The human body is designed to move. Combined with proper diet, rest and leisure, our movement patterns and activity levels must be in line with our physical abilities to keep us at our optimal health. When we push beyond our body’s limitations and use dysfunctional motor patterns or improper sequencing we set ourselves up for injury.
At Hands On, we evaluate the movement patterns then identify dysfunctions and apply manual therapy and therapeutic exercise interventions to address the dysfunction and restore movement harmony. These patterns are specific to each person and need to be addressed for that specificity. Manual therapy is a clinical approach utilizing specific hands-on techniques including manipulation/mobilization to treat soft tissues and joint structures for the purpose of modulating pain; increasing range of motion (ROM); reducing or eliminating inflammation; inducing relaxation; promoting contractile and non-contractile tissue repair, extensibility, and/or stability; facilitating movement; and improving function. The therapist has to have a developed sense of palpation skills to be effective utilizing these techniques. That requires advanced training and practice.
The areas we specialize in are Myofascial Release, Cranio-sacral therapy, manual traction, deep tissue releases, muscle energy techniques, lymphatic drainage, kinesio-taping, joint manipulation and mobilization and various massage therapies, just to name a few. We also utilize therapies based on the McKenzie protocol, standard weight training, yoga, Pilates and neurological retraining and re-patterning to support the manual techniques and encourage changes in the contractility, tone and balancing of the musculoskeletal system.