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Massage therapist giving the healing touch

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A massage therapist works on a patient receiving therapy. (File/FOX Carolina) A massage therapist works on a patient receiving therapy. (File/FOX Carolina)

Kari Hill spends most weekends showing dogs. It led to her standing for long periods of time, but in 2009 she developed an excruciating pain.

"I had Plantar Fasciitis in the bottom of my foot," said Hill.    

She literally spent 18 months in pain. "Basically it's heel pain when you walk," Hill said.    

She went to several doctors who at one time recommended surgery. But Hill believes they were just putting a band aid on the situation.

"They just gave me a lot of pain killers," said Hill.  

Shelly Jordan got really sick in 2005. "I couldn't open doors. I couldn't get myself something to eat or drink. I just sat there and my skin hurt," Jordan said.

"The doctors tried to give me fibromyalgia, but I personally don't believe in it." 

Here you have two upstate women with two different issues and desperately seeking help.  But what they didn't know was their help was coming.

"I was working in an assembly line and looked around and saw people around me with muscle issues and having to have surgery," said massage therapist David Wilson.      

Wilson spent years working a job but felt he had a greater calling. So, he looked into massage therapy.

"You know it seemed like a great career to help people because it was definitely a need for it," Wilson said. 

It's a special need that these two women from different walks of life needed. Today, Wilson has been running David Manos: "The Secret to Better Health in Greenville" and has been using his hands as a dose of medicine.  

It seemed so unreal for Jordan, who had a hard time getting out of bed five years ago. "He's enabled me to be able to walk when it was excruciating to walk downstairs," Jordan said.     

Hill first heard about deep tissue massage from a co-worker.

"I'd been to a massage therapist before for relaxation," said Hill. Yes, she got to relax for a massage, but it led to a unique healing. "He would pinpoint the different tendons and muscles in the bottom of my foot.  I began to get some relief," said Hill. 

It's a relief Wilson says goes against what some people think massage therapists do.

"Most people refer to it as a rub down, but it's not a rub down. That's what your spouse does," said Wilson.   

He says it's all about listening to his clients which leads to better benefits of a massage.

"It's an anti-aging tool to help take stress off muscle because stress is one thing that will deteriorate the body," Wilson. 

He says that's why relaxation and massage work hand and hand.

"We are able to go in and break up the muscles it definitely helps and saves a lot of people from getting surgery," said Wilson.     

Studies have found a massage works better than common treatments including chiropractic therapy and acupuncture. Chiropractor Dr. Chad Wagner says it's a method that has been around forever.    

Wagner says two things come into play with massage therapist. He says they get in touch with the client and use a healing touch that tends to get the body in a relaxed state. He says it relieves stress which allows the body to heal without any surgery for a lot of pains.

"If you have low back pain or neck pain, go see a chiropractor or massage therapist before you go into surgery," said Wagner.    

He even says it has its benefits if you do have to undergo surgery.

"It's important to know that you're going to have adhesions and scar tissue build up and a massage therapist can go in there and break that up and get that body healing quicker," said Wagner.      

Jordan and Hill both admit it helped heal their bodies without needing surgery or loading up on medication.

"David is an absolute gift from God. He has got the healing touch," said Jordan.  

You should consult with your physician before seeking relief from any pain. Again, Wilson says it's his mission to heal, so he adjusted his rates to $35 an hour to help people who may not be able to afford a weekly massage therapist. 

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