. Sports therapies help with circulation and relaxation but Rolfing supports structural realignment for greater efficiency of movement and more precise movement. Rolfing also helps to decrease knee pain, lower extremity stress, and low back pain.
Dr. Karlis Ullis, Olympic MD
Sports Medicine and Anti-Aging Medical Group in Santa Monica, CA
Had I not been Rolfed I would be in big trouble. When I strain or pull a muscle I bounce back very fast. Rolfing also changed me in terms of confidence. I see myself skating longer because I haven’t had the injuries, which I know is a result of Rolfing.
Olympic Silver Medalist (’84,’88), World Champion ‘87 & five-time World Free-Skate Champion figure skater
The bodywork relieved my muscle pain and spasms immediately. In 4 weeks I had 8 sessions and I returned to play only six weeks from the initial trauma. Rolfing helped me with the impact injury on my left side (fractured transverse process L-1, L-2), and brought my posture back up.
Sean Casey, All Star first baseman for The Detroit Tigers
His testimony when team doctors projected that it would take 3 months to recover from his spinal cord fracture.
I began to realize my arms had become like petrified wood, like stone. I’ve been receiving Rolfing structural integration for a year now. It’s wondrous, it’s wondrous the change.
Leon Fleisher, “the pianistic find of the century”
He never gave up hope that he could play with both hands again after being struck with a neurological affliction that rendered two fingers of his right hand immobile.
When you talk to folks about the impact it has on them, a lot of them just stand taller. A lot is just freeing you up to live the way you’re supposed to live.
Dr. Mehmet Öz, Cardiothoracic Surgeon
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I went through the Rolfing ten session series and just about every session was beneficial in a different way and my body thrived. I am sold on Rolfing because I get to do all the sports I want to even though I don’t have a perfect back. X-rays have shown that my back does have some changes in it, a disc herniation and other things, but I know being in medicine that no one is going to make those go away. I don’t need any surgery as long as I can keep it stable with Rolfing. It helps all the mechanical components that give me pain, discomfort and stiffness. Rolfing does not correct the inherent changes in my back. They are still there. If I mess it up again I go back to my Rolfer 2-3 times over a 5-6 week period and I am better again.
Dr. Ronald Tarrel, D.O., a neurologist
Noran Neurological Clinic in Minneapolis
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