Physical Therapy - What Services Do We Offer?
We utilize a variety of techniques and evaluation tools to allow us to assess more systems within the body and to begin treatment where the body demands rather than where symptoms persist. Please scroll down to read more about our specific treatments.
There is a three-layer system (meninges) covering the brain and spinal cord. The outermost layer of the meninges (Dura Mater) lines the inside of the CRANIUM (skull) and makes a few brief attachments within the spine and adheres more securely again to the SACRUM (triangular bone at the base of your spine) – hence the name “craniosacral.” Between two of these layers is cerebral spinal fluid. Cerebral spinal fluid is produced and reabsored inside the brain and the subsequent pulsating from its production/reabsorption cycle can be felt throughout this system. It is this inherent motion within the system that guides our treatment. The type of CST we do is osteopathic in nature as we are able to evaluate and assess the joints within the cranium and how they, in turn, effect the rest of the system through their attachment to the spine and sacrum. After years of working with this technique, we also do intuitive CST. We stay tuned in to each person’s inner guide and allow this to direct treatment versus having limitations within the structure dictate what is treated. CST is beneficial for temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems, fibromyalgia, migraines, headaches, neck pain, dizziness, nausea, ringing in the ears, closed head injuries, whiplash injuries, neck and back pain, chronic pain, sciatica and has effected vision and hearing for some.
Fascia (connective tissue) is the covering around all muscles and organs. It is the structure capable of mediating seamless integration throughout the human body. It separates and supports all tissues within the body and allows movement between adjacent structures. Fascia is continuous from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet. The name of this tissue may change from area to area, but all fascia is continuous. MFR is the mechanical loading of the fascial tissue to stimulate change within the tissue and its surrounding tissues. MFR can be very subtle or deep depending on the layer that is restricted. Because all fascia is continuous, a release in the shoulder region let’s say, can open up movement in the ankle. Release in the front of the body can open up tissue on the other side of the body. MFR is beneficial for generalized pain, stiffness, swelling, fibromyalgia, scar adhesions and loss of motion.
Visceral manipulation focuses treatment on the internal organs or “viscera.” Each organ has a lining of connective tissue and suspensory ligaments surrounding it which keeps it contained (serves to keep the organ in place by attaching to other structures in the area) and allows movement to occur between other organs. VM releases these connections and suspensory tissues encouraging normal mobility, tone and inherent tissue motion of the internal organs. Potentially, VM effects the physiologic function of individual organs, the systems they function within and the structural integrity of the entire body. These gentle techniques dissipate the negative effects of stress and enhance general health and resistance to disease. VM is great for symptoms that seem somewhat abstract like benign chest pain, acid reflux, bowel and bladder issues, gastric reflux, menstrual cramps, abdominal pain and fibromyalgia. VM is also effective in treating neck and back pain, restricted joint motion (shoulder, hip, etc.), sciatica and symptoms from a whiplash injury.
Postural Restoration is a form of physical therapy treatment that encompasses the entire body. The main focus of the treatment is in identifying and correcting common postural patterns found in the human body. All humans have asymmetry in their anatomy that influences the way they stand, sit, walk, and even breathe. This asymmetry promotes our body to fall into neuromuscular patterns that negatively influence muscle function and structural alignment. By addressing the underlying postural patterns, we can more effectively treat the patient, and at the same time teach them how to prevent further injury. Postural Restoration is an effective treatment approach for most musculoskeletal problems typically seen in physical therapy. Postural Restoration (often referred to as PRI) treatment is an integrative and holistic approach. Besides utilizing very specific exercises, manual techniques, and postural recommendations for our patients, we often utilize other professionals to address issues outside the scope of our practice that may be negatively affecting our treatment outcomes. We often refer patients to podiatrists, dentists, and even optometrists to be fully successful. PRI trained therapists understand the direct relationship that these different professions have on postural alignment, and how that can affect the musculoskeletal system and physical therapy outcomes.
Physical Therapy/Exercise/Pilates Instruction
Exercise prescription is a pivotal component of your personalized program. Exercises are tailored specifically to meet your needs to improve flexibility, strength, endurance or body awareness. They are designed to maintain and enhance movement achieved during a treatment session and to assist the body in finding its' own balance. When it is appropriate in your program, we do provide on-site exercise instruction. We will gladly meet you at your local health club or in your home to fine-tune your existing program with the equipment you are used to using. This extra step is important in your transition towards independence as our equipment may vary slightly from your own and we want to be sure you have confidence in your environment.