Staff/About Us

Good Works Psychophysiology was inspired to start based on a long history of treating chronic pain patients. The search for a quality location to practice culminated in discovering the Roseville Health and Wellness Center. This center has a 20+ year reputation of providing professional services such as Physical Therapy, Spa services, Podiatry, Physiatry, Massage Therapy, Nutrition, Athletic Training, and Chiropractic. They also serve the local population with a full range of programs tailored to specific executive and employee needs, including Yoga, Pilates, fit-ball, cardio kick-boxing, circuit training, Arthritis/Fibromyalgia programs, Pool Therapy, professional exercise instruction and many more. Roseville Health and Wellness Center has numerous awards of quality for multiple staff members and facility amenities.

Good Works Psychophysiology and Physical Therapy is located at Suite #600 within the facility. We share offices with Dr. Scott Warren.

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Rick Wurster MSG, MPT, BCB, ABP; Founder
Rick Wurster

My Story

Personal Experience with Pain

My history with pain and rehabilitation began after having an auto accident as a teenager. Following a year of different treatments with only marginal results, I thought I would have to just suffer with pain forever. By the end of high school, I volunteered at a special Physical Therapy office and told my supervisor how I was interested in the career because of my accident. He helped to guide me in just a few visits of how I needed to do change my mindset of pain from “curing” to “managing”. I learned how to be disciplined both physically and mentally with my back, and this propelled me forward towards a rehabilitation career. I still have pain, but practice techniques to control it. With these techniques, it doesn’t bother me more than about 3 times per year and at most only lasts a few days.

Education and Experience

In school, I received a degree in Psychology and went on to a Masters of Gerontology (1991) studying how the body changes with aging. I completed my career goal with a Masters degree in Physical Therapy (1993) from University of Southern California. I started working in an orthopedic clinic in Palm Springs, which had a combination of athletes and aging disorders. I then was recruited to become a manager for seven years.

When the twin towers fell in N.Y., I was on the road for three days away from my family. This event inspired me to return balance to my life. Returning to my home, I joined a small group of caring professionals. Our goal was to design a program focused on helping patients self-manage pain and reduce their dependence upon physicians and medications. This practice became Sacramento’s leading Functional Restoration Center for pain management and continued for 13 more years. In that program, our mission was to help chronic pain patients conquer the fear of pain and dysfunction, find balance to controlling flare ups, performing an exercise program that did not hurt, and rediscover the motivation necessary for returning to an active role in society.

During the program, I observed two fundamentals of people who have chronic pain:

  1. Patients with chronic pain commonly feel their body is out of control. Lack of control creates fear of doing any activity.
  2. Methods of treatment designed to “cure’ such as increasing medications or heavy exercising either sustained them in a cycle of not getting better, or worse, created consistent flare-up pain.

It was this realization which motivated me to train in the field of biofeedback and psychophysiology, or mind body medicine. This training gave me the skills to empower patients with the ability to get back in touch with their body and thus reduce the fear. I have now been certified for over a decade to perform these services by the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB). I place sensors on the body to show patients their pain on a computer. Then, I teach mindfulness and relaxation techniques to calm the pain. The sensors include:

  • Electromyography (for muscle spasms)
  • Temperature (for circulation problems)
  • Skin Conductance (for emotional related problems)
  • Respiration (for breathing pattern disorders)
  • Heart Rate Variability (for multiple disorders)

Knowing that chronic pain patients tend to have flare-ups with traditional exercises, I adapted my Physical Therapy education into a much gentler approach I call Chronic Pain Physical Therapy. You can read more about it here. Simultaneously, I also learned about a gentle manual technique known as Bowen Therapy. Chronic pain patients do not like aggressive manipulation techniques due to the increases in pain and so this light yet effective technique seemed to fit in perfectly. I have been an Accredited Bowen Practitioner now for over a decade. You can read more about what Bowen Therapy is here: WHAT IS BOWEN THERAPY?

Personal

I’m a devoted family man, married to my lovely wife, Mary, and we have four beautiful children. I have a fanatical devotion to college football, and like many people I love traveling. My sport is golf. That may seem odd given my unpleasant experience with my back. But, I do my back exercises regularly, and it allows me to play regularly. (Besides, golf is mostly mental. LOL!). I love the 4th of July and have an extreme water balloon fight every year. All these great blessings make me one lucky guy to lead such a wonderful life and it has help inspire me to give back.