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Letter From: Joe F.

Dear Pavel,
I want you to know how much I appreciate what you did for me with your massage therapy.
My quality of life is greatly improved because of you and your knowledge.
Because of you everyday is a good day, so thank you again.

Joe F.
Letter From: Dennis B.

I went duck hunting and right after that my left low back got sore and I started to feel some radiating pain into my left buttock and thigh. I gave myself a couple of days to get better but instead my low back continued to get more sore and I started to feel sharp pain shooting into my buttock and thigh now.

I went to see a chiropractor but after 2 weeks treatments I continued to get worse. I was unable to stand up more than 20-30 minutes at the time before I had to sit down to relieve some of the sharp pain that I had in low back, buttock and thigh. Chiropractor suggested to have MRI as he thought I had herniated or ruptured disk in my lumbar spine.

My mother in law talked me into to see Pavel as she has been seeing him for the chronic condition that she had. I was skeptical but within first 2 deep tissue treatments I noticed an improvement and after 6 treatments I was 100% back to normal. I can not praise Pavel enough for the treatments that he provided.

Dennis B.
Letter From: Crystal T.

I injured my low back when a patient pulled their entire body weight up off the treatment table by using my right arm. I lived with the pain and discomfort for nearly a year before it got so bad I could not work and had to go to the emergency room. They told me at the hospital that I could have a bulging or herniated disc in my low back. They treated me with a very strong pain pill, anti-inflammatory, and muscle relaxer and referred me for an MRI.

I came to see Pavel and after two treatments my back pain has decreased significantly and I went off the pain medicine after the first treatment and the other medication within a week. Pavel also showed me stretching exercises for my lower back to do at home and I canceled my MRI appointment.

I resumed working and remain pain free.

Crystal T.
Letter From: Walt & Sue N.

Dear Pavel,

Sue and I want to thank you and your people for the great therapy you've provided us over the last few years. Sue especially has been able to forgo a needed surgery on her lower back as a direct result of your work. We both feel much better in our daily lives with improved range of motion and just overall vitality which we attribute to our regular treatments.

Walt & Sue N.
Letter From: Toby R.

November 13, 2009

I was in a car accident in May 2008 and suffered a non-repairable back injury. I had physical therapy, pain medication, and spinal injections which did nothing to reduce the pain.
A friend recommended going to Pavel for deep tissue myofacial therapy. I was apprehensive thinking I had already tried everything. I am glad I went. Pavel worked out the pain I had been suffering the past year in the muscles surrounding my back injury. I will continue having treatments as needed and would recommend him to anyone suffering back, shoulder or neck pain.


Toby R.

The pain relief Pavel has given Toby has also helped with his mood. The pain related crankiness is also gone!
Thank you Pavel!!


Terry R.
Letter From: Chuck H

Recently I was diagnosed with low back strain as a result of improper lifting.

I had a very difficult time sitting, getting up and down, and was walking with the aid of a cane.

I was offered the choice of a chiropractor or massage therapy.

I chose massage therapy with PAVEL MASLENNIKOV.

Over the course of eight weeks with heat, massage therapies and stretching, I've regained my full range of motion. I have resumed my normal activities including 18 holes of golf almost daily. I am very happy with this type of treatment and results.


Chuck H
2-24-09
Letter From: Walter J.

My back problems started in April, 2006. Three acupuncture treatments and three chiropractor treatments were of no help. When asked where my problem was I informed them I had pain in my lower back and my left testicle, and consequently they worked on my lower back.

My wife had an appointment with Pavel on 6-31-06, she told him I was going in for an MRI later that day and went on to explain my symptoms. Pavel told her not to let me go in for surgery and that I should get an inversion board and start stretching my back. This I did and I started to get some relief and after a few days I was able to get off the couch for short periods of time.

I had also set up an appointment with Pavel for 7-17-06. I told him where my pain was and he informed me that he had been researching my problem and felt the pain was coming from the L-1 vertebrae. He treated me accordingly twice a week and by the fourth week most of the pain was gone.

On 8-10-2006, I saw Dr. Michael Markham at Rebound Orthopedics and Neurosurgical Specialists in Vancouver, WA. He read the MRI and confirmed that I had a ruptured disk on L-1/L-2. I told Dr. Markham that Pavel had been treating me and how much better I was doing and with that he told me to continue with Pavel and surgery was not needed at this time.

I am doing well and am still seeing Pavel; I can now dig clams, golf and have returned to my normal routine.

Thank You Pavel


Walter J.
Letter From: Blair S.

I have been a patent of Pavel Maslennikov since August 2006. My job entails that I carry 20 to 25 pounds of equipment on my waist and shoulders for 10 hours a day. As a result of this I suffer from chronic lower back pain. Before I started to see Pavel, I suffered from several pain relapses several times a year. This started about 15 years ago and I tried physical therapy along with adjusted my posture when lifting or moving from certain positions. This has helped but I still had back pain issues several times a year. This lower back pain would keep me from work 23 days. Since I started to see Pavel I have yet to have a lower back pain episode. I believe his massages to my back has relieved the pressure so I no longer miss work or endure the pain associated with my lower back.

Blair S.
Letter From: Jerry A.

My back went out at work about a year ago. I felt sharp pain going down my legs. I could hardly walk to my car and a few times the pain was so intense that it dropped me to my knees.

It got some what better after several weeks so I was able to walk and started to see a Chiropractor regularly. It felt that he would relieve my pain for a short time. Some times for a day, some times for an hour only. So I thought that it was my muscles and not my spine. I went to see my doctor at Kaiser and he referred me to Physiatrist. The Physiatrist felt that it was soft tissue problem and I asked him if he can refer me for a massage therapy. He referred me to Pavel Maslennikov. I started to see Pavel and he provided deep tissue myofascial therapy for my back and most of my pain is gone now.

I still get some tightness in my back when I have to lift heavy objects at work but it does not go into a severe spasm like it used to.

Jerry A.
Letter From: Debbie K.

In September 2006 I began to have some pain in my lower back and hips. I went to my doctor who took x-rays which came out normal. She gave me some pain medication and told me to call if it continued. The pain was increasing daily and now in my left leg. An MRI was done in October. The MRI results revealed that I did have three protruding discs in my lower back. Two of them were resting on nerve roots. It was suggested that I get an injection in my back for the pain and make an appointment at a pain management clinic. At this time I was at a level 10 on a pain scale of 1 to 10 constantly. The pain management clinic could not see me until February so I was prescribed some pain medication and told to wait. I made an appointment for the injection.

I began some physical therapy and ultra sound treatments which eased the pain, but only very temporarily. By January I could not sleep more than two hours, the pain was waking me at night, and I could not sit for more than 30 minutes. The pain was constant and shooting down my leg. I was also experiencing continual cramping in my left leg. I had been to Pavelís office before for some neck pain issues and am happy with the results. I showed my MRI results to him and asked him if he could do anything for me.

He suggested I postpone the steroid shot, come see him for massage therapy twice a week, and use an inversion table as much as possible. He also directed me to some literature regarding back pain. I did what he suggested and in about a month and a half the pain seemed to be decreasing in intensity. It was then I saw the pain management doctor and he agreed that massage therapy would be helpful and that a surgeon might be able to fix it, but surgery should be my last option. This was also when the MRI results were explained in full and the doctor told me I was in a very severe condition.

By April I was beginning to be able to sleep more and the pain was getting very light and manageable. In June I was able to sit in a car for a couple of hours at a time. I stopped taking pain medication July 1, and I am sleeping my normal hours. I didnít have the steroid shot, I didnít have surgery and I move normally most of the time. I am grateful to Pavelís experience and care. I believe his treatments have taken care of a problem that would ordinarily be treated by surgery.

Best Regards


Debbie K.
Letter From: Marilyn T.

My back ďwent outĒ on February 15, 2007. I sneezed hard and bent over to pick something up off the floor = severe massive pain. This pain was terrible! I could not sit, stand, walk, move in bed at all or get up + down when sitting in a chair or car without suffering greatly.

I went four times to a chiropractor, once for acupuncture and finally to my doctor, who referred me to Pavel Maslennikov. I had two full treatments form Pavel and my awful pain is gone and has not returned.


Marilyn T.
Letter From: Joe R.

Pre-History
Slipped October 10th, 2006, hurt right knee. Favored it and hunted in Idaho. I thought I pulled a muscle in left leg. It hurt for 2 weeks. I then
went to the doctor. Used Naproxin for 2 weeks with no relief. Also went to the chiropractor for 4 visits and it got worse. A co-worker recommended I see
Pavel Maslennikov.

I called for an appointment and got one for January 5th 2007. At that time I was in bed more than I was out of bed. I hurt 24-7. Extreme pain
(10+) when I stood up or sat down. Out lower disc level 3-4.

1st visit with Pavel
The next day I hurt bad. By the 3rd day I was able to move in bed and get pain free. The 4th day I was able to get up for 3-4 hours. By the 5th
day I went shopping with my wife. At this time I hurt to get up and down or to sit in a chair. At night it took a minimum 30 minutes to get comfortable.

2nd visit with Pavel
The day after was bad. By the 3rd day I was able to get up for 6 hours. The 4th day I was able to work outside and get 2 wheelbarrow loads of
wood to the house. I also rode our indoor bike 1 mile which took 15 minutes. By the 5th day I was getting better. Then by the 6th day I was pain free until 5 pm and I also rode the bike 1 mile in just 4 minutes. The 7th day I was pain free even stood up from my chair for the first time without pain.

3rd visit with Pavel
1st day felt good. The 2nd day, relapse. The 3rd day, hurt in the afternoon. 4th day, morning was good.

4th visit with Pavel
Hurt. Next day was good, I walked the mall then Fred Meyer. Next day went to Bob's and did some visiting. Next day walked up the road to neighbor's house and my knee hurt. Next day worked in the yard 4 hours. Next day, I had a good day.

5th visit with Pavel
Next day sore and hurt in the morning. 6th visit with Pavel Had a good week. 7th visit with Pavel Doing fine.


Joe R.

Letter From: Rhonda M.

When I first injured my back, I had severe pain in my lower right back that radiated into my stomach. I went to see my medical doctor and they couldn't find any thing wrong with me. After my first back treatment from Pavel I had much relief. Pavel used massage therapy and micro fiber massage on my back and after only a few treatments my pain was gone. I am a dental assistant and I am often sitting in an awkward position for most of the day. On going treatment from Pavel helps my back stay healthy now.


Rhonda M.
Letter From: Michael S.

It all started April 2007. I started having very sharp spasms and pain on my lower left side of my back. I donít recall any single event which precipitated the pain. I would wake up at night around 3am in severe pain, go get some Ibuprofens just to get back to sleep. I would take more Ibuprofens with breakfast in order to drive to work and get through the day. On a scale of 1 to 10, with ten being extreme pain, I felt my back pain was a constant 7-8 all day long and into the night. I had an MRI and X-Ray and everything looked okay from a muscle-skeletal and nerve perspective. I was relieved to hear that.
I stopped doing the things I liked: jogging, skiing, golf, yard work, bicycling, etc. All I could do was drive to work, where luckily I work in an office and donít have to do any lifting. I would just come home and sit on a heating pad.
I tried ice, heat, gentle stretching, baths, and aspirin. I then tried acupuncture, with some relief. But overall, the pain lasted during the entire summer and into the Fall.
So, I went to Pavel for deep tissue massage. During my massages sessions, Pavel would explain from a physiological perspective what was going on with my back pain. This really helped me, because I could feel myself starting to despair, that I would never be out of pain. After all, I wasnít used to being physically limited. I needed Pavelís ďholistic approach.Ē

I felt about 25% immediate relief, from Pavelís deep tissue massage treatments. I found immediate relief from that method, just after two sessions. Finally, after deep tissue massage, the pain subsided. I was so relived to be finally able to walk around, sit and stand without stabbing pain. I began to sleep through the night.
Pavel wisely suggested that I continue massage for awhile, even though the pain subsided. I was glad he said that, because over time, itís gotten better and better.
Today, which is now February 2008, I go the gym, work in the yard, ski, ALL without pain!

Now mind you, I still do the gentle stretches Pavel suggested to me, and I do a couple daily exercises that he also provided, and it really helps me keep my back limber and supple.
Iíve thought of ways to thank Pavel for his expertise, but all he says is, ďjust a simple thanks will suffice.Ē ( and he appreciates it when I pay on time, which I always do)
Not only is Pavel an expert on body treatments, but he is very easy to chat with and he is a true gentleman in the sense of the word. He is kind and I always felt completely comfortable in his care.
For me, itís been well worth every dollar.


Michael S.
Letter From: Don J.

History of Injury:

My lower back injury was caused by moving a heavy hide-a-bed couch on December 26, 2006. Of course a lower back condition like mine is built up from accumulative injuries and the December episode set in motion the worst condition I have ever experienced. Pain started three days later on December 29th (very typical for me that the back pain always starts three days after lifting heavy objects). Pain level increased each day for the next week and a half. During this period I was not able to go to work and spent my time lying down. Went to the doctor on January 5, 2007 and was prescribed Flexeril and Vicodon. Along with these two medications I was also taking over-the-counter ibuprofen 200 mg., 6 times a day. Pain continued with no improvement so I saw the doctor again on January 9, 2007. He ordered blood test (sedimentation looking for infection Ė which came back negative), (3) lumbar back x-rays, MRI lower back, and a colonoscopy. The back x-rays and MRI indicated that I had a dehydrated disk and maybe slight bulging but nothing that would directly explain the reason for the pain I was experiencing. I went back to work (desk job) after more than 21/2 weeks off work on January 14th for two hours, then four hours the next day, and finally full time on January 16th . When I returned to work was only taking the over the counter medication of Ibuprofen six times per day. At this point I was mostly in pain in the sitting position. Once home from work I would spend most of the rest of the evening lying down. At work I could only sit down for about 15 minutes at a time. I would have to get up and walk around and would be bent forward and leaning to the right side. After walking about 200 feet I would be able to straighten up. Each day I could sit a few minutes more before having to get up and walk. After about a month of taking Ibuprofen I was able to taper down the daily amount and eventually stopped taking it. Next I started going on daily walks to try and strengthen my back muscles. I slowly increased my daily mileage up to 3.2 miles a day, around 4 times a week. Was able to walk OK but still not able to sit for long periods of time and especially not able to sit with my lower back unsupported.

I went snow skiing for two days in early March (big mistake). Three days later I was in pain, and taking ibuprofen again, but was able to go to work. This pain episode lasted two weeks and I did switch from Ibuprofen for one week to a prescribed pain killer Voltaren 75 mg taken twice a day. After the pain subsided I started a City of Longview Parks and Recreation sponsored class in April, called Lower Abdominal and Back Muscle Strengthening. During this period I still was not able to sit for any long length of time. Also every time I did house chores, home repairs, or just about anything, my back would start hurting several days later. It is hard to explain how frustrated I was, I felt like my active life style was over. I wondered if I was ever going to be able to go on a vacation again because I would have to be in the sitting position a long time to go anywhere. At this point I would lay down in the back bench seat of the van any time we drove over an hour or so.

I sought help from a chiropractor early in the month of May to see if he could do anything to help my back. After a second session which included the addition of using a vibrating device, I still not got back to walking. Went back to my doctor, he prescribed one month of physical therapy and also referred me to a Doctor at the "In Motion Clinic". A physical therapist conducted eight sessions of physical therapy twice a week in late June and early July. This therapy consisted of electrical & ultrasonic stimulation and learning stretching and back strengthening exercises. Since I was only seeing minor improvement from the physical therapy they tried deep tissue massage during the last three therapy sessions. I was surprised by the benefit I felt from the very first massage. I noticed while driving away from the physical therapy appointment that my back felt better in the sitting position. Of course the improvement was temporary but for the first time it gave me hope.

After two months had passed, my appointment at the "In Motion Clinic" finally arrived. After looking at my X-rays and MRI results, the doctor felt my problem was a soft tissue injury and felt that massage therapy was a good place to start. He referred me to Pavel Maslennikov for deep tissue-Myofacial therapy. I will admit at first I had my doubts that this type of therapy would eventually return me to normal, especially after all had been through. It had now been eight months since my back felt normal and I figured it never would again. After five sessions with Pavel I got to the point in my therapy that I had no daily back pain. Also I no longer had the thought of back pain lingering in my mind all the time. I now was slowly able to resume a normal life. As I increased my daily activities my back would "talk" to me from time to time. I would have slight pain and I might have to take a couple Ibuprofen but nothing has been very severe nor long lasting. Although I am still not back to my previously active level (I haven't gone skiing yet) I now believe with proper back conditioning that I may eventually get back to my previous active life.

The past year was a bad year for me. Looking back I can only feel that I did things in the wrong order. I should have started with the least invasive therapy, instead of ending with it. I believe the reason I went this route is because of what my medical insurance would pay for. With the high cost X-rays, MRI's, colonoscopy, doctor visits, and physical therapy I know my insurance company would have saved money had they only paid for deep tissue-Myofacial therapy.

With hope for pain free future,


Don J.
Letter From: Brenda B.

To whom this may concern,

I thought I would write this so I could share my experience with how massage therapy has helped me.

First of all, three years ago I was hiking 10-13 miles a day, 4-5 days a week, but after about 5 months of this my back & hip were bothering me. When I went to the doctor they prescribed muscle relaxers to me and sent me to physical therapy. Neither one really loosened my back very much so I had to stop walking because the pain was too great. I even tried a chiropractor, but that had little success as well.

I should mention I used to pop my back when it would get tight then it would feel better. It was a way of adjusting my back. For the next two years I took it easy and gave up a lot of outdoor activities.

In December I pulled some muscles or something in my back and I could not lift my leg to get in a car or walk up stairs. I seriously thought I would have to quit working. I knew if I went to a doctor it would be more muscle relaxers or pain pills to mask the problem, without a permanent solution to help my back. I decided instead to go to a massage therapist, which I had tried years ago with great success.

By the second visit I was feeling better. I could lift my leg again and I knew I would not have to give up my job as a special needs preschool instructor. I now have had 6 treatments and my back is starting to pop and self adjust on its own again. I won't tell you the massage will put you to sleep because it can be painful for the first few times, but, it is highly effective in the long term. If I would have waited, and only listened to the doctors, the doctors probably would have wanted to do surgery. I sincerely believe a lot of back surgery could be prevented if people would go to a sports massage therapist first.

Sincerely.


Brenda B.
Letter From: Jim D.

March 03, 2008

My lower back went out at the 1st of the year and was causing me difficulty in walking and sleeping. A friend referred me to Pavel sighting he had achieved great results by seeing him himself.

After 6 or 7 visits I was feeling much better. Walking, sleeping and even lifting are a comfortable norm for me now.
Thanks Pavel for your help.


Jim D.
Letter From: Rosemary D.

I have had chronic back pain for many years. In September of 2007, I suffered severe back pain and was admitted to the hospital. Several tests were done including an MRI. Subsequently, I was treated with pain medications and physical therapy and was released two days later.

At that time I was instructed to get physical therapy while waiting for an appointment with the neuro-surgeon. I followed instructions and had physical therapy for the next two weeks, with little to no success in relieving the pain.
After, reviewing my records and the MRI, the neuro-surgeon advised me that he was certain that my problem was entirely muscular. He recommended that I go to a Physical Massage Therapist, since I was showing little to no improvement after two weeks with the regular physical therapy.

A close friend recommended Pavel Maslennikov, and I have been seeing him since that time. In the beginning, I had two appoints per week, but have been seeing Pavel weekly for quite some time now. I have lost patience from time to time, and Pavel has had to remind me that it has taken me a long time (I am 73 years old) to get my back in this condition, and it will take him some time to make it pain free again. Also, I have found this to be hard work some of the time. After all, this is physical therapy massage, not just relaxation massage.

My lower back is now pain free for the most part, with only light treatment needed. My upper back has proven to be a challenge, but is showing improvement now. I still require weekly treatments, however.

I have placed my trust in Pavel, and am certain his care has made a significant improvement in my health and well-being.


Rosemary D.
Letter From: Patricia B.

Thank you for helping to repair my back. The pain has gone and I am able to sleep uninterrupted again.

Patricia B.





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