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Ken has been a massage therapist since 1993 and has been involved in health care since 1988. Becoming a massage therapist was actually supposed to be a part of Ken's original plan of becoming a physical therapist. While working full time as a physical therapy aide and aquatic therapy coordinator for Health South, he realized that a few of the courses he needed at UT were only offered during the work day. He realized he needed more flexibility in his schedule to accomplish his goal of becoming a physical therapist. So, while still working full time, he attended classes full time in a massage therapy school across town. Once classes were completed, Ken began working, at the PT's request, on some of their clients that were not making the progress they had hoped...with amazing results! Patients that had not responded to traditional physical therapy treatments were getting better with massage! Before long, Ken was working 8 hours a day doing massage therapy as a physical therapy aide/massage therapist making a whopping $9 per hour...while the hospital billed the client's insurance $168 per hour! "Not many people have ever accused me of being a genius but even I could see something needed to change!"
Not long after this, Ken struck out on his own and hauled his massage table all over town treating his growing clientele. After about a year on the road, Ken was invited to work at the Body Therapy Center by his MT instructor, Marion Burch. He worked there for 2 years and then opened his own office, Therapy Central, in downtown Austin, with friend and fellow massage therapist, Anne Englehart. Business was great. Ken, Anne and the growing staff were usually booked weeks in advance, but Ken LIVED in Round Rock and COMMUTED to Austin daily. Finally, the daily pilgrimage through Austin rush hour traffic became something he decided he needed to live without. He found a little yellow house in Round Rock that looked promising. After securing the loan, purchasing the property and doing a few months of renovation, Therapy Central of Round Rock opened its doors.
Ken specializes in Injury Rehab and has developed P&M (Pin & Move) Myofascial Release which incorporates Myofascial Release, Deep Tissue Massage and, Trigger Point Therapy. (We now call Ken's technique the "Moench Method." Too many people heard, or read Myofascial Release and deduced that they had already had that...and it didn't work. THIS is NOT anything you've ever experienced before...really!
The Moench Method eliminates pain by balancing the body's integrity.
"Many of the clients that are referred to us are those who have tried everything but are still in chronic pain. Our approach to treating pain has been so successful because we identify and correct the root causes of pain instead of just treating the client's symptoms."
Ken works on professional, collegiate, middle and high school athletes with
amazing results. A large percentage of his clients are athletes because athletes get hurt so often! Ken and the rest of the staff at Therapy Central treat clients with an amazing array of conditions including Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, Tinnitis, Migraine Headaches, Cluster Headaches, Back and Neck Pain, Knee and Hip pain, Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendonitis, TMJ, Morton's Neuroma, Tennis Elbow, Frozen Shoulder, Scoliosis, Sprains, Strains, and aches of every description.
"The amazing thing to many is that this type of treatment hurts, people generally pay 'out of pocket', and they send their friends, family, co-workers and complete strangers who they notice are in pain to come and 'get fixed.' Our business has been built almost exclusively by word of mouth."
Ken is also a successful workshop presenter whose goal is to teach enough therapists his techniques so that unnecessary surgeries and medications become a thing of the past.
"One thing that the 'traditional' medical community has forgotten is that the BODY is the healer and has an almost unlimited capacity to heal ITSELF... if it's structural integrity and blood flow and circulation are restored. THAT is what we do."
To ALL of our clients, old and new:
Our goal at Therapy Central has always been to help as many people eliminate pain and get back to doing the things in their lives that give them purpose, meaning and joy. We are excited about our new therapists who are among the best we've ever had the pleasure of working with and training. To achieve the goal to help more people it has become clear that my role at Therapy Central needs to change. I have been blessed to have so many people that rely on me to help them with their healthcare needs but in order for Therapy Central to grow and be able to accommodate all of the requests for services my role needs to move from therapist to teacher. I can only help a very limited number of people with my two hands. I have thought long and hard about how to help more people and the transition to teacher is clearly the only answer.
This transition was going to be gradual. I tried to start this process by attempting to block off my schedule on Thursdays in Round Rock so that I could observe sessions, make suggestions for treatment options and assist our staff when necessary to make sure that each of our clients in all of our treatment rooms left feeling the way they'd hoped they'd feel when they reached out for our help. Libby attempted to garner support for this transition and was met with some rather staunch resistance from many of the clients she's had spoken with...Most saying they would wait, (up to 3 weeks), to see me! While I understand their hesitation, I also am aware that since I am going to turn 60 years old in the New Year there is a finite period of time that I can continue seeing 8-10 clients per day...Monday through Friday plus requests for Saturday sessions. If I can't train my staff and teach this method to the next generation of therapists then I will have failed.
Since I do NOT plan on failing, beginning January 1st of 2019 I will no longer be seeing clients on MY schedule. Instead, I will be supervising, training and assisting our therapists with learning EVERTHING I have figured out over the past 25 years. In this way we will be able to help many more clients than we have been able to in the past. What you should find is that getting in to see someone should be much quicker, even same day in most cases! MY job during this transition is to make sure that each of you leaves our offices feeling like you hoped you would when you made your appointment! I'm excited about this new chapter at Therapy Central. My prayer is that each of you will help us move forward with this plan.
Ken Moench, owner
Therapy Central of Round Rock, P.C.