"As an athlete, I am always looking for an advantage. It is easy to think more is better, but at some point, you push your body past its limit. Thankfully when I was injured someone referred me to Mike Danenberg and Performance Therapy. Working with Mike I have learned to train smarter not harder, run more efficiently, and come back quicker when things do occasionally go awry. Mike has always treated me like I am his most important client. He understands how to manage my desire to train and tendency to overtrain. I trust his advice completely. I have taken an hour and fifteen minutes off my marathon time, run sub 16:00 for 5k and finished an Ironman in under 10 hours. I have surprised myself, but Mike never seems surprised. Helping people get more out of themselves than they think possible is what he does. If you truly want to maximize your performance I strongly recommend Mike Danenberg and the talented team at Performance Therapy. "
"Coming from a landlocked country in Africa and becoming the top female Olympic swimmer in the world has been possible because of the people I surround myself with. Mike and his team from Performance Therapy have been an integral part of my lead up to my 5th Olympic Games in Rio. As an older (wiser) athlete I know what it takes to be successful and I trust Mike's experience and knowledge. Thank you for everything you have helped me with and with everything you do for other athletes."
"When I think about my training and goals, the focus always lies on what can I be doing today to make my tomorrow better. I am always thinking of how I can get to the next level and maximize my fullest potential as an athlete. This way of thinking has allowed me to achieve many of my dreams and is a huge reason why I was able to find Mike Danenberg and his team at Performance Therapy. Active Release Therapy (A.R.T.) is a form of physical therapy using manual soft tissue release that has changed my life. Mike, who is a true healer, can make any one, of any age, of any ability level--optimized. He wants nothing more than to build relationships with people and help them move freely while feeling better than they were on their best day prior. Mike truly puts the art in A.R.T as his skills and mind for his craft are second to none. I feel literally "touched by an angel" each time I am in his office. I have no doubt that my running career will be given a new light because of his guidance. I am not only glad to call him my therapist. I am even prouder to call him my friend."
"In 2014 I was exceeding all of my endurance goals, completing my first Ironman, and finishing in the top 10 of my USAT age group in the state... until an injury had me sidelined. Of course Mike Danenberg was the first one I went to help "fix me," but little did I know there was more going on in my body than the surface pain I was feeling. After a month of consistent ART treatments, we were able to dig in deeper and figure out why I wasn't seeing results. In addition to weekly ART treatments, I began a consistent strength regimen. The first day I could barely lift my right hip off the ground. With time and dedication to the plan, I began to see improvements. 3 months and I began to train again, with the help of Mike's running gate analysis and tweaks. 5 weeks later I am not only 100% back, I am stronger than I have ever been. I've gained 14% in threshold on the bike, and completed a new personal best in a 5k. It wasn't an overnight fix, which at times was very frustrating, but I am stronger now because of it. I continue to dedicate two mornings a week to my strength training at Performance Therapy NC, one of the best investments I have chosen for myself because I know it will pay huge dividends as the 2015 season begins."
"I wanted to take a moment to thank Mike Danenberg at Performance Therapy. He was instrumental in helping me achieve my racing goals this year. Most recently, I was in the last weeks of training for the Marine Corp Marathon and I found myself with tremendous hip flexor pain and strain. To say I walked into Mike's office limping was an understatement; I was seriously considering not running the marathon I trained so hard for. After weekly treatments and following my stretching instructions, I was feeling a lot better and made the journey to Washington, DC and completed the race. Mike helped me to recover quickly from the marathon so I could line up for the Carolinas Spartan Beast two weeks later. I was not only able to complete the Beast, but I felt incredibly strong and was able to beat my time goal. To think I was ready to throw in the towel and now I have an incredible sense of accomplishment (and two beautiful medals)! Thanks Mike, I couldn't have done it without you!"
"I started working with Mike Danenberg about a year ago, after developing significant knee pain that set me back in my training and causing me to miss my "A" race. I had seen a number of medical professionals and treatments, which left me with big expenses but no progress. Within a short time under his guidance, I have bounced back better than ever, achieving several racing goals."
"During the Pinhoti 100 a couple weeks ago, I was really struggling. I thought about what Mike taught me in regards to racing running form and applied his techniques. Around mile 55, I started to have IT band pain around my knee. I immediately recognized that bad form was causing the problem and adjusted by leaning forward (and going fast!) I ran relatively pain-free from that point on and finished with the most incredible PR yet. I believed I could crack a 24 hour finish, hoped to come in around 22, and was shocked to see my overall time of 21:31:56."
"Mike and the staff at Performance Therapy accurately assesses form and technique as indicators of potential injury. It's not always easy work, sometimes challenging to correct bad habits, but it has helped me be a better-informed and mindful athlete. I owe much of that to Mike's keen eye, excellent advice and continual feedback."
"I began competing in 1973. Covering more than 80,000 miles in training and competing in five US Olympic Trials, such long-term wear and tear means I now require a lot of recovery support to remain competitive. I stretch. I ice. I use a foam roller; however, the single biggest factor I have found in avoiding chronic injuries is regular body work with Brad McKay at Performance Therapy SC. He is diligent in understanding my biomechanical needs as a racewalker and has solved a long-term hamstring problem I developed from the constant turns in track races. This allowed me to set a US Master's indoor (50-54) record for the Mile racewalk in March, 2013 at 7:09. Whether you are injured or simply need to maintain supple muscles to excel in your event, I recommend a series of sessions with Brad."
"Since moving to Greenville in December of 2013, I have seen Brad at Performance Therapy on a weekly basis. Not only has Performance Therapy helped get me healthy from prior injuries but they have also continued to keep me healthy. As a professional runner, the most difficult aspect of training for me is staying healthy. With the expert treatment that Brad offers I have been able to not only stay healthy but also feel 100% each and every day. I have been fortunate enough to get in treatment from Brad quickly whenever minor issues arise. This has allowed me to address minor aches and pains before they turn into major issues. Performance Therapy not only provides expert knowledge and treatment for various issues, they also provide a very friendly and comfortable atmosphere. I am very grateful for the services of Performance Therapy as they have allowed me to continue to pursue my professional dreams."
"I started working with Mike Danenberg in July of 2013. Though his professional tailored nutrition plan and exercise program, I have lost a total of 88 lbs. My body fat was more than 47% and now is 17%. Mike has outlined a program for me that will benefit me for a lifetime. "
"My weekly visits to Performance Therapy allow me to compete at a high level injury free. Brad and his staff are knowledgeable in all aspects of the body and have always been able to answer any questions I have when it comes to stretching and injury prevention. Definitely credit them for keeping me healthy as I hear up for the upcoming season."
"Throughout my years of training beginning in High School with the 5k, College with the 8k, and then continuing on with the marathon and beyond I have always relied on professional advice to properly train my body to perform at it's highest ability. I had the luxury of physical trainers, coaches, and equipment throughout High School and College and utilized them weekly. When I moved to Greenville in 2009 I quickly realized the absence of a reliable physical therapy resource and watched my rate of injury increase. Performance Therapy came highly recommended through numerous success stories of other local athletes competing at all levels and I decided to attend one of their running clinics. I was very impressed that the entire staff of Performance Therapy came to the free event and could tell they genuinely cared about each individual athlete. This same personal treatment is felt every time I come in for an appointment and interact with the thorough staff. My performances have spoken to the comprehensive analysis' and experiences I have had and will continue to have at Performance Therapy. Thank you for helping me maintain a high level of fitness, for your unselfish community outreach, and your unwavering dedication to helping athletes achieve their goals!"
"I have been working with Mike Danenberg for four years. As an all pro professional quarterback, I need to make sure that I am able to be in the best physical condition and ready to play. Since I have been working with Mike, I feel better physically than I have before and if I have any unexpected kinks he is able to take care of them quickly and easily. He was also able to help my wife with a back problem that had been bothering her. For these reasons I know I can count on Mike and his unique treatment style."
"Ten years ago, I began at Performance Therapy a former Division I college tennis player with residual injuries causing neck, shoulder and foot problems. Fast forward to now, and you have an entirely different person. I am migraine-free. I am injury-free. In 2011 alone, I have completed three marathons, a 50-miler, two 100-milers, a 100k, five Ironman events (three in three consecutive weeks), three 70.3s, and an Ultraman (6.2-mile swim, 262-mile bike, 52.4-mile run) plus qualified for the Ironman World Championships in Kona-all on a foot with a screw in it. Honestly, I owe all of it to Performance Therapy. It is nothing short of incredible that I have been able to undertake this sort of schedule with no glitches, no injuries whatsoever. Fred Ossmann has kept me strong and flexible (for me!), and Mike puts "Humpty Dumpty" back together again after all of the training and racing. Office Manager Katie has a full-time job keeping up with my crazy schedule and following up with my travel to races. They are part of my family."
"I have been using the services of Performance Therapy and Mike Danenberg weekly for over two years. Training for Ironman races is extremely tough on my body. Mike has successfully guided me back from injury with remarkable speed, and each time I?ve come back stronger. His preventative injury and core strengthening philosophy continues to help me reach new heights in my athletic aspirations. Bottom line for me: ?You?ll never know how good you can become unless you go see Mike. He is the stepping stone to the next level and beyond."
"Training for an Ironman triathlon is grueling enough, and the last thing you want to deal with are injuries during the crucial ramp up period prior to an Ironman race. For me it was my one shot at racing in the Ford Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. So I left nothing to chance when I suffered two over-use injuries during the several months of training leading up to that race. After much research and talking to other competitive triathletes who had worked with Mike at Performance Therapy, I chose to work with Mike to solve the problems I was having that was causing my injuries. Mike got right to work in identifying the injuries I had, what was causing the injuries, and put together a treatment program to address the problem areas so I would be ready for race day. The program worked and neither injury was a problem while racing in the World Championships in Hawaii in October."
"When I first met Mike, I had been trying everything from home remedies to orthopedic doctors to fix some of my self-induced ailments with no luck. After a complete evaluation of everything from my equipment, training schedule, and nutrition, Mike had me back on a path to complete not just my then current goals, but even some I had never dreamed of. I went from being a weekend runner, to a marathoner, to a triathlete, and eventually, an Ironman. With his help, honesty, and expertise in the areas of mind, body, and spirit, I've been able to accomplish more than I ever could have imagined. Thanks Mike."
"Post Kona 2007 I came down with a case of Illiotibial Tract Syndrome (ITB) that pretty much sidelined me for most of the early stages of 2008. With the help of Mike and his incredible ART skills we were able to eliminate the grip this injury had on me by July. Mike not only has an exceptional knowledge base, but also has a sincere interest in your speedy recovery and in assisting you in achieving your athletic goals. I will continue to recommend him to my athletes for results come from his hands, mind, and heart."
"When we first met in the late spring I was embarking on my training for my first Ironman (Wisconsin). The only problem was that I was unable to run due to multiple injuries and muscular imbalance issues. You took the time to determine the cause of the problems, delivered ART and worked closely with me on everything from proper running form to stretching and nutrition.
There's NO DOUBT in my mind that without your consistent treatments, upbeat encouragement, and patient education that I would not been able to properly prepare for and complete Ironman Wisconsin."
"Running never came natural for me. I suffered chronic shin splints and repetitive stress fractures in my lower leg. I tried formal physical therapy, Ice baths, orthotics and countless hours running in the swimming pool but, still I could not string together more than a few solid weeks of training without becoming injured. Nothing seemed to work. I stopped running all together for about three years
When I made my comeback attempt things were different. I had help! Performance Therapy has made the impossible seem easy. I can go to one session with Mike and he can almost immediately tell about how many miles I have been running, how my diet has been, and even assess for proper hydration! As a self-coached endurance athlete, I understand the importance of having a support group of people who I can trust and bounce ideas off. Mike is a key strand in this web. His experience and no nonsense approach makes life easy for his clients. He employs active release technique (ART) and is able to break up adhesions in my muscles and keep the kinetic chain working properly.
This time around I've been able to train at a very high level, logging more than 3500 miles per year, and have performed well beyond anyone's expectations. I went from being the last placed guy on my team in college to winning road races now! I've taken more than 3 minutes from my 5K time and even broke my college's school record in the 8k by: 61 seconds!
I also work in the running shoe business and am in constant contact with injured runners. I send these clients to Performance Therapy. I sent my wife to Performance Therapy! You're in good hands."
"Active Release Technique has successfully treated my tennis elbow when all other treatments failed. When you are swinging a driver at 140 miles per hour, you can't afford the inconvenience of an injury. Mike Danenberg and his staff at Performance Therapy are very friendly and extremely professional. I highly recommend them."
"I have been running since the age of 15, raced in college and recently ran in the 2008 Olympic Marathon Trials. I was basically injury free until 2 months post trials. It was at that point that the 140 miles per week caught up with me and my idea that I was "indestructible" was put to rest. Running to me is like sleep; a necessity to function properly every day. When I discussed this with a client of mine, she immediately referred me to Mike Danenberg. I have been a firm believer in his services ever since.
Mike was able to correct a hamstring problem in a very short period of time to allow me to race a marathon. After that, I had a major accident on the trails in which I thought my running would be sidelined for months. Mike was again able to fix that problem with ART treatments and had me back running immediately. I then managed to have another issue in my right leg that allowed me to run no more than 4 minutes at a time without excruciating pain. Mike assured me that my running career was not over and with several treatments I could come back strong. A few weeks later I was up to an hour of running again. I can't thank him enough for helping me through this tough year of injuries. I now know that it is important to monitor even the smallest pains and twinges in order to prevent more serious injuries in the future.
I have referred many of my teammates, friends, and even my fiancé to Mike. He has been able to help all of them get back to normal training schedules. As a Registered Dietitian and Certified Personal Trainer myself, I am certain that Mike knows his stuff! He is able to describe to me exactly what he is doing and the reason for the treatment. I will continue to highly recommend his services in the future!"
"In 2005, I was recovering from my second shoulder reconstruction, and I began my work with Mike Danenberg. A combination of a carefully crafted workout, diet, and ART, my body responded very positively. As a former college placekicker with a bad back, knees, and fibromyalgia, I had relegated my athletics to biking and weight room maintenance. With Mike's program, I brought my body fat down to 5.5%, my strength exceeded my college personal bests. I caught the triathlon bug. With the coaching of Mike and Fred, I was able to train and complete my first Ironman in November 2010. I am grateful for the family at Performance Therapy and the results that changed my life."
"I would like to highly recommend Mike Danenberg and his staff at performance therapy. As a 54 yr old runner and one who has competed since age 14 i thought i knew a good bit about running. After having Mike observe my form i felt like a running virgin. He showed me a much more efficeient form that would help reduce my injuries as well as keep my speed. He explains things in a very easy to understand method and is extremely patient with my many questions. He also has an excellent knack with young runners and puts them at ease right away. His work with my daughter and her shin problems was phenomenal. His approach of finding the cause of a pain and not just chasing the pain away is much more beneficial if you plan on being in this sport for the long haul. I would highly recommend mike and performance therapy if you are having any running related problems."