By Conrad Dudderar
A standard medical approach is a “pill for a problem” and treating a symptom.
“We pretty much don’t abide by that at all,” Dr. Jeremy Maass explained. “We look at what your body needs to be healthy.”
The slogan of Yukon’s Motus Health clinic is “Designed for More.”
Maass is the owner and clinic director at Motus Health, 1612 S Garth Brooks Blvd. – Suite 115.
“I believe that everybody was designed by God – on purpose – for a calling in life,” he said. “So many times, we get so bogged down and tied down by whatever disease or disorder or pain or dysfunction that we have.
“That defines people and they become their fibromyalgia. Or they become their neuropathy. Or they become their migraines. And they never can get past that.”
An Okarche native, Dr. Maass has been helping patients in Yukon and surrounding areas “get past that” since opening his health clinic in 2018.
“The diagnosis does not define you as a person,” he emphasized. “We look at how we can help you break that mindset and then break free from that.
“That helps you get back to what you were designed for by doing the things your body needs in order to be healthy. When we do that, your body heals again.”
Motus Health-Yukon treats patients complaining of back pain, neck pain, sciatica, and headaches.
“At the core, we’re a chiropractic clinic,” Dr. Maass noted. “People get better from quality chiropractic care. Our version of chiropractic is a holistic model – structure, neurology and metabolics.”
This is the “Motus method” of treatment.
Structure: How are joints and bones lined up? How is the body moving – and muscle tissue functioning?
Neurology: How is the brain controlling and coordinating everything in the body? If there is a joint problem, it’s guaranteed there’s a muscular problem around it. The ultimate cause will be a neurological imbalance causing an over-contraction or under-contraction of a muscle.
Metabolics: How is the body functioning from the inside out? How is the body digesting foods? Just as eating quality food is important, it’s critical to digest it appropriately, absorb it in the bloodstream and transfer it to tissues.
KNEES, SHOULDERS AND MORE
Dr. Maass and his staff treat patients with chronic and degenerative knee conditions, often helping them avoid replacement surgery.
“We have what is called knee decompression; traction of the knee joint,” he said. “We use cold lasers over the top of that, several other therapies and some muscle energy techniques.
“We’re able to rebuild control around the knee and rebuild spacing in the knee joint.”
Motus Health also helps people suffering from “frozen” shoulders avoid an unnecessary surgery. A cutting-edge muscle therapy technique called trigenics is utilized in the clinic.
Typically after just a couple visits, they can almost completely resolve a patient’s shoulder mobility problems.
“We’ve taken people who haven’t been able to wash their hair for 20 years because they can’t lift their arm up – and in one session, they can reach overhead,” Maass shared.
The Yukon chiropractic clinic also treats patients with temporomandibular joint (or jaw) pain.
Trigeminal neuralgia is a debilitating nerve condition that causes episodes of sharp, intense, stabbing pain in the jaw.
“It’s nicknamed ‘suicide disease’ because 95% of sufferers commit suicide within six months,” Dr. Maass related.
Typical treatment includes medications and skull surgery. Motus Health typically sees patients after that doesn’t work.
“For the medical approach, we try and take pressure off the nerve,” Maass said. “I’ve taken people, adjusted them a couple times, and taken away years of agony.”
In addition, Motus Health treats patients with digestive (gut) dysfunctions, auto-immune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus and disorders like fibromyalgia.
They offer spinal decompression to heal people with bulging and herniated discs.
Neuropathy is another primary area of focus at Motus Health in Yukon (see related story).
Motus Health-Yukon opened 4-1/2 years ago on the west side of Garth Brooks Boulevard, just south of Interstate 40. The clinic is located between Kirkland’s and McAlister’s, near Chick-fil-A, Hobby Lobby and PetSmart.
Dr. Maass and an associate are the staff chiropractors.
Maass has a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Cleveland University-Kansas City (Mo.), is a board-certified acupuncturist and certified athletic trainer.
An on-staff nutritionist at Motus Health coaches patients who want to lose weight and eat healthy.
The clinic’s rehab director helps with physical therapy and exercise.
A massage therapist provides problem-focused therapeutic massage.
Motus Health also has a case manager and several front desk staff members.
Treatment hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call (405) 494-0165 or visit www.motushealth.com
FROM SPORTS MEDICINE TO NATURAL HEALTH
Maass grew up with his family “out in the country” about five miles west of Okarche.
A basketball player in high school, he sustained a series of knee injuries and had three surgeries to repair his ACL. All were “non-contact” injuries that occurred while he was running and turned wrong.
“I had some sort of imbalance at play for why it happened in the first place,” Maass explained.
Wishing to help prevent others from suffering similar injuries, the Okarche graduate enrolled at Oklahoma State University with a goal to become an athletic trainer.
Having first focused on sports medicine, Maass became interested in the chiropractic profession.
“I had never seen anyone who truly seemed to love what they do as much as the chiropractors I shadowed up in Stillwater,” he related.
Studying at a chiropractic school in Kansas City, Mo., Maass quickly saw a world of natural health care he had not previously been exposed to.
One Thanksgiving during his seventh of 10 trimesters, he suffered the most debilitating migraine headache he ever had.
“I was at home and drove five hours back to Kansas City with it,” Maass shared. “I pulled over several times to throw up outside the window.”
For months, he dealt with crippling pain in his upper back, neck and hip – to the point he’d become nauseous and vomit.
Although he was just 24 and in great shape, Maass was dying from the pain.
The only time he was pain-free was while lying down, which he did even in the classroom.
Maass tried traditional medical and natural treatments to relieve his pain, with no success.
As he was completing his chiropractic studies, the first real progress came when Maass went to an old-school chiropractor in Oklahoma City for an adjustment.
Seeing about 50% improvement, Maass was functional upon returning to Kansas City.
He then found a doctor there who practiced functional neurology.
“He looked at the way my brain was working and found the left side of my cerebellum was not functioning and it was firing into the right side of my frontal cortex,” Maass added. “That was causing this big imbalance.
“We did a lot to work that whole process backward and a lot of dietary change. For the first time in my life, he walked me through what chronic disease looks like.”
Within a couple of months, Maass was about 80-90% healed. He has no issues today.
“I was in chiropractic school – in the middle of this natural health care world, and I had never heard about functional neurology and functional medicine,” he shared. “The heartbeat behind our practice is bringing some sort of ‘completion of care’ to the general public.
“We help people find answers when they’ve been everywhere, tried everything and are still left with nothing.”