My arm was so atrophied that the students at WMTI sent me to Chuck LaFrano. I was in so much pain so much of the time I couldn’t even sleep through the night. Now I can fall asleep on my shoulder sometimes! I have so much more use of my arm today. I can do normal things like open a door, reach over to fasten my seat belt or open my glove box. I can even pick up and carry a grocery bags today with my right arm. My arm is a functional limb today thanks to Chuck.
I have made extensive use of Chuck LaFrano’s scar tissue massage work. I am an avid soccer player and coach. Prior to this I fought in the Golden Gloves. In college, I was a gymnast. At 48 years old I have managed to tear almost every muscle and tendon in my body to some extent. Probably the most vivid benefit of Chuck’s work was after I ruptured my Achilles tendon on Nov. 14, 1993. It required surgical repair. Chuck began working on it two weeks after surgery, while I was in a walking brace. My orthopedic surgeon offered a guarded prognosis for recovery, estimating that I would not have use of the tendon for at least 9 to 12 months. My prospects for playing soccer competitively were questionable. I chose not to go to physical therapy and asked Chuck if he would do the rehab work. I got steadily better and stronger. After three months I was able to jog, and five and a half months after surgery I was playing soccer full out. I could run and cut and not hold back. That tendon, the left, actually is sore less often than the right. I also suffered a third degree separation of my right shoulder, which I had repeatedly injured earlier during gymnastics. Chuck got me through that, quickly enabling me to return to a set of 30 pull-ups. It may take a small book to describe adequately the host of lesser tears and injuries Chuck has fully rehabilitated for me. I’ll close by telling you that when Chuck was recommended to me in Sept. of 1989, I was ready to quit playing soccer because of soreness and nagging injuries. I figured my playing days were probably up. I asked him if his work could keep my playing soccer. I played for 17 more years, and I still coach. For me, this extended run has been nothing short of miraculous.
I was involved in an automobile accident in January of 1997 and shattered my tibial plateau. The surgeon worked on it for over five hours placing a plate and then seven screws into the shattered bone. Upon healing, the lower part of my leg bent to the outside and I was always in pain. I saw another doctor and he ‘scoped’ the knee but I didn’t get relief from the pain and the kink was still there. In March of 1998 he did a total knee replacement. At a friend’s urging I had you come over to work on scar management about a week later (after the surgery). I had a visiting nurse and physical therapist coming to see me also. The day after your first visit the nurse, without knowing about your work, commented on how much the swelling had gone down in my knee and that afternoon the physical therapist commented on how well the knee was able to move. I believe they had been to see me two days earlier. I always felt better after your work. I don’t know how well I would have done without you since I’ve never had this kind of surgery before but I have and will again recommend massage therapy to anyone I know who has knee surgery.
At age 60 I had allowed myself to become dangerously overweight and out of shape. So I began a diet and exercise program, and after 18 months am happy to be 90 pounds lighter and much healthier. Throughout this process, I received weekly massages from Julie which were tremendously beneficial. Not only did she keep me loose and limber so that I could continually increase my activity, but she also helped to alleviate and ache, pain, or soreness I might have had from all that exercise. Today I feel great and Julie has been a big part of that!
I started seeing Julie when we were having some difficulties trying to have a child and did not want to pursue more invasive options. She worked with me in conjunction with my acupuncturist and midwife to not only help me get pregnant and stay pregnant but to keep me comfortable during my pregnancy and afterwards to relieve some of the new mommy aches and pains. I am very thankful to have had such a wonderful pregnancy and an easy delivery of a healthy baby boy. I firmly believe they deserve a tremendous amount of credit for how comfortable I was during my pregnancy. In addition to her massage skills, her positive attitude and compassion are significant part of the therapy she provides. She even convinced my husband to give massage a try and won him over. He generally does not like people touching him but Julie was able to make him comfortable with the process. He is thrilled that she restored the range of motion in his shoulder that had scar tissue build up from a series of old injuries. She has also helped him manage his carpal tunnel symptoms and various gym injuries. Her hot stone massage is his favorite.
-Julie and Karl J.
A massage from Chuck or Julie is very effective and relaxing. They really use their knowledge of the human body to understand and work on your individual needs. Not a ‘routine’, not clinical, but a truly customized and personal approach. I’ve experienced all kinds of massages over the last 15 years from salons, private practices, and resorts. After finding Julie I don’t bother going anywhere else, not even on vacation. Her Ashi massage takes the experience to a whole new level. she really makes it an art form. it has completely spoiled me for a traditional massage and is without a doubt the best massage I ever had.
-Megan S., Healthcare Executive, Naperville, IL
About 16 months ago I had some surgery on my neck. All went well. About a month later I began to experience lower back pain that seemed unrelated to anything I could think of (though I did take note of the timing in relation to the surgery). It did not trouble me overly much during the day but began to seriously disturb my sleep… to the point that eventually I sought the assistance of a physiotherapist who had done good work for/on me in the past. Lots and lots (and I mean LOTS) of work, referrals, hours, dollars and diagnoses later, I was somewhat – but not consistently and not much – better. And the area in which I had had the surgery – the scars and surrounding tissue – continued to feel simply ‘not right’. Since my first session with you, in which you worked for over half an hour just on the scar tissue, I have had an uninterrupted string of the most comfortable nights I have experienced in 15 months. I feel oh sooooo much better and it seems to be sticking!!!
I started to see Julie LaFrano in January of 2010 due to a lower back problem that really inhibited me from doing the things I love such as golfing and working out. After my first visit she did a evaluation of what she found and devised a game plan on how to get me back to doing the things I love. I believe for the first month I went once a week and noticed results right away within the first couple of weeks. She doesn’t just focus on your problem area, but the body as a whole, which helped my healing process immensely. After the first month I believe I went down to every other week and then to once a month as just a maintenance program to keep everything loose and flexible. Today I’m playing the best golf of my life and have very little low back pain and my flexibility has increased as well. I highly recommend Julie to everyone, not just people who are weekend warriors like myself, but to anyone young or old. Julie has been the main reason why I can enjoy the things I had the most trouble doing before I started seeing her. Thanks again, Julie
-Matt H – Naperville, IL
In the fall of 2009, after years of weight training, in-line skating and social dancing, I noticed I could no longer even look over my left shoulder to check for traffic on the expressway. So, I began to seek treatment to resolve immobility, stiffness and tension between my neck, left shoulder, and cervical vertebrae. I eventually went to see Julie LaFrano to try Ashiatsu massage therapy for the first time. While I was really impressed that Julie could use her feet much more effectively than most therapists use their hands, I soon came to realize that her knowledge, understanding and skill went way beyond that. Within a few sessions, Julie observed, assessed, and relieved what 3 chiropractors and several other massage therapists missed for over a year. My body didn’t need to be pushed, cracked, or hammered back into place. It instinctively knew how it should be aligned, but somehow just forgot how to get there. Julie’s floating joint therapy gently led my body back home exactly to where it wanted to go. Count your blessings if you are lucky enough to frequent Chuck & Julie LaFrano’s treatment & training center in Breckenridge. They are such an asset, you will cry if they ever move far away to another town.
-Jim B – Chicago, IL