Muscle Energy Techniques (MET): is a gentle manual therapy intervention which mobilzes joints and relaxes muscles using subtle muscle contractions to relax hypertonic tissue and mobilze joints through active participation of both the therapist and patient. When muscles become chronically tight and restricted they may cause a joint to alter it's alignment. MET is great alternative to traditional thrust techniqes to treat stiff joints and muscle cramps due to overuse or strains. During the procedure the patient is placed into a comfortable position which is specific to their condition and asked to perform a small contraction in a painfree range against the therapist. MET can relax the muscle and release the joint while the patient feels a sense of relaxation.
Strain/CounterStrain (S/CS): is a manual therapy technique used to relax muscle spasms and trigger points through comfortable positioning and gentle pressures applied by the therapist. Often an area of tenderness or soreness results from a muscle not being able to relax. The therapist places the patient in a position specifically to shorten that muscle, holds for usually 90 seconds, which assists the muscle to relax and stop guarding/tensing. S/CS is very effective for the treatment of acute musculoskeletal pain.
Myofascial Release (MFR): Fascia is the soft tissue component of the connective tissue that provides support and protection for most structures of the body. Osteopathic theory proposes that this soft tissue can tighten and constrict the tissues causing pain, muscle tensions, and decreased blood and lymphatic flow to the area affected. There are generally considered 2 types of MFR- direct and indirect techniques. Indirect techniques involve a gentle unwinding type of movement pattern usually with only a few grams (weight of nickel). The tissues are guided along the path of least resistance until free movement is achieved.
Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF): a system of manually resisted exercises performed in diagnol patterns that mimic functional movement patterns. PNF was initially used in neurogically impaired patients but is now utilized in almost every aspect of neuromuscular retraining from athletes to the weakest individual in hospitals and homes.
Visceral Manipulation Techniques: is a form of manual therapy that addresses the anatomical and energetic relationships of the body's organs. It is an organ specific fascial mobilization. All tissues of our body are meant to slide, glide, and move against each other. When a range of motion becomes compromised and those tissues become fixated the body has to move around the restriction. This creates a compensation and can impair the health of those tissues involved.
Body awareness techniques: such as guided visualization, mindfulness techniques, stress reduction techniques, feldenkrais movement awareness techniques. Habituated movement patterns ( movement patterns we are not aware of) can often be the reason pain is created or perpetuated in our bodies. Developing a body awareness of how we move is essential in learning how to move more freely and effortlessly.
Dry Needling: Dry needling is a treatment in which a solid filament needle is inserted into the skin and muscle directly at a trigger point.Many of these points correspond with nerves and motor end points that when stimulated can have a positive impact on injured muscles and tissues. Modern dry needling is based upon western neuroanatomy and modern scientific study of the musculoskeletal system and nervous system. This is different than "acupuncture". It would be incorrect to refer to a practioner of Dry Needling as an "acupuncturist" since dry needling practioners do not use traditional meridians. Dry Needling can be a powerful adjunctive treatment when used as a component of an overall treatment plan.