Total Body Balancing is a full body evaluation and treatment that assesses the cause of a patients' pain. By evaluating the whole body, the therapist can determine if other areas of dysfunction are causing a patients' back pain or neck pain. During the evaluation, the therapist will be assessing protective muscle spasms, joint stiffness, fascia, scar tissue and swelling. Using a "Global, Local, Focal" treatment protocol, some of the other listed techniques are used to treat the primary lesions that are preventing the body from healing. Once these mechanical barriers are removed with therapy, the patient can return to a pain free, functional life style.
Muscle Energy Technique (MET)was developed by Dr. Fred Mitchell, Sr. D.O.. MET is a direct technique in which the therapist utilizes the muscle barrier concept to position the patient's body or body part at their restrictive barriers. A gentle isometric contraction is used by the patient to normalize the joint dysfunction. MET will help reduce protective muscle spasm, fascial tension, pain, increase joint mobility, restore proper joint biomechanics and postural alignment. MET is great for relieving back pain, neck pain , pain between the shoulders, or sciatica. You will see immediate changes in your pain and functional level. The goal of MET is to correct motion restrictions and improve the patient's functional range of motion.
Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) is a system of massage techniques that were developed to treat soft tissue pain and dysfunction. NMT is great for treating neck pain, headaches, shoulder pain, low back pain, sciatica, leg pain or restless leg syndrome. NMT evaluates and treats 5 common causes of myofascial pain and dysfunction. First, a patients' posture is evaluated to determine any postural distortions that may be contributing to their pain. Second, a range of motion evaluation is used to determine limitations in joint function. Third, muscles are evaluated for hyper-tonicity that can lead to ischemic tissue, thus causing pain. Fourth, muscles are identified that contain trigger points. Finally, the soft tissue is evaluated and treated for any areas that may be causing nerve entrapment. Once these areas are evaluated and precisely treated the body can return to homeostasis and heal. These techniques, when performed by a skilled experienced Therapist, can be applied without causing pain to the patient during their treatment.
Positional Release Therapy, (PRT) was developed by Dr. Lawrence Jones, D.O. (Strain and Counter strain). This technique aids in the evaluation and treatment of somatic dysfunctions. Tender points, on a patient's body, are used to evaluate protective muscle spasms. The most severe tender point is treated by placing the person’s body or body part into a position of greater comfort, thereby relieving the tender point, pain, joint hypo-mobility, fascial tension, and protective muscle spasm. This technique alleviates both articular and soft tissue dysfunctions in the body, thus restoring proper pain-free movement. PRT is a gentle way to treat acute neck and back pain.
Foam Rollers are a great way to release tight muscles and fascia. Jack has developed a pain free technique to use with the foam roller. By applying the correct protocol when using the foam roller, you can stretch muscles and fascia for better athletic performance, increased range of motion and improved posture. These pain free techniques are great to use as homework with patients, because they can be done at home or at the gym.
Myofascial Release is a form of soft tissue therapy intended to eliminate pain, increase range of motion, and rebalance the entire body. It does this by using massage techniques to stretch the fascia and release the bonds that exist between the fascia, muscles and bones. Fascia is the connective tissue that connects and covers all muscles, organs, and skeletal structures of the body. So it is important to always check the fascia when treating neck pain, back pain or any mechanical dysfunction in the body. Direct myofascial release is sometimes known as deep tissue work. Indirect release applies light pressure and gently stretches the fascia; this allows for increased blood circulation and relief from pain. Myofascial Release is used on scars and fascial adhesion in the body, that are a results of injuries or surgeries.
Developed by Aaron Mattes, Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) is a dynamic system for improving your flexibility and overall well-being. As you probably already know, stretching your muscles not only reduces your chance of injury, but also strengthens your tendons and improves your circulation. AIS is used as homework to maintain and progress a patient between appointments. It is important for patients to learn self help techniques that they can use to prevent pain from returning.
Deep Tissue Massage is a form of bodywork that aims to relieve tension in the deeper layers of tissue in the body. Deep Tissue Massage is a highly effective method for releasing chronic stress areas due to misalignment, repetitive motions, and past lingering injuries. Due to the nature of the deep tissue work, open communication during the session is crucial to make sure you don't get too uncomfortable. Keep in mind that soreness is pretty common after the treatment, and that plenty of water should be ingested to aid with the flushing and removal of toxins that will have been released from the deep tissue during the session.
Orthopedic massage is a style of massage therapy focused on treating painful orthopedic conditions that affect the soft tissues of the body. Because orthopedic massage is designed to treat medical conditions, it requires extensive training. Jack has worked with some of the best Physical Therapist in the Sarasota area. So he has a unique perspective on treating Orthopedic conditions. Orthopedic massage involves releasing tense muscles, helping to stretch and lengthen tight muscles and tendons, and decompress rigid joints. Our goal is to restore full health to the soft tissues of your body, both treating your specific conditions as well as improving your overall well-being.
Trigger Point Therapy is a style of bodywork that focuses on stimulating and releasing "trigger points" in your body. Trigger points are tender areas of tension similar to acupressure points, except they occur in the belly of the muscle rather than along the energy pathways of the body. These "knots" are built up throughout a person's life due to physical, mental, and/or emotional stress. During a session, focused pressure is applied through a variety of techniques in order to release your trigger points. This process can be uncomfortable at times, yet the effects are lasting and profoundly transformative. These techniques do not have to cause pain during treatment. With communication between the patient and the therapist, a level of comfort can be maintained during the treatment.