by Kathy Howard

Stopping PAIN is what The Rossiter System is all about!

Rossiter is a unique and extremely effective approach to pain relief that does not involve medication or surgery. The Rossiter System addresses pain at its cause which is the body’s connective tissue system.  Rossiter works by stretching the body’s connective tissue to put back space in the body.  This series of two-person stretching techniques is stretching like you have never stretched before. Rossiter workouts are fast, powerful and effective. Remember, with Rossiter there are no drugs, no splints, no shots and no risky surgeries needed to eliminate your pain.

First of all, let’s define the body’s connective tissue system, which we find as the cause of structural pain. Connective tissue is really quite simple to understand. It is the stretchy, strong ligaments, tendons and broad fascial coverings that connect every part in the body to all the other parts – connective tissue. It holds your body together, gives it shape and (when completely healthy and loose) gives it space.  Connective tissue surrounds every organ, every muscle all the way down to the cellular level. Yes, that is correct; connective tissue surrounds every muscle cell. When the connective tissue system is overworked, stressed, or injured, it naturally shortens and thickens, thus causing pain, stiffness, limited range of motion, poor sleep, heaviness and other symptoms. Unless the causes of pain are addressed, pain will continue to come back and it will usually worsen over time.

Next let’s understand why stretching will help eliminate your pain. If you have pain in your knee joint, many times it is because there isn’t enough space in the joint. Envision your knee as two long bones that come together and act like a hinge. There are long muscles attached to these bones and they cross the hinge (the gap between the joint) before attaching to the bone on the other side of the joint. The muscles that cross the joint allow us to bend and straighten our knees. If any of the muscles that cross the knee joint or any of the connective tissue that surround those muscles become tight/shortened, they will make the gap in the joint smaller. This will cause the parts of the joint to rub and irritate the tissue and cause pain.  In order for the hinge joint to move freely and to relieve the irritation, we must stretch/loosen the connective tissue and muscles that are below and above the knee joint. Then when the tissue is looser, the gap becomes wider, the strain is taken off the joint, the irritation stops and the pain is gone.

Now to describe a Rossiter ‘workout’ (not a ‘session’), one must understand that it is totally different than a traditional massage session. All Rossiter workouts are done with the client fully clothed on a mat on the floor (a few techniques are done in a chair). With Rossiter, a foot is the tool, not an elbow or knuckle as in massage. During a Rossiter workout, the practitioner and client use a team approach to create space in the body and eliminate pain.  The Rossiter ‘Coach’ (practitioner) has knowledge of the body, anatomy, movement and the connective tissue system. The Coach helps motivate the ‘PIC’, Person In Charge, (client) to become an active participant in his or her own health. The PIC must be willing to work hard to fix their bodies with the Coach’s verbal encouragement and instruction.   Although Rossiter is unique for both people, it is a safe, natural team approach to ‘fix’ people’s pain.

This healing system is used to prevent or relieve:

  • Neck & Shoulder Pain
  • Headaches
  • Arm & Hand Pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Pain
  • Golfer’s or Tennis Elbow
  • Low Back Pain and Sciatica
  • Hip Pain & Knee Pain
  • Tight Calf Muscles & Hamstrings
  • Foot & Ankle Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Repetitive Stress Injuries

Those who are likely Rossiter candidates include people who are motivated in personal health and fitness and want to participate in their health-care decisions.  With these stretches, you go and find your pain, take control and s-t-r-r-r-e-t-c-h it out of your body for good.  Other potential candidates are older clients who want their younger-feeling bodies back, athletes (amateur or professional, former or current), dedicated musicians, busy moms or anyone with overuse injuries. Rossiter is used in the workplace and has reduced injury claims, absenteeism, and disability costs 50% -85%.  With The Rossiter System, most people feel results immediately that last for weeks, months and even their lifetime. Anyone who experiences pain of any kind could likely benefit from Rossiter so they may lead productive, pain-free lives. What have you got to lose, besides your pain?!