It has been estimated that over 90% of patients treated by therapists have myofascial dysfunction. "Fascia" refers to the connective tissue that covers the muscles, bones, nerves, and organs in our body which helps it to maintain its shape, keeps organs in their correct positions, and gives resistance to both internal and external stresses on the body.
Myofascial release is the skilled application of sustained pressure and movement into the fascial system and is designed to release these fascial restrictions and improve flexibility. These manual techniques are very effective in managing acute and chronic pain, neurologic and movement dysfunction, headaches, sports injuries, restricted joint motion, recurring injuries, and in enhancing and optimizing function and performance.
Our therapists are specialized in the holistic John Barnes Myofascial Release Approach ©️ where the client and therapist form a partnership as they strive towards identifying unresolved stressors, progressive pain patterns, inflammation, movement dysfunction, poor posture, causes of diminished athletic performance, and overall decline in health and wellbeing.
Cupping is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special "cups" on your skin to create a suction which helps with pain, inflammation, bloodflow, relaxation and well-being, and is used as a deep tissue massage.
The cups can either be removed in quick succession to create an effect on pain without a reactive effect on the skin or, more typically, can be left on for 30-90 seconds per site before removal. Cupping with movement, also known as "glide cupping" can be employed to aid in pain management and help with mobility. Cupping can also be used for sensorimotor retraining by incorporating the cups for visual and tactile input to help cue functional movement patterns.
"Informed Touch" is the ability to palpate and discern a patient's needs through physical touch and is a skill most overlooked in the training of healthcare professionals. "Assessment through touch" is a skill that allows a therapist to discern healthy tissue from tissue that is constricted or contains trigger points (areas in tissue that are hyperirritable and sensitive) - and allows us to determine the source of pain. Understanding common trigger point locations and the patterns that they have in contributing to referred pain allows the therapist to address the proper soft tissue dysfunction and treat it through stretch, localized pressure, and corrective actions.
Dry Needling is a specific therapy for restoring soft-tissue dysfunction. Of all types of soft tissue dysfunction, pain is the most common. Dry needling uses fine needles to create an inflammatory reaction into soft tissue to activate a self-healing process, relax soft tissue contracture, and enable tissue regeneration. It is frequently used with sports injuries and athletes as it has been shown to enhance physical performance, prevent common injuries, accelerate recovery from overtraining stress, promote rehab after injury and surgeries, and prolong athletic careers by providing maintenance.
Kinesiology Tape is an elastic tape that is applied directly to your skin to allow both sensory input as well as full range of motion. It is different than standard athletic tape because it has the ability to stretch, which is what allows support without hindering your body's movements. It can be used to decrease pain, reduce swelling, provide stability, and to facilitate or inhibited muscles. We have therapists who are Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioners (CKTP) and can incorporate taping into your treatment plan when it is appropriate.
Each year, one in three adults age 65 or older falls, and more than 10 million patients visit a physician due to dizziness. There are many causes of disequilibrium including medications, infections, stroke, visual deficits, cerebellar problems, and disease. A trained therapist is able to evaluate the involved systems that affect balance and determine the appropriate treatment plan which may include special exercises, manual therapy, and modalities.