Myofascial Release Therapy
Myofascial Release Therapy is a healing, safe, and effective hands-on manual therapy technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the myofascial connective tissue restrictions to facilitate release, eliminate pain, and restore motion.
CranioSacral Therapy uses a delicate touch to release tensions held deep in your body and gently bring your central nervous system back into balance. With a special focus on the cranial area, the vertebra, and the sacrum, the practitioner's movements are designed to release pain, restore health and improve physical and physiological health.
Medical Yoga Therapy
Medical Yoga Therapy is the method of how I personally combine traditional Western physical therapeutic medicine and Eastern healing techniques. A patient explained it best,
“ Love this practice. For me, it is the perfect combo-platter of yoga and PT. I have seen terrific results in a few weeks. BB”
Medical Yoga Therapy (MTY) is the subtle practice of yoga in medicine, rehabilitation, and wellness settings. It is instructed by a licensed healthcare professional who has graduated from the Professional Yoga Therapy Institute (PYTI) and has been credentialed as a Professional Yoga Therapist (PYT). A private MTY session involves an individual Functional Movement Assessment (FMA) that follows the Pentagon of Wellness (POW) model. This model considers the whole patient not just the specific injury or condition. It looks at the patient’s Biological, Psycho-emotional (intellectual), Social, and Spiritual (energetic) or BPSS needs as they relate to the injury or condition. Breath and yoga postures are used with the POW model of assessment, where the therapist and the patient learn and become aware of any subtle or obtuse inborn or acquired restrictions. These restrictions could be physical, emotional, intellectual spiritual, energetic, and/or psychological in nature.
If red any flags are found that identifies a condition out of scope of HPT’s practice, a referral will be made to an appropriate health care professional.
Treatment can involve educational guidance of any facet of the POW model such as for nutrition, sleep and/or stress. Modalities can include but are not limited to traditional physical therapy techniques such as therapeutic exercise (strengthening, flexibility, balance, functional exercises), manual techniques (CranioSacral therapy, myofascial release, mobilization), but also non-traditional techniques such as breathing exercises, mudras/ hand postures, aromatherapy, sound and listening therapies, reiki, and meditation. Ayurveda (the science of life) is considered and further assessment can be done if deemed helpful to the treatment plan.
MTY is patient-centered and patient-empowering. The therapist works alongside the patient in a partnership model. The patient takes back locus of control over the condition and eventually all daily activities. This requires the patient to play an active role during the visit as well in the Individualized Home Program (IHP).
MTY treatment focuses on stability before mobility in all aspects of life. It utilizes external stability progressing as able to learning internal stability with the help of the breath. The patient progresses in postures as able, moving from supine to prone to all-fours, sitting, and then standing. The knowledge and awareness learned from the FMA - one’s individual movement and functional blueprint - can be applied to all activities in life.
Graduating to the MTY class allows the client to master the IHP, as they progress from Level 1 to Level 2, and allows an economical and safe method for continuity of care by the same PYT. However, the client may be able to return to all ADL’s safely and effectively after several individualized MTY sessions.