Testimonials

Excerpts from September 12, 2006

BY LUBNA TAKRURI
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER

Faced with a painful operation for a shoulder problem, Hal Robinson found an alternative that he says helped him avoid surgery. “Massage therapy was, for me, almost a salvation… I went to two other doctors for a second and third opinion, and one of them said massage therapy will help you.” After about a dozen visits with massage therapist Phil Cutrell of Touch Therapy Associates in Southfield, Robinson says he is able to throw a ball again and sleep on his left side. “[Massage therapy] kept me from having that operation” he says.

Hal Robinson
Royal Oak, MI

Ah, there's the rub


Medicine catches up with what clients always knew about the health benefits of massage



Faced with a painful operation for a shoulder problem, Hal Robinson found an alternative that he says helped him avoid surgery. "Massage therapy was, for me, almost a salvation," says Robinson, of Royal Oak, who turns 74 on Friday.

Arthritis caused cartilage in his shoulder to wear away and caused pain and difficulty with everyday activities like sports. After trying physical therapy for the 12 visits covered by Blue Cross/Blue Shield, an MRI showed the therapy hadn't worked.

"I went to two other doctors for a second and third opinion, and one of them said massage therapy will help you," he says. "I didn't know the difference between physical therapy and massage therapy at the time."

After about a dozen visits with massage therapist Phil Cutrell of Touch Therapy Associates in Southfield, Robinson says he is able to throw a ball again and sleep on his left side.

Massage has long been regarded as a luxury, but the past decade has seen a shift to more medical use and recognition of the breadth of benefits from massage.

Massage has also been plagued with the stigma brought about by the adult entertainment industry. Therefore, massage practitioners in Michigan have been pushing for almost three years for legislation that will regulate use of the title "massage therapist."

A survey commissioned by the American Massage Therapy Association estimated that 47 million Americans received a massage in 2005 -- up 2 million from the previous year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2002 National Health Interview Survey found that 9% of American adults had a massage at some point for help with a medical problem, and that hospitals are increasing their use of massage for pain relief, stress management and help with cancer symptoms.

Some plans offer a discount at designated centers, but few cover the treatment. Robinson paid for the therapy himself, and estimates he saved his insurance plan the $120,000 or so it would have cost for a shoulder replacement. "It's stupid; (massage therapy) kept me from having that operation," he says.

Jo Rayl of Monroe is someone who did consider it. She was in two rear-end car accidents and her shoulder was bothering her. Her chiropractor couldn't help. Her doctor prescribed massage therapy, and car insurance paid for it.

"It was getting to the point where I was having a hard time sleeping at night; my shoulder pain would wake me up," she says. "It was wonderful because I didn't realize how much my range of motion was limited by the accident. Until you actually experience the treatment, you don't realize what a difference it can make. I don't know what else could have helped me," she says. (Note: Jo was also a Touch Therapy patient)
 

As a healthcare professional, Phil is my go-to therapist for complex cases… results-oriented and reliable. Phil has my vote of confidence.”
Dr. Bryan A. Born, DC
Painless-Chiropractor.com

I've had the pleasure of working with Phil both in an instructor capacity and in a team approach when working with patients. He was highly regarded by both faculty and students during his teaching tenure. As a healthcare professional, Phil is my go-to therapist for complex cases that may come under the scrutiny of an insurance auditor's eye. You want to know that a therapist is results-oriented and reliable, and Phil has my vote of confidence.
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“Phil is one of the very best… I recommend Phil without hesitation… his passion for his profession and his dedication to his clients make him a star.”
Joanie Sacksteder
Physical Therapist

Phil is absolutely amazing! He listened carefully to my symptoms and with expert knowledge he located and unraveled the bound-up areas that were preventing me from recovering from a painful injury. Because I have been a physical therapist for more than 15 years, I have had the opportunity to work with many talented professionals in this field. Phil is one of the very best. When a patient or friend asks me who to see for massage, I recommend Phil without hesitation. Not only is he knowledgeable and intuitive, but his passion for his profession and his dedication to his clients make him a star.
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“In chronic pain for almost 20 years… the best thing I have done for my pain… unquestionably the most productive time I have spent in relieving my pain.”

DMK

Kudos to TTA and Phil TTA is the best thing I have done for my pain. I have been in chronic pain for almost 20 years. After being in two auto accidents it was suggested that I try both massage therapy. I began working with Phil about a month and a half ago. Phil is working with me to relieve pain in Several areas including the upper traps, both wrist, spinal and neck pain. Phil is wonderful; he is a great listener as to where the pain is worst. Since treatment started I now have a wider range of motion in my Neck. The treatment I have received at TTA has been unquestionably the most productive time I have spent in relieving my pain. Not only was there relief from Touch Therapies treatments but the most responsive in such a short time.
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“Far surpasses any other therapist I had in the past. I highly recommend his practice.. He is the best!”

Danny

I have been with Touch Therapy for quite some time Mr. Cutrell has always been professional, courteous, and concerned about my health. His level of knowledge concerning the body and how to best help with the correct massage therapy far surpasses any other therapist I had in the past. I highly recommend his practice. He is the best! Thank you.
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“Phil picked up where physical therapy left off. My experience with him gave me back my full range of motion in my shoulder… I found him to be experienced, professional, and effective.”

Lucy, RN (Registered Nurse)

Phil (Touch Therapy Associates) picked up where physical therapy left off. My experience with him gave me back my full range of motion in my shoulder. Phil's extensive knowledge of anatomy enables him to provide therapeutic massage services. I found him to be experienced, professional, and effective. I would recommend Phil without hesitation.
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“What a relief!!! I was so impressed by the professionalism of Touch Therapy and the way in which they helped identify my issues.”  “I feel a whole lot better and better informed” 

Denise

What a relief!!! I was so impressed by the professionalism of Touch Therapy and the way in which they helped identify my issues. I came in to get one type of therapy and learned that I was a better candidate for another type. I really appreciated Phil taking the time to listen to me and my body to figure out what needed to be done. I feel a whole lot better and better informed about my body mechanics. Thanks, Phil!
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The experience was healing and rejuvenating… Upon leaving Phil Cutrell’s office I was standing more erect and that hip pain was completely gone.

Lynette

The experience was healing and rejuvenating. I was challenged with a nagging annoying throb in my right hip from overexertion at the gym for many many weeks. Stretching wouldn't help, soaking in warm water with Epsom salt wouldn't release the strain. Upon leaving Phil Cutrell's office I was standing more erect and that hip pain was completely gone, and I must add has not returned. Happy and so much more at ease and continuing my workout at the gym with great success.
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I was in two separate car accidents six months apart… Phil was great in helping with paperwork and making sure my insurance would cover it. He came up with a treatment plan and worked with my doctor and I was able to heal quickly and without any medical intervention.”

Jo Rayl

Phil Cutrell is an excellent therapist and instructor! I've had the pleasure of experiencing both. I highly recommend Touch Therapy Associates if you are looking for an excellent massage/body work experience. I was in two separate car accidents six months apart and I was able to get a prescription from my medical doctor for body work. Phil was great in helping with paperwork and making sure my insurance would cover it. He came up with a treatment plan and worked with my doctor and I was able to heal quickly and without any medical intervention. Thanks Phil!
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I am very confident in Phil Cutrell and this statement comes from a person who in the beginning had a hard time walking, putting shoes on and could not turn in her bed without help.  I tried many therapists before him and nobody was able to help me as much as Phil Cutrell.

Daniela Cure
Occupational Therapy Assistant
Troy, MI

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I have praised and recommended Touch Therapy Associates to many people. Since my automobile accident, two years ago, I have been in constant pain.  Massage has made my life 100% more bearable and I am able to work part time.

Carole Katz
Clinical Therapist
Southfield, MI

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