Manual Therapy

We utilize many types of Manual Physical Therapy techniques that have their origin in Osteopathy. These are Hands-On techniques performed on you by your Physical Therapist during your 50-55 minute appointment. Patients are often surprised by how these gentle techniques can get such amazing results.

The specific types of technique used is individually tailored to the you according to many factors. Primarily, it is our philosophy to work with your body, using our hands to constantly assess your body’s feedback, rather than trying to force your body to do something according to solely what the Physical Therapist thinks is effective.

Our repertoire of techniques includes:

  • Cranial Mobilization (craniosacral therapy)
  • Visceral (organ) Manipulation
  • Joint Mobilization
  • Muscle Energy Technique
  • Strain-Counterstrain
  • Myofascial Release
  • Functional Indirect Technique
  • Mechanical Link
  • Functional Manual Therapy Technique
  • Ligamentous Articular Strain Technique.

We feel that the pain free function of your body requires that three primary systems of the body have normal mobility and harmony between them. These three systems consist of the Musculoskeletal, Cranial (craniosacral) and the Visceral (organ) systems. The Musculoskeletal System consists of the mobility of the bones, joints, and musculature of the spine, pelvis, rib cage and extremities (arms and legs). The Cranial System consists of the mobility of the individual cranial (head) bones (21 of them) and the attaching membranes that help to coordinate the mobility of these bones into functional movement patterns. The Visceral System consists of the mobility of the internal organs in the chest, as well as the abdominal and pelvic areas.

These three systems are interdependent, meaning that a problem in one system will cause problems in one or both of the other systems. Treating one system, for example adjusting the spine, will often not yield a long term or complete resolution of your pain because the other two systems do not have normal mobility. This lack of mobility of the other two systems will cause your spine to compensate and return to its painful state. In this example, the compensation of your spine was not the primary cause of your symptoms. Continuing to treat your spine in this example will achieve limited results. Treatment of the other two systems (Cranial and Visceral) will often take away the need for your spine to compensate and hence result in a lasting change and resolution of your pain.

We have found over many years of practice that treating these three systems will give you the best opportunity for eliminating your pain.