We use a combination of soft tissue and joint mobilization techniques to assist patients with releasing restriction in their body. Our techniques include myofascial release, functional mobilization, strain counterstain, trigger point release, soft tissue mobilization with joint movement, soft tissues release with breathing facilitation, and acupressure. We also neuromuscular techniques (PNF, contract-relax stretching), to retrain movement patterns back into system.
Breathing is a fundamental principal of our work. Every patient will have their breathing pattern evaluated, assessed, and treated. We often use manual therapy to treat the diaphragm and anterior chest to assist client with finding a more efficient breathing pattern, and exercises are often prescribed so the client can practice breathing at home. We believe it is essential to have an efficient breathing pattern in your body in order to properly access your core and improve your function, mobility, and strength.
Your therapist will educate you on proper sitting and standing postures. They will often provide manual facilitation of these postures to help your body learn where it should be in space to maintain those postures. "Sitting up straight" is not a straight spine. We teach you how to find and maintain the proper curvatures of your spine in both sitting and standing postures.
Based on what movement patterns are limited in your assessment, your physical therapist will prescribe mobility and stability exercises directly related to the movement pattern that is most dysfunctional. Treating movement patterns is not your traditional physical therapy. Please understand that although you may have come in for low back pain, your therapist may initially prescribe exercises that work on your breathing, neck mobility, or ankle flexibility, before they give you exercises for your back. Your body is a magnificent machine that has many parts, which make up the whole. All of the parts need to be addressed in order for your body to work efficiently and as a system again.
"The Whole is greater than the sum of the parts" - Aristotle. We look at your whole system, not just the parts.
Manual therapy is a highly effective treatment technique physical therapists use to decrease pain, restore mobility, and function in the body. Drink a lot of water before and after your session to re-hydrate and assist with the restoration of balance in your body, and rid your body of toxins. Occasionally patients will experience increased redness or bruising following a manual therapy session. This is due to small bursts of capillaries that result from the therapist breaking up soft tissue adhesions in your system.