Physical Therapy

At Synergy, we offer an integrated approach to healing and recovery through physical therapy, occupational therapy, and Feldenkrais. Our practitioners all specialize in manual (hands on) therapy and have a deep respect for the therapeutic techniques of the Osteopathic profession. Much of our practitioners’ training has been from osteopaths willing to share their experience and expertise.

Synergy specializes in advanced techniques that are highly effective and not commonly found at other clinics. We can treat anything from sports injuries to chronic conditions, post-surgical rehab to incontinence, and infants to the elderly.

The techniques we employ include:

Myofascial Release

Myofascial release is a passive stretching technique that uses feedback from the patient’s tissues to determine the direction, amplitude, and length of the stretch. The therapist relies on this feedback to achieve maximum relaxation of the tight or restricted tissues without the discomfort often associated with intense stretching. The purpose is to “unstick” the fibers of the muscles and fascia, releasing deeply held patterns of tension. This relaxes and re-educates the muscle, freeing it to operate within its full capacity.  read more…

Strain Counterstrain

Counterstrain technique is a passive manipulation of the body’s deep fascial proprioceptors with the goal of normalizing associated nocifensive and noci-autonomic reflexes that maintain spinal cord central sensitization. The clinical effects include decreased nociception, decreased inflammation, improved flexibility, improved proprioception, normalization of muscle tone, and improved functional performance. We now know that vessel proprioceptors found in the veins and arteries respond to lessening of a stretch, which translates into a reduction in myogenic tone.  read more…

Muscle Energy

The therapist performing muscle energy determines where there are areas of muscular dysfunction and then passively positions the patient at the restricted motion barrier. While the therapist holds the patient in this position, the patient exerts gentle force away from the restricted barrier, which the therapist then resists. The patient is then told to relax and the therapist gently moves the patient through the restricted barrier. This procedure is repeated several times. This process resets the resting length of shortened muscle fibers, thus improving range of motion. read more…

Craniosacral Therapy / Craniocervical Mobilization

Cranial work is not aggressive in nature. Eight cranial bones and 14 facial bones articulate together in harmony. Sutures tie the cranial vault together and have specific movement patterns. When the clinician finds limitations in these movement patterns, the treatment can then be focused on relieving the restriction in movement of the sutures and increasing blood and lymphatic flow. Inflammation and pathology are often the result of decreased blood and lymphatic flow to certain areas. Craniosacral therapy increases fluid dynamics throughout the body, thereby improving tissue hydration. read more…

Visceral Manipulation

Visceral manipulation is a gentle technique that frees up the fascia and allows the organs to glide against each other more easily. As a result of injury, repetitive stress, surgery, or postural compensations, the fascia layers around the organs can become restricted in their ability to act as proximal stabilizers for the entire body. This can contribute to overall fascial tension and pain patterns throughout the body. The therapist feels for any patterns of tension. Using a gentle technique with the hands, the therapist is able to release this tension, often at a very deep level. This can have a profound effect on how easily the body moves, decreasing muscle tension and pain and improving alignment throughout the body read more…

Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger point therapy requires the participation of the client to communicate the presence and intensity of pain and discomfort. There are also simple massage techniques and stretches that patients can be taught to use on themselves, preventing chronic patterns of tension in their body from becoming acute and reducing their need for therapy.  read more…

Lymphatic Drainage Therapy/Manual Lymph Drainage, Complete Decongestive Therapy

Lymphedema progresses at different unpredictable rates. Some limbs may stay in the congested state without developing fibrosis for quite a while and others develop fibrosis more quickly. Once fibrosis develops, it becomes more difficult to achieve good outcomes, so early treatment is crucial.
Patient education: patients are instructed to contact a healthcare provider immediately if they begin to experience feelings of heaviness, tightness, notice that clothing or jewelry are fitting more tightly, or if the at-risk area becomes hot or red. A patient who has no visible edema may still be in the initial stage 0 of lymphedema and referral for treatment is important even in early stages. read more…

Total Body Balancing

TBB uses a gentle, rhythmic mobilization approach to relax the muscles, fascia, joints and ligaments. Circulation and overall vitality are also improved with TBB. By introducing natural movement and rhythm to the body, TBB helps to calm down an overly stressed nervous system.  read more…

Total Motion Release (TMR)

This systematic approach starts by finding the “issue of the session”, i.e. a movement or position that consistently reproduces pain or shows a decrease in range of motion. We then test six motions involving large joints of the body and compare right to left, then rank them in order of significance. Exercises are then performed to balance the right and left, using a series of repetitions or sustained holds on the “good” side and rechecking the “bad” to see how it responded.  read more…

Applied Functional Science

Largely utilized in the performance world and professional sports industry, AFS breaks down the chain reaction of human biomechanics and the effects of gravity, ground reaction forces, and momentum.
Clinicians certified in AFS view the human being as a whole – body, mind, and spirit – and treat the patient as such. Often the painful area is not actually the root cause and addressing only the area of complaint will not resolve an individual’s pain entirely.  read more…

Core Stabilization

The primary areas of focus of this training are rectus abdominus, internal and external obliques, transversus abdominus, and multifidus.
It has been suggested that in almost 90% of all body movements, core muscles are actively supporting the entire trunk region. Core stabilization is effective as a long-term solution to recurring back and neck pain. read more…

Feldenkrais

The Feldenkrais method is an educational approach, similar to an owner’s manual on “how to use your body.” It enhances flexibility, coordination, ease of movement and balance. Feldenkrais lessons address each person’s unique movement patterns and explore options that might require less effort, increase the range of motion and comfort, and actually make movement enjoyable! read more…

 

Share Button