Manual therapy uses several forms of soft tissue release to help correct imbalances in the body.
These forms of release include:
By relaxing contracted muscles, myofascial release helps to improve circulation, promote lymphatic drainage, and stimulate the stretch reflex of muscles and the overlying fascia. Myofascial release is used to restore range of motion, decrease pain, and help muscles function fully.
Muscle Energy Release
In muscle energy release, the patient moves specific muscles from a precise position in a certain direction against the therapist's counterforce.
Often used to treat mental stress, neck and back pain, TMJ syndrome and other chronic pain conditions, the therapist will place their hands on the patient and "tune into the craniosacral rhythm."
In this technique, the therapist will passively move a skeletal joint to gently restore a "target" synovial joint.
Visit our Visceral Manipulation page for a more detailed description.
Conditions that can be helped with Manual Therapy with an Osteopathic Approach:
- Reducing pain
- Preventing Injury
- Addressing chronic pain
- Post surgery conditions
- Symptoms associated with pregnancy, such as back or pelvic pain
- Menstrual symptoms
- Digestive disorders
To get your treatment started, book an initial osteopathic manual therapy assessment with Halyna Vreken.
For other orthopaedic physiotherapy approaches, look into our Gunn IMS page and what to expect with Karen Chow.