The fascia, tendons and muscle tissue are a great indicator of dysfunction. Deficiencies, poor nutrition/absorption, decreased circulation, adrenal/energy fatigue, hormonal changes, trauma, and excessive environmental conditions can lead to rigid muscles, inflammation, atrophy and/or pain. This can inhibit blood flow, lymph, waste elimination, and eventually internal organ functions. Muscle balance is also important in pain management especially with lifestyle conditions including sitting, lifting, poor sleep habits, and long hours of overworking.
We begin by assessing the body using orthopedic testing, palpating musculoskeletal findings,
TCM diagnostics, emotional and environmental factors, trauma, and medical history to create a treatment custom to the individual, working with the patient’s other physicians and current treatment plans, optimizing the best possible journey to health and wellness. We treat the mind, body, and spirit and empower it's innate ability to heal itself. You are in control of every session and our goal is to partner in the wellness and self care of your whole being. These modalities are stepping stones in that journey.
Gentle to deep tissue manipulation with attention to areas of strain or discomfort. Techniques may include:
• Kneading: manually milking the muscle
• Myofascial release: Slow, shallow, stretching, and releasing the fascia
that lies on top of the muscles
• Acupupressure : pressure of an acupuncture point to release
tension or stimulate that specific point's therapeutic properties
• Triggor point therapy: similar to acupressure deep pressure
• Joint mobilization: stretching, muscle resistant exercises,
relaxed and assisted joint motion range
These techniques aim to bring balance to muscle tension, and reduce and relax stress by activating the parasympathetic nervous system, decreasing inflammation, and reducing pain.
Gentle manipulation and/or light pressure targeting the central nervous system along the spine and head with Chinese meridians, overlapping the osteopathic and Chinese medicine theories. The compression of areas sends signals to the central nervous system and/or meridian, which activates the area of the body to harmonize and bring homeostasis to the area of imbalance. This improves the circulation, eliminating lymph buildup, reducing pain and/or increasing function. This is safe if the patient has acute or chronic ailments, recent trauma such as a car accident and/or a sports injury. Cranial work enhances our rest and digest (parasympathetic nervous) system state, which reduces cortisol levels and alleviates the side effects of stress in the long term flight or fight (sympathetic nervous system) state.
This can reduce ailments such as migraines, indigestion, lack of mental clarity,
traumatic injuries, eye strain, vertigo and unexplained nueromuscular pain.
Depending on the patient, these modalities can be used independently or together.