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Meet Eva Savageau of NeuroMuscular Pain and Wellness Center in East Valley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Eva Savageau.

Eva, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I went to school for massage therapy back in 2003 in Albuquerque, NM. While in school, I was experiencing extreme pain in my right wrist and was told by one of my massage instructors that I most likely had carpal tunnel and it would be impossible for me to work as a massage therapist since I was experiencing so much pain within just minutes of using my right hand. I approached my anatomy instructor Peter Lane and told him I was most likely going to have to quit massage school because of my wrist pain. He said besides being an anatomy instructor, he was also the director of the NeuroMuscular Therapy Center of New Mexico specializing in treating soft tissue dysfunction and chronic pain. He also traveled the United States training and certifying students and healthcare practitioners in Integrative NeruoMuscular Therapy. He said, he would give me a couple of treatments and then I could decide if I still wanted to quit massage school. After just two treatments, the pain was gone! Absolutely no pain whatsoever! I told him that was exactly the kind of work I wanted to do, I wanted to treat people who suffer from chronic/acute pain. So, after I graduated from massage school, Peter personally trained and certified me as a NeuroMuscular Therapist with a strong focus in CranioSacral Therapy as well.

I have worked very hard to get to where I am today, I have chosen to work with chiropractors throughout the past 14 years because it allowed me to do what I loved doing, treating patients who suffered from chronic pain. I have had some great learning experiences along the way and have met some amazing people and life long friends.

In 2017, I decided to take the plunge and start my own practice. I have and always will be very focused in each and every patient I work with, but unfortunately while working with chiropractors, the patients I treated were not my patients, they were the chiropractor’s and so I really had no say in the treatment process. When someone comes to see me, I want to be able to sit with them and get to know them, be able to relate to them and let them know that I am here to help them, not because they are just a number, but because their lives matter and they deserve to feel great. No “body” has to live in pain! So, that’s exactly what I did. I have been practicing for 14 years and now have my own practice and absolutely love it! I have done everything on my own from leasing to decorating my office, getting all the proper licenses and pretty much just learning the whole business side of things along the way. It’s challenging, fun and exciting. My husband and daughter have been a huge supporters in all of this, both working so hard so that, I could get my business started and letting me do my thing.

Has it been a smooth road?
For the most part, it has been a smooth road but I have definitely had some ups and downs, still I would not take any of the struggles back. I believe our struggles bring us to humility and teach us the importance of patience and empathy. Here are a couple of examples that were not only learning experiences but experiences that have given me the ability to completely relate to my patients pain.

It was a struggle getting my license here in AZ because the school I went to in New Mexico closed and did not file paperwork with the higher education office properly, so finding the proper documentation was quite a hassle. I was told I had to start school all over again. Because of the overwhelming frustration, I felt like just walking away but my husband helped me to stay positive, stay on track, focus on my passion and helped me contact Peter Lane. Thanks again to Peter Lane, he just happened to be in town teaching, and was able to help me with everything I needed to get licensed here in Arizona. That experience taught me a lot about patience and not giving up.

One of my worst struggles but greatest insights to what chronic pain really feels like was when I suffered from a torn rotator cuff from a car accident a couple of years ago and had to have surgery. I seemed to be doing great right afterwards but then developed frozen shoulder a couple months post surgery, which was extremely painful. Anyone who has suffered from frozen shoulder knows the constant 24/7 extreme pain, no sleep and no range of motion whatsoever. The pain is such a deep pain, it feels like the bone is cracking and the muscles are tearing with no relief from the pain. It is not only debilitating but very challenging emotionally from the constant shoulder pain all the way down the arm, and from the lack of sleep from the pain, but still I would not take back anything I have experienced because I am able to relate 100% to people who suffer from constant chronic pain. I know what they are going through, I know what chronic pain feels like, I know the toll it takes physically and emotionally and from this, I have so much empathy and passion to do everything I can possibly do to treat people who are suffering.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
My business NeuroMusular Pain and Wellness Center is focused on treating people who suffer form acute to chronic pain through NeuroMuscular and CranioSacral Therapy as well as body walking and teaching parents infant massage. I just love working with children! Infant massage has a profound effect on a child’s sleep patterns, digestive system, calming effects, eliminating colic, increase of circulation, strengthening the immune system and most importantly bonding. My friend Deja’s son was extremely ill and had been vomiting for several days, I did some CranioSacral therapy and some light massage and to her surprise he completely stopped vomiting and was back to his old self. He just needed a little nervous system reset.

The chronic pain treatments not only release muscle tension and align the bones, but actually reset the nervous system having a profound effect on all the systems in the body including emotional well being, finally breaking the pain cycle and eliminating chronic/acute pain all together.
I specialize in chronic/acute pain such as:
– Migraines/Headaches
– Chronic Neck and Back Pain
– Sciatica
– Whip Lash
– Stress and Tension-Related Disorder
– Chronic Fatigue
– Fibromyalgia
– TMJD Syndrome
– Central Nervous System Disorders
– Muscle Spasms/Neuropathy
– Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
– Carpal Tunnel

What I am most proud of and what sets me apart form others is my spiritual approach to healing. I am a strong believer and follower of Jesus Christ. Before each session, I say a prayer asking for guidance through the treatment in order to help the patient heal what really needs to be healed, empowering them to take back control of their life. It is also very important to me to take the time with each of my patients to hear their story, to acknowledge their pain, to give them hope and form a relationship of care and trust. It is so important for each patient to know that they really matter. I let my patients know that I am only a phone call away and not to hesitate to call me if they have any questions or concerns or even if they just want to share their experiences in the healing process. I just love watching the miracle of healing take place.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Absolutely! Phoenix/Scottsdale is an amazing place to start. Not only, are there so many pro sports teams but the weather is amazing so people are very active and need some good chronic/acute pain treatments to keep them active and to prevent injuries.

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