INTEGRATIVE & MANUAL THERAPY


INTEGRATIVE THERAPY


MEDITATION is a discipline in which the mind is released from thoughts in order to connect to a higher self awareness. 

The practice may help to reach a higher state of consciousness and reach mental quiescence and physical relaxation.  It helps develop mindfullness, concentration, tranquility and insight. With repeated meditation and a balanced body state, the body is able to release stress, physical tension and pain from the body. Through meditation, we can develop emotional intelligence to better cope with emotional stress that is stored in the body.


REIKI is a form of complementary and alternative medicine that applies universal energy (reiki) in the form of ki through the palms that allows for self-healing and a state of equilibrium.


    Reiki is believed to have begun in Tibet several thousand years ago. Seers in the orient studied energies and developed a system of sounds and symbols for universal healing energies. Various healing systems, which crossed many different cultures, emerged from this single root system. Unfortunately, the original source itself was forgotten.

    Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese Christian educator in Kyoto, Japan, rediscovered the root system in the mid- to late 1800s. He began an extensive twenty-one-year study of the healing phenomena of history's greatest spiritual leaders. He also studied ancient sutras (Buddhist teachings written in Sanskrit). He discovered ancient sounds and symbols that are linked directly to the human body and nervous system which activate the universal life energy for healing.

    Usui then underwent a metaphysical experience and became empowered to use these sounds and symbols to heal. He called this form of healing Reiki and taught it throughout Japan until his death around 1893.  The tradition was passed through several grandmasters of reiki such as Dr. Chujiro Hyashi, Hawayo Takata, and Phyllis Lei Furumoto. There are many forms of REIKI being practiced now. The two principal ones are: "the Usui System of Natural Healing" and "the Radiance Technique."

    The Usui System of Natural Healing balances and strengthens the body's energy, promoting its ability to heal itself.  Reiki is useful in treating serious serious illnesses as well as others. It works to balance the mind, body, spirit, emotions, restoring, re-energizing, re-vitalising health and well- being through healing with compassionate touch and energy.  Examples are: sports injuries, cuts, burns, internal diseases, emotional disorders, and stress-related illnesses.

Reiki was introduced to the Western world in the mid-1970s. Since then its use has spread dramatically worldwide.


PRANIC HEALING is a highly developed and tested system of energy medicine that utilizes prana to balance, harmonize and transform the body’s energy processes.  Prana is a Sanskrit word that means life-force.  This invisible bio-energy or vital energy keeps the body alive and maintains a state of good health.  In acupuncture, the Chinese refer to this subtle energy as Chi.

Pranic Healing® is a simple yet powerful and effective system of no-touch energy healing originated and developed by GrandMaster Choa Kok Sui. It is based on the fundamental principle that the body is a self-repairing living entity that possesses the innate ability to heal itself. Pranic Healing® works on the principle that the healing process is accelerated by increasing the life force or vital energy on the affected part of the physical body.

Pranic Healing® is applied on the bio-electromagnetic field known as the aura, or energy body, which is a mold or blueprint that surrounds and interpenetrates the physical body. This energy body absorbs life energy and distributes it throughout the physical body, to the muscles, organs, glands, etc. The reason Pranic Healing® works on the energy body is that physical ailments first appear as energetic disruptions in the aura before manifesting as problems in the physical body. You can learn to perform Pranic Healing® on yourself and your loved ones in these powerful result-oriented workshops.

Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a light-touch approach that releases tensions deep in the body to restore the body’s homeostasis, relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole body health and performance. This treatment technique was developed by Dr. John Upledger, Doctor of Osteopathy.

Craniosacral therapy works with the neurological and myofascial systems. Various parts of the body (ie: cranial sutures, skeleton and myofascia) are gently touched to monitor the rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) that surrounds and nourishes the central nervous system.  By carefully listening with the hands to appreciate the quality, rate, amplitude and symmetry of the CSF in the body it is possible to locate areas of weak fluid flow or tissue motion and thus areas of dysfunction.   Areas of the body are held to facilitate an unwinding of tissue tension and release of structural malalignments to encourage optimal CSF flow and thus improve the functioning of the central nervous system.  Benefits include decreased pain, increased body relaxation, released myofascial restrictions, promotion of structural alignment, increased mental alertness and reduction of anxiety, somato-emotional releases.


Craniosacral therapy is recommended for many conditions including colic in babies, earaches and hyperactivity in children, for infants who are not sucking well during breast feeding, and following a difficult delivery to make certain the bones and soft tissues of the infant's head are in proper alignment (treatment frees up restrictions in movement and promotes normal functioning of the nervous system, as well as optimal flow of blood and lymph). He also recommends cranial osteopathy for treatment of migraine headaches, disturbed sleep cycles, asthma, neck pain, sinus infections, TMJ syndrome, Ménière's disease and ear problems in adults.


Craniosacral Therapy for Pediatrics A newborn CST session can minimize or eliminate the repercussions of difficult births and help ensure good health for healthy babies. All babies can benefit from Craniosacral evaluations and treatments as soon as possible after birth. Children should continue to receive pediatric CST periodically throughout childhood as they adapt to the process of growing up.


During the birth process, the baby’s head molds to fit through the mother’s pelvis.  It is normal for the cranial bones to override each other.  After birth, these overrides and other accommodations in the baby’s skull should not persist.  If they do not correct themselves, they can interfere with proper cranial nerve function leading to colic, breathing, swallowing, digestive or sensory-motor impairments and more.  Sometimes babies are injured in the birth process.  The injuries may be both physical and emotional.  CST can address these injuries as well as the effects of prolonged labor, vacuum extraction, forceps or ceasarean birth.


Visceral Manipulation (VM) evaluates and treats the dynamics of motion and suspension in relation to organs, membranes, fascia and ligaments. It assists functional and structural imbalances throughout the body including musculoskeletal, vascular, nervous, urogenital, respiratory, digestive and lymphatic dysfunction. VM increases proprioceptive communication within the body, thereby revitalizing a person and relieving symptoms of pain, dysfunction, and poor posture. This treatment technique was developed by Dr. Jean-Pierre Barral, Doctor of Osteopathy.


Aromatherapy with Essential Oils We all know about the everyday power of scent: how a particular perfume reminds you of an era of time in your life or the smell of your favorite food can give you comfort. But did you know that some scents can actually improve your health? Essential oils can also help with pain, help you relax or sleep, or improve your skin or digestion — their benefits go well beyond a pleasant smell.  An essential oil is a liquid that is generally distilled (most frequently by steam or water) from the leaves, stems, flowers, bark, roots, or other elements of a plant.  The chemical composition and aroma of essential oils can provide valuable psychological and physical therapeutic benefits. These benefits are usually achieved through methods including inhalation and application of the diluted oil to the skin. Technically, essential oils aren’t oils at all, as they lack fatty acids. Rather, they’re highly concentrated plant components. It can take a huge amount of a plant to get out even a small portion of essential oil — 4,000 pounds of Bulgarian roses are needed to get just one pound of oil, for example. This is why pure, therapeutic grade essential oils are particularly potent and range in price according to the nature of their distillation.



MANUAL THERAPY


Myofascial Release

muscles and fascia are gently stretched according to their orientation and course.

A techniques for stretching the fascia and releasing bonds between fascia, integument (skin), muscles, and bones are applied with the goal of eliminating pain, increasing range of motion and balancing the body. The fascia is manipulated, directly or indirectly, which allows the connective tissue fibers to reorganize themselves in a more flexible, functional fashion

Kinesiotape

The Kinesio Taping® Method is applied over muscles to reduce pain and inflammation, relax overused or tired muscles, and support muscles in movement on a 24-hour-a-day basis. The taping is non-restrictive and allows for full range of motion. The taping is used to treat anything from headaches to foot problems and everything in between. Just a few examples include rehabilitation from sports injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, lower back strain/pain (subluxation, herniated disc), knee, shoulder conditions and many more.

Traction

Therapeutic spinal traction uses manually or mechanically created forces to stretch and mobilize the spine. Traction may alleviate back pain by stretching tight spinal muscles that result from spasm and widen intervertebral foramen to relieve nerve root impingement.

Strain Counter Strain

releases restriction by placing the affected muscle in the position of comfort.  The strain/counter strain technique was initially discovered by an osteopathic doctor named Dr. Lawrence Jones. Dr. Jones identified tender points, which are tiny tender spots on the body that result from an abnormal reflex (unnatural movement). When sloppy movements (for example bad posture) are carried on for a number of years, eventually strain and injuries will develop.

    Once the muscles are in their natural position, the strain/counter strain treatment is applied by the practitioner, who gently stretches the injured muscle in its natural position; while at the same time shortens the dysfunctional tender point so that it becomes rebalanced with the rest of the body. When the original position is resumed, the muscles are now realigned in their natural position and the pain should disappear.


Joint Mobilization

Mobilization is a passive movement or force applied by a clinician to a skeletal joint or at the surface of articulating bones to mimic the gliding that occurs between bones. It is used to manage musculoskeletal dysfunction an pain. Mobilizations are usually completed at slow speed, sometimes with oscillations, and even with a "hold" or stretch. This technique is used when range of motion or mobility is lacking as needed with releasing adhesions when there is lack of movement at a joint.


Muscle Energy Technique

Isometricly contracted muscles are used to release tension on a skeletal position and restore alignment and optimal movement. It is based on reciprocal inhibition, where the muscles located to one side of a joint relax when the muscles on the other side of the joint contract.  It helps to re-establish muscular and postural balance in the body.

Neural glides

Neural glides mobilize a peripheral nerve to prevent or correct adhesions within the nerve sheaths and promote nerve signal transmission needed for sensation and movement. Postural deviations and compression of the nerve as well as muscle cramping around the nerve are released to reverse a compromised signal transmission.


ROM: Passive, Active, Active Asssisted ROM

ROM exercises help keep your muscles and joints as mobile and healthy as possible. ROM exercises may be active or passive. Active ROM exercises are done by a person who can do the exercises all by himself. Active-assisted ROM exercises are done by the person and a helper. Passive ROM exercises are done for a person by a helper. The helper does the ROM exercises because a person cannot do them by himself either because of pain, weakness or dysfunction.

    Active ROM exercises help build up or keep your muscles as strong as possible. They help keep your joints flexible (bending and moving in the right way). Doing ROM exercises will help keep good blood flow going to the joint area that is being exercised. They may help prevent blood clots as it keeps circulation from pooling in the venous system. Active- Assisted ROM is a movement in which a patient is assisted in moving a joint through the range of motion either by mechanical or manual means.


Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF)

It is a combination of passive stretching, isometrics and resistance applied to the extremities in various movement patterns to encourage flexibility and coordination throughout the limb's entire range of motion.


Contract Relax

Is a form of proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation.  It involves the therapist asking the patient to fire the tight muscle isometrically against the therapist's hand for a few seconds. Then, the patient relaxes and the therapist lengthens the tight muscle and applies a stretch at the newly found end range of motion.

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