Severe Chronic Pain and Autoimmune Disorders At one point, I felt like my health was spiraling out of control. I had chronic pain in my arms, back, neck and legs which limited my mobility. My functional doctor recommended myofascial release therapy, so I did some research, and I am so grateful that I found Izabela. She brought me hope from the very beginning and I always look forward to my sessions with her! Izabela is a kind and loving person who is very passionate about helping people heal not only by providing physical therapy and myofascial release therapy, but also self-healing techniques that have all helped me significantly.
Izabela has inspired and empowered me with the mind-body-breath awareness. I learned that a changed outlook has a positive effect on our body and health. I now practice gratitude, mindfulness and always try to stay positive! I am feeling much better and able to enjoy life again! I am also sharing information that I learned from Izabela with others to help them with their health journeys. I appreciate and love Izabela and would highly recommend her! - Laurie
Sciatica Izabela came highly recommended by my children's physical therapist. I had been dealing with sciatica on and off for a few years. The most recent episode was the worst and I found little relief. Izabela was quickly able to determine the problem. Between our in office sessions and my at-home program, I started to improve quickly. She was not only focused on helping me short term, but discovering the root cause so it would not happen again. Visits with her are private, quiet, and very calming. I highly recommend Izabela to anyone in need of physical therapy.
Knee Injuries/Hip Out of Place I learned about Izabela a year or so ago. I heard about her from a lady I met at a Luncheon. The Lord sends us help from angels. I had had knee injuries two years apart. From this, the shifting of the weight popped my right hip out of place. It had been out of place for about 9 years. I tried different types of Dr.'s to no avail. Before I got to my car, it had popped out again. Once I came to Izabella, she was able to put it back in place permently. It took a while since it had been out so long. I had other issues from this, but they are also coming along gradually - DM
Hip Pain I consider Izabela a true wellness partner and teacher. She is a positive person whose mission is to guide her patients to a life of pain-free movement at any age. She sees. She examined my whole body, no matter what the complaint, to determine possible alignment irregularities, evidence of old injuries, and other barriers to well-being. In effect, she put the pieces of a body puzzle together to produce a positive outcome for me. She listens. This is a person who listened to me to understand both what was being said and what was not being said. As a patient, I felt she “got me.” She took into account my medical history as well as my current physical status as I perceived it, and formulated a plan that was unique to me. Hers was not a cookie-cutter approach nor was it rigid. Her treatment varied depending on the response of my body. She teaches. She explained the interconnectedness of not just the body, but of the mind and body to allow itself to heal. Even simple stretches were made more powerful and effective through the use of visualization and breathing techniques. Exercises she assigned me will be helpful if not vital to my continued wellness - LV
Severe problem with my jaw and my mouth I wanted to recommend and also thank Izabela for her work and her open heart towards people. I started my therapy with Izabela having a severe problem with my jaw and my mouth after certain dental procedures. I could not open my mouth more than 2 fingers. It was terrible for me. I went to many doctors and they could not help me. All testes were negative. I had terrible pain when I was eating. I could not even brush my teeth. I had a lot of fears about it. I would wake up at night not knowing what will happen next. Izabela gave me a great gift during my first visit- it was a gift of hope. Myofascial Release was very helpful. After short time, I started eating, sleeping better and the fear that I could not control before- was subsiding. Whoever has a problem with the body, knows very well that fear and anxiousness is a big part of the problem. It was a very hard time for me. Izabela, I want to thank you from my heart, for your help, for your deep listening and the time that you offered me. For everyone else- please trust and take advantage from this amazing work - MP
Originally submitted in Polish: Chcialam polecic, a rownoczesnie podziekowac Iza za prace, za otwarte serce, ktore ma dla drugiego czlowieka. Trafilam do Izy z bardzo duzym problemem zuchwolo- stawowym. Nie moglam otwozyc buzi nan szerokosc 2 palcow. To byo straszne. Bylam u wielu lekarzy, rozkladali rece. Wszystkie badania niczego nie wykazaly. Bol, Bol przy jedzeniu, nie moglam nawet myc zebow. A starch coraz wiekszy. Budzilam sie w nocy z lekiem co bedzie dalej. Iza podarowala mi juz na pierwszej wizycie nadzieje, “ ogromna nadzieje”. Po krotkim czasie zaczelam jesc, lepiej spac I strach ktory byl nie doopanowania malam. Ktos kto ma problemy zdrowotne dobrze wie o czy pisze. Byl to bardzo ciezki czas dla mnie. Iza dziekuje ci z calego serca, za pomoc, za uwazne sluchanie, za czas ktory ofiarujesz. Zaufaj I skorzystaj z tej wielkiej mocy! - MP
Knee surgery A friend of mine recommended I try MFR after my knee surgery, I had never heard of it. Through the John Barnes website I picked someone who was an expert level. I am so glad I found Isabella, she is a healer, it is hard to explain how she relieves your pain but when she lays her hands on you, she releases all of your tension.
She can find trigger points you did not even know you had. When you leave the office, it feels like you are floating. I highly recommend treatment with Izabella! - GP
Fibromyalgia pain Izabela has helped me tremendously with my fibromyalgia pain and disabilities resulting from that diagnosis. When I met her, I was not able to work. I was socially isolated and my life, in general, was a mess because of constant pain. My body was weak, and I was fatigued just thinking about participating in any activity. Izabela was the first person who understood how to treat me without aggravating my symptoms. Within three months, I was able to start doing gentle exercises and my pain was significantly reduced. I was also able to return to work full-time.
After the state closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, I was afraid to continue in person therapy, due to my weakened immune system. When Izabela suggested Mind-Body Clinic as an alternative, I was skeptical that online treatment could serve as an alternative to the hands-on treatment. However, after I suffered from a flare-up, I was willing to try anything to ensure that I did not relapse in my treatment. I have been pleasantly surprised by the outcome. Izabela was not only able to help with the flare up, but we have continued our weekly sessions. During this time, I’ve seen a tremendous improvement in my functionality, and for the first time years I’m now able to work out (3x a week) and complete daily activities without pain.
During our Mind-Body Clinicsessions, Izabela conducts a thorough evaluation and provides a diagnosis via a video call. Her ability to locate the pain/tightness and provide instructions on how to alleviate the pain is amazing. She also developed a custom treatment plan for me to complete alone.
Experiencing Mind-Body Clinic treatment for an injury or pain can seem intimidating at first, but Izabela has taken every possible step to ensure that she provides the same clinical expertise and commitment to my health that I would experience face to face.
During my Mind-Body Clinic visit, Izabela walked me through a step-by-step evaluation to accurately diagnose my pain and identify the source of my pain. Then she educated me on the specifics of my issue and prescribed a personalized recovery plan with home-care instructions. This recovery plan included specific, customized exercises designed to improve my body’s mobility, stability, and strength. Combined, these active rehab exercises have addressed the root of my pain. I have not felt this good in years! LT
Shoulder replacement In late Feb-2020, I had a left shoulder replacement. After my initial evaluation & PT session in person with Izabela, my continuing PT with her via what is now called Mind-Body Clinic, is going very well. I like the fact that I'm working one on one, with just her, instead of having a few different therapists, like at larger facilities. I feel very comfortable with her, as if she's right there in my house. She always pays close attention to make certain I'm doing things correctly.
Especially when there are new exercises added to that day's session, or if I have questions about any exercises, Izabella promptly sends me a concise video recapture of the exercise (PT) session afterwards, which gives me the confidence & assurance that I'm doing them correctly. And I can always refer to the recapture again if needed. I'm able to have the comfort & safety of sheltering at home, & saving time not having to drive to each appt.
I highly recommend Izabella & her expertise in PT, and in using this new what is now called Mind-Body Clinic format - Barbara
D.I.S.H. Syndrome / Rebounding Muscle Tightness Mind-Body Clinic Follow-up The format for Izabela's what is now called Mind-Body Clinic sessions is much different than her hands-on Myofascial Release Physical Therapy (MFR) approach, but in my first experience, it was just as beneficial. Viewing laptop screens of each other, and answering Izabela's usual first question of how I was doing, was a warm beginning to the session.
While 10 miles apart, I still felt the energy of her care and then the session began, with each of us closing our eyes in a meditative manner, while positioning a therapy ball at the vertical level of my heart and pressing from the support of my chair into my back. The moderate pressure of the therapy ball acted as a physical anchor for my focus and a visual mind anchor for Izabela's connection. It was Izabela's voice that created the other session anchor for me, enabling me to maintain focus on the energy within myself, as together, through her words, and my attention, we scanned my body.
The pressure of the ball pressing into my back offered physical release, and, the journey of my thoughts, grounded by my breath, and that ended heart-centered, brought a sense of inner peace. Before I knew it, the session had ended and I had a more relaxed back and a bit happier soul.
My first Mind-Body Clinic experience reinforced my opinion that MFR (no matter if in-person or Mind-Body Clinic) is very much driven by a strong mind-body connection within myself. I have learned from Izabela that healing is largely an inner journey, and guided by her, formerly in person and now through her Mind-Body Clinic, I can still make great progress towards heart-centered self-awareness and optimal management of my health challenges.
My Mind-Body Clinic session was excellent and an effective one-on-one treatment - GV
Multiple fractures and broken bones "30 years ago I was in a terrible car accident that changed my life. I spent months in the hospital with multiple fractures and broken bones. I had to learn how to do many things again and have had many braces for different injuries. A plethora of therapists and doctors have told me that the pain and loss of mobility due to the accident won’t go away and will worsen with age. They told me I had no choice and this is stuck with me, until I met Izabela. Through her treatments the pain has been reduced an incredible amount and quality of life has been so much better. Although the pain is not gone yet she has given me hope that it will. That wouldn’t have happened if I didn’t meet her. She is an expert in her field and a compassionate person. From day one she has always had a great demeanor and really listens to what you have to say. I cannot speak highly enough of her, she truly is a human miracle giver" - Brian Burke
Chronic pain, and numerous autoimmune disorders Izabela has been instrumentally in my healing. As a person with chronic pain, and numerous autoimmune disorders, I’d given up on healing from shoulder surgery and resigned to a life of extreme discomfort from this surgery, as well as from neuropathy. After working with Izabela, I’ve seen astounding changes in my body. From dramatically decreased pain to increased wellness and flexibility, her bodywork -which infuses MFR, energy work and traditional practices- has changed my life for the better! Words cannot truly express how her work has changed my quality of life -- Kathy Johnson (educator)
Two knee replacements, a detached quad and back surgery As you can see from what I have done, I have spent a lot of time in conventional PT. Nothing ever got me back to where I wanted to be when it came to therapy. I decided on a whim to try MFR and Izabela. I liked that she originally had traditional PT schooling, but, had moved on and had become an expert at MFR. When I first started there I could hardly stand up straight without severe back pain. My posture was atrocious. I honestly would say I was in pain 75%-80% of my life. Which is why I threw all caution to the wind and decided to try something completely different than what I was used to.
After less than a year I am a New person. I walk anywhere from 3-6 miles a day with my beautiful Golden. I exercise on my rebounder (mini-trampoline) daily. My back feels so good! I would say 90% of my pain is gone. The 10% is usually when I do something stupid that a 60 year old should not be doing anyway. It might flare up a tiny bit. Although, I now know how to take my small ball that Izabela gave me and release that pain in about 20 minutes. I would recommend Izabela to anyone suffering in pain. It is NOT traditional PT, you have to be open and let her work her magic. Be open-minded and you can feel like a new person like I do. Thank you Izabela!
Rotator Cuffs, Range of Motion A number of years ago, in totally unrelated incidents, I tore both my rotator cuffs. After surgical repairs, I spent many hours and endured lots of pain in rehab therapy. While rehab returned both shoulders to functionality, my range of motion never attained more than 75% normal. I learned to live with this.
More recently, however, my right shoulder began to pain such that I felt my doctor should look at it. After his review, he suggested either of two procedures or both – expensive shots and/or surgery. My response to both was “no”, I will try therapy. I elected Myofascial Release Therapy with Izabela.
After my first session with Izabela, I wondered whether such gentle hands-on pressures with an occasional deep tissue manipulation would, in fact, give me the relief I was seeking. I never posed this question to Izabela, but rather continued my sessions with her. My faith in Izabela strengthened as the pain in my right shoulder began to subside, and was beginning to feel normal again. She continues working with me to improve my range of motion in both shoulders, relieve recurring pains in my left shoulder, and stiffness in my neck - AC
Muscle Spasms after Brain Surgery/Mind-Body Communication Izabela has helped me a lot after my brain surgery. I was having muscle spams frequently, almost daily. After a few sessions I was able to have normal range of motion and less spasms. It also improved my mind/body communication. I now respect my body much more and allow it to heal. MFR has made a significant improvement in my recovery - Alma R
Rheumatoid Arthritis I want to thank Izabela for her knowledge, her wisdom, her experience and her dedication to helping people through myofascial release physical therapy. Thanks to her treatments the stiffness and pain in my muscles and joints has greatly diminished. I now have mobility throughout my body that was lost for many years. My knees are finally moving with ease and I stand up straight again, Other therapies I've had failed to relieve pain and did not help increase mobility.This method has produced results beyond my expectations. I highly recommend Izabela and I give thanks to God for the Divine intervention that sent me to her. I am free of the debilitating symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis - MaryAnn
Chronic neck pain, migraine headaches and back pain I have an adult daughter with physical disabilities and I have been necessarily lifting her for 40 years. This is important because I was getting to a point of pain when I would try to move or lift her that was beginning to impair my ability to care for her. I also was having so much pain and stiffness in my neck that it was becoming difficult to turn my head while driving. My neck angled forward somewhat and I was actually unable to come into a fully upright posture. I had quite a bit of therapy previously, but with no change in my posture (despite doing prescribed exercises faithfully) and no substantial or lasting improvement of my symptoms. After beginning treatment with Izabela, I was soon able to move my neck well enough to drive safely again and able to work with my daughter without pain. I am now able to stand upright and aligned again.I am a nurse by profession and am analytical and skeptical of any modality until I have real experience with it. I do not recommend treatments or practitioners easily, yet I frequently encourage people I know and meet to check out MFR - Sue
Chronic back pain I have suffered from chronic back pain for years. It was when I discovered a different approach to therapy and with the help of Izabela’s tremendous amount of knowledge and experience, my life has completely changed. I am so grateful to have met Izabela as she is very understanding and sympathetic. I can finally live a healthy and pain free life. Thank you so much, Izabela!! - Bernadette
Physical and Other Types of Trauma "I am very Thankful to God for guiding me to Izabela for myofacial release therapy. I believe she is gifted with intuitiveness and wisdom to understand what part of the body is in the most troubled. Once I got the gist of how the mind, body and spirit work together for healing... I received a great deal of healing and learned to care for my body ,mind and spirit in a way I never understood before. Izabela helped me to get in touch with areas of my body that I had lost communication with. I have learned to deal with stress, have less pain and can move freely turn to my God for help in time of need... the therapy opened pathways to areas not only physically but emotionally that had been blocked for a long time due to physical and other types of trauma I had suffered. Thanks to God and Izabela for using her gifts for healing" - SS
Myofascial Release Treatments to Restore Body Mobility and Proper Functioning I am so amazed by and grateful for your myofascial release treatments, wisdom and your exceptional care, Izabela You have worked wonders and helped me to restore my body’s mobility and proper functioning.I can’t quite explain to others “how” all this works, all I know is: it has worked, and nothing else did.It is sort of a miracle.Friends and family who have observed the limitations I previously encountered, can see for themselves the tremendous recovery that you have helped me achieve.Often, in the quiet moments when I’m doing some mundane task – I am overcome with a sense of gratitude for having my body back.Although I was in constant motion before, now I can do so with ease and much greater ability.I am forever grateful.-- I drive an hour to receive treatment from Izabela.It is worth it.If you have been trying to unlock the solution to a physical restraint that is limiting your lifestyle – and you are willing to work toward a solution – I cannot recommend Izabela more highly.Take the leap, have some faith, let go and reap the rewards. LM
Hip Alignment and Body Fluidity I came to Izabela two years after a successful one level fusion on l4/l5. I discovered that my body pulled to one side and that one hip was visibly higher than the other. Through a series of myofascial release techniques, I have much more freedom of movement. My hips feel more level and I've learned how to keep my body more fluid. I am much more aware of my body, any minor aches or pains and how to process them to be able to release them. I'm so glad I found Izabela! Thank you for more fluidity in my body -RT
Mastectomy and Reconstructive Surgery I would like to thank Izabela for her help working through scar tissue after multiple surgeries around an implant. As a result of her work my range of motion and function has increased TREMENDOUSLY even after a lot of traditional physical therapy - PM
Post-Mastectomy I want to thank you for the relief I am experiencing following the MFR treatment you provided. Following a mastectomy of my right breast, the tissue surrounding this area, and adjacent areas, became stiff, tight, and somewhat immobilized. Thank you, Izabela, your treatment was most beneficial, it allows an increased range of motion and has restored a better sense of balance in my body and spirit - JC
Spinal Stenosis My Doctor diagnosed me with spinal stenosis. It was very painful to walk or do anything that required bending or stretching. My husband had been helped greatly by Izabela with a neck problem. I decided to follow up with Izabela for my own condition. After 4 or 5 sessions I began to get relief from the pain. Upon completion of my therapy, I am now able to walk again for exercise. This has given me my life back and I highly recommend Izabela's practice as a healing venue. Thank you Izabela. Myofascial is a marvelous technique - A
Pelvic Floor Dysfunction and Chronic Pain I have tried for years to find a physical therapist that could help me with pelvic floor dysfunction and chronic pain resulting from adenomyosis and endometriosis. I have suffered for over 20 years of chronic pain and the emotional stress resulting from it. I instantly felt like Izabela understood my pain and me. I never felt judged or misunderstood. For the first time in my life I feel hopeful that my pain will get better and that I can live a healthy and meaningful life. She has taught me strategies to use on my own to handle pain and distress and I use them daily. Her methods are sincere and effective and she is a very kind and nurturing individual. I am glad that I finally found a PT that can help me and understand me. I highly recommend her! -Kate M
Pain and Tight Muscles Izabela is a very kind, caring and knowledgeable physical and myofascial release therapist who also teaches you how to help yourself. My whole body was tight and painful and Izabela was patient working with me on many areas to release the tight muscles and fascia related to my pain. My body feels so much stronger and looser. I highly recommend her - W
Degenerative Disc Disease, Scoliosis, Spinal Stenosis, and Nerve Damage Izabela’s miraculous work has helped me regain a level of mobility I never expected to reach. I had done excruciating sports-PT for years with no lasting benefit and eventually stopped. I am fully and permanently disabled and supported by SSDI, due to degenerative disc disease, scoliosis, spinal stenosis, nerve damage, and retrolisthesis of one vertebrae. I have been in a chronic pain for many years. Through Izabela’s work, I have spent the last few days carefully packing my car for a cross-country drive, and will then be driving for two days. This level of performance was out of reach a year ago, I had to hire people to do everything like this. I am still in a world of pain, but it is managed—not with medication, but stretches, breathing, and awareness of the nerve pain as data. I have also lost 50 pounds during her treatment, thanks in large part to her motivation and encouragement toward health. I miss her, but I am moving to another state and I already need more help of that type of work - AA
Neck Tension/Migraine Issues I began working with Izabela over a year ago. For ten years prior, I tirelessly sought chiropractors, massage therapists, neurologists, etc trying to solve my neck tension/migraine issues. Nothing helped. Izabela has a unique approach to the body and treats it as a whole. I took a chance, and her fascia release treatments really do help! It was different than anything I had ever done and I started noticing the frequency of my headaches going down after the first four visits or so. It was wonderful! I could feel myself finally relaxing and healing. A year later, I am not completely headache free and probably will never be, but they are so better than I ever could have hoped. They come much less frequently and are less debilitating now. I am finally gaining my life back! - N. Hite
Chronic Upper Back Pain I wanted to take a moment to thank you for relieving my chronic upper back pain through your myofascial release therapy. My Primary Care Physician had recommended this type therapy and it really mitigated the pain after only 1 session. Due to my repetitive 8-10 hours daily computer work and since I had the severe upper back pain for about 5 months, I returned for a 2nd session. I’ve been pain free for about 2 months now. I really appreciate your skills and would highly recommend your services to other back pain patients. Thanks so much - Janet P.
Cervical Herniated Disc and a Fractured Wrist Izabela goes beyond the bounds of her professional guidelines. She continues to offer post treatment recommendations on an ongoing basis, keeping her patients informed in all aspects of life. She always takes time to listen and give her utmost attention and direction when needed. The results achieved by her treatments are right on point. She is a therapist extraordinaire -Dr. F. D. McNeal
Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis) After being diagnosed with frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis) from a work injury, I sought out a physical therapist who specializes in MFR ( MyoFascial Release) to get me well again. I knew the nature of my ailment was not so much a joint problem that caused pain in back, arm and neck muscles, but rather the other way around. The muscles in my whole upper quadrant had been progressively tightening for months, due to repetitive motion. I eventually could not raise my arm above shoulder height, and was in constant pain. I would sleep only about 2-3 hours out of sheer exhaustion, and even then it was fitful, as any movement caused pain.
Izabela's approach may seem odd at first. What you will receive is hands on (quite literally) treatment for the full session. Not just a few minutes of the therapist’s time, and a point in the direction of exercise machines as some of my friends claimed they got at a major therapy chain. It was that one on one time that I truly appreciated. . After 2 months of treatment I was sleeping normally and after 3 months I was back to work.
I also learned that if your injury is from work, and insurance approved a workman’s comp claim, you have the right to choose your treating doctors and therapists. Insurance companies often have partner deals with big chain establishments, but the final decision is yours, even if it takes a little work to convince them of that fact. I wholeheartedly recommend MFR. Many in the medical community are starting to recognize its effectiveness. Find a good therapist who specializes in it, such as Izabela, and see if doesn't help you as much as it helped me - Jayson A.
Pulled Muscle in the Back Through a well deserved recommendation from my sister, I have found Izabela to be an amazing therapist who goes beyond the call of duty. I experienced severe pain in my back from a pulled muscle for several weeks, but in only two sessions I have completely healed! - GB
Arthroscopic Knee Surgery Izabela helped me a lot after I had arthroscopic surgery on my right knee for a torn meniscus. She took me through the whole process of getting my knee back to health again. Each time I went to her, she would ask me what I wanted to be able to do, and then she worked with me, encouraged me and gave me the confidence I needed to be able to do those things: walk without using a walker, drive, sleep in bed at night instead of the chair, get into and sit down in the bathtub, go up and down stairs, walk for exercise, and do my low impact aerobics DVDs. She loosened all the tightness and painful areas in my leg and knee. I also did exercises at her office and at home to get my leg muscles strong again. It took time, but my knee is so much better now. I also have fibromyalgia and she released some of those tight, painful areas for me too. Izabela really understands the human body and knows exactly what areas she needs to work on. Best of all, she is gentle and really cares about helping people. BVW
Lower Back pain and Sciatica I have seen Izabela for 2 different conditions. The first is for lower back pain and sciatica. In just a few sessions with her extremely gentle touch I had tremendous relief. I was the person who could hardly walk into her office. My other condition is trigeminal neuralgia which is much more difficult as I am in pain all the time. Izabela really tries as hard as possible to work with you to find ways to manage your chronic pain. She has such a healing presence just going to the office makes one feel better. She is truly concerned about her patients. I am truly blessed to have her in my life to encourage me and help me manage my pain. I highly recommend myofacial release therapy with her. BD
Neck Pain Izabela has a definite gift for helping people with pain. Her Myofascial release therapy gets to the source of the problem. I watched my wife go through traditional therapy and I found it to be impersonal and random. Izabela is very specific when seeking out relief. She is always asking how she can help by being thorough. In my case I arrived with significant neck pain caused by a prolonged session in a dentist's chair. The day after the dental treatment I was in terrible pain. I contacted Izabela and began treatment. After two or three sessions I began to feel a release of the pain. Each treatment brought me closer to freedom from the discomfort. I am very grateful to Izabela and will always keep her in mind for any future needs - Peter J.
D.I.S.H. Syndrome/Forestier's Disease I was diagnosed with D.I.S.H. Syndrome/Forestier Disease (calcification and ossification of my neck and spine), with no hope of recovery. My life was totally consumed by managing my pain, living hour by hour trying to extend the time between taking Opioids to make my 5 to 6 pills a day last 24 hours. I would use thermal pool exercises, shiatzus, therapeutic canes, neck braces, heating pads or most any device/activity to try to help manage my severe chronic pain. Nothing worked to ease the pain for more than a few hours until I focused my efforts on myofascial release physical therapy, self-awareness/mindfulness, and meditation. Teaming up with Izabela is the short version of what I tell my friends when they ask me “Why are you doing better?”. In addressing the tough issue of chronic pain, I cannot imagine choosing a therapist better than Izabela. who expertly understands fascia as the conduit for pain and cares passionately about my success. Izabela is a hands-on therapist, treating the cause of pain or discomfort while creating an atmosphere that lessens the noise that distracts us all. During therapy, Izabela encouraged me to leave the diagnosis of my condition at the doctor’s office and to focus on healing and mindfulness.My life is so much better for having worked with Izabela, going from no cause no cure to creating a path toward a great life - George
Treating the Cause of Pain or Discomfort There are so many wonderful things to say about Izabela and her unique therapy. Over the last 3 years, I have been seeing her regularly for several issues. She treats the whole body, not just the place where you might have pain. Her experience as a physical therapist puts her above the average "therapist" who does just MFR. She incorporates both to treat the cause of pain or discomfort. She has taught me how to listen to what is going on inside me and understand that the cause might be from somewhere else -- which has always seemed to be my case. I have seen several therapists seeking relief, but none have ever came close to what Izabela has done for me - S.F.P.
Frozen Shoulder I was diagnosed with Frozen Shoulder which is a very painful condition that stopped me cold from doing my daily activities of running a small restaurant. I was referred to Izabela from a customer that worked at a local massage company. From the first visit, I liked the easy relaxed method of her therapy. She taught me to relax and focus on her touch and I started to improve with each visit. I was so tense up from stress and pain that my body was not able to relax and heal. I highly recommend her over traditional physical therapy and feel the personal service is a big benefit. I am 95% back to normal and I am learning to not push myself so hard - A.K.
Arthroscopic Knee Surgery "I came to Izabela after my knee arthroscopic surgery. After few session of Myofascial Release Therapy, I went to see my doctor and he had his physical therapy staff check me over and test me to see how far I progressed since surgery. He has an entire therapy area in his offices with several physical therapists. I got to tell you that they were shocked with my progress and I was told I passed with an A+!!! When the doctor examined me, he said I was released completely and was quite impressed with the therapy I received.
The therapy room had several people in it that were being evaluated after their surgeries and we were all comparing notes. While I was there I talked with other people who were younger than me and they had the same surgery a week before me and they did NOT pass the exam -- and were nowhere near the healing I received THANKS TO YOU. When the staff asked me about what I thought was most helpful, I told them about the way you moved my kneecap and the 'hands on' techniques you use. The other people told us their physical therapist never even touched. What a difference!
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for all you did for me. Through your expertise and care, I can get past all this. Thank you again -- and God Bless you and the work you do." - S.D.
Arthritic Neck Pain "I came to Izabela with extreme arthritis pain in my neck, back and a failed hip replacement. After all that, I was told there was no hope for me from several doctors. I had to use a walker every place I went it was fair to say I was crippled. Working on muscles associated with pain she has changed my life like no doctor or therapist could do. If you have any pain I recommend that you give her a try. God is my witness she knows what to do and will make a difference in your life" – Michael
Expert Physical Therapist "This is the Izabela difference: Izabela listens. She remembers what you tell her and she uses that information to guide her treatment. Izabela is hands-on. And what gifted hands they are. Izabela gives you her 100% undivided attention at every visit--no other patients, no tapping on her computer, no phone interruptions. Ever. Izabela is available, because she makes herself available. No waiting 3 weeks for an appointment. Izabela is highly skilled. She is not only an excellent myofascial practitioner (one of the few specialists in our Chicago area), but she is also competent, experienced and prepared to integrate a variety of therapeutic approaches / techniques to achieve the best outcome for each client. I speak as a "repeat" patient for the past several years and as a physical therapist myself for 38 years. I know a lot of PT’s Izabela is my "go-to" resource" - Nancy R
Disc Injuries and Muscle Spasms "I've had a severe disc injuries with horrible muscle spasms last year, hospitalized for several days and discharged after steroid injection. And guess what, it happened again two weeks ago, right at the time I thought my back was almost healed. I was discharged from the hospital after 4 days after another injection. As I used to be an active person, all that I've could do is lie on the bed, take pills all day, able to walk only less than 20 minutes every day, lost job ...I was almost hopeless with the thinking that I must live my life like this crying and depressed. I went to this place without almost any expectation since I had done many sessions of chiropractor. Then, after the session, I was stunned how professional and knowledgeable this physical therapist is!!! She knew exactly what's causing the pain and what to do to fix it. Totally new approach and the most effective. Now I'm thrilled that with the treatment, I believe that I can start the exercise I love again not too far in the future and I'm very excited about it. My insurance is out of her network (need to pay with cash), but It's totally worth it and I plan to keep getting her treatment. I would highly recommend this place to anyone!!! "-Rachel P
Cardiovascular Accident (CVA) / Stroke "All the literature says that we can see improvement up to 18 months post CVA but Izabela took me under her wings and proved them wrong as here I am 6 years later and I am still improving and making progress. When I first started, I was using a quad cane and I could walk a couple of steps only in a house but not up and down steps at all. I can walk around my 3 rooms and up and down 6 stairs. I am glad to say that I do not feel like a prisoner in my own house and I enjoy more freedom with my body. Izabela combines traditional PT and MFR, which require very specialized training. The combination of both therapies produced nice results with me. I very much also appreciate positive reinforcement, feedback, encouragement, sensitivity which all of those give me the desire to continue. Izabela is open to suggestions, answers my questions so I understand things better. With Izabela I saw more improvement in 2 months then before in 4 months. She is using techniques that I wish were introduced to me right after my stroke. I love one on one attention with her as I feel I am getting more individualized approach in a positive manner which would not be possible in a different setting. I have good expectations that even being 6 years after CVA I will continue to make progress and improvement - K.D.
Muscoskeletal Injuries "Izabela Adamus is “in a class of her own” when it comes to physical therapists. She is an experienced physical therapist who recognizes the need to address myofascial involvement in musculoskeletal injuries, and combines both PT and Myofascial Release to treat the entire body. Seasoned experts like Izabela are impossible to find in my area. What truly makes her exceptional is her distinct ability to listen to patients and use patient feedback to better focus treatment and bring about positive changes in the body…. even in complex medical cases like mine. She is incredibly compassionate and patient and shows a high level of commitment to her patients. As a person with abdominal wall defects and chronic muscle imbalances due to past trauma, I am most appreciative of the work she does to help me decrease pain and improve mobility. You can’t go wrong with a pro like Izabela." –Colleen
Hamstring Injury "I came to Izabela with hamstring injury due to my long- distance running. Could not be any happier with the results and what is the most important I can run again now which I love. She is very knowledgeable, caring, empathetic and has an excellent bed side manners. I learned a lot from her about my body and Myofascial Release" -Stacie B
Stress Incontinence I am currently seeing Izabela for stress incontinence. I had exploratory surgery in 1979 and a complete hysterectomy in 1983. My stress incontinence has become worse over the years due to these two surgeries. I went to my doctor in November of 2011 and he said I needed surgery right away. It got so bad that my bladder hurt all the time. I have been going for therapy for about 6 sessions and my bladder pain is completely gone. The leakage from my stress incontinence is getting better with each session. Today, January 28, 2012 I ran for 30 minutes without any leakage at all. Myofascial release prevented me from having bladder surgery." - Lee F
Lower Back Pain / Panic Attacks "I initially came to Izabela with lower back pain that was radiating down to my right leg and ankle. I went previously to several doctors who could not help me and I was very concern and scared. I am an active person who is involved with dancing and at that time with all my pain, I could hardly even move. I had one Myofascial Therapy treatment with Izabela and my pain was practically 80% improved. I was very impressed with Izabela's professionalism and general caring nature. I also learnt a lot about my own body and how I can help myself. That was very empowering to me and I could go dancing that weekend following my first visit. I received many more sessions with Izabela that totally made me aware of the connection of my body - mind and emotions. I have never experienced anything like that before and it was a true life changing discovery that enhanced my life in many positive ways. One of them is that I do not suffer from panic attacks that I had for over 10 years and I am generally happier, more grounded person who is more aware of myself now. Truly grateful for Myofascial Release with Izabela and I would highly recommend it to anyone." - Tony G
Knee Replacement "After my left knee replacement, I found traditional PT was not helping. I was in constant pain and nothing seemed to help. I read about Myofascial Therapy and located Izabela. My pain was significantly reduced after my first session. Izabela was really invested in my recovery. I don't think I'd be where I am in my recovery without her. There was such a difference in her treatment as compared to what I had previously. I can't thank her enough. I do not believe I would be as far along had I not found her. Izabela went above and beyond any therapy I had previously received and her genuine caring made me strive to improve. I tell everyone I talk to about my recovery that it was truly a blessing when I found this treatment approach." - Mary D
Chronic Pelvic Floor Pain “I can't say enough good things about this place. Izabela, the owner and master physical therapist, is outstanding. Not only is she an excellent therapist but she's also very compassionate, sweet, calming and patient. She is extremely knowledgeable and I trust her completely. I'm very grateful that I discovered this place. I was a difficult case. I truly believe no other physical therapist would have had the patience to heal and help my chronic pelvic floor pain like Izabela did. In addition to helping me physically, Izabela's positive nature and confidence lifted my emotional spirits as well. Living with chronic pain every day for close to two years can take its toll mentally. I'm extremely grateful for everything that she has done for me. If you're in need of a physical therapist, I highly recommend this place. I'm also willing to chat or email anyone about my experience as well.” - Kathy M
Back Pain “When I went to see Izabela, I was in a lot of back pain. In the first session, my pain decreased significantly enough to have a good night’s sleep for the first time in a week. By the end of the second session my back pain was practically gone” – Pedro
Mastectomy related intense tightness and extreme discomfort “After having a double mastectomy and subsequent reconstructive procedures, I was experiencing intense tightness and extreme discomfort around my chest area. It felt as if I was wearing a strait jacket 24 hours a day. I felt helpless and devastated. I researched my symptoms and read about MFR. I found Izabela and started working with her. She is not only an amazing therapist; she has been extremely invested in me as her patient. MFR has changed my quality of life for the better. My symptoms have improved dramatically over the past several months. I no longer have the painful tightness or the discomfort. I feel like the straight jacket has been removed and the sensation I feel is more like I am wearing a support bra. I can even sleep on my stomach! Not only have my physical symptoms improved, but the scars and the shape of the breasts have been smoothed out dramatically. I can't say enough about how grateful I am for Izabela, her skills and dedication!” – Betty
Gallbladder Operation Pain “I have been experiencing pain in my right side for almost 5 years, and actually had my gallbladder removed because I was told that was causing the issue. I stumbled on Izabela’s website and thought I had nothing to lose and everything to gain. After the first few visits I was still a bit skeptical, but I continued to go every week. After about 6-7 visits, I began to see a noticeable difference and I started to go every other week. I am glad to say that my side now feels considerably better and I have been just about pain free for several months now.” – Jim
Plantar Fasciitis “I was diagnosed with Plantar Fasciitis 7 months before I started Myofascial Release with Izabela. My both heels/feet hurt constantly any time I was standing or walking. After my first MFR session I felt tremendous improvement. My pain is now totally gone and I can work in the garden for 12 hours and walk as much as I want to without that pain. Thank you! Myofascial Release really works.” - Ursula S, 67-year-old
Hip Injury with Extreme Pain “I am 66 years old woman and I first came to see Izabela regarding a hip injury. I was in extreme pain when I walked. I was suffering for at least 6 months with this injury. I went to see her twice a week for about 2 months and I now totally pain free." - Lee F
Chronic Lower Back Pain “Before receiving MFR from Izabela, I had chronic lower back pain, fatigue, and brain fog. I felt like I was a zombie. As soon as the first session, I felt myself go into my emotional body that was holding my hips and back in a way that gave me pain. Through embracing these emotions and experiences attached to them, I felt my body change and my relational style improve. I felt like I had come back to life and was more in the world. I also gained more energy and had less pain. This was just in one session! As my therapy progressed, I could tap into my holding patterns as they related to memories. Thus, I had multiple benefits, on a physical, emotional, and energetic level. My body has less fatigue, is more aligned and I feel alive and engaged in the world. It has been nearly a year since I have received MFR, but the effects have remained, and deepened. I have become more aware of my body and how it relates to my emotions and energy. MFR is a wonderful gift to the world of healing. Izabela is very gifted and a natural healer. She is very compassionate, nurturing, empathic, intuitive, and safe. I feel, I would not have been able to have such a deep experience, if she had not created such a safe space.” - Priya, Doctorate of Clinical Psychology
Pregnancy Related Chronic Pain and Muscle Tightness “Receiving Myofascial Release during my pregnancy was invaluable to me. I had chronic pain and muscle tightness from 6 months until the end of my pregnancy. With the help of MFR sessions 2-3 x a week my pain went down enormously and helped me sleep better at night. Whenever I left from the treatments I felt completely relaxed, pain free and rejuvenated. Izabela is a joy to work with; she is skilled, attentive and generous. Thank you.” - Monica H, 35 years old, Psychotherapist
Headaches, Chronic Neck and Back Pain “I knew this was going to be different from a typical physical therapy experience, as soon as I read the questions Izabela asks as a part of her initial assessment. What activities are important to you? How is what your body is presently experiencing (in my case: pain, limitation in movement, weakness) affecting what you want to be able to do, what you value in your life? [It was] very refreshing. After talking with her on the phone, I felt her confidence and hope. Despite my negative beliefs about my ability to sustain progress, I borrowed her hope and went for it. I learned again, that we “feel” pain in many ways. It can be felt as sadness, anger, fear, etc. I say again because, although I’ve believed that we can hold emotions in our physical body, I didn’t really know how to release them in a healthful way. I’m so happy that I found someone who is not only an expert with muscles and body mechanics but also the emotional connections within those physical parts. I believe Izabela’s intention is to not only release tight muscles/fascia, but if need be, allow the body to do what it needs to do as far as the emotional aspects of one’s challenges. Izabela has also helped me by creating an individual home program that is helping empower me to continue my journey towards improved health and well-being. Again, the difference being exercises as well as suggestions for reading literature that is fitting and that will support me every step of the way. Thank you, Izabela, for your knowledge and most of all kind heart.” - Lor P, 44 years old with headaches, chronic neck and back pain
Chronic Mid-Back Pain “Izabela Adamus is a gifted therapist and healer. I’ve suffered from chronic mid-back pain for the past few years. I have consulted several different doctors and physical therapists and not one of them helped me the way Izabela has helped me. Izabela is an attentive listener. At the beginning of each session she would ask me how I was feeling and I knew she was really listening because she would always follow up with relevant questions. Izabela is very perceptive as well. She noticed things about my body that every other medical professional failed to notice. For example, in our second session she saw that my left ribcage stuck out farther than my right ribcage. She then asked me to twist to the left and to the right and sure enough my ability to twist to the left was greatly limited compared to my right. Her ability to discern this imbalance was crucial in addressing and relieving my back pain. Izabela carefully and critically evaluated my body structure and functioning for any indication of the cause of my pain. It is only through Izabela’s methodical and thoughtful approach to the treatment of my back pain that I could have relief from it for the first time in several years. To me it was a miracle. It has been almost three months since I’ve seen Izabela and I’m still pain free! So, if you’re looking for a miracle or even just a little relief or peace of mind, go see Izabela. You won’t regret it. Thank you so much Izabela!” - Jessica S, 32 years old, Chronic back pain
Extreme Chronic Pain “Izabela is a light bringing hope to very dark and seemingly dire circumstances. During the year, it took for doctors to begin to figure out what was wrong with me -- why my body would neither heal nor function during extreme pain -- Izabela helped ease my suffering and anguish. When we met, her unique physical therapy modality helped me find a place of peace and presence that my pain had taken from me. In between meetings, she sent encouraging messages and taught me practices that allowed me to have moments of respite in chaos. She has a healing touch, a genuine care for others, and irrepressible insight. I feel blessed for having had the opportunity to work with Izabela Adamus.” - Rebekah S, 26 years old, Chronic pain
Chronic Physical Pain Integrated to the Body / Mind Connection “Izabela is an amazing Physical Therapist, dedicated to making changes in current views of the healing arts. She is a gifted, compassionate practitioner and teacher, who combines strong physical therapy skills with intuitive capabilities that enable her to help people integrate their body/mind connection. True, authentic and lasting healing of chronic physical pain can only happen when the emotional and mental aspects of us are acknowledged and healed as well. Izabela will help you to feel this connection in your body, heal it, and make the shift so you can live pain free again. I feel that the benefits of Izabela's treatment approach have been invaluable.” - Dr. Sarah M W, Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Chronic Pain and Deeper Connection to Wholeness and Well-Being “My experience with Myofascial Release has been extremely beneficial for me. It has made me realize and appreciate the emotional as well as physical aspects of my being and how they are inter-connected. Izabela Adamus has helped me tremendously in relieving me from chronic pain into the beginning of the experience of wholeness and well-being. After many injuries and a struggle with progressive scoliosis I am now able to function in a healthier manner under Izabela's guidance and care. She has released me from day to day pain which had limited my life. Her calm influence has helped me to release my emotions of anxiety and fear. I look forward to continuing my treatments and exploring a deeper connection to wholeness. I am grateful for the connection with my therapist Izabela Adamus. Her expertise and spirit have guided me in this process.” - Alicia T, Client with congenital progressive scoliosis
Fibromyalgia and Headaches “My Myofascial Release sessions have helped me tremendously! I can do many things without terrible difficulties and I have had less headaches. Izabela is very understanding of my physical difficulty and headaches. She has wonderful medical knowledge and experience in dealing with my fibromyalgia.” - Rose J. M, Client diagnosed with fibromyalgia
Ankle / Foot Flexibility After Skin Graft After Severe Burn “Myofascial Release has helped me to regain true flexibility of my ankle/foot, and improved the proper mechanics needed for me to walk without a limp. I can walk with a normal appearance now. The tightness and stiffness I had experienced have dramatically lessened in severity. During my sessions, I feel the affected area's knot dissolve and the muscular pain/pressure disappear. I would recommend this therapy to anyone who needs to have a traumatized area manipulated to improve flexibility and range of motion.” - John B III, Client with skin graft after severe burn
Extensive Broken Bones and Standing Tall “In 1984 I was in a car accident. I had a broken hip, broken pelvis, broken back and all the ribs on the right side broken. The hip was replaced and the back was fused. In May, 2007 I came to Izabela Adamus, with the left hip higher than the right hip, the right shoulder higher than the left shoulder, a hump on my back and a very bad aching back. Izabela has changed my whole life. I was resolved to look like a hunch back from Notre Dame. I have been with so many therapists in 23 years I cannot even count them. I have had cold and hot rubs, vibrator, and every kind of thing and cream rub into my lower back. I have purchased 10 different kinds of braces for my shoulder and my back, none of them worked. Not one therapist ever looked at the front of my body; they never looked at my shoulder or my hip or any part of me, except my lower back. Izabela has worked on the front of my legs, chest and shoulders, on parts that no therapist has ever touched, and my back is much better. I can stand taller now and have confidence in my looks. I would absolutely recommend this therapy to anyone. Izabela is a wonder with her hands.” - Eileen W. B, Client with chronic back pain
The conditions described below may be related to Myofascial Restrictions. Relief and resolution of symptoms could be accomplished through Myofascial Release and Cranio-Sacral therapy. Our services are helpful for the following conditions and dysfunctions:
Acute and chronic neck and back pain
Myofascial Pain Syndrome
Frozen and Restricted Joints
TMJ, Jaw Pain
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Post Traumatic Injuries
Specifically for Women's Health we can help you with: