Injury Rehabilitation & Prevention

Rolfing speeds recovery from injuries

What is Rolfing structural integration? “The theory behind Rolfing is to break down the tight (connective) tissues of the muscles and at the same time realign the body into a more functional mode. If you get that function your pain will disappear,” says Dr. Jim Mongomery, Olympic MD and Orthopedic surgeon at Dallas’ Orthopedic Specialists. “A lot of the clients I refer to Rolfers no one else has been able to help.”

Olympic and World-class athletes are turning to Rolfing to help speed their recovery from injuries and surgery.

“Rolfing helped me get back my career. In ’94, I began Rolfing bodywork to tackle some specific problem areas; my petala tendonitis and I-T band syndrome had restricted me from running for half a year. Not many athletes know that Rolfing is a way to treat injuries.”

– John Bauer, 1992 & 1998 Olympic Cross-Country Skier on the US Ski Team

“It healed so fast I can’t believe it. The expected six month recovery time [from knee surgery] was cut in half, and three months after surgery I was trekking on a Himalayan ski expedition.”

– Kristen Ulmer, World Champion Extreme Skier and Mogul Specialist on the US Freestyle Ski Team

Rolfing helps prevent sports-related injuries

“Rolfing is very helpful at preventing rowing injuries due to repetitive motion. It returns balance to the body.”

– Sarah Gengler, 1988 Olympic rower.

“Athletes find they have fewer injuries and recover more quickly through Rolfing work.”

– Helen James, M.A. , Physical Therapist, Emerita Professor of Physical Therapy, California State University, Fresno – Clovis, CA, and Certified Advanced Rolfer. She has worked with many athletes, including World Figure Skating Champions Elvis Stojko and Michelle Kwan.

“The repetitive strain that comes from athletic exercise has a great impact on the body. Rolfing applies the biomechanics of movement for injury prevention and increased efficiency. Our structural alignment techniques promote injury prevention by decreasing the likelihood of trauma to the joints.”

– Brian Fahey, Ph.D., Certified Advanced Rolfer, author “The Power of Balance – A Rolfing View of Health”, and expert on applying Rolfing to enhancing athletic performance

Rolfing helps maintain optimal conditioning

“Athletes always need help with chronic injuries, muscular strains, and overuse. Rolfing is valuable for athletes in high level competition to address the build up of scar tissue and disarrangement of myofascial tissue that occurs from training, competition, and injury.”

– Dr. Karlis Ullis, M.D. at the Sports Medicine and Anti-Aging Medical Group in Santa Monica, CA, advisor to US athletes in five Olympic games, including Lillehammer, Albertville, and Barcelona