In order to design a treatment plan, the therapist must first thoroughly evaluate the client and identify the potential causes of their pain. Together, the client and therapist can work towards achieving the clients goals.
Clients can expect to go through a movement screening test so that we can identify abnormal movement patterns that may be caused by either immobility, lack of stability or a combination of both. This allows the client and therapist to know which direction to take the treatments.
The movement screen consists of 7 basic movements that are designed to highlight any potential deficiencies and/or asymmetries. Loose comfortable clothes should be worn so that you can perform these movements without limitations.
If the client is experiencing pain when they arrive at the office, orthopedic assessments will be performed to identify if the injury is soft tissue, joint or a combination of both. This also tells the therapist if soft tissue work is appropriate or a referral to another health care practitioner for further evaluation is necessary.
Tui Na is a comprehensive method of Chinese medical massage that dates back to 2300 BC. Tui Na, along with acupuncture, herbs, therapeutic exercise such as tai chi & Qi gung and moxibustion have been the primary approach to treating and maintaining a healthy body and mind in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).
Tui Na utilizes a wide range of hand techniques that are designed to relax the soft tissues of the body (muscles & tendons), stimulate acupressure points to enhance the flow of qi and blood and manipulations (passive joint & stretching) to restore musculoskeletal integrity.
Tui Na is performed over the clients clothes.
Myofascial release utilizes deep, slow compressive techniques to release restrictions in the fascial tissues. Physical trauma and a lack of physical activity can cause the fascia to “bind” together resulting in a decrease in mobility, soreness and can create myofascial trigger points.
Neuromuscular techniques are used to release trigger points that are found within the muscles that cause pain. Once identified, sustained pressure is applied to the trigger point until the pain decreases. Trigger points can be released within 30-60 seconds. The muscle is then stretched to help reintroduce muscle lengthening back into the nervous system.
Corrective / rehabilitative exercise will be introduced into the treatment plan so that the client can take full responsibility of their health. Exercises may range from simple stretches to more complex balancing and strengthening techniques to enhance stability and improve functional movement patterns.
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