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Each therapy is a tool. Clinical reasoning determines the wise choices of using the right tools at the right time.
- Manual Therapy
- Exercise Therapy
- Posture Training & Education
- Integrated Systems Model
- Muscle Energy Techniques
- Sport Therapy & Orthopaedic Rehabilitation
- Craniosacral Therapy
- Visceral Manipulation
Manual therapy is any form of skilled hands-on treatment such as manipulation, mobilization and massage that has the goal of releasing joint stiffness, soft tissue tightness and restoring normal movement and alignment.
Specific exercises targeted individually for each client helps to reinforce corrective patterns of posture and movement in daily living. Exercises are easily incorporated into existing routines.
There is an ideal way to sit, stand and position yourself so that the load is evenly distributed with minimal strain on your body and its parts. Posture training dispels myths that are learned in early years and reinforces correct patterns.
This is a model of diagnosis and treatment developed by White Rock/ Vancouver physiotherapists Diane Lee and Linda-Joy Lee that considers the body as a whole and finds the primary driver of a problem. Through a system of cues to release, align, connect and move, the potential of the mind to change the body is tapped. New, optimal and painfree strategies for moving are learned and incorporated into the meaningful tasks for each client.
Muscle energy techniques use a client’s voluntary muscle action from a precisely controlled position in a specific direction against a distinct counterforce provided by the therapist. It is used for muscle relaxation, pain relief and joint mobilizations to bring about increased range of motion and improved joint alignment. It was first described by Fred Mitchell Sr, a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine.
Treatment of sports injuries uses many of the tools and techniques already described. Important considerations are determining when it is safe to return to sport, prescribing exercises that are sport-specific and gradually progressing the level of activity. Athletes who have had surgery will follow a protocol to ensure that the area of repair is protected, heals well and optimal function is restored.
Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, non-invasive therapy that assesses and corrects restrictions of the craniosacral system using the bones of the skull (cranium) and tailbone (sacrum) to improve wellness and enhance the body’s self- regulating mechanism. The craniosacral system is responsible for the production, circulation and re-absorption of cerebral spinal fluid. This technique has been found to help clients with headaches/ migraines, difficulty sleeping, birth trauma (forceps delivery, head compression), falls/ blows to the head or sacrum, temporomandibular (jaw) joint pain, and to increase overall vitality and immune system function. It has also been used for kids with attention deficit disorder, autism and cerebral palsy.
Visceral Manipulation is a manual therapy consisting of gentle, specifically placed manual forces that encourage normal mobility, tone and inherent tissue motion of the internal organs or viscera, their connective tissue and other areas of the body where physiologic motion is impaired. Our bodies need movement to be healthy. This applies to every structure in our bodies including the organs. Tissues lose their normal motion when they become inflamed. Visceral Manipulation restores normal motion which not only improves the function of the organ, as well as its impact on any associated neuro-musculoskeletal dysfunctions and overall health of the body.