Manual Therapy Sessions
We tailor each manual therapy session to meet the client's needs that day, as well as support the client's long term goals. We are able to tailor sessions to meet individual needs by integrating multiple modalities that span western and eastern traditions, including neuromuscular therapy, Active Release Therapy (ART), acupressure, Swedish massage, and fascial stretching.
Currently, we provide:
120 minute sessions (suggested for all new clients and returning clients with chronic issues)
90 minute sessions (suggested for returning clients working on regular, ongoing maintenance)
60 minute sessions (for returning clients who are pain free and want to enhance functional movement patterns)
Description of Some of Our Services
Neuromuscular (Trigger Point) therapy
Neuromuscular therapy seeks to help individuals alleviate muscular dysfunction and pain caused by trigger points (“TrPs”) using fascial release, deep tissue palpation, and muscle lengthening. Often caused by mechanical overload, trauma, or lack of circulation, TrPs refer pain, which means that an individual can experience pain, weakness or numbness in areas surrounding or distant to the TrP.
Drawing from research initially conducted by Drs. Travell and Simons, we understand that TrPs have common locations and pain referral patterns across individuals. These patterns help therapists identify the true source of the pain, locate the TrP and facilitate a release using fascial stretching, deep tissue palpation, and muscle lengthening techniques known as Post Isometric Muscle Release (PIMR).
Active Release Therapy (ART)
ART is a patented soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that helps address problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. ART can be an effective tool in helping address conditions such as headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow.
A blend of Chinese acupressure theory and Japanese acupuncture theory, acupressure helps address physical and emotional tension by holding specific points on the body known to release physical tension and emotional stress. Acupressure can help improve circulation to tissue and restore balance.
Fascial stretching and Swedish Massage
Fascial stretching involves working with and mobilizing superficial, myofascia and deep fascia to help individuals move more freely and without pain. Such fascial mobilization can be incredibly powerful in helping decrease chronic pain and increase functional movement and joint range of motion. Swedish massage involves traditional notions of western massage that include long, sliding strokes designed to improve tissue health and relax the body and mind.