July 23, 2015

Manual Movement Therapy

PastedGraphic-1It is my mission to help you get out of pain and injury and help you live a functionally sound life. The human body craves and needs movement to survive and when we develop pain as a symptom, the body is telling us that we need to change how we are moving.

If you find yourself in pain and injury and are training and living through the pain then Locomotion Therapy is just for you!

I specialize in discovering the source of pain and finding the root of the problem, versus just treating the symptom. By repatterning the motor control center within your brain we can change compensatory movement patterns and recreate functional movement within your body.

Once the pattern is identified, you will be given self care exercises to prevent the same patterns from returning, thus having results that last and get you living a healthier and happier life.

Through Movement Therapy, I coach you through movement and discover what is holding you back. I will work with you one on one as your personal trainer and coach to build restorative and functional movement that will in turn allow you to move and perform pain free. Beyond your typical personal training session, every exercise we do comes from a more holistic approach that promotes whole body movements and not just the singular parts.prev400

Discover the root of the issue and eliminate pain and injury from your life.

 The following  conditions are treated with Integrated Therapy:

  • Low back pain, SI joint dysfunction, Sciatica, Uneven hip height, Frozen hips
  • Rotator cuff injuries, Shoulder impingement, Pectoralis minor strains, Bicipital Tendinosis,
  • Thoracic outlet, Cervical sprains and strains, Whiplash, atlas / axis & C1/C2 mobilization, Migraine headaches
  • Medial and Lateral epicondyle pain, Carpal tunnel syndrome  and Joint Arthritis.
  • Patella Femoral Pain, Patella Tendinosis, Chondromalacia, IT Band Friction Syndrome,
  • Fixated Posterior Fibular Head Pain, Abnormal Knee Rotation, Medial & Lateral Collateral Ligament Sprains, Medial and Lateral Meniscus Tears, ACL & PCL Sprains,
  • Hamstring Strains, Popliteal Pain, Pulled Groin, Plantaris Strains, Plantarfasciitis and  Achilles Tendinosis

Integrated Treatment includes the use of several modalities including: 

  • Initial and Ongoing Static and Dynamic Movement Assessments
  • Myofascial release
  • Neuromuscular therapy
  • Scar tissue mobilization
  • Myoskeletal alignment
  • Deep tissue release
  • Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation stretching and strengthening.

NeuroKinetic Therapy

Neurokinetic therapy is based on the concept of manual muscle testing and motor control theory. Whether a dysfunction exists from an agonist-antagonist relationship or dysfunction within the kinetic chain, functional assessments and muscle testing will enable us to be detectives in this participatory therapy.

NeuroKinetic Therapy® corrective movement system is a sophisticated bodywork modality that can be used as both an assessment and rehabilitative technique for low back pain, neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other injuries.

David Weinstock, author of Neurokinetic Therapy, an Innovative Approach to Manual Muscle Testing, co-developed this technique in the mid-1980s, and has used it to treat a variety of disorders that are featured on this website. The NeuroKinetic Therapy® corrective movement system protocol employing a system of precise muscle tests has the ability to change the programming of the Motor Control Center (MCC) in the cerebellum. The MCC coordinates all movement patterns in the body. It learns through failure.

A good example is a baby learning to stand. Through many attempts and failures the baby finally achieves success. But how? The MCC chooses the most successful attempts until standing happens without “thinking” about it. Conversely, after an injury, the MCC adapts to a compensation pattern and holds that in its memory forever unless it is convinced to change. A good example is a whiplash accident in which the posterior neck muscles brace for the anterior neck muscles. This pattern can endure forever unless there is some intervention.

When an NeuroKinetic Therapy® corrective movement system practitioner tests the weak anterior neck muscles, they fail thus opening the MCC to new learning. After the balance is restored, the MCC is “reprogrammed” and recognizes the anterior neck muscles. To complete the reprogramming, specific rehab exercises are assigned to “burn in” the new functional pattern.

Link to further information: Neurokinetic Therapy

Orthopedic Massage

Based on the research by James Waslaski, this clinically researched technique approaches the body by restoring normal muscle resting length and increasing joint mobility and range of motion.

By implementing a 12 step protocol, the functional assessment of each joint’s range of motion are tested, followed by assessment of the joint itself and muscles that may be overworking for other muscles.

Click the following link for further information: orthopedic massage

 

Trigger Point Therapy

What is a trigger point?

A trigger point is considered to be a painful nodule within the belly of a muscle. The defining symptom of a trigger point is referred pain; that is, trigger points usually send their pain to some other site within the body. This is an extremely misleading phenomenon and is the reason conventional treatments for pain so often fail. It’s a mistake to assume that the problem is at the place that hurts!

Travell and Simons’s research has shown that trigger points are the primary cause of pain 75% of the time and are at least a part of nearly every pain problem.

Luckily, the pain and other symptoms caused by trigger points occur in predictable patterns. When you know where to look, trigger points are easily located and deactivated with simple techniques of self-applied massage.

Massage of the trigger point flushes the tissue and helps the trigger point’s contracted sarcomeres begin to release. In dealing directly with the trigger point, massage is the safest, most natural, and most effective form of pain therapy.

With trigger point massage, myofascial pain can usually be eliminated within three to ten days. Even long-standing chronic conditions can be significantly improved in as little as six weeks.

 

Athletic Taping

Taping can both act as an proprioceptive cue to both activate an muscle and turn down muscle fibers that are  overly firing. For instance if you need to activate your hamstrings, the tape acts as a proprioceptive cue or

Therapy with kinesio tex tape

reminder to your nervous system to utilize this muscle group and visa versa if your calf muscles are overly firing, the tape in turn acts as a cue to the nervous system to calm down the targeted area.

Taping is integrated into normal treatment after discovering the individual muscle relationship with each individual.

 

 

Movement Therapy is intentional and restorative in nature. Once functional movement is established you can move past your limitations and optimize your performance.  

 

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