Glossary of Terms
Craniosacral therapy (CST)
Craniosacral therapy uses gentle manipulations of the cranium and spine to relieve pain and tension. CST can be helpful for issues like TMJ, head and neck pain, as well as nervous system issues.
Gentle Manual Therapy
A gentle Manual Therapy approach, Visceral Manipulation using Functional Method Osteopathic Techniques is for anyone looking to find long-lasting ease and comfort in the body.
Recognizing that the body is always in motion, the practitioner delicately follows the body's guidance to find and address soft tissues whose treatment at this present moment will benefit the entire person. Resolving "stuckness" at an anatomically local level encourages proper movement of organs and related structures, and it allows the body to release protective patterns in the musculoskeletal system to transform stiffness or pain into smooth, pain-free ease in movement.
Myofascial release is a hands-on technique that involves applying gentle, sustained pressure into myofascial connective tissue, called fascia, which can become strained and painful due to trauma, inflammatory responses, surgical procedures, etc. By lessening the restriction of the fascia, myofascial release can help relieve muscle stiffness and soreness, stimulate blood circulation, and encourage lymphatic movement.
Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT)
Neuromuscular Therapy, also called Trigger Point Myotherapy, is considered one of the most effective ways to treat lower back pain caused by soft tissue injuries, such as muscle strain. Concentrated pressure is applied to areas of muscle spasm, releasing the stored lactic acid to encourage blood and oxygen flow to the muscle.
Functional Method Osteopathic Techniques:
Functional Method Osteopathic Techniques: subtle, low force, highly specific manual therapy assessment and treatment techniques designed to wake up proprioception and restore proper elasticity in soft tissues.
Functional Methods for Manual Therapy is a selection of assessment and treatment tools taught by Jeffrey Burch, LMT.
In a Manual Therapy session, we do not focus solely on the site of pain or dysfunction, which is often not the source (think of an oil slick on the ocean's surface from a leak in the ocean floor) and instead we follow the body’s priority list. The long-lasting benefits of using Functional Methods for Visceral Manipulation come from safely untangling the often-complex strains running through the body at a distance, which promotes the body’s restorative capacity and provides clients with a general sense of comfort and ease within the entire body.
* Please wear comfortable clothing that allows for movement, as this approach involves occasional standing and/or seated work.
Shiatsu is a form of bodywork that originated in Japan with roots in Chinese medicine. Recently, Western therapies have influenced shiatsu as well. Literally translating to “finger pressure”, practitioners use touch and comfortable manipulation and pressure techniques to aid the body in stress relief and healing its physical structures.
Structural bodywork seeks to explore and correct imbalances within the body by providing pain relief, a freer range of motion, and emotional release. This modality is highly focused on the mind-body connection, and encourages awareness of one's own body.
Swedish and Deep Tissue
Swedish massage is the best-known type of bodywork today. The primary goal is to promote relaxation and flexibility by using long, gliding strokes along the body. It also increases oxygen levels in the blood, promoting healthier circulation.
Deep tissue massage is similar to Swedish massage, but uses deeper pressure to help release muscle tension by focusing on the deeper layers of muscle tissue and fascia.
While Thai massage incorporates similar techniques to Swedish massage, it differs in that it also stimulates acupressure points and incorporates stretching and rocking techniques designed to loosen muscles and relieve tension. Thai massage can be done clothed without oil.
"Viscera" refers to the layering system that allows organs (like the liver, intestines, lungs) and related structures (like the arteries and nerves) to smoothly glide and stretch around each other as the body moves. Loss of normal glide and/or stretch (let’s call this “stuckness”) is common. All of the internal organs attach to the musculoskeletal frame, and “stuckness” around organs will often be felt as musculoskeletal complaints. To avoid tissue damage where tissues are "stuck," we establish protective patterns without even realizing it, which can limit movement and cause pain elsewhere in the body. When this is the case, freeing the organs promptly relieves joints and muscles.
An example: shoulder joint range can be drastically reduced when a lung isn't gliding properly over the diaphragm muscle; restoring lung glide can spontaneously resolve shoulder pain and stiffness.
Visceral Manipulation can help with many common and uncommon problems. Here’s a small selection:
Whiplash, concussion, or seatbelt injuries
Headaches and migraines
Acid reflux and many other gastrointestinal issues
Spine or joint pain
Anxiety and depression
Visceral Manipulation is a gentle Manual Therapy modality developed by world-renowned French Osteopath and Physical Therapist Jean-Pierre Barral.