All sessions are a blend of various modalities to accomplish the desired goal of the client. The methods practiced are:
What to expect during a session
All sessions are scheduled by appointment only. All sessions begin with a medical and postural assessment. Then clients are asked to lay on Therapy table so that body work can be performed. Once the body work begins more assessments are made and addressed using various therapeutic techniques:
Elongation and activation/ shorten
Elongation is making tissue more pliable and flexible, activation is manually stimulation tissue that is not firing properly. Shortening is manually manipulating tissues in the direction of the tissues contraction.
Opening of the front line
Tom Myer's book Anatomy Trains talks extensively on opening the front line of the body. We use the front side of the body much more than we do the muscles in the back. Back pain in usually caused by an over worked front line and over stretched and miss firing posterior line.
Finding weak inhibited muscles and over worked strained muscles
Weak inhibited muscles are single muscles or groups of muscles that are not firing correctly. Pain occurs due to the primary muscles that are meant for a particular movement not taking on the proper work load, but letting muscles or areas that are meant for only assisting to overcompensate to perform to particular movement. Over time these secondary muscles tire causing failure to perform movement and pain.
Breathing is a huge part of why people have tense traps, necks, backs, hunch over, and eventual low back pain. Proper breathing should be low and expanding the abdomen, diaphragm, intercostals, and lumbar region. This type of breathing is known as diaphragmatic breathing or singers breathing. It has little to no tension in the traps, chest, and neck and is a revitalizing way to taking in the thing that humans need most to survive...air.
We must be aware of how we position our bodies throughout our day. The spine is composed of vertebrae and disks that sit right on top of each other in a balance, when our posture is too forward or out of alignment it puts pressure on disks and causes pain. This pain affects surrounding tissue (i.e. muscles). An analogy would be if you hold 5 pounds away from your body in comparison to close to your body. It is much heavier away from your body. The same principle is applicable to your head leaning too forward and the strain goes down in a chain reaction. Our posture however can not be improved with just stretches, proper breathing and correct muscle strengthening. The body has to have a full musculoskeletal adjustment.