A novel treatment to rebalance & realign
Craniosacral Therapy is a light touch, non-invasive manual therapy technique that aims to identify and remove restrictions in the body. The Craniosacral system is a semi-hydraulic system that includes the brain, spinal cord and surrounding cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)- a clear, colorless liquid that circulates nutrients and chemicals filtered from the blood, removes waste products from the brain and serves as a shock absorber for the central nervous system. This therapy technique works with the cranial bones, the membrane system and the cerebrospinal fluid to remove blockages and enhance the flow of fluid. Because of its anatomical and physiological connections to the rest of the body, we use this technique as a whole body approach to rehabilitation.
Removing restrictions in the fascia
Myofascial release is another non-invasive manual therapy technique that aims to remove restrictions in the fascia, a type of three-dimensional web made of connective tissue that envelopes every blood vessel, nerve, muscles, bone, and organ tissue in the entire body, from the top of the head to the bottom of the toes. Fascia is a soft-tissue component that provides support and protection for the organs, muscles, blood vessels and nerves. It can become crystallized, bound down and shortened following trauma, inflammation and asymmetry. Restrictions of the fascia result in pain, decreased mobility and structural asymmetries which can manifest itself in any part of the body. This therapy technique is used to engage the whole body by mobilizing adhesions in the fascia locally. We use this technique to reduce pain regionally and restore overall balance.
Restoring the roll and glide mobility of joints
Joint mobilization is one of the most traditional forms of manual therapy that addresses movement restrictions at the "joints", or connections of bones to other bones. Mobilizations are provided in a specific direction, using a specific amount of force, in order to improve the "roll and glide" of the joint. By understanding the anatomy of the adjoined articular surfaces that make up the joint, it is possible to restore normal motion at the joint by addressing the "glide" component to impact the "roll" component of the movement. When delivered effectively, we are able to restore the alignment of one joint in relation to another, as well as restore the joint's normal motion and optimal functioning.
Restoring gliding mobility of the nerves
A nerve only functions correctly when it is able to move feely within its surrounding structures. By understanding the detailed anatomy of of the neural network, one can easily trace the pathological change when nerves are restricted. Neural Manipulation is a highly specialized technique that identifies restrictions in specific neural structures such as the peripheral nerves, cranial nerves and the neuromeningeal system. By using this therapy technique, we aim to restore the soft tissue quality of the neural tissue, thereby facilitating restoration of electromagnetic/nerve conductivity, intra-neural blood/nerve supply, and consequentially, local and systemic responsiveness.
Enhancing mobility of organs
In the truest essence of the proverb "structure determines function", impairments in the structural mobility of organs can have a direct negative impact on the function of the organ. Visceral Therapy is a manual therapy technique that enhances the inherent motility and overall motility of "viscera", or organs, and aims to correct systemic issues. Developed by the world-renowned French osteopath and leading physical therapist Dr. Jean-Pierre Barral, this type of integrative manipulation has been shown to be beneficial in treating a variety of different disorders, including dysfunction in musculoskeletal, vascular, nervous, urogenital, respiratory, digestive and lymphatic systems. We use this technique as an valuable tool to balance out soft tissue forces acting on the body, improve alignment and maximize overall mobility.
Guiding integrated mobility with optimal stabilization
Neuromuscular re-education is a technique used by physical therapists to restore normal integrative movement patterns in the body. Your nerves and muscles work together to produce movement. Nerves send signals between your muscles and your brain about where, when and how fast to move. Neuromuscular re-education involves retraining muscles to work concurrently to produce controlled movement with adequate stabilization of key muscle groups. We use manual techniques such as proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) techniques and hands-on "tactile" cues to retrain soft-tissue structures to move with alignment, balance and control, thereby redeveloping normal controlled movement patterns.