is the use of one’s hands used to manipulate or mobilize soft tissues such as muscles, tendons fascia, nerves, viscera and lymphatics, as well as joints in the body. These techniques require a high level of skill and training, and are intended to improve tissue extensibility, increase range of motion, induce relaxation, mobilize or manipulate soft tissue and joints, modulate pain, and reduce soft tissue swelling, inflammation, or restriction. Techniques may include manual lymphatic drainage, craniosacral, myofascial, visceral manipulation, manual traction, massage, mobilization/manipulation, and passive range of motion.
Functional Manual Therapy (FMM)
is an integrated osteopathic evaluation and treatment system which couples skilled hand movements of joints, soft tissue, visceral and neurovascular systems in combination with manual neuromuscular facilitation and movement re-education to enhance optimum motor control and human function.
Visceral Manipulation (VM)
was developed by world-renowned French Osteopath & Physical Therapist, Jean-Pierre Barral. VM assists functional and structural imbalances throughout the body including musculoskeletal, vascular, nervous, urogenital, respiratory, digestive and lymphatic dysfunction. It evaluates and treats the dynamics of motion and suspension in relation to organs, membranes, fascia and ligaments. VM increases proprioceptive communication within the body, thereby revitalizing a person and relieving symptoms of pain, dysfunction, and poor posture.
CranioSacral Therapy (CST)
was pioneered and developed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger following extensive scientific studies from 1975 to 1983 at Michigan State University, where he served as a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics.
CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system – comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Using very light touch no greater than 5 grams, the therapist can release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system which impacts the function of the entire body.
Total Body Balance (TBB)
is a full body evaluation and treatment approach which focuses on reducing pain and body tension. It treats the body as a whole and addresses the Total Body Lesion. The Total Body Lesion is the sum of all imbalances or dysfunctions of your mind, body and spirit. These Total Body Lesions are an accumulation of every car accident, sports injury, falls, surgery, repetitive motion, ergonomic and stress. These lesions are influenced by both internal and external factors including metal stressors, emotions, thoughts, beliefs and environmental influences. Each of these experiences and stressors has an effect on the physical body and health.
TBB uses a gentle, rhythmic mobilization approach to relax the muscles, fascia, joints and ligaments, circulation, nerve and energy flow within the body. By introducing natural movement and rhythm to the body, TBB helps to calm down an overly stressed nervous system.
TBB has many benefits such as improved energy levels, decreased pain, speeds recovery, decreased mental stress, restores your health and allows you to return to your daily activities quickly. This whole-body approach affects not only the musculoskeletal system but the visceral, lymphatic, nervous and craniosacral systems.