Manual Therapies

 

I have always been curious to learn more in the field of physical therapies, and to see how they can contribute to making people’s lives a little easier.

The manual (“hands-on”) therapies that I find myself using the most have a focus on considering the problem at hand in context of the whole body.  Together they consider the function of the fascial/connective tissue system as a whole, and it’s inter-relationship with blood flow, lymph flow and nerve supply.  Connective Tissue/Fascia is continuous throughout the entire body – it both meshes all other tissue types together and creates sliding surfaces for movement between different parts.

Key principles include:

  • If a part of the body is able to move well, and has good blood and lymph flow, it will function better than if it is unable to move well and has inefficient fluid flow.  An area of reduced movement might exist due to a past injury, inflammation, infection or surgery (adhesions).
  • Assessment of fascial/connective tissues restrictions aims to identify the restriction pattern that the body is having the most difficulty adapting to, and how it relates to the presenting problem.  Sometimes the place to start treatment is at the location of the presenting problem, and other times it is elsewhere, depending on the pattern of fascia/connective tissue restriction of which it is a part.
  • Treatment is precise, gentle and specific to individual needs.

Visceral Manipulation aims to improve the freedom of movement of internal organs, how they move in relationship to each other, and to the muscles and skeleton to which they relate.

Neural Manipulation aims to improve the freedom of movement of the nerves along their trajectories where they should slide and glide.  It also aims to improve the subtle mobility of skull sutures, Sacro-iliac joints (SIJ), and the spine. Craniosacral Therapy also touches on these same structures, using a slightly different approach.

Vascular Manipulation aims to improve the elastic environment of arteries.

Manual Articular Approach considers joints as an integrated unit and aims to improve mobility of their connective tissue elements (capsule, ligaments, tendons), artery supply, nerve supply, and the sites at which information receptors are concentrated (e.g. golgi tendon organs at muscle-tendon junctions).

Lymphatic Drainage Therapy aims to improve the flow of lymph through the lymphatic system.

My commitment is to continued learning and to constant refinement of hands-on skills.

 

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