Reflexology

reflexology

Reflexology reduces stress (a major contributing factor to disease), enhances the body’s ability to heal itself. Research shows that a single reflexology session can create relaxation, reduce anxiety, diminish pain, improve blood flow, decrease high blood pressure, and provide a lasting sense of calm.

Biomechanical Dysfunction

biomechanical dysfunction

Is an imbalance of the musculoskeletal system resulting in faulty movement patterns. Repetitive strain of certain soft tissue result in adapted movement patterns that become muscular “habits” and must be reeducated.

Postural Distortion

Postural Distortion

Many clients will possess postural distortions or imbalances which greatly impede their ability to safely and effectively engage in a comprehensive exercise program. Postural imbalances can impair joint function and stability, compromise coordination between bodily segments, increase energy demands during completion of any given task, reduce force transfer through the kinetic chain, and increase the overall risk for injury (among … Read More

Nerve Compression and Entrapment

Nerve Compression Syndrome

Is pressure on a nerve by bone, cartilage or soft tissue. The role of the soft tissues in nerve compression is vital. Failure to treat the associated soft tissue often treats the symptom without eliminating the cause of the pain. Nerve entrapment is the most common type of pain and always causes ischemia. Ignored, it can produce associated trigger points.

Trigger Points

trigger point therapy

Doctors Janet Travell (John F. Kennedy’s physician) and David Simons have studied and documented predictable and repeatable pain patterns caused by tiny knots that develop in a muscle when it is injured, overworked and/or unhealthy. Trigger points usually send their pain (by nerves firing impulses at a rapid speed) to some other part of the body. This is the reason … Read More

Ischemia

ischemia

Is a lack of blood supply to the soft tissues, which causes the tissue to become very sensitive to the touch. The lack of blood is generally due to factors in the blood vessels themselves, which can result in damage or dysfunction of tissue if not properly treated

Neuromuscular Massage Therapy (NMT)

neuromuscular massage therapy NMT

A very specialized form of massage therapy, NMT addresses the physiology of the central nervous system (brain, spinal column and nerves) and its effect on the musculoskeletal system. NMT is based on neurological laws that explain how the central nervous system maintains homeostatic (healthy) balance. These same laws dictate how the central nervous system initiates pain response. How is NMT … Read More

Swedish Massage

swedish massage

Commonly thought of as the “relaxation massage”, especially from stress relief. It refers to a variety of techniques specifically designed to relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones, and rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart. Swedish massage techniques include: long strokes, kneading, friction, tapping, percussion, vibration, effleurage, … Read More