Manual Therapy Modalities
Below are the types of techniques and modalities that we integrate into our treatment plans.
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Active Release Technique is a type of soft tissue manipulation treatment used to break up scar tissue, also called adhesions. It is a patented massage technique where a patient moves muscles or ligaments while the practitioner applies pressure to the affected area. Doing this allows the practitioner to engage the structure as it moves beneath the pressure of their contact allowing them to treat problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Since there are over 500 different moves that make up the treatment procedures used in ART, each treatment is unique to each patient.
Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) involves the use of specifically designed tools, typically made of stainless steel, that enable the practitioner to efficiently locate and treat soft-tissue dysfunction. The use of these tools enables the practitioner to create a controlled inflammatory process, which will allow the tissue to begin the healing process, breaking down the scar tissue/adhesions in the troubled area, and accelerate the recovery process.
FAKTR, pronounced “factor”, stands for Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehab and is actually a concept, not a technique. This concept uses manual and IASTM techniques to locate and remove myofascial adhesions and restrictions and is combined with rehabilitation exercises to strengthen the tissues while the restrictions are being removed.
Myofascial Release is a hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the myofascial connective tissue to facilitate the release of the fascia helping to eliminate pain and restore flexibility and motion.
Neuromuscular therapy is also called trigger point myotherapy. It consists of alternating levels of concentrated pressure on the areas of strain in the muscle (trigger points). The therapist applies pressure using either their fingers, knuckles, or elbow. Once applied, the pressure will remain constant for ten to thirty seconds.
Developed as a form of rehabilitation, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) is a more advanced form of flexibility training that involves both the stretching and contraction of the muscle group being targeted.
All PNF stretching requires is that you stretch a muscle and then forcefully contract that muscle before stretching it again. As you move into the stretch after the contraction, you should be able to stretch further than you did before. This allows you to create more length in the muscle and receive a greater flexibility benefit from the stretch.
Structural Integration takes a holistic approach and rebalances the entire body structure, recognizing that the body is an interconnected system of interdependent parts.
Using soft tissue manipulation and movement, Rolfing is aimed at improving body alignment and functioning. Practitioners are trained to create overall ease and balance throughout the entire structure, rather than just focusing on the areas with tension.
Deep tissue massage uses firm pressure and slow strokes to reach deeper layers of muscle and fascia in the body. To begin the treatment, light pressure is generally applied to warm up and prep the muscles. Specific techniques such as stripping and friction are then applied.
The stripping technique uses deep, gliding pressure along the length of the muscle fibers using the elbow, forearm, knuckles, and thumbs. Friction refers to pressure applied across the grain of a muscle to release adhesions and realign tissue fibers.
Deep tissue massage has several therapeutic effects and can be used to treat many different conditions.