Like Pulling Taffy – BodyWise Therapy

With a winning combination of tactile techniques and verbal communication, Shanna Paopao of BodyWise Therapy, PC, provides relief to a diverse group of clients, from infants to young athletes to older adults dealing with chronic pain. In her 20 years as a physical therapist, Shanna has gained experience with all ages and conditions.

After training as a physical therapist at UNMC, Shanna worked in different places, including nursing homes, hospital inpatient wards, and outpatient settings, before going out on her own. Shanna began a partnership with another solo practitioner in 2013 and took over for her in 2014 as sole operator of BodyWise Therapy.

Shanna uses a hands-on technique called myofascial release, a term coined by John F. Barnes. The treatment itself focuses on the fascia—the connective tissue all throughout the body. “It surrounds all of our blood vessels and organs, including the brain and the spinal cord. It’s what joins everything.” It is essential to maintain the health of this layer of connective tissue. Trauma, bad posture, or inflammation may cause tension, resulting in additional pressure on sensitive nerves, muscles, blood vessels, and organs. The catch is that fascia does not appear on standard tests such as CAT scans or x-rays. Therefore, it is essential to use a tactile approach.

Shanna prefers a holistic, overall look at health and the way we move about every day. “We all need to move more,” she says. Though not all injuries are preventable, it’s true that when the body is at rest too often, the risk of fascial pain increases. Shanna likes to get a full history from each client, and she completes a physical evaluation before manipulating the fascia. “People will minimize things,” says Shanna, such as car accidents, falls, or other traumas to the body that they may not have considered before. Taking the time to go over clients’ initial paperwork, she gains in-depth knowledge of what issues might be affecting the body’s current state.

Fascia has a very high tensile strength. A prolonged, easy stretch is how Shanna describes her myofascial release sessions. “It’s like pulling taffy,” she shares. She takes her time, slowly rooting out the cause of an issue and then manipulating the body to allow for a deeper stretch and to promote healing.

Having worked with such a wide variety of clientele, Shanna has learned that everyone’s body is unique. “There’s no algorithm or set protocol,” she points out. “The challenge is figuring out everybody’s uniqueness. One person’s triggers differ from another person’s.” However, the daily challenge of serving such a diverse group is also one of Shanna’s favorite parts of her job. “I get to meet so many different people!” she says. “Everybody comes in with a unique personality, individual problems, and individual strengths.” Many of her clients have already tried other methods of pain relief or therapy before coming to see Shanna. She finds it immensely rewarding when clients tell her that they get better sleep after their appointments or that she’s made a difference in their quality of life.

Myofascial release is an ideal method for all ages because it is gentle on the body overall. Clients sometimes experience a bit of soreness after their sessions, but they may also feel relaxed or adversely energized. This is because the relaxation of the fascia in one area of the body can travel through the interconnected tissues and benefit other parts of the body, as well.

Shanna appreciates the work of her fellow therapists and would rather collaborate with them than compete. “I value what other physical therapists do,” she says. “For some patients, we can complement each other…I have some who come to me for the piece that I do and may see another therapist for another strengthening aspect.” Physical therapists who work with clients to strengthen the body through exercises have different goals than Shanna’s and, therefore, different techniques and approaches. Through myofascial release, Shanna encourages the body to work harmoniously and soothes everyday aches and pains.

No matter what their goals, Shanna advises patients to be open with their physical therapists and ask their own questions. “People should be involved in their own care,” she says. “If someone comes in and says, ‘Fix me,’ I can only do my best to do my part.” The path to health cannot be forced on anyone. However, if you want to get the maximum benefit from physical therapy, you’ll need to reinforce the work at home. “It’s a partnership,” Shanna concludes.

If you’re interested in learning more about BodyWise Therapy and myofascial release, call 402-932-8686 or visit Shanna online at bodywiseomaha.com. BodyWise Therapy, PC, is located at 2504 South 119th Street, in Omaha.

CleanWash Laundry: Taking the Competition to the Cleaners

From its vintage showroom built in 1890, CleanWash Laundry Systems has been a staple in the Omaha community since their opening in 2011.
This month, the Omaha Chamber of Commerce honored them with their Small Business of the Month Award because of their steadfast commitment to quality and service.


Boasting a family history of owning small businesses and the discipline of 16 years in the National Guard Reserve, Todd Santoro realized his potential success as a business owner. In fact, Santoro’s in-laws had an extensive history in the laundry business, owning and managing their own laundromats for more than 50 years.
After buying their first location in 2008, Santoro decided to make the switch from laundromats to distribution; selling and servicing new equipment to local hotels, laundromats, apartment complexes and even prisons.
While most laundromats are owned by families, the average distributor works from a mobile office (aka their vehicle), whereas CleanWash utilizes a more internet-based approach.
This way, they can cover a larger territory of the Midwest including North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Kansas as well as northern Missouri, while sub-offices are available to supplement their headquarters at 4808 South 26th Street in Omaha.
Using a “more 2019 versus 1979” philosophy, Santoro realizes the huge significance of the machines he sells to each businessowner he works with.
“When someone is buying a $30,000 piece of equipment, they want to look that person in the eye,” he said.
Some machines are so large, in fact, that one individual machine may be up to the same size as ten normal top-loader washing machines.
Looking ever toward the future, Santoro points out that one of the main challenges he faces daily is finding good service people.
“It gets harder and harder by the day finding those who have had good mechanical skills from an early age and problem-solving skills,” he said.
In fact, he insists that future generations need stimulation at a young age to develop both technical and mechanical skills. While some may have the misconception that technology is the only future, he stresses, “we need to do something with kids while they’re younger for the trades,” because there is currently a desperate demand.
While building his own business, Santoro loves helping others succeed.
“On the vendor side, we get to help folks build their business,” he said. “I have a gentleman in Council Bluffs getting ready to break ground on a store. He’s gone from being a service tech for a technology company to owning his own business. That’s a lot of fun.”
From another perspective, he also sees businesses that are in dire need of an update. Hotels are a perfect
example.
“The laundry room at a hotel is as non-sexy as it can get, but it’s the heart,” Santoro said. “If they run out of bagels, they can still open. If they run out of sheets …” thousands of dollars in daily revenue can be lost.
With hundreds of pounds of sheets, towels and linens being laundered every day, it is essential to have up-to-date equipment that is well maintained for optimum functionality.
Hotels are required to have more than two times their daily linen inventory on a consistent basis, so having a broken washing machine or dryer is simply not an option.
“We can help them last longer,” Santoro said because the machines that CleanWash distributes are long-lasting and are built for heavy-duty use.
Teaching preventative maintenance is what helps Santoro ensure that the equipment he sells lasts as long as possible.
Dryers, for example, need cleaning at least every six months. If the front panel is not removed and cleaned, excess lint builds up which, according to Santoro, wears on the drum, the belt, the motor and (most importantly) is a major fire hazard! For this reason, CleanWash ensures a follow-up with clients periodically to teach them proper ways of handling industrial equipment.
To maintain functionality, however, it is essential to service and maintain the machines regularly.
“We want equipment that’s going to last,” Santoro said. “The goal is not to replace them every five years. The goal is that in a hotel, if we put a washing machine in, it should be there 20 years from now.”
From the manufacturer to shipping to installation, however, everything must be set up perfectly for a machine to function at its intended rate.
“One little tiny thing missing,” Santoro explains, “and in 5 years the machine needs a $3,000 repair. So, you have to put it in right.”
Having been a part of the Omaha community for years, he is extremely pleased and honored to receive the Small Business of the Month Award from the Omaha Chamber of Commerce.
“It’s nice to be recognized at home,” he said. “We try every day to be the best, most incredible, quality place people can find.”
For more information on CleanWash Laundry Systems, call their showroom at 402-505-4956.

Written for the Daily Record: http://www.omahadailyrecord.com/index.cfm?show=10&mid=84&pid=54