Cranio Sacral Therapy
Cranio Sacral 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.
Using a soft touch which is generally no greater than 5 grams – about the weight of a nickel – practitioners release restrictions in the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system. CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and it's effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.
Few structures have as much influence over the body’s ability to function properly as the brain and spinal cord that make up the central nervous system. And, the central nervous system is heavily influenced by the cranio sacral system – the membranes and fluid that surround, protect and nourish the brain and spinal cord.
Every day your body endures stresses and strains that it must work to compensate for. Unfortunately, these changes often cause body tissues to tighten and distort the craniosacral system. These distortions can then cause tension to form around the brain and spinal cord resulting in restrictions. This can create a barrier to the healthy performance of the central nervous system, and potentially every other system it interacts with.
Fortunately, such restrictions can be detected and corrected using simple methods of touch. With a light touch, the CST practitioner uses his or her hands to evaluate the craniosacral system by gently feeling various locations of the body to test for the ease of motion and rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid pulsing around the brain and spinal cord. Soft-touch techniques are then used to release restrictions in any tissues influencing the craniosacral system.
By normalizing the environment around the brain and spinal cord and enhancing the body’s ability to self-correct, CranioSacral Therapy is able to alleviate a wide variety of dysfunctions, from chronic pain and sports injuries to stroke and neurological impairment.
With Visceral manipulation I address the interrelationship of function and structure among the internal organs and the muscular skeletal system.
When the body experiences stress or strain, deep structures tighten up protectively. Traumatic impact can also affect the organs and surrounding tissue as the force moves through the body. Pain and mobility problems in one region can persist or worsen because the root cause is actually located elsewhere.
For instance, neck problems are often related to pleural tension since the ligaments that suspend and support the lungs attach to the cervical vertebra and upper ribs. The ligaments around the liver can have chronic tension affecting the lungs and so on.
I place soft manual forces to encourage the normal mobility, tone and motion of the viscera and their connective tissues. These gentle manipulations can potentially improve the functioning of individual organs, the systems the organs function within, and the structural integrity of the entire body.
Visceral Osteopathy is Useful For :
- Swallowing difficulties
- Digestive problems
- Back and neck pain
- Shoulder and hip pain
- Carpal tunnel and other repetitive strain injuries
- Whiplash and other physical trauma
Manual physical therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy delivered with the hands as opposed to a device or machine. In manual therapy, I use my hands to put pressure on muscle tissue and manipulate joints in an attempt to, for instance, decrease back pain caused by muscle spasm, muscle tension and joint dysfunction.
I use specific hands-on techniques, including but not limited to manipulation/mobilization, to diagnose and treat soft tissues and joint structures for the purpose of:
- modulating pain;
- increasing range of motion (ROM);
- reducing or eliminating soft tissue inflammation;
- inducing relaxation;
- improving contractile and non-contractile tissue repair,
- extensibility, and/or stability;
- facilitating movement;
- improving function.
Acupoint Massage is the practice of applying structured pressure, tension, motion or vibration, manually or with mechanical or electrical aids to specific points and meridians on the body.
The balance of Chi, or Qi in some books (is a term used to describe vital energy in the body) is the very foundation of being alive and functioning in Traditional Chinese Medicine technologies.
If there are deficiencies of Chi, there can be pain and illness. Pain is supposed to mean that there is a blockage or a poor flow of Chi. If there is a problem with the systems or if a disease is present, acupoint massage addresses this issue by balancing the electric energy lines.
Each acupuncture point, one way or another, is connected to each organ in the body. Addressing massage to specific acupuncture points and meridians, releases blocked Chi energy and helps your body to maintain the achieved balance.
Benefits of Acupoint Massage:
I don’t use needles.
It can be used straight away in acute phase, for example accidents or after an operation to support fast healing.
Body Talk is an astonishingly simple and effective holistic therapy that allows the body's energy systems to be re-synchronized so they can operate as nature intended.
Each system, cell, and atom is in constant communication with each other at all times. Through exposure to the stresses of day-to-day life, however, these lines of communication can become compromised or disconnected, which then leads to a decline in physical, emotional and/or mental well-being. Reconnecting these lines of communication enables the body's internal mechanisms to function at optimal levels, thus repairing and preventing disease while rapidly accelerating the healing process. In this way, BodyTalk stimulates the body's innate ability to balance and heal itself on all levels.
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Trigger Point Therapy
This is a manual therapy technique where I apply pressure to tender muscle tissue in order to relieve pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body.
What are Trigger Points? Trigger points are areas of tenderness in a muscle. There are two basic types of trigger points: active and latent. Active trigger points cause muscular pain and will refer pain and tenderness to another area of the body when pressure is applied. Latent trigger points only exhibit pain when compressed, they do not refer pain to other areas of the body. Latent trigger points are believed to be one of the causes of stiff joints and restricted range of motion of old age. Trigger points may be associated with myofascial pain syndromes or fibromyalgia. Trigger points are very common. They are also referred to as muscle knots.
The pain caused by trigger points may be the biggest cause of disability and loss of time in the workplace. They are the most common reason for headaches.
What Causes Trigger Points? Trigger points have several causes. Some common causes are: motor vehicle accidents; overuse injuries; poor posture; overexertion.
What is the Purpose of Trigger Point Therapy? The purpose of trigger point therapy is to eliminate pain and to re-educate the muscles into pain-free motions. After several treatments, the swelling and stiffness of neuromuscular pain is reduced, range of motion is increased, tension is relieved, and circulation, flexibility and coordination are improved.
Reflexology is a method of stimulating reflex areas in the feet, hands, or ears that correspond to each and every gland, organ and part of the body.
Correct stimulation using fingers and thumb pressure on reflex areas relieves stress and tension, deeply relaxing the whole body from head to toe. This therapeutic relaxation serves to normalize the body's functioning, effectively facilitating the body's healing process, revitalizing and enhancing your total health.
As homeopathic and natural remedies are quickly becoming the choice for injuries, massage has emerged in the forefront of modalities used, as its benefits are profound, and almost instantly a difference can be observed as the horse will begin to move more easily.
How Are Muscles Injured?
A blow to the muscle, Ill fitting tack, Overuse, Over stretching, Lack of stretching prior to an event, overtraining, Cooling down or warming up too quickly, Result of poor or stressful conformation, Forging while trying to save itself from a fall, Collisions with other horses, Imbalanced rider, Playing in the paddock.
What Does Massage Do?
Relaxation and relief of spasm.
Increases drainage of lymph - most effective work in lower limb swelling reduction
Increases drainage of lactic acid, the prominent cause of fatigue Improve joint mobility
Increases circulation in all systems - profound aspect of massage - can also be used to increase circulation to the hoof for horses that have: laminitis (48 hours after onset), navicular abscess or general heat in hoof
Improves flexibility and suppleness
Decreases recovery time in injuries
Reduction of toxic build up
Increased tissue elasticity which allows for greater extension
Increases or relaxes muscle tone
Increases range of motion
Promotes parystalsis - movement of the gut - profound results have been reached in the relief of colic
Reduces adhesions/scar tissue and restores extensibility of muscle fibres Assists in respiration, digestion and elimination
Can improve mental attitude, as pain is dramatically reduced
Goals of Massage Therapy:
To increase blood and lymphatic circulation
To allow for full painless contaction of muscles
To allow for full muscular and joint extensibility
To improve the quality of life by decreasing pain and inflammation caused by injury and arthritis
To enhance athletic performance
To build stronger, suppler muscles that will be less prone to injury from strain To decrease recovery time between events
To allow the horse to develop a smooth gait
To deepen the bond between horse and rider
Healing with horses
Experience the deep healing of horses. Horses have so much to offer us if we just let them do it. They are highly sensitive, supporting you to be what you are, without a judgment.
My herd of horses live in a natural environment, grass (or snow!) under the hooves, grazing freely, being in the safety of the herd under the open sky.
The mind can process three events at a time, but the body three thousand!
Learn the simple steps to be in the present moment and find the way to your body’s innert wisdom. You will learn to care for yourself and bring your life into balance.
Horses mirror what your body, emotions, energy and thoughts are telling them. Supported by the horses and me, the deep healing will begin.
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