Manual Therapy is a term used to describe all hands-on joint and soft-tissue mobilization techniques. It may include treatments of deep as well as superficial structures. This approach is used to release a trigger point, smooth out a tissue adhesion or restore mobility to a stiff joint.

Our therapist after his physical therapy degree, earned a two-year research-based Masters degree in Manual Therapy. This type of therapy includes the following advanced approaches and techniques

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Maitland Approach

Developed by Australian physical therapy legend G. D. Maitland, this approach involves joint mobilization, manipulations and evidenced-based clinical reasoning. Our therapist trained one-on-one in the Maitland Approach under the direct tutelage of one of Maitland’s protégés from the University of South Australia.

McKenzie Approach

Named the number one most influential and distinguished physical therapist in the field of orthopedic physical therapy, Robin McKenzie developed an approach to treating neck, back, disc and extremities disorders that has become renowned around the world. This tailored approach actively engages patients in their own healing process, empowering them to maintain their improvements at home. Our therapist possesses advanced training in this approach and will thoroughly educate patients to treat their symptoms.

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Mulligan Approach

Pioneered by New Zealand physical therapy heavyweight Brian Mulligan, this approach was developed to overcome joint disorders that arise from subtle bio-mechanical changes. Passive accessory joint mobilization is applied following the principles of Kaltenborn. Our therapist is successfully using Mulligan mobilization to treat spinal problems and other joint disorders. The treatment sedate an agitated nerve system and will free up your movement immediately following the treatment.

Neural Mobilization

Adhesion of neural tissues (dura, dural sleeve, and nerve root) can cause symptoms such as pain, burning, numbness, and tingling. Adhesions that restrict the mobility of the dura and nerve root may result in a local increase in tension, producing symptoms distal to the adhesion. Recent studies demonstrate neural mobilization non-surgically mobilizes the neural tissue to increase its mobility and flexibility. It is documented to produce dramatic relief in symptoms. Our therapist will determine if neural mobilization is required for you and will administer it to relieve neurogenic pain.

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Visceral Manipulation

Visceral Manipulation (VM) was developed by world-renowned French osteopath and physical therapist Jean-Pierre Barral. It is a treatment involving specific stretching techniques to the restricted connective tissue around organs. Using these techniques, a trained therapist is able to break down the adhesions formed between the connective tissue layers over individual organs. Studies have shown that adhesions are formed when the serous fluid between connective tissues thickens and becomes more viscous in nature during the inflammatory process. This phenomenon can occur after trauma such as motor vehicle accidents, direct blows to the rib cage, surgery, and some illnesses.

VM assists functional and structural imbalances throughout the body—including musculoskeletal, vascular, nervous, urogenital, respiratory, digestive and lymphatic dysfunction. It alleviates and treats the dynamics of motion and suspension in relation to organs, membranes, fascia and ligaments. VM increases proprioceptive communication within the body, thereby revitalizing a person and relieving symptoms of pain, dysfunction, and poor posture.

Recent research shows significant improvement in lower back pain after a visceral manipulation. Our therapist is trained in visceral manipulation and is able to use this approach alone or in conjunction with other forms of therapy.

Craniosacral Therapy

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance.

Muscle Energy Technique (MET)

This is a manual therapy technique with precisely controlled contraction of muscles, followed by relaxation. After relaxation the physical therapist will move into new range with minimal pain.

Muscle energy is used to lengthen a shortened, contracted or spastic muscle or to strengthen a weakened muscle or group of muscles, to reduce localized edema and congestion, and mobilize a joint with restricted mobility.