Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) is a thorough program of recovery from acute and chronic pain syndromes. NMT uses specific massage therapy, flexibility stretching, and home care to eliminate the causes of most neuromuscular pain patterns. This specific and scientific approach to muscular pain relief will help to bring about balance between the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system. NMT enhances the function of joints, muscles and biomechanics (movement) and it releases endorphins, the body’s own natural pain killers. It can be part of a comprehensive program, complementing all other health care modalities. It can be part of a comprehensive program, complementing all other health care modalities.
Muscle Energy Technique
Muscle Energy Technique (MET) is a comprehensive manual therapy system for evaluating and treating joint restrictions of the spine (segmental and intervertebral dysfunctions), rib cage (restricted respiratory motions, dislocations, intraosseous deformities of the ribs), pelvis (sacroiliac, inter-innominate restrictions and dislocations), and extremities (joint restrictions and impairments of muscle length and strength). It is a system of manual therapy for the treatment of movement impairments that combines the precision of passive mobilization with the effectiveness, safety, and specificity of reeducation therapies and therapeutic exercise. The therapist localizes and controls the procedures, while the patient provides the corrective forces and energies for the treatment as instructed by the therapist. MET focuses on joint range-of-motion limitation, and uses light (generally grams or ounces) to moderate force muscular contractions precisely controlled to affect a specific joint, to restore normal joint motion.
Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system – comprising of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Using a soft touch generally no greater than five grams, or about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system. By complementing the body’s natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.
Muscle Balance & Function
Muscle Balance & Function (MBF) System is a unique method of restoring function to the human body. It is a principle based system that is grounded in the fundamentals of physics and biomechanics. The program’s evaluation process reveals muscular imbalances that cause postural misalignment, compensated motion, and injury. Postural realignment is accomplished by applying a progression of properly sequenced, individualized exercises. Muscle Balance and Function is designed to complement the practitioner’s existing approach to health care. It requires professionals to look beyond the symptoms and seek the underlying cause of any physical disorder, and challenges them to provide long-term solutions. Patients discover that they are primarily responsible for their own well-being, and are provided the means to restore their bodies to a higher level of function and health.
Visceral Manipulation (VM) is a gentle hands-on therapy that works through the body’s visceral system (the heart, liver, intestines and other internal organs) to locate and alleviate these abnormal points of tension throughout the body.
VM employs specifically placed manual forces that work to encourage the normal mobility, tone and motion of the viscera and their connective tissues. Trained practitioners use the rhythmic motions of the visceral system to evaluate how abnormal forces interplay, overlap and affect the normal body forces at work. These gentle manipulations can potentially improve the functioning of individual organs, the systems the organs function within, and the structural integrity of the entire body.
Pre/Post Natal Massage
Massage can help with many of the aches and pains you experience as your body changes during pregnancy including:
•Relieves pain in your muscles and joints that must support added and redistributed weight,
•Increases flexibility, making it easier for your body to adjust to a changing shape,
•Eases constipation, gas and heartburn as general relaxation stimulates intestinal movement,
•Reduces excess fluid retention by gently guiding fluid into circulation where it can be eliminated,
•Slows the progress of varicose veins as enhanced circulation lowers pressure on bulging veins,
•Relieves headaches caused by tension, constipation, or buildup of metabolic waste products.
Regular massage during your pregnancy and postpartum weeks can relieve your physical symptoms and help you cope with stress. Because massage supports your physical health and vitality, it can help you more easily adjust to changes in your body and the demands of your new life.
The K-Taping method is a holistic, non-medicinal treatment tool, developed in Germany by physiotherapist Birgit Kumbrink. K-Taping supports almost all of the specialized therapeutic techniques, while maintaining the patient’s full mobility. This unique approach is increasingly being used worldwide and is now available in Canada through the K-Taping Academy Canada and of coarse, us, trained therapists.
The K-Taping therapy is based on two main effects. The first effect is the stimulation of skin receptors. This is associated with a reduction in pain and aids proprioception. It specifically influences the complex interaction between muscle tension, joints, ligaments and nerves. The second effect occurs when the elastic K-Tape and the special application technique raise the skin and the tissues. This creates more space in the damaged tissues. Lymph fluid can flow easier, blood circulation improves and the pain receptors are relieved. The improvement in blood circulation alone stimulates the healing process. The K-Taping therapy’s exceptionally wide spectrum of use comes into being when the effects on lymph flow and the receptor stimulation are added.
K-Taping is only applied by specially trained and certified therapists and doctors. Medical knowledge in anatomy, muscle formation, the position of ligaments and nerve paths are necessary in order to learn how to use K-Taping and to apply all the possibilities that this complex treatment method has to offer. While the treatment effect from most manual therapy treatment ends when the treatment time is up, patients take the K-Taping therapy home with them. K-Taping works 24 hours a day, as a result of the application of the tape and the body’s movements.
Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT) & Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD)
CDT uses a combination of Manual Lymph Drainage, Exercise Therapy, Compression Bandaging and Skin Care. This allows advanced care of patients with lymphedema, whether from surgery, radiation or congenital malformation. Suitable venous oedemas may also be managed successfully with these techniques.
Lymphedema is a medical condition where an accumulation of protein-rich fluid, known as lymph, collects in the interstitium of the skin – typically the arms or legs. The fluid build-up is caused by an insufficiency of the lymph vessel system resulting in pain, decreased mobility, recurrent soft tissue infections and permanent disability.
Based on its etiology, Lymphedema comes in two forms, primary or secondary.
Primary (congenital) lymphedema is an in-born abnormality that occurs when there is an impairment to normal lymphatic flow caused by a deficiency of lymph vessels or nodes during fetal development; the axilla or groin regions fail to develop normally.
Secondary Lympedema is a medical condition where damage occurs to the lymphatic system as a result of an external cause such as the removal of lymph nodes (i.e. due to treatment of cancers), radiation, obstruction, trauma or injury to the lymph vessels.
MLD is a gentle, rhythmic massage-like movement, performed with a great deal of precision and requires a well-trained therapist to obtain good results. It increases lymph flow, has a pain relieving effect and can be used with recent trauma, such as sport injuries. Patients find the techniques soothing and relaxing with no side effects.