Using the HIVAMAT 200: One client’s short journey on a multi-disciplinary approach to pain relief.

by richard on January 22, 2015

Mary is in her early fifties, is fit, and plays guitar. She had an audition set up and had been practicing a lot more than usual to get ready for it. She called because she was having pain on the top and the front and back of her right shoulder. She also indicated the pain referred down into her right upper arm mostly on the back (posterior) side and she was having trouble raising her right arm any higher than the level of shoulder (90 degrees) without pain. All of this made it very difficult to play guitar, to say the least.

In situations like this I use a systematic, methodical approach to treating a situation like Mary’s (neuro-muscular therapy, MFR, positional release work, various stretching techniques), working on all the muscles involved in the movement of her shoulder in a particular sequence. Being able to use the HIVAMAT and it’s capability to positively and deeply affect inflamed, painful tissue, I was able to draw down the pain in Mary’s shoulder and increase the pain-free Range of Motion (ROM), then address specific muscles/tissues and do this without the guarding and discomfort often associated with deep tissue modalities. Why? The HIVAMAT is the reason.

With the HIVAMAT:

  • Inflammation is reduced
  • Pain is decreased
  • Pain-free Range of Motion (ROM) is increased
  • Deep work is accomplished easily for both client and therapist (saves the therapist’s hands)

The HIVAMAT’S internationally patented technology effects the nervous system to help prevent pain signals from reaching the brain and helps stimulate your body to produce higher levels of its own natural painkillers. It also affects the lymphatic system to break up and move inflammation and speed up the tissue healing process.

How did Mary feel after her session?

  • Her pain was significantly reduced (from 8 to 1).
  • Her pain-free Range of Motion (ROM) returned to her normal level.
  • No more pain referring down into her upper arm.

This is a dramatic, but common, example of how using the HIVAMAT in conjunction with traditional massage modalities can have a very positive outcome for a client and the therapist. The HIVAMAT is a very powerful tool that makes doing “deep tissue” work much easier for the client because it works deep without the discomfort often associated with deeper bodywork modalities. It’s easier on the therapist because the therapist does not have to apply a great deal of force with thumbs, elbows, etc., to affect the client’s tissue at a very deep level.  It’s a winning situation for everyone.

Here is a link to the HIVAMAT page on our website. There you will find lots of info, videos, and FAQ’s. Contact us anytime with questions or to schedule an appointment.


Richard Maas is a Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Lymphatic Therapist, drummer, and gardener. He and his wife Dianne started practicing massage in 1990.

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