Rochester Pain & Performance

Rochester Pain & Performance Welcome to Rochester Pain & Performance! Dr. Matt Schirmer uses a neuro-performance based approach in
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Hey everyone- hope you all are well and ready for summer! I am ready to get back to doing what I love- helping people li...
05/26/2020

Hey everyone- hope you all are well and ready for summer!

I am ready to get back to doing what I love- helping people live and feel their best. I'm going to start with a modified schedule, with office days Monday/Wednesday/Friday. This will be the case for a few weeks and then I will re-evaluate the situation.

I want to thank everyone for their support through these unprecedented times. I sincerely wish you and your families health and happiness as we all collectively move forward.

~Dr. Matt

03/20/2020

With the latest mandate from New York State, I am having to suspend operation for the foreseeable future. I will be reaching out directly to those that have upcoming appointments. If anyone has issues that come up while we are socially distanced, please call or email me and we can try some things to troubleshoot remotely.

I wish everyone good health and resiliency over the coming weeks!

~Dr. Matt

03/16/2020

In light of the events currently unfolding, I would like to do my part in being socially responsible. For the next few weeks, I am limiting the number of daily appointments and the availability of online booking. For those that already have scheduled appointments, know that I will be here and doing everything I can to promote a safe and healthy environment. Please call or text me directly at (585) 348-8858 if you need to be seen, or have any questions or concerns during this trying time.

Please take care of yourselves and those around you!

~Dr. Matt

Molecular hydrogen has many potential applications. One not yet mentioned is for sports performance. In this preliminary...
03/09/2020
Pilot study: Effects of drinking hydrogen-rich water on muscle fatigue caused by acute exercise in elite athletes

Molecular hydrogen has many potential applications. One not yet mentioned is for sports performance. In this preliminary study, the hydrogen test group was shown to have a statistically significant reduction of lactic acid after exercise. And while this study had the subjects drink molecular hydrogen water, it’s been our experience that inhaling hydrogen saturates the system more extensively, so the potential is there for even more profound effects!

The take home message from this is that hydrogen not only has the potential to improve performance during a sport/activity/exercise, but also speed up recovery afterwards. This is huge for athletes and those looking to maximize human performance. Reach out if you have questions about the uses of hydrogen or if you’re interested in booking inhalation sessions!

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3395574/

Muscle contraction during short intervals of intense exercise causes oxidative stress, which can play a role in the development of overtraining symptoms, including increased fatigue, resulting in muscle microinjury or inflammation. Recently it has been ...

There’s a reason I have people get up and walk around after a few corrections! Walking has more power than we realize. J...
02/20/2020
How walking benefits the brain: Researchers show that foot's impact helps control, increase the amount of blood sent to the brain

There’s a reason I have people get up and walk around after a few corrections! Walking has more power than we realize. Just because something isn’t intense, or you don’t feel much while you’re doing it, doesn’t mean that thing isn’t helping your body! When in doubt, walk it out.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/04/170424141340.htm

You probably know that walking does your body good, but it's not just your heart and muscles that benefit. Researchers found that the foot's impact during walking sends pressure waves through the arteries that significantly modify and can increase the supply of blood to the brain.

Cranial nerves are super important! Some, like the vagus nerve, have interactions with so many systems of the body. Bein...
02/19/2020
Auricular Neuromodulation: The Emerging Concept beyond the Stimulation of Vagus and Trigeminal Nerves

Cranial nerves are super important! Some, like the vagus nerve, have interactions with so many systems of the body. Being able to work on them on your own can help speed up the healing process. This article talks about how stimulating areas of the ear can increase activity in 2 (of the 12) cranial nerves we have. This is a great thing to do for self-care!

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5874575/

Neuromodulation, thanks to intrinsic and extrinsic brain feedback loops, seems to be the best way to exploit brain plasticity for therapeutic purposes. In the past years, there has been tremendous advances in the field of non-pharmacological modulation ...

Piggy-backing off of yesterday’s post is this article highlighting the potential neuroprotective effects of hydrogen the...
02/18/2020
www.futuremedicine.com

Piggy-backing off of yesterday’s post is this article highlighting the potential neuroprotective effects of hydrogen therapy. This piece is specifically about stroke, but the same idea applies to nerve injuries. In practical terms, during times of peripheral nerve compression or impingement the nerve is not getting enough oxygen. This is where molecular hydrogen can help. Not only will hydrogen limit further damage (oxidative stress), but it will help in repairing tissues quicker. This has the potential to be hugely beneficial in recovering from things such as sciatica or carpal tunnel syndrome, among many other things!

https://www.futuremedicine.com/doi/pdf/10.2217/fnl-2019-0002?fbclid=IwAR39F_LVTPlWeO-3ugxtfOfkyyWPSDx8nolW_KuQVq3SWXfFAE6IE4-U5n8&

Exciting news at Rochester Pain and Performance! Starting this week, we are able to offer Brown’s Gas treatment. This is...
02/17/2020
Molecular hydrogen: a preventive and therapeutic medical gas for various diseases

Exciting news at Rochester Pain and Performance! Starting this week, we are able to offer Brown’s Gas treatment. This is a breathable form of molecular hydrogen, that is being shown to have profound health benefits. This article dives into some of the reasons why we feel it is a therapy worth considering when trying to recover from injury, feel your best, or just be healthier in general. Contact us if you're interested in checking it out!

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5731988/?fbclid=IwAR3ALS6EjzcHWkwmoTk4BCcpEvsJD7IIl9DQVhL3n2OTwIv80W7PpaR66Eo

Since the 2007 discovery that molecular hydrogen (H[2] ) has selective antioxidant properties, multiple studies have shown that H[2] has beneficial effects in diverse animal models and human disease. This review discusses H[2] biological effects and ...

Breathing is such an important factor for health, but is a task we almost universally take for granted. Oxygen is one of...
10/18/2019
SCP Podcast 168: Oxygen Advantage with Patrick Mckeown | Stop Chasing Pain

Breathing is such an important factor for health, but is a task we almost universally take for granted.

Oxygen is one of the fundamental prerequisites for healthy function of all cells in your body (along with glucose and proper stimulation).

Unfortunately, the majority of us rely to heavily with breathing through the mouth and not through the nose. This type of breathing creates a chain-reaction of negative events, that typically go left unchecked for years.

The podcast linked below highlights some of the ways that we work with improving breathing patterns for individuals that are in a state of pain or want to improve their overall function. Improving your breathing can reduce inflammation, calm down pain, improve quality of sleep, increase energy levels, allow for greater strength gains, etc. There are so many benefits to breathing better!

If you get a chance, take a listen, read the book, or come in to see how we can help.

“The Oxygen Advantage” by Patrick McKeown

https://www.stopchasingpain.com/scp-podcast-168-oxygen-advantage-with-patrick-mckeown/

04/25/2019

Exciting news! We are moving to our new location on May 1st! The new address will be 2507 Browncroft Blvd Suite 205A, Rochester NY 14625. It's very close to our current space but if you have any questions, reach out to Dr. Matt at 585-348-8858. Thank you everyone for your continued support!!

Diagnostic imaging, while important, is not the end-all in determining why you have pain!
06/15/2018

Diagnostic imaging, while important, is not the end-all in determining why you have pain!

02/06/2018

Kind words are always appreciated! This is from a patient we have recently worked with:

"Dr. Matt helped alleviate my neck, back and hip pain. I have been able to return to my usual exercise routine and I am feeling great. I feel very fortunate to have found such a skilled practitioner and highly recommend Dr. Matt." -Cindy P.

Contact us to see how we can reduce your pain and improve your performance!

Case FeatureA patient presents with right foot pain that came on after walking around while on vacation. She reports tha...
11/27/2017

Case Feature

A patient presents with right foot pain that came on after walking around while on vacation. She reports that there was no trauma or falls during her trip- that she simply walked around enjoying the sites. The pain has been fairly frequent for the last 3 months since she got back, and it just won’t go away. Symptoms are located to the right inner heel, and inner arch of the foot. She has tried doing some stretches on her own, and has even purchased shoe inserts to help reduce some of the tension. While these things give her some temporary relief, the pain persists. During our intake, it was revealed that she did have something fall on the outside of her right ankle 1 week before she left for the trip. She didn’t mention this initially because she didn’t think the trauma was anything big or worthwhile- that it was “nothing”….

After our evaluation, it was determined that her pain was mechanical and not from a trapped nerve, or anything like that. We found that even though her pain was felt on the bottom of her foot, the real problem was her body not wanting to use the outer muscles and joints of the right foot and ankle. The “nothing” trauma before her trip was actually the source of all of her pain!

We treated the tissues and joints on the outside of the ankle, some dysfunctions on the inside of her ankle, and included homework that focused on properly re-loading the outside of her right lower leg. After 2 visits, she was walking without pain and feeling herself again.

Take home message: all pain and dysfunction need a catalyst. Even though you might feel like something was “nothing” when it happened, that nothing event might have been the jump start to the pain that won’t go away. Get yourself evaluated if you have symptoms that won’t quit!

06/14/2017

This is a long review, but one that I want to share (and have permission to do so). We can address issues in various ways at Rochester Pain & Performance. If you are looking for something different to address a pain, a movement issue, or just want to live better, we are your place.

"I knew at the end of my first appointment with Dr. Matt I had finally found the person who was going to help me get my life back. The moment I walked into his office I could already feel the warm positive energy that immediately put me at ease. His genuine concern as he listened to my story, his attention never wavering. Then the excitement in his eyes and face when he told me that he could definitely help me accomplish my goals. I knew, at that time, that Dr. Matt was truly someone who really cared and wanted to make a difference. I wasn't wrong.

Almost 30 yrs. ago I had a dirt bike accident that I never fully recovered from. I tore the muscles in my upper right leg and groin and caused trauma to my lower back and right side. I was a mess. I worked full time in a factory and owned a farm, so physical labor was a big part of my life. I pushed through the pain and kept moving, never realizing what exactly was happening to my body. You don't think twice. I lived on medication, had massages twice a month and saw a chiropractor on a regular basis just to keep moving. Things came to a screeching halt about 11 yrs later when I ended up on the bathroom floor in so much pain I could not get up. I had two back surgeries and numerous physical therapy sessions which did give me some relief but pain was still a constant. At this point I tried everything that was recommended to relieve pain. Nothing helped for long. Then one day I met a massage therapist, who told me about Dr. Matt. I will be forever grateful.

I have been seeing Dr. Matt for about a year now and have found his unique approach to healing is something different than anything I have have experienced before. This is not your normal cracking of the neck and spine. He instead finds the cause of the pain and treats that. He then gives you a few very simple exercises to do on your own. Healing does not have to hurt, what a concept. You really have to experience it to believe it.

A few months ago I was experiencing a lot of emotions surfacing after my sessions with Dr Matt. I have always believed in the mind body spirit connection and knew that more work needed to be done to resolve this but wasn't sure what that would be. I talked to Dr. Matt about this at my next appointment and was happy to hear that he has been working with a new technique. I have been amazed at the benefits I have been seeing. I am off all my meds now except for a blood pressure pill and a few supplements (these will follow soon). My thinking is clearer and more focused than it has been in years. My fears and doubts of ever being able to have a strong healthy body are gone. I believe that I am going to live the life I was meant to live. Thank you Dr. Matt for getting me to this place and for your continued support."

Case Feature I’d like to share an example of Perseverance. This was a personally rewarding case as it reinforced to me t...
05/07/2017

Case Feature

I’d like to share an example of Perseverance. This was a personally rewarding case as it reinforced to me the capability we all have to heal.

A patient presented last year with chronic neck and low back pain, headaches, and right sided sciatica after a motor vehicle accident years ago.

She was on non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, pain-killers, and muscle relaxers to manage her symptoms.

She’s had x-rays, MRI’s and CT scans to look for some anatomical pathology to explain her symptoms.

She had seen many good providers that attempted to improve her quality of life, including massage therapists, physical therapists, chiropractors and other doctors of varying specialties.

Yet, her pain and suffering continued.

I examined her and saw potential for improvement. But it was not going to be a quick fix as she had many dysfunctions contributing to her state of pain and functional limitation.

Over time, we chipped away at her issues and imbalances- the things that were holding her back from having the quality of life that she desired. Treatment incorporated a number of different approaches, including turning off muscles that had been compensating for years, activating movement patterns that had been dormant, and even some emotional work. And as a result of her perseverance, she slowly and steadily improved.

Improved to the point that she is now off all of her pain medications, muscle relaxers, and only takes NSAIDs as she needs to.

Being able to rake again was a functional goal, but a symbolic goal as well, as she had been unable to rake her own lawn for years. I received this text message from her a few weeks ago: “I just raked the entire front lawn and side of the garage. Yay! Thank you!”

She has come such a long way and earned her improvements. Achieving the big goals are great, but the symbolic ones can sometimes be greater. Perseverance pays off!

02/08/2017

Case Feature:
A patient I had seen previously for low back pain and sciatica presented with right sided neck pain that came on over the weekend.

I asked if she had done anything differently over the course of the week. Initially, she could not think of anything, but then remembered that she resumed using her toe separators for hammer toes. She asked, “think that has anything to do with it”?

There’s only one way to find out! We assessed her feet and sure enough, one of the toes of her left foot was associated with an issue on the right side of her neck! When we mimicked having a spacer between the second and third toes on the left, we were able to reproduce symptoms and verify the dysfunction.

We corrected the issue in her left foot and gave her some exercises to do at home. After the visit, she had much less pain and greater range of motion. This was a fun one for both of us!

Take home message: everything is connected. If there are symptoms after doing something differently, even if you think it’s not a big deal, it might be.

01/23/2017

This is a new series of posts I want to start, highlighting some of the issues I see in my office.

Case Feature:
Here’s an interesting visit I’d like to share. A patient presents with right sided mid-back pain. She had already been evaluated by her primary care doctor and issues with her heart and lungs had been ruled out. X-rays had even been performed, which were normal. So she came to our office looking for a different perspective on what was going on with her body.

For me, the most important piece of information came from her history: she was involved in a roller derby league. This meant that she was skating laps upon laps turning her body to the left, and skating was becoming increasingly more painful for her.

On examination, we found that she was unable to turn her mid-back to the right. In fact, her thoracic spine was stuck in a pattern of left rotation, even when she was not skating! She had muscles in the right side of her mid-back that were trying like crazy to maintain some sort of balance. Not only that, but we found that her neck was also stuck in a pattern of turning to the left, which was another significant source of dysfunction for her.

Once we got her neck to quiet down and regained the ability of her mid-back to turn to the right, she experienced significant improvement. She was actually excited to get back skating!

Take home message: if you find yourself doing a certain movement repeatedly, be sure to move in the opposite direction to keep your body balanced.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
11/24/2016

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

"What Type of Mattress Should I Buy???"If you use your mattress for the typical life span of 8 years, you are spending a...
11/03/2016
Mattress buying guide | The Mattress Nerd

"What Type of Mattress Should I Buy???"

If you use your mattress for the typical life span of 8 years, you are spending about 1,401,600 minutes on it! So use this guide, ask some questions, and be as knowledgable of a consumer as you can be when it comes to buying your next bed.

And do remember- firmness is a one-way street. You can soften a firm mattress but you cannot firm up a soft one!

http://www.mattressnerd.com/mattress-buying-guide/

This guide will help you determine how to select the right mattress, how to comparison shop, and how to know what to spend on a new mattress

This concept does not just apply to running- it can be applied to every physical activity in life! If your tissues are n...
08/13/2016
Balancing training load and tissue capacity

This concept does not just apply to running- it can be applied to every physical activity in life! If your tissues are not up to the task, no matter how easy you may perceive the activity, you are at risk for injury. Very often in treatment, this is why we have to REGRESS your movements to PROGRESS your health and recovery!

Load > capacity = INJURY
Capacity > load = FUNCTION

http://www.running-physio.com/capacity/

A key concept in preventing and managing running injuries is understanding the balance between training load and your capacity to handle that load. In a nutshell it’s a case of working within…

This is a great article depicting why we check respiration and how it impacts your stability. If you aren't breathing ri...
06/30/2016

This is a great article depicting why we check respiration and how it impacts your stability. If you aren't breathing right, you are at a significant competitive disadvantage!

Exciting news- we have a website!! RochesterPainandPerformance.com has launched and will be a great resource for everyon...
05/01/2016
Re-Introduction | Rochester Pain & Performance

Exciting news- we have a website!!

RochesterPainandPerformance.com has launched and will be a great resource for everyone.

Two of the things we're most excited about in this initial phase: Online appointment scheduling and our new blog series.

If you would like an appointment, simply go to the website, find a day and time that works for you, click on the time and confirm. It's as easy as that!

The blog series will cover a variety of topics and is open to suggestions. If there is a topic you would like our take on, let us know and we'll give you our spin on it! The link to our first post is below.

We are really excited for this next step and invite all of you to check out the site!

https://www.rochesterpainandperformance.com/2016/04/18/re-introduction/

Re-Introduction by Dr. Matt | Apr 18, 2016 | Uncategorized | 0 comments Hello one and all! This is Dr. Matt writing to welcome you to Rochester Pain & Performance! This post is my re-introduction into the world of writing, but also to all of you in my new endeavor. Posts here will be a good way for…

04/11/2016

Sorry for the lack of updates, but have been taking care of things behind the scenes. Thankfully, we are making progress and are going to start seeing patients this week! If you would like to get in, give us a call, Facebook message, or email and we will get the ball rolling! Very excited to get up and running- and again, a huge Thank You to everyone for their support and understanding through these last few weeks!

03/22/2016

On behalf of Leigh and myself, I just want to thank everyone for their support during these unexpectedly crazy last few days. We really do appreciate it and are striving to do what we can to get up and running as quickly as possible. Here's to new and exciting beginnings- thanks again everyone!!

03/20/2016

Rochester Pain & Performance is the new office of Dr. Matthew Schirmer. On behalf of the team, we'd like to welcome you to the page!

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2507 Browncroft Boulevard Suite 205A
Rochester, NY
14625

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Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

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(585) 348-8858

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Thanks to Dr. Matt I am running happy again!. A motivated BQ wannna be, I noticed I had lost the joy in my running. I was reconsidering my goal altogether; my times had slowed down dramatically for no apparent reason. Fellow GRR runners (Nancy Perry, Alison Currie, Edward McPherson) told me about Dr. Matt. In short saying "It's magic!" He gets your muscles to fire again. Worth a try, I said and the rest is history. After 3 sessions and easy homework exercises, I am now working with a stable core, my pace is back where it belongs and I can now move forward again with my training!
YAY! Looking forward to working with Dr Matt in his new practice.