At Healing Hands we specialize in using manual therapy techniques to treat musculoskeletal dysfunction, pain, and disability. Our therapists believe in giving patients the optimal care, which is why our philosophy includes spending each session focused on one-on-one quality care with each patient, include substantial time dedicated to manual therapy. The goal of manual therapy is to release restrictions and realign the body so the patients can benefit from therapeutic exercises and move with greater ease.
Manual therapy includes many techniques that can be employed depending on the assessment of the patient. We assess each patient thoroughly to determine the nature of their restriction, whether it is related to joint, muscle, visceral, or fascia. The therapist then applies the proper and most efficient technique to correct the patient’s dysfunction and release the muscles that are restricted due to spasm, pain, or lack of firing in order to prompt the healing process.
Because our bodies are all unique, each patient requires a different approach. The therapists at Healing Hands Physical Therapy look at patients holistically and use manual therapy techniques to help you achieve overall health.
The body always finds ways to compensate when you have a dysfunction in order to keep on moving. If you start an exercise program without manual therapy, you might continue to move in a compromised way. This is why you need a full assessment before beginning an exercise program. Once the therapist realigns the joints and releases soft tissue using Manual Therapy, then the body can move correctly, and you can gain the benefits of therapeutic exercise and be on your way to well being and health.
Myofascial Release is a treatment that releases tension in the fascia. “Fascia” is a connective tissues that surrounds the muscles, bones, nerves, and organs of the body. A myofacial restriction can limit the mobility of the tissue, which can lead to chronic pain. When using the technique of myofacial release, the therapist locates the tension in the fascia and releases it by gently stretching the fascia, which will not only release the tension in the injured area, but will also release tension throughout the whole body. The benefits may be numerous, with the possibility of increased range of motion, better posture, and relief from pain and discomfort.
When there is a dysfunction in the body, the muscle around a joint can be in spasm, which holds the joint in an abnormal position and limits its normal range of motion. Muscle-Energy technique is an osteopathic therapeutic technique in which the therapist manually directs the patient to use their own muscle energy in a precisely controlled position while the therapist applies a counterforce.
According to the Craniosacral Therapy model, all healthy, living tissues breathe and express life as subtle rhythmic impulses which can be palpated by sensitive hands. These tide-like motions initially arise at the core of the body and involve the brain, spinal cord, cerebrospinal fluid (the fluid that surrounds and cushions the brain and spinal cord), connective tissues and bones. When this fluid moves correctly, the body is healthy. When there is an injury or trauma, the body will compensate for restrictions in the injured area. Our highly-trained and experienced Craniosacral Therapists have been successful at using this gentle but profound hands-on therapy to treat many different conditions, such as headaches, TMJ, fibromyalgia, and cervical pain.
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In physical therapy, pelvic health covers dysfunctions such as pelvic pain, pelvic-floor muscle spasms or weakness, urinary incontinence, pain with intercourse, bowel disorders, and other issues. If you are being seen for Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation, we do a thorough external evaluation of the pelvic girdle, hips, and spine, and an internal evaluation of the pelvic floor muscles. For more information on this therapeutic treatment click here.
The Alexander technique was invented by Frederick Matthias Alexander and is used to avoid unnecessary muscular tension during daily activities. It is an educational approach that works on changing old patterns and habits. The principles behind the technique suggest that a person who had been incorrectly using his or her body for a long time cannot trust body awareness while performing an activity, and therefore habits need to be relearned. Problems can arise after long misuse of the body, so the Alexander technique helps people unlearn maladaptive physical habits and return to a balanced state of rest and alignment.