Health in Motion Physical Therapy combines traditional and alternative therapies to treat: Headaches • Neck, Back, and Pelvic Pain • Women’s Health •Spinal Dysfunction • Head, Sports, and Traumatic Injuries • Neurological Disorders Chronic and Acute Pain • Pediatric Disorders
Developed by Dr. John Upledger in the late seventies, this therapy is based on the CranioSacral system that consists of membranes and the cerebral fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. This system extends from the bones of the skull, face and mouth down the sacrum (tailbone area). Since this system influences the development and performance of the brain and spinal column, an imbalance or blockage within it can cause any number of sensory, motor or neurological disabilities.
The therapist monitors the rhythm of the CranioSacral system to detect potential restrictions and imbalances within the body, then uses delicate manual techniques to release those problem areas and relieve undue pressure on the brain and spinal cord.
The result? A central nervous system free of restrictions and a body that's able to return to its greatest levels of performance.
The visceral (internal organ) system refers to the movement of the organs and structures of the body. At optimum health, this harmonious system remains stable despite the body's endless variety of motion. When one organ cannot move freely with the others because of conditions (such as adhesions or displacement from injury), dysfunction and pain are likely to occur. Visceral manipulation is based on the specific placement of the hands to encourage normal body mobility, motion of the organs, and the connective tissue that surrounds them.
Joint & Soft Tissue Injuries
The proper functioning of the lympatic system is crucial to our body's ability to drain fluids, detoxify, regenerate tissues, filter out toxins and foreign substances, and maintain a healthy immune system. It is a complex system comprised primarily of lymph vessels and nodes working in cooperation to accomplish these tasks. Lympatic Drainage Therapy involves subtle manual maneuvers to aid in the recirculation of the lymphatic flow. Working with flat hands, pressure is applied with the fingers to simulate wavelike movements. This corrects rhythms and lympathtic flow.
Reduce Swelling Caused by Radiation Treatments or Lymph Node Removal
Improves Tissue Regeneration
Reduces Chronic Fatigue Symptoms
Improves Overall Circulation
Myo refers to muscle. Fascia is a complex supportive web of connective tissue that surrounds groups of muscle fibers, entire muscle groups, and organs throughout the body. Myofascial Release is a manual therapy technique that assists the connective tissues through gentle traction, pressures, and positioning, relieving stress on the body's structural system while improving balance and alignment.
Pain Caused by Joint & Spinal Injuries
Muscle Strains & Sprains
Neuromuscular Re-education is a specialized form of manual therapy that addresses the physiology of the nervous system and its effect on the muscular and skeletal systems. Utilizing static pressure on specific myofascial points to relieve pain, the technique manipulates the soft tissue of the body (including muscles, tendons and connective tissue) to balance the central nervous system. Injury, trauma, postural distortion or stress cause nerves to speed up their transmission, inhibiting equilibrium and making the body vulnerable to pain and dysfunction. Neuromuscular re-education helps to stabilize low levels of neurological activity to maintain normal function and overall health.
Ischemia: lack of blood supply to soft tissues
Nerve Compression or Entrapment
EBR-Pro Ion Therapy
The EBR-Pro Ion therapy device enhances the body's natural detoxification process by creating an electromagnetic ionic field with the patient's hands or feet in a salt and mineral water solution to increase energy and the positively charged cellular activity through the attached array. By immersing your feet in the water and changing the local charge, the electrical contact made with the primary meridians of the body will release trapped toxic molecules into the water.
Improves Mental Clarity
Promotes Clearer Skin
Strengthens Immune System
Promotes Overall Health & Wellbeing
Cold Laser Therapy
Cold Lasers, also known as low level lasers, initiate increased microcirculation and enhances tissue regeneration after a musculoskeletal injury decreasing pain and inflammation and increasing ease of movement.
Laser beam light is focused light that emits photons that move in the same parallel direction at the same wavelength. This is called coherent light. This focused light passes through the skin's dermis and attached to specialized cell membrane photo receptors.
Cold Lasers help stimulate tissue repair unlike hot lasers that are used during surgical procedures to cut tissue. Low level lasers have been used safely for over 24 years without negative side effects.
This style of yoga is gentle and supported, using a sequence of exercises for positional release of connective tissue tensions caused by excessive sympathetic nervous system activity. These tensions compress and misalign the body with resultant decreased awareness and neuromotor control, and efficiency of movement.
Support equals release. Increased Performance, competition, and increased effort are discouraged.
Weightbearing into the bones facilitates release.
Sequence is significant. Exercises begin at the bottom of the spine and move upward.
Neuromotor control of breath and the abdominal muscles are emphasized.
Please see classes page for information on attending Svaroopa Yoga.
Dry Needling is an integrative therapeutic modality for musculoskeletal symptoms, injury, and pain. Dry Needling therapy uses very fine acupuncture needles to “deactivate” painful or knotted areas in the muscle. Insertion of the needle creates a tiny lesion in the tissue, muscle, or nerve that signals the brain to activate the body’s inert/natural healing mechanisms. The body starts healing the lesion and the area being treated, thus restoring the physiology of the body.
Benefits of Dry Needling:
Reduces inflammation and pain
Decreases tension and trigger points
Promotes self-healing for acute, chronic, and overuse injuries
Enhances and speeds up circulation
Speeds up recovery
Restores balance to autonomic nervous systems
Corrects posture imbalance
Increases range of motion
Holistic Pelvic Care
Holistic Pelvic Care is the future of women’s health and is intended for those women who want to be pro-active in their healthcare. Why wait for bigger issues to surface that may require surgery or other invasive procedures recommended by traditional medicine?
Women experiencing pelvic and low back pain, pain with intercourse, low vitality, low libido, incontinence issues, or those who have taken a hard fall onto the tailbone have found pelvic work helpful in alleviating their symptoms. Women who’ve experienced issues during and/or after childbirth such as episiotomy, vacuum or forceps extraction, etc, also benefit from this type of care.
Holistic Pelvic Care combines internal and external techniques and is intended to compliment your other body work. Internal work assesses the muscle strength of the pelvic floor, releases fascial tension, and clears pelvic congestion. External work increases range of motion, muscle strength, body awareness and incorporates home exercise programs and breathing.
Improvements patients noticed after 1 or 2 sessions with Patti:
More opening and relaxation of the pelvis
More awareness of tension held in the pelvic floor muscles
Positive changes in posture and body mechanics
Helped strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and allowed for optimal engagement of the core with movement
Decrease in leakage while being active
Increased release of toxins
Postural Restoration® is based on the fact that the body is naturally asymmetrical. For example, the torso is balanced with the heart on the left side and the liver on the right side of the body with the purpose of bringing balance to this asymmetrical structure – not symmetry. Your physical therapist uses this treatment to identify imbalances in the body associated with this natural asymmetry. These imbalances can be caused by weakness and overuse of non-optimal muscles. Imbalances will create dysfunctional movement patterns, structural misalignments, and instability which may lead to pain.
Postural Restoration® incorporates manual and non-manual techniques to synchronize hip, abdominal, and respiratory diaphragm muscle activity. This technique increases function and joint mobility while decreasing pain and optimizing postural alignment as well as biomechanics (movement patterns).
Respiration also plays a big part in this process. Many of the muscles used for postural control and respiration are the same. Maintaining optimal posture and breathing habits are important. Frequently, the respiratory diaphragm muscle ends up stabilizing our posture and becomes inefficient with its primary duty of breathing. Postural Restoration® re-teaches the respiratory diaphragm how to once again properly function.
Increased Exercise Tolerance
Increased Flexibility and Joint Mobility
Breathing Disorders/ Shortness of Breath/Asthma
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Being born is not always easy. CranioSacral Therapy along with Myofascial Release are gentle techniques to assist with balancing the body following birth. Baby’s and children’s movement patterns are assessed and appropriate developmental activities are recommended to follow through with at home.
Upper and Lower extremity deformities
Excessive Spitting Up
Frequent Ear Infection
Your physical therapist is trained to identify less than optimal movement patterns and their corresponding muscular/connective tissue/joint intolerances. An exercise program is specifically designed for your individual needs to promote:
Autonomic nervous system balance
Neuromotor control – facilitating nervous system coordination with muscles using cold laser
Soft tissue flexibility
Kinesiology Taping increases the space in between the fascial layers which helps with circulation and swelling after an injury. It is also very effective for those experiencing chronic inflammation.
By stimulating the sensory nerve endings in the skin and underlying connective tissues, it helps improve your awareness of where your body is as you move it; thus avoiding further injury. It also relieves pressure from the free nerve endings in the tissues that are responsible for pain, so it can immediately reduce perceived pain.
Amazing results for those experiencing SI pain, bruised ribs, and frozen shoulder. The main purpose of kinesiology taping includes:
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