At OptimaLiving, we approach the restoration of movement and function from a different perspective. Our first goal is to decrease pain and prepare the body for strengthening. Exercise is not the driving mode of recovery but a complement to manual therapy.
Manual therapy is a specialized form of treatment delivered with the hands as opposed to a device or machine. In manual therapy, practitioners use their hands to put pressure on muscle tissue and manipulate joints. Manual therapy is used to decrease pain, alleviate tension and spasms, increase range of motion, improve circulation, induce relaxation and correct muscle and tendon imbalances. Manual therapies include:
Manual Therapy Techniques
- Soft Tissue Manipulation
- Trigger Point Therapy
- Myofascial Release
- Joint Mobilization & Distraction
- Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
- Cross-fiber Friction Massage
- Decompression Massage
- Scar Mobilization
- Craniosacral Therapy
- Desensitization Techniques
Descriptions of Manual Therapy Techniques
Soft Tissue Manipulation: A form of manual therapy where your provider uses hand-on techniques on the soft tissues of your body with the goal of breaking adhesions. Adhesions are your body’s attempt to heal a soft tissue injury with a lengthy inflammation process, resulting in long strands of collagenous scar tissue
Trigger Point Release: Trigger points are described as hyperirritable spots in the fascia surrounding skeletal muscle. They are associated with palpable nodules in taut bands of muscle fibers. We use hands on techniques to release this points of tension and also education patients in the use of self-myofascial tools for home use.
Myofascial Release: Myofascial Release is an advanced manual therapy technique that involves applying gentle, sustained pressure and postural holds to soften and elongate the intricate and expansive connective tissue of the internal body - called fascia. Fascia has been identified as the missing link in the understanding and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. Read more. . .
Joint Mobilization & Distraction: A form of manual therapy that includes passive movements (sliding, distracting, pivoting) of synovial joints to relieve pain, increase joint mobility and improve range of motion.
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization: IASTM/IANSM is performed with ergonomically designed instruments that detect and treat fascial tension, densification and fibrosis. In addition, IASTM/IANSM encourages rapid localization and can decrease pain, increase proprioception and affect the quality and accuracy of muscle movement. Once believed to target the muscles and tendons, research shows IASTM/IANSM is better directed at the neuro-sensory system to facilitate healing. Read more...
Strain-Counterstrain: A manual therapy technique designed to break adhesions and release trigger points by interrupting the nervous system cycle of spasms and tension.
Massage: Massage involves the rubbing an needing of muscle tissue to relieve pain and restore range of motion by breaking adhesions and increasing circulation.
Cross-Fiber Friction Massage: Involves a technique of applying sustained pressure and motion perpendicular to the tissue being addressed. It is an effective technique in the treatment of tendon injuries or strains.
Decompression Massage (DCM): DCM is the application of alternating negative pressure to an extremity or muscle often used to decrease edema and improve circulation.
Scar Mobilization: Includes a variety of techniques to release scar tissue adhesions, improve mobility of scar tissue, and facilitate remodeling. We specialize in the treatment of scar tissue dysfunction. Learn more . .
Craniosacral Therapy: A gentle, non-invasive manual therapy performed on the neck, head, skull and sacrum to release restrictions in the fascial of the central nervous system and facilitate flow and mobility of the cerebrospinal fluid. This promotes relaxation, relieves fatigues and difficulty with concentration and improves range of motion of the head, neck, spine and pelvis. Read more. .
Desensitization Techniques: Generally directed at painful scars, desensitization techniques involves the application of various textures and pressures to facilitate a normal nervous system response to different types of sensory stimulation.
If you are looking for more than exercise machines from your therapy program, we are the clinic for you. We still believe in hands-on techniques and every session will include manual therapies to facilitate healing and relieve pain. Call today (623-777-3113) or use the link below to schedule an evaluation and learn how we will restore your "Optimal state of Living".