Quick Tip: Have you tried P-DTR with Jason?

Posted by on May 1, 2016 in Bodywork Techniques, Health and Wellness

What is P-DTR?

Proprioceptive Deep Tendon Reflex (P-DTR) is a precise diagnostic and treatment methodology that treats the mechanoreceptor system and can bring quick, longstanding relief to conditions that many have not been able to figure out through traditional methods like massage, physical therapy, chiropractic, and even surgery. If this sensory system (our proprioception) is “off,” then the structures designed to relay all of our sensory information (touch, stretch, pressure, hot/cold, vibration) to the brain becomes incorrect, and this in turn leads to faulty responses (spasms, uncoordinated movement, inflexibility) by the body.

What kind of conditions does it help with?

  • repetitive stress, strain and tension
  • tough-to-figure-out and longstanding pain conditions
  • past or current injury
  • sensory issues like tingling and numbness
  • chronic headaches
  • constipation
  • sleep problems

What are the benefits?

  • increased range of motion, stability, strength and/or energy
  • enhanced athletic performance
  • optimized muscle function
  • quick, long-term results

Why choose P-DTR over other modalities?

While deep tissue massage and Trigger Point Therapy work with muscle, Rolfing and Myofascial Release aim to affect fascia and the structural system, and ART works with both of these; P-DTR goes straight to the proprioception (sensory system). As Dr. Jose Palomar, creator of P-DTR, explains, “Most physical therapy and other therapeutic modalities deal with the “hardware” of the body, neglecting the fact that much of the pain and dysfunction we experience is often actually a problem with our ‘software.’” This precision can immediately and ultimately get rid of long standing issues.

What should you expect in a session?

Simple yet accurate muscle testing is applied to discover faulty receptors that are at the heart of these responses.  Corrections to this misguided information are achieved through “rebooting” these receptors so that they send the proper information to the brain.  Because P-DTR is utilized by a few massage therapists, your experience with it at Psoas will be unique. Jason Garcia combines his 20 years of experience with deep tissue, sports massage, Feldenkrais, and many other modalities with his P-DTR techniques.  You can book a 30-minute session and expect a mix of his expertise.


P-DTR Explained by Jason Garcia

As a twenty year massage therapy veteran, I’m always looking for the latest technique that’s going to help that little bit more that I need to make Sue or Joe better. It could be a new Myofascial Release move or advanced workshop that adds an important piece to my tool bag. Secretly, in the back of my mind, though, I’ve dreamed of a technique that I can tap, poke and swipe pain and conditions away like my own version of I Dream of Genie’s nose twinkle. I know it’s just crazy to think that such a thing could exist but three years ago, my wildest dreams came true by way of a technique known as P-DTR (Proprioceptive Deep Tendon Reflex).

An Orthopedic Surgeon and Neurologist, Dr. Jose Palomar, discovered a method in which you can assess where the source of someone’s problems are located by using taps, swipes, pokes and even slaps to both assess and treat. I know, it sounds like the dreams of a deranged massage therapist but the amount of pain, conditions and numerous other symptoms that my clients come in with are beginning to disappear at an alarming rate. Every tap and poke is designed to test a specific nerve receptor in order to get to the root of the problem and lots of in-depth research has been documented on how it works but don’t tell that to my clients because they feel they’re being treated like a smartphone with all the taps and swipes.

As someone who’s magic knowledge extends to the Harry Potter books I read to my daughters, it sure feels like it’s straight out of Hogwarts. Each time a pain that’s been around for a few days to a few years disappears, I expect it to come back before I see my client again and, inevitably, on their return, it’s not back or it’s less than it was before. Sure, I’ve sat in a classroom for almost three hundred hours with doctors, chiropractors and personal trainers to get certified in it but that doesn’t take anything away from the fact that it’s proven to me that my dreams came true. I still love giving a great tissue based massage but when it comes to resolving conditions that aren’t easy to figure out or have been unresolved by other professionals, I pull out my tuning forks, pokey stick and charts and abba cadabra the fun begins!