Bill Maguire Helps Patients Discover Sources of Pain Naturally
Sep 02, 2015 11:50AM
● By Rebecca Hanlon
While the twinges of pain are often caused by an injury, the root of the problem can lie much deeper. For Bill Maguire, LMT, NMT, AMAT, ND, owner of WellSpring Health, in York, uncovering true sources of pain to treat the whole person is at the heart of his practice.
With decades of experience as a massage therapist, manual therapist and naturopathic doctor, Maguire believes pain can be a symptom of other battles the body might be facing. He treats his patients' pain with natural techniques as an alternative to more invasive treatments such as surgery or traditional pain medicine.
Maguire's passion was sparked when he lived and worked in Florida in the 1980s. He sustained a shoulder injury and couldn't find relief, and so decided to try working with a massage therapist, which had never occurred to him before. Impressed with the massage therapist's understanding of the body, Maguire used the help he received to explore a future in pain assessment and natural healing.
Today, he specializes in manual therapy and myofascial release approach, as taught by John Barnes, a pioneer in myofascial release. This includes mild stretching and balancing that effects body tissue, as well as CranioSacral therapy, a gentle, hands-on approach to enhance the structure that encompasses the brain and spinal cord. While the modern medical model focuses on treating symptoms with medication and surgery, Maguire believes the body needs a more integrative approach, stating, "It's important to work as part of each person's entire health care team.”
Some people don't realize how mental and physical healing go hand-in-hand, he says. Just as Maguire has seen many patients struggle to deal with trauma and chronic pain, he also knows that pain often affects every area of his patients' lives. It can be mentally and physically exhausting, and pain can add stress to personal relationships and work responsibilities.
Maguire's mission is to help his patients find relief and feel better. "I'm passionate about empowering people to take control of their health through therapy and home self-care," he says. "There is always hope."
WellSpring Health is located at 924A Colonial Ave., in York. For more information, call 717-849-2434 or visit WellspringHealth.org.
Rebecca Hanlon is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings magazine.