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If you are interested in learning a bit about what we do, below you will find a description of the treatment modalities used at the clinic. We tend to use a combination of these techniques in treatment, but can tailor our approach as necessary. Upon your first visit, you can expect your therapist to ask you some questions in order to assess your needs. We make it a point to continue this communication with you so that modifications to the treatment plan can be made as necessary.
Communication with your therapist is very important in order to receive the most beneficial results and we encourage you to speak up if you have any questions or concerns about the treatment plan and how it is going. We do our best to check in with you throughout the session, but we also encourage you to let your therapist know anything you have questions or concerns about prior to and/or after each session as well. We do chart our findings each session and can provide you with these medical records upon request.
Deep Tissue Massage is an approach which focuses on working through the superficial tissue layers to access the deeper structures of the musculoskeletal system using classical Swedish strokes. These classical strokes include effleurage, petrissage, friction, nerve strokes, jostling, tapotement and Swedish gymnastics which is a method of stretching.
Although every practitioner of this modality will bring their own unique style to the application, this treatment will increase circulation in progressively deeper tissues enabling the flow of nutrients and the removal of metabolic wastes and toxins facilitating the healing of injuries and supporting overall health.
This technique focuses on releasing restrictions in the fascial layers which surround muscle fibers and create webs of connective tissue throughout the body. Just as the body can hold problematic tension in the muscles themselves, tension can also be held in the fascial layers. These restrictions and tension develop over time as the body adapts to injuries, repetitive motions and stress patterns.
Because of the organizational structure of the fascial matrix throughout the body, it is essential to work the tissue by applying slow sustained pressure and by twisting, pushing and pulling the tissue in different directions according to where the restrictions are found. Relieving fascial restrictions can help increase a more comfortable range of motion in joints and restore natural mobility throughout the body in addition to decreasing pain and discomfort caused by fascial restrictions.
This method of massage targets trigger points (both latent and active) in muscle tissue which cause pain when touched (latent) as well as without stimulation during active spasms and hypertonicity. Because the nervous system interacts so intimately with the other systems of the body, maintaining homeostasis through feedback mechanisms which regulate the other systems, intervening in the afferent neural pathways to change the efferent neural output can alter the holding patterns and blocks that have developed over time in response to injury, illness and stress.
This technique focuses on specific muscle fibers where hypertonicity is detected and makes use of the body’s natural reflexes (of reciprocal inhibition and post-isometric relaxation) during active facilitated stretching and can involve passive facilitated stretching as well. Sustained pressure is used at the sites of trigger points both latent and active.
The focus in using Neuromuscular techniques is to take advantage of the powerful connection between the central nervous system and the other body systems to create positive change in the musculoskeletal system as well as in other body systems. This technique can also enhance body awareness and encourage a calm and focused mind.
Because the lymphatic system is very closely related to the immune system, the lay person may not realize that the lymphatic system is part of the circulatory system. In fact, the lymphatic system is the second branch of the circulatory system, the first being the cardiovascular system.
But, unlike the cardiovascular system, the lymphatic system does not have a pump (such as the heart) which would allow the fluid to circulate much more quickly throughout the body (as does the blood). The lymph vessels do have a pulse of about 6 beats per minute which is much, much slower than the average pulse rate of about 80 beats per minute in the cardiovascular system.
The lymphatic system functions similarly to an overflow drainage system in that the vessels collect and funnel excess fluid from the interstitial space between cells. After traveling through the lymph vessels and a series of filters (lymph nodes) where pathogens are destroyed, the excess fluid (lymph) is returned and incorporated back into the blood.
Lymphatic massage is very different from most other massage techniques in that it is very light, superficial, and slow. The nature and quality of this technique being very light and very slow is necessitated by the structure of the lymph vessels which are anchored superficially in the dermis (skin). In order to properly direct and facilitate the flow of the lymph through these superficial vessels, it is necessary to manipulate only the skin (and not push through to the muscle fibers which are deeper) in such a way as to create an external pump of the lymph using the skin.
This technique can help relieve excessive edema (swelling) in recent acute injuries, or in older chronically injured tissues. And, because your lymphatic system is part of the immune system, this type of massage could also help your body process certain illnesses more quickly.
We like to use this technique alone if necessary or in combination with other techniques at the end of the massage treatment session as needed.
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