No matter how much we may try to avoid it, life demands routine. Wake up, work, lunch, gym, errands, home, repeat. Does that sound familiar? Whether you’re typing away at a desk, speaking to groups of people or using your muscles at work, your body gets used to moving in a certain way, and that results in repetitive motions that don’t do your muscles any favors.
In fact, we often hold stress in the face, clenching the jaw muscles all day and night. That’s not a good pattern to get into, but it’s next to impossible to break the habit on your own. At the Ballston Spa, NY dental practice of Dr. Frederick Dreher, we emphasize the connection between your mouth and the rest of your body — and we know that when your jaw is tense, it affects the rest of your body in a big way. That’s why we take the Trager Approach to improve your overall wellbeing by focusing on your oral health first.
The Trager Approach
Trager Approach is a type of therapy that believes that the body and mind are connected. Our minds are a place of storage of positive, negative, and neutral experiences. With every experience, our minds create holding patterns that interact with the body. Trager aids in replacing negative patterns with more positive, pleasurable experiences by helping suppress the “fight or flight” sympathetic nervous system response with the parasympathetic nervous systems “rest and digest” response. This leads to a deep state of mental and physical relaxation and releases unnatural patterns using gentle, rhythmic rocking motions.
This Trager Approach has two stages: table work and mentastics.
The table work stage of the Trager Approach is the passive stage. It’s a super-relaxing treatment that you might compare to a full body massage — but without the pressure. During table work, you rest fully clothed on a table while the therapist moves your body in new, natural ways. You won’t experience any discomfort, as the aim of this stage is not to apply pressure or resistance. It’s all about moving your body in non-habitual motions — the difference in flying with wings and typing at a desk.
The mentastics stage of the Trager Approach is the active stage in which you move your own body in new ways to get a wider range of motion. You can engage in mentastics alone, in one-on-one sessions or with a group.
Is the Trager Approach Right for You?
Trager Therapy is an excellent option for treating a number of conditions that cause our muscles to tense and hold stress.
- Stress, anxiety and depression: these conditions can make it difficult for you to release your muscles.
- Bruxism and TMJ: Trager Therapy retrains your jaw muscles to prevent clenching throughout the day and at night.
- Treating sports or other injuries, Parkinson’s disease, carpal tunnel syndrome or other diseases that cause limited mobility
- Back, neck or other bodily aches
Call Dr. Dreher for Trager Therapy Today
If you’re suffering from bruxism or the disorder in your jaw we call TMD, or if you think your body would benefit from muscles that are deeply relaxed, Trager Therapy could be the answer you’ve been looking for. Don’t wait to schedule your appointment at our Ballston Spa dental practice — you’ll be on your way to serious relaxation and better health overall. How does that sound?