Holistic Physical Therapy is a collective term used to describe a unique approach to healing the mind, body, and spirit. It is a total body approach to healing the physical body that acknowledges the impact that the mental, emotional and spiritual bodies have on the physical body. A variety of treatment modalities may be used to accomplish healing of the physical body including Craniosacral Therapy, Myofascial Release, Visceral Mobilization, Acupressure, Somato-Emotional Release and Therapeutic Yoga. The intended goal is a deepening of our awareness as well as an empowered sense of our own intuitive wisdom and healing power. It is through this heightened awareness that we begin to see improvements in our health, vitality, and well-being.
60 minute session: This 60 minute treatment incorporates on a case-specific basis one or more of the following modalities: Craniosacral therapy, SomatoEmotional Release, Visceral Mobilization, Myofascial Release and Acupressure. $80 per session
90 minute session: This 90 minute treatment incorporates on a case-specific basis one or more of the following modalities: Craniosacral therapy, SomatoEmotional Release, Visceral Mobilization, Myofascial Release and Acupressure. $110.00 per session
Treatment Option Process & Benefits
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance. It was pioneered and developed by Osteopathic Physician John E. Upledger after years of clinical testing and research at Michigan State University where he served as professor of biomechanics. Check outwww.upledger.com for more information.
Somatoemotional Release is another gentle hands-on approach that releases often long held traumas and emotions from the physical body. Often these traumas that result from physical, emotional, or mental occurrences get walled off in the body in the form of an energy cyst as a protective mechanism that can eventually evolve into uncomfortable symptoms and dysfunctions. Somatoemotional Release is the process of releasing trapped emotional energy to fully discharge the trauma and restore your body to good health.
Visceral Mobilization assists functional and structural imbalances throughout the body including musculoskeletal, vascular, nervous, urogenital, respiratory, digestive and lymphatic dysfunction. It evaluates and treats the dynamics of motion and suspension in relation to organs, membranes, fascia and ligaments. VM increases proprioceptive communication within the body, thereby revitalizing a person and relieving symptoms of pain, dysfunction, and poor posture.
Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion.
Acupressure is a therapy developed over 5,000 years ago as an important aspect of Asian, especially Chinese, medicine. It uses precise finger placement and pressure over specific points along the body. These points follow specific channels, known as meridians – the same channels used in acupuncture. All of the benefits of Acupuncture can be achieved with Acupressure.
Yoga is a mind and body practice with historical origins in ancient Indian philosophy. Yoga literally mean to yoke or unite the mind and body. Yoga asanas as well as the use of meditation, mantra, and/or mudra, can be used to change negative or habitual movement patterns. Yoga as therapy is the perfect complement to any form of body work to ensure lasting changes in tissue structure and function. Yoga is available for private, small group, and class settings.
*Please Note: One or more of the modalities are complementary with treatment and may be added by the practitioner based on the patient’s needs.
No, the majority of services provided are considered wellness or preventative medicine, which means they do not require a prescription from a medical doctor. You will need a prescription only if you are coming to see me for a specific medical problem in which you are currently seeking medical care from a physician.
This is a difficult question to answer because there are so many variables and factors to consider. The simple answer is that I do not bill insurance companies for my services because I feel it limits my ability to provide holistic and wellness based physical therapy services. I will however provide any patient with a super bill upon request, which gives you all the necessary information to submit your therapy bill to your insurance company for possible payment. Receiving a super bill is not a guarantee of payment by your insurance company.
Craniosacral therapy, Visceral Mobilization, Acupressure, and Yoga has been found to be helpful for the following conditions: migraines, chronic neck and back pain, motor-coordination (balance) impairments, CNS disorders, orthopedic problems, concussion and traumatic brain injuries, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, spinal cord injuries, scoliosis, chronic fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Emotional difficulties, stress and tension related problems, connective-tissue disorders, TMJ syndrome, Immune and digestive disorders, and PTSD. The complete scope of these treatments is not limited to the above conditions.
The body has its own innate inner wisdom, I tap into that inner wisdom by following the craniosacral rhythm and allow it to guide your treatment sessions. Craniosacral rhythm is palpable anywhere on the human body and results from the subtle pulsing of the cerebrospinal fluid within the dural tube of the Central Nervous System.
My approach to Physical Therapy differs on many levels from traditional Physical Therapy. The major difference is that I treat the entire body not just the area of complaint. I look at how all the joints, bones, muscles, fascia, vital organs, nerves as well as the non-physical components such as the mental and emotional body are affecting each person on an individual level. I use manual therapy techniques such as Craniosacral Therapy, Visceral Mobilization, Myofascial Release, and Acupressure to bring the physical, mental, and emotional body into greater symmetry and alignment. Therapeutic movement usually in the form of yoga enhances awareness and challenges the individual to change any dysfunctional movement patterns creating a reboot or rewire of the central nervous system, which leads to more permanent and lasting changes.