Wednesday, May 02, 2007


In the mid 90's, I had the privilige of training under John Patterson for 7 years. However the LORD had other plans for me. I am now a student at SWBTS and headed for the mission field. Who knows maybe the instruction that I received from Dr. Patterson will serve me as I get through school or even on the mission field.
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Cherry: Patterson eases pain of players and fans
Click-2-ListenBy Brice Cherry, Tribune-Herald youth sports editor
Saturday, April 28, 2007
The Houston Rockets’ MVP this season has a master’s degree, four grandchildren and needs a stepladder to dunk the ball.
Not only that, he doesn’t even live in Houston. In fact, he calls another H-town — Hewitt — home.
His name is John Patterson, and he owns Patterson Body Mechanics in Waco. A former schoolteacher and psychologist, Patterson has worked as a rehabilitation specialist for the past 35 years, seeking to alleviate and eliminate the aches and pains of his patients, including a bevy of big-name athletes.
As the name of his business would suggest, Patterson tries to “fix” the body’s problems. Back in December, he received a visit from the ultimate fixer-upper in Rockets star Tracy McGrady.
Think Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in gym shorts.
A body in need of a tune-up
McGrady had been referred to Patterson by Rockets assistant coach Charlie Ward, a previous satisfied customer. Having endured chronic back spasms and countless unsuccessful treatments for the past several years, T-Mac was anything but hopeful.
“Tracy was very pessimistic, as pessimistic a patient I’ve had in a long, long time,” Patterson said. “His first question was, ‘When will the pain go away?’ but he didn’t really expect that it would.”
But after that initial 2 1/2-hour session with Patterson, McGrady discovered something surprising — his back didn’t ache anymore. He could actually move.
“Every time I sit down for a while, it takes me a while to straighten up,” McGrady told the Houston Chronicle. “I popped off that table and stood straight up. It worked.”
“He was like a kid,” Patterson said. “He bent over and touched his toes without any pain at all. ... Of course, he is a kid in some respects — he’s only 27, but his situation was getting serious.”
To correct McGrady’s problem, Patterson used a low-voltage microcurrent machine that targets “the trigger mechanism” for retracted muscles and tissue and aims to correct it.
It’s a process he has used on dozens of other athletes, including former Baylor and Olympic track great Michael Johnson, NFL Hall of Famer Earl Campbell, Dallas Cowboys receiver Terrell Owens, Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz and tennis pro Andy Roddick.
T-Mac turning cartwheels
For McGrady, it worked like a charm. The ninth-year pro averaged 24.6 points and a career-high 6.5 assists while playing in 71 games, a vast improvement over the 2005-06 season, when he missed nearly half the year with injuries.
Now, his hopes are higher than the ceilings at Yao Ming’s crib.
“I’m a believer,” McGrady told the Chronicle. “It’s impressive.”
Those words are music to the ears of Patterson, whose success stories play out nightly on ESPN.
“This is the only thing I’ve ever done where you have instant gratification,” Patterson said. “A lot of people see immediate results.
“I worked on John Smoltz years ago, and to see him pitch with the same speed and effectiveness today as he did in 1995, that’s something I take pride in.”
Personally, I’m grateful to Patterson, too. Not because I’ve needed or used his services, but as a lifelong Houston Rockets booster I have a vested interest in keeping Tracy McGrady healthy and hoop-y.
So, John, has working on T-Mac made you a big Rockets fan?
“I’m probably more of a Mavericks fan,” he said. “They’re closer.”
Ouch. Maybe I will need rehab after all.