Pain & Performance Clinic

Pain & Performance Clinic™

Where Movement Is Therapy

At Zen Den we focus on the essential relationship between the mind and movement. When the nervous system and muscular skeletal system in a person are not communicating well, the result is pain. Eventually due to compensation of injury and inactivity, pain becomes chronic.


Our Pain Clinic addresses the source of pain and relieves it. Our treatments are a combination of massage and manual therapy and regimens on our specialized equipment which manage and correct movements and behaviors causing pain.

We help people suffering from pain caused by a variety of sources, and specialize in relief of back, knee, shoulder, wrist, foot, and hand pain.

We also treat:

  • Brain Injury
  • Stroke
  • Scoliosis
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Bursitis
  • Arthritis
  • Inflammation
  • Bulging Disc
  • Herniated Disc

  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Pulled Muscles
  • Torn Tendons
  • Post Cancer Recovery
  • Post Surgery Rehabilitation
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Growing Pains
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome


The brain is our most powerful tool but the least understood.


Many schools and athletic clubs provide computer concussion baseline testing, and this is a good start. At Zen Den, however, we provide a functional neurology screening specific to concussion. It is more than taking a computer test. Our functional neurology screening includes testing for eye dilation, balance, neck pain, spinal reflexes, spinal stability, visual reflexes, and vestibular reflexes.


When someone is concussed, we recommend undergoing our functional neurology screening as soon as possible after the incident. As treatment, clients can run through our protocol as often as daily. We customize a recovery plan for every client. We can reactivate brain – body movement and function that have gone awry. We are confident that our intervention protocol is effective, because we have had thousands of clients experience positive outcomes with our program. The results are beyond impressive. We literally re-boot or reactivate sensory reflexes on the spot.

Brain Trauma Treatment

We treat brain injury at Zen Den through our Functional Neurology Program. Through careful assessment, we are able to determine which areas of a person’s nervous system are weak, and we customize a treatment protocol to improve the quality of how the nervous system functions. We determine which brain-to-body neural pathways aren’t working properly, and we rewire them.

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Understanding Functional Neurology

Functional Neurology provides a new way at approaching treatment of the nervous system. Instead of examining nervous system function in black and white terms with optimal neurological function being on one end of the spectrum and diseases and injuries such as stroke and tumors being on the other end, Functional Neurology looks at dysfunction in the nervous system as something that can be corrected.


A key concept in understanding our approach to treating brain injury is neuroplasticity. Nerve connections in the brain are considered plastic, because they can be shaped or modified by sensory, motor, cognitive or emotional input. Simply put, what you experience can rewire your nervous system.


The basic unit of the nervous system is a nerve cell called a neuron. There exists more than 100 billion neurons in the human body, each one having a specific function and connection to other neurons, forming extensive electro-chemical circuits and highways of communication.


While this system was once considered fixed, we now know that this vast collection of nerve cells is capable of remarkable change. For example, by repetitively firing a pathway from one neuron to another, we can expect an increase in the number of chemical messengers (neurotransmitters) produced by the “talking” neuron as well as an increase in the number of receptors on the “listening” neuron. Furthermore, a nerve cell can grow connections to new neurons (synaptogenesis) and can even extend to far reaching areas (neuronal migration). This is essentially how we learn a new skill and why practice makes perfect.


In the developing brain, as well as in the adult, research has confirmed that we have the ability to create new neurons (neurogenesis), a process long considered impossible. It is now also known that if an area of the nervous system is damaged, not only is regeneration achievable, but other nerve cells can take over the function of the lost neurons (functional reorganization). For example, a person who has suffered a stroke in the language center of the brain may still regain the ability to speak.


A basic premise of Functional Neurology is to support healthy plasticity of the nervous system through proper stimulation and fuel. Treatment is aimed at not only protecting the nervous system but giving it the activation that it needs to thrive. We now know that even a nervous system that is functioning poorly can be rehabilitated with progressive and long-lasting success.

Schedule an Assessment

Schedule a personalized needs assessment in the Pain & Performance Clinic, call 781-424-0488 or Request By Email.  Meet with Mary and her team of clinicians for a head-to-toe evaluation of how your body moves and performs to determine which movements patterns need improvement for you to live your best life.

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