We use numerous manual therapy techniques with the goal of restoring postural balance and maximal pain-free motion within the musculoskeletal system. Manipulation or mobilization is used for pain relief and to mobilize restricted areas within the musculoskeletal system. These techniques are used to improve circulation, restore muscle length, improve mobility of the joints, balance the neurological system, and reduce strain on the muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints surfaces, and visceral organs.
Each client is evaluated for postural balance, range-of –motion, and segmental mobility. All areas of the body are evaluated as the cause of a persons pain can be far removed from where it is being felt. The evaluation process reveals the areas which need to be treated in order to achieve the effects outlined above.
We use soft tissue techniques to improve circulation, reduce nerve entrapments, and release adhesions within myofascial structures. Soft tissue manipulations can stretch connective tissue, fascia, and muscles to enhance mobility resulting in a decrease in pain. Soft-tissue techniques include trigger point therapy to allow muscles to return to optimal length, myofascial release designed to restore mobility and length within connective tissue, active release to reduce adhesions, and manual stretching. We also use visceral manipulation, and treatment of the diaphragms to improve the function within the abdominal and thoracic cavities. Strain within these areas can result in back, neck, and limb pain.
We use a variety of methods to restore proper mobility to the joint structures of the spinal column and the peripheral skeleton. Muscle energy is a gentle technique using the patients muscle contraction to improve the position and motion of a joint. Joint mobilization techniques restore motion to joints that are misaligned. Active mobilization procedures are also used to increase joint function and therefore range-of-motion.
Craniosacral therapy is used to improve motion in the articulations between the bones of the skull, reduce the membranous restrictions within the skull and spinal column, improve circulation, and reduce neural entrapments.
In conclusion, we use manual therapy to treat the whole person with the goal of improving function, and reducing pain.
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