LOMBARD – Pain within the body is relative, and without proper knowledge, it can be hard to treat, Margaret Fasano said.
“You have to know and understand the body to treat it,” said Fasano, a licensed massage therapist and owner of Dynamic Massage Therapy, 313 S. Main St. in Lombard.
“I have learned how to locate trigger points and knots – the real problem of the pain,” she said. “If you’re having pain down an arm or in your lower back or feet, it’s coming from somewhere else.”
Fasano, a Lombard resident, opened Dynamic in October. The business, located inside Lisa’s Salon & Day Spa, specializes in both standard and specialty massages – including infant massages, a very light abdominal massage intended to relieve colic in newborns.
While traditional doctors treat patients for where their pain is located, they typically don’t find the origin of the problem, Fasano said.
“I find the root – I fix the pain,” Fasano said.
Fasano, a former fitness instructor and personal trainer, has been a practicing massage therapist for 10 years.
“Here I was stretching out my clients and referring them out to massage therapists, so I thought I’d go back to college,” she said.
Fasano received her certification from National University of Health Sciences, 200 E. Roosevelt Road in Lombard. While Fasano, a longtime dancer, enjoyed personal training, she said striving to give people instant relief from their pain is more rewarding.
“You make people feel better instantly,” she said. “You can see the results instead of waiting for the body to catch up with fitness results.”
Along with traditional and specialty massages, Fasano has pioneered her own signature massage, known as “Precision Pain Release Therapy.” The technique combines therapies, and has been an effective treatment for people suffering from plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel syndrome and sciatica, Fasano said.
“It’s not even a massage, it’s a therapy,” she said. “It’s stretching and retraining the muscles.”
Being recognized by the medical field and also being accepted by insurance companies have been huge changes in the field of massage therapy in recent years, Fasano said.
“I think a lot of people are getting sick and tired of going to doctors and feeling like surgery is the only choice,” she said.
Fasano’s clientele runs the gamut, from babies and young athletes, to seniors and those who have recently undergone a surgery.
Her biggest client? Individuals who work at a computer desk.
“They have this pain down their arm or this crick in their neck,” Fasano said. “I have dubbed it ‘computer neck.’ ”
Staying competitive in a saturated field means remaining continually educated, Fasano said.
“I want to learn and find new ways to heal,” she said. “You have to keep educated.”