Manual Therapy means hands-on treatment. There are many techniques that qualify as Manual Therapy. Some manual techniques include joint/soft tissue work such as instrument aided soft tissue mobilization and pin and stretch deep muscle and tendon work.
Myofascial Release or MFR is another specific technique included under manual therapy. Myofascial release is directional gentle pressure or stretch that works on releasing fascia throughout the body’s connective tissue. The goal with Myofascial Release is to increase fascial mobility and tissue alignment to improve position, posture and function while reducing pain.
Fascial restrictions can be found anywhere in the body and can be the result of major or minor traumas and may be visible such as with a scar. Improving fascial mobility can assist and improve neuromuscular re-education.
Neuromuscular Re-education is educating and re-training the muscle-nerve connection in the body that allows for improved patterning of movement thus making the body more dynamic. We use many manual neuromuscular re-education techniques including (but not limited to) PNF, muscle energy, mobilization with movement, Primal Reflex Relief Technique (PRRT), and myofascial joint mobilization.
Cranial-Sacral Therapy or Craniosacral Therapy: CST
Cranio-sacral therapy is a very light touch treatment technique that restores craniosacral motion or rhythm, throughout the body. In the head, cranio-sacral therapy targets movement and mobility of the bones in the cranium.
The spinal cord and cerebral spinal fluid connect the cranium and the sacrum together. Craniosacral rhythm is an inherent movement related to respiration, that is created throughout the body that sometimes gets altered or stuck when there is an injury or trauma.
Craniosacral therapy was developed by John Upleger D.O. based on principles by William Sutherland D.O..