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Review: MBF Posture Therapy with Michael

PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2007 11:00 pm
by Tom Montana
* Wanted to re-post a review here, that I wrote for Muscle Balance Function Posture Therapy I did with Michael Jen, and how it has helped me greatly in recovering from my injuries and susbsequent elective surgery. *

I have had the opportunity to work with Michael Jen now for the past couple of months, while I have been rehabbing from hip arthroscopy and ankle reconstruction surgeries. I, and my doctors, have nothing but great things to say about the impact that the Muscle Balance Function (MBF) Development Posture therapy (, I received from Michael, has had on my recovery.

I am 31 and have been training in martial arts for 15 years (Mixed Martial Arts for the last 4). When I was a teenager, I injured both my hip and ankle during those activities, which subsequently "healed" and allowed to me go back to training. However, every couple of years, I always seemed to re-aggravate my hip. After my latest aggravation, I went to see the orthopedists at a top-rated sports medicine office. They diagnosed me with long-existing injuries...a labral tear in my hip joint, torn LCL ligaments in my ankle, and an attached osteophyte (bone spur) in the same much for being "healed".

I remember reading on Michael's expert forum, about his personal healing experiences with MBF, and how they influenced him to become a MBF Development Posture therapist. He answered my questions very thoroughly on-line, and, eventually, during a consult call. I opted to have corrective surgery done, after weighing all my options, and begin following prescribed MBF Therapy menus, as soon as possible, after surgery. On top of everything else already diagnosed, during the surgery, they also found the initial stages of osteo-arthritis in my hip. I was told I'd need hip replacement in 20 years, or less, and that continuing with any martial arts training would only accelerate that path.

Once I was ready for therapy, I e-mailed Michael with the requested full-body profile photographs, so he could prescribe exercises to correct my posture, so that my body could optimally heal. As I was not local to his practice, each exercise was clearly explained, using video clips. Each menu prescribed was progressively more challenging, while making sure I was respecting the healing process my body needed to undergo. The menus were performed at least daily...sometimes, twice, or three times a day. It was not a passive rehab regimen, as doing the menu consistently directly influenced how well I recovered.

Following the prescribed exercises have made a big difference in my recovery period, and my quality of health, in general. My doctors are surprised at how quickly, and well I have healed. They use adjectives like "1-in-100" and "amazing" to describe the progress. The recovery period, originally thought to be about six months to a year, has been cut in half to about three months. I also have no doubt I will surpass the level of physical performance I had before, by continuing my work with Michael.

Customer service-wise, Michael is great at getting back to you, quickly, and making sure you are doing things correctly. He also doesn't sugar-coat the amount of effort and thought needed to develop and maintain good postural health and physical performance. His website ( is very informative, with articles explaining many of the concepts he applies.

Highly recommended for the healthy and the recovering,

Tom Montana
Austin, TX, USA

PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 8:19 am
by Pamelaann
Hi Tom
Thanks for sharing, fantastic you have found the way to healing and function with MBF.

Up until 3 months ago before I came accross MBF I had been working with postural alignment therapy for nearly 3 years (and in the early days had had some pretty amazing results) but things wern't improving, I was stuck with quite a lot of dysfunction, and consequently quite a lot of pain and discomfort.

After less than 3 months with MBF everythings improved, and amazingly so.

The pains I had 3 months ago have abated to quite a degree, and a lot of the symptoms have gone .
Things I never ever thought I would improve on, such as pelvic rotation and sholder disparity (not to mention pretty bad knee hyperextension) are changing massively. I dont have the same body I had 3 months ago thats for sure

............................Thank you to Geoff Gluckman for MBF and thank you to Michael for all the help and encouragement.

To anyone out there in pain..................its so worth the effort.


Re: Review: MBF Posture Therapy with Michael

PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2008 5:48 pm
by Tom Montana
Quick update...I am still working with Michael. The therapy menus are still challenging my body to adapt better functionality, and that has shown up in greater physical ease and less discomfort, while working a sedentary job, and in my athletic endeavors. This process has also made me more aware of how much much I neglected my diet (taking pics every month, or so gives good visual feedback), and how I was just building muscle on-top of dysfunction.