Orthopedic Muscle Testing
The secret of successfully treating chronic pain problems is identifying the exact source of the pain and then correctly matching the appropriate treatment required to eliminate the pain. A series of simple Range of Motion and muscle engagement tests will be performed to help assist in making an effective treatment plan.
Muscular therapy is a technique developed by Ben Benjamin in the 1960's. This bodywork system incorporates Swedish massage, deep tissue bodywork, and myofascial and friction therapies. Muscular therapy treats a variety of pain, injury, body perception and muscle tension problems. Myofascial and friction therapy techniques are used specifically to reduce scar tissue which accumulates as a result of injury to soft tissue structures in the body.
Myoskelatal Alignment is a methodical, well planned, muscle manipulation process that aims to create muscular balance and optimal movement in the body. In this session, treatment is more specifically targeted on the muscles of the spine to create comfortable mobility in the hips, sacrum, lumbar (low back), thoracic (mid-back), and cervical (neck) areas. The techniques are targeted to very specific needs, unlike other massage modalities that aim to be symmetrical and all-inclusive. The technique does not chase the pain- meaning that treatment may be in an unexpected area to fix a larger issue. For example, the Psoas, Quads and Adductors of the leg may need attention when the symptomatic pain is in the low back. This not just temporarily soothe the painful low back but a means to a more permanent resolution.
"Grace takes the time to understand your needs and particular areas of concern and tailors her sessions to ensure she is addressing them."
"Utilizing her extensive knowledge about human anatomy, Grace has taken an adaptive, therapeutic approach to our private sessions that has helped me bounce back from lingering lower back injuries."
Therapeutic Yoga is a carefully designed and comprehensive system using gentle and restorative yoga, supported postures, breath awareness and guided meditation. Using readily available props such as pillows and blankets to gently support the body, the benefits of Therapeutic Yoga are accessible even to those recovering from injury or illness. Breath work, guided imagery and hands-on healing modalities are also part of this system working to balance the body and ease the mind.