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Hungry for Healing: Muscular Dystrophy Patients Seek New Strategies
Hungarian man quests to San Francisco to learn Self-Healing Massage & Exercise Regimen - developed by Doctor M. Schneider for muscular dystrophy patients. The methods are reason for optimism as patients and research studies confirm effectiveness.
In spite of near poverty, Jànos, of Hungary, raised funds from corporate sponsors and caring friends, from as far away as Australia, to come all the way to San Francisco for treatment and education. Facing a virulent form of muscular degeneration, Jànos, accompanied by his wife and daughter, are nonetheless showing unbreakable determination and inspiring others in his efforts to overcome an incurable disease.
“I have worked very hard in the last few weeks,” says Jànos, who feels that he is doing “much better,” as he is now capable of movements and exercises that his weakened muscles could not perform prior to arrival. Many of his affected muscles have actually gained mass, increasing his strength.
The School for Self-healing provides services that are not offered anywhere else, and unfortunately, unheard of amongst standard healthcare practice. Patients receive individualized health plans that suit their current needs and are designed to work with each patient’s current physical capabilities. Schneider uses specific gentle massage techniques he has developed that builds up dystrophic muscles, and gentle movements that strengthen fragile, dystrophic muscles, and slow or stop further deterioration. Much of the exercise program incorporates pool exercises, where the buoyancy of the water offers a gravity-reduced stress-free environment, making movement much easier and very suitable to accommodate dying muscles.
“The problem with standard exercise therapies for muscular dystrophy is that they tend to use the same exercises on rehabilitating healthy muscles as they do with sick muscles,” says Schneider. “If you overwork the sick dystrophic muscles, you will kill them.” Studies at San Francisco State University and Federal University of Sao Carlos Brazil support the effectiveness of Dr. Schneider’s innovative techniques and testify to the reason his therapeutic practice is gaining much international recognition.
For Jànos, the hydrotherapy appears to be working well -- he has recovered movement that he has not had for ten years. “I hope that my progress will continue and I will be able to live like other people,” says Jànos indomitably.
Part of Jànos’ treatment involves teaching him and his wife therapeutic massage so that he is able to actively heal himself once returning to Hungary. Upon return to Hungary, Jànos hopes to share the self-healing methods and educate others of the methods that are giving him more control over his condition.
The School’s staff is working diligently to grant Jànos his request by organizing the Jànos Janyik Muscular Dystrophy Fundraiser to continue giving him the care he needs. For more information on treating muscular degeneration:
Schneider teaches at The School for Self-Healing in San Francisco and on location around the world. For more information, visit www.self-healing.org. To schedule an interview or book a lecture, or for more information, contact Melissa Moody, Director of Education and Development at the School for Self-Healing, via email, melissa@self-
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The School for Self-Healing is a nonprofit that offers lectures, workshops, private sessions, and training. Our methods are comprehensive and integrated, combining movement education, therapeutic massage, breathing, visualization, and vision training.