How we alleviate pain!

Entry Assessment

The first session begins with a postural evaluation to ensure the causes—not just the symptoms—of pain, discomfort and compensatory behaviors are identified and addressed. At this stage X-rays or MRI’s are helpful to take a close look at the injured area.

The initial assessment reviews posture, body mechanics and habitual actions and how these may have been affected by traumaAn injury (as a wound) to living tissue caused by an extrinsic agent., occupational demandsWork characteristics, physical, motional or social, that may create physical manifestations resulting in pain or discomfort., or repetitive activitiesActivities in sports occupation home, etc that are repeated often enough to create postural distortions or exacerbate injury resulting in pain, discomfort or range of motion issues..

We thoroughly investigate all trigger pointsin the general area of complaint as well as latent trigger points A hyper-irritable spot in skeletal muscle that can giv rise to characteristic referred pain to another area of the body.in the common ShoulderPain referral zonePain that arises in a trigger point, but is felt at a distance, often entirly rmote from its source. The pattern of rferred apin is reproducibly rlatd to its site of origin. in order to determine which triggers are contributing factors to tension and pain.

This assessment produces a baseline chart of your condition that is evaluated over time for changes and progress. It also serves as an educational platform, helping you learn about your body structure, biomechanics and pain patterns.

Sessions

Postural data is recorded during the beginning, middle and end of each session. The therapist will note on the chart each area of painful muscle, ligament and tendon that will require therapy.

The therapist will use the thumb, hand, elbow or small soft-tipped pressure bar to manipulate tissue and apply pressure to the involved connective tissue. Pressure is usually maintained for approximately eight to twelve seconds to obtain maximum release.

This highly targeted pressure will identify and release spasms and hyper-contraction in tissues. The practitioner may use therapeutic manipulation causing micro tearing to remove adhesions and restore proper blood flow to tissue.

The therapist may apply sustained stretches and massage techniques to release tension in the fibrous bands of connective tissue (fascia)Connective tissue that surrounds muscles, groups of muscles, nrves, circulatory system, organs and extends uninterrupted throughout the body from the skin to the bone.. This process eases out tension on bones, muscles, joints and nerves to provide long lasting therapeutic relief.

Mild discomfort is necessary to interrupt the nervous systems’ dysfunctional “holding pattern.” The experience is often described as “good pain” which is accompanied by an opening and relaxing of the muscles.

The goal is to correct postural alignment, eliminate trigger points, improve biomechanics and flexibility, rebuild the strength of injured tissues and help restore venous and lymphatic flow, and thereby eliminate pain.

Long Lasting Results

After therapy your pain, numbness, and joint discomfort all fade away. Patients can now walk without pain, return to their sports activities and work with a new confidence. Your new awareness will help you keep muscles flexible and prevent the return of pain.

Injury Prevention

Our therapists make a special effort to help you build your awareness of your body to achieve postural balance and prevent future injuries. This awareness of your neuromuscular structure helps you be proactive in your physical well-being and remain injury free.

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Patterns of Life
Pain Relief & Prevention
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