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Neck pain and shoulder pain

Letter From: Patrick J.

Pavel's Advanced Russian Physical Massage Therapy is like no other. He is simply great! I went to see Pavel with shoulder, back, and neck pain after my medical doctor said in essence, learn to live with it — you're just getting older. At age 61 there were still many things I wanted to do, and slowing down wasn't one of them. Pavel listened while I explained my symptoms, then he told me he believed he could help. In just a matter of a few visits he had me pain free. Now I'm in training to ride the "STP" (bicycling from Seattle to Portland).

Currently my wife sees him for back, shoulder and sciatic nerve discomfort. Wow! What a difference. She has worked outside more this spring than she has in years and there is no more talk of moving into the city.

Pavel has the knowledge and skills to unlock health and vitality. And best of all his methods are natural and without harsh medications. I LOVE THIS GUY!

Patrick J.
Letter From: Shelly A.

Early on Saturday morning I woke up with a sharp aching pain in my left arm. It hurt so bad it brought tears to my eyes. I woke my mom and she called my doctors emergency line. He called back ten minutes later and it seemed like thirty. He asked all the normal questions and my answer to all of them was no. The doctor suggested that I dislocated my arm in my sleep and in fact if that is what happened the pain should go away soon and he will see me Monday morning.

Saturday night was horrible. I couldn’t sit; I couldn’t lie so I paced the floor. I would only fall asleep when I was so tired I couldn’t hold my eyes open any longer. Then I would only sleep for a couple of minutes because the pain would wake me up. Then Sunday came and the same thing all over again. I tried Tylenol Advil and Ibuprofen they never even eased the pain at all.

Monday morning came, thank god, and off to the doc I was. He took x-rays and felt my arm all around and couldn’t come up with nothing else but dislocating my arm in my sleep and it might have pinched a nerve going back in. I didn’t think I slept that restless. So he prescribed me some pain medicine to help the pain, hoping it would get better soon. I went home and missed two or three days of work.

I couldn’t use my arm. I tried to use an arm sling to mobilize it hoping that would help. It didn’t. Then back to the doctor. He suggested if we can find the point where the nerve was pinched he could give me a shot to help the pain. I didn’t want that. So I asked the doctor about the massage therapist Pavel he referred my dad to for he shoulder when he had surgery. He told me his name and even called me in a referral.

I was scared to go at first because I have never had a deep tissue massage before and I hurt so badly. The first visit was rough. Every time my back and arm was touched I yelled and tears came to my eyes. Then two days later I came in for another massage. I was still in so much pain. The next visit I was feeling a little better. I could finally sleep all most through the whole night. I went twice a week for about two months and after every visit I got better and better.

Now I have no pain in my shoulder or arm. I never believed that massage therapy would help my pain, but it did and I have Pavel to thank for that.


Shelly A.
Letter From: Brenda J.

I want to take this time to tell you how much your deep tissue therapy has gave me my life back. I tell my story to a lot of people. I am sure some will come to you for pain.

In February I became stiff in my right neck. The stiffness felt like a kink. It never went away. By the end of the month it effected my right arm. I went to my Doctor and received meds and an MRI. Results: disk problems in my neck. By my 3d month I did not drive, sleep, move my head or lift my arm.

I seen a surgeon who told me I needed to have my disk cut out. I requested an option. I was told I could try therapy with a laugh.

Well I did. With a referral to P.T. I tried you and I am so ever grateful. By the end of the month I could move my head and lie down and sleep. My life was coming back now 5 months from the start of it all.

I can not tell you enough how grateful I am for having you cross my path in this moment of my life. If you could get the ward out to all bad disk people I am sure you would be able to eliminate a whole lot of surgeries. People out there need you and they do not even know it.
Thank you again. You have made my summer wonderful. I’ve been able to travel the states, camp and hike mountains, ride bike, drive again and most of all play with my grandchildren again-on the floor, and just live life and no surgery.
I choose Massage Therapy over any knife.

May God bless your life-like you have mine. I will see you again.


Truly Brenda J.
Letter From: Bart B.

August 20, 2007

History of Neck Problems:

20 years ago I was assigned to grease springs for 2 working days. I had to sit in a chair and bend over a box of springs and brush on grease. This was the beginning of my neck problems.

Through the years, most of the time my neck aches in the center, and is stiff to move from side to side.
About 5 years ago I had a MRI on my neck. I went to a neurosurgeon in Vancouver who told me I had a bone spur, but didn't suggest surgery. He recommended over the door traction at a 20 degree angle with 15 lbs of weight. I did this for a time without results.

About 4 years ago my left arm began aching and started physical therapy. I went for 12 visits with relief in my arm. This didn't resolve the problem with my neck. They used ultra sound and cold and light exercises.

About 2 years ago I went to physical therapy again for my neck. I went for 20 visits without results.

About 3 months ago, I began getting a sharp pain in my left shoulder. About two weeks later, my left arm started aching with pains shooting to my wrist. I had x-rays and started physical therapy. I received about 10 treatments without any results.
About 2 weeks ago I started deep tissue therapy with Pavel and had another MRI with following results:


HISTORY: NECK AND LEFT ARM PAIN
MRI CERVICAL SPINE WITHOUT CONTRAST

C4-5 LEVEL REVEALS A VERY SMALL CENTRAL DISC PROTRUSION WHICH IS MINIMALLY IMPINGING UPON THE VENTRAL ASPECT OF THE THECAL SAC. SPINAL CANAL AND NEURAL FORAMINA ARE PATENT. THESE FINDINGS ARE UNCHANGED SINCE THE PRIOR STUDY.
C5-6 LEVEL REVEALS DEGENERATIVE DISC SPACE NARROWING, DEGENERATIVE OSTEOPHYTES AND UNCOVERTEBRAL OSTEOPHYTIC RIDGING. THERE IS POSTERIOR BROAD BASED DISC PROTRUSION ASSOCIATED WITH DEGENERATIVE OSTEOPHYTES RESULTING IN MILD SPINAL CANAL, MODERATE TO SEVERE RIGHT, AND MODERATE LEFT NEURAL FORAMINAL STENOSIS. DEGENERATIVE CHANGES AT C5-6 LEVEL HAVE PROGRESSED SINCE THE PRIOR EXAMINATION.
C6-7 LEVEL REVEALS LEFT PARACENTRAL AND INTRAFORAMINAL DISC PROTRUSION WHICH WAS PRESENT ON THE PRIOR STUDY AND HAS NOT SIGNIFICANTLY CHANGED.

7-28-2008
Since my continued visits, I've improved to the point of being able to drive with no being
difficulty, ride my bike, do chores around the house, go on vacations, and pretty much have a normal life. My plan is to be completely pain free.

Thank you

Bart B.
Letter From: Steve J.

I began experiencing severe neck and right shoulder pain in April 2006. 1 strained my upper back and shoulder muscles. This was caused by over exertion from painting ceilings and years of playing golf. In truth the pain and discomfort were affecting my family life and work life.

My doctor first recommended physical therapy, which I found to be worthless. The PT included stretching “rubber bands” hooked to door knobs. Because I was already physically active I found these a waste of time.
My doctor referred me for an MRI where it was discovered I had some minor arthritis between two vertebrae in my neck. My doctor then referred me to an arthritis specialist for injections to these vertebrae.

Needing immediate attention I stopped to see Pavel Maslennikov, Advanced Russian Physical Massage Therapy. Having a full schedule Pavel asked to see me on Saturday. After about 6 weeks of therapy I began feeling much better. At that time we began scheduling my therapy every two weeks and are now at every three weeks.

After consulting with Pavel and the specialist, I decided to continue the massage therapy on a regular basis.
Today I am pain free. I feel better than I have in the past two or three years. I continue to play golf, paint, and work around my house. I have returned to the gym where I am weight-lifting and stretching.

I continue to see Pavel for massage therapy monthly. The treatment I have received from Pavel has had a profound positive impact on my entire life.


Steve J.
Letter From: Judy L.

When I first came to Advanced Russian Physical Massage Therapy Clinic for treatment, I was having terrible headaches and a great deal of neck pain. I was told by Longview Radiologists that I had “Degenerative Disc Disease”.

I had a few therapy treatments and I was feeling so much better. I was totally amazed and very thankful to feel so much better!

I was also, very thankful for Pavel’s helpful tips about healthy eating habits that would help with my Disc Disease. I’m following the advice and health tips in my daily life.

I appreciate all Pavel’s help.

Thanks again!


Judy L.





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