Manual Therapy

Manual Therapy

Tui-na Massage

Tui-na (pronounced tway-nah) is a form of traditional Chinese therapeutic massage.  Rooted in ancient Chinese healing traditions tui-na is still used today in Chinese hospitals as a form of physiotherapy.  Tui-na is one of the three main branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine (the other two branches are acupuncture and herbal medicine).  For centuries tui-na has been practiced by martial artists to both treat and prevent injuries resulting from training.
Tui-na massage therapy consists of a vast array of techniques to address problems at various levels and locations of the body.  It is invigorating yet relaxing.  Both gentle and vigorous techniques are tailored to the individual’s complaint and constitution.  Tui-na incorporates relaxation and manipulation of the soft tissues (skin, muscle, fascia, tendons) and joint mobilization.  By bringing ease to the body the mind is calmed and spirit refreshed.

Muscle Energy Technique

Muscle Energy Technique (MET) is a comprehensive manual therapy system for evaluating and treating joint restrictions of the spine, rib cage, pelvis & sacroiliac, and extremities.  When you put together all of the elements of somatic dysfunction that MET addresses, there are few manual therapy systems that are as comprehensive.  MET is more than a method of treatment or therapy; it is also a biomechanics-based diagnostic system.  Using precise evaluation procedures it is designed to identify and quantify articular (i.e., joint) restriction.

Since it was originally developed over 45 years ago, MET is ever evolving and is now a core discipline in the curricula of all Osteopathic colleges.

Visceral Manipulation

Visceral Manipulation (VM) is a gentle hands-on therapy that works through the body’s various systems (visceral, skeletal, fascial) to locate and alleviate these abnormal points of tension throughout the body.

VM employs specifically placed forces that work to encourage better movement of the organs and their connective tissues.  These gentle manipulations can improve the function of individual organs, the systems the organs function within, and the structural integrity of the entire body.

Some may feel an immediate reduction of pain or increase in function, others may notice a gradual improvement over the next few days.  Since VM helps the body resume its natural healing processes, it is not unusual for improvement to continue for a week or two after a session.