Holisticare Physical Therapy offers well-trained, experienced therapists capable of performing various manual therapy techniques including: soft tissue mobilization, acupressure, myofascial release, trigger point release, joint mobilizations, mobilization with movement, and spinal adjustments, all of which can help restore the normal functioning of the neurological, muscular, and skeletal systems.
Holisticare Therapists will work with patients to develop individualized exercise programs aimed at addressing muscular imbalances, giving patients the ability to heal and maintain the gains they have made.
Majority of physical pains and dysfunctions are contributed, if not caused, by poor posture and movement mechanics. Therapists are HolistiCare will help you identify the underlying postural/movement dysfunction, so you won’t have to come back for the same problem in the future.
Although not a traditional Physical Therapy intervention, Dr. Jason Chang has had great success using cupping therapy for various soft tissue dysfunctions.
Cupping therapy is an ancient form of Chinese alternative medicine, in which suction is created on the skin via cupping device and a mechanical pump.
Cupping therapy could be performed by placing the cups directly on areas of the body in a stationary manner, as well as moving the cup on the skin with some oil to prevent excess abrasion.
When cupping therapy is performed, it is normal to experience bruising at the site of the cupping. The bruising can last as short as a few hours to as long as 7 days.
It is theorized that the severity of the bruising is a direct reflection of the problem at the area of treatment.
How it works?
Eastern Philosophy: In traditional Chinese medicine, it is believed that an energy (qi) flows throughout the body. The flow of the energy follows a particular pattern, which is guided by “meridian points.” When a person experiences a physical illness, pain, or ache, the cause may stem from a disruption of this energy flow. By placing the suction cups on the disrupted meridian points, one can achieve a restoration of normal energy flow throughout the body, alleviating his/her physical impairment.
Western Philosophy: Mechanical effect of suctioning may help increase circulation to the affected area. On top of increasing circulation, the bruising caused by cupping may “trick” the body into believing the bruise as a new injury, causing physiological responses to occur by eliciting the body’s natural healing mechanism. Also, the suction effect pulls the fascia away from the underlying soft tissue (muscles, tendons, nerves,) breaking up adhesions to allow normal lymphatic drainage and neuromuscular conduction.
Gua-Sha is a traditional Chinese medicinal practice that uses instrument-assisted (traditionally a coin or the edge of a soup soon) soft tissue mobilization to scrape along particular body parts to restore proper energy flow throughout the body. Gua-Sha can also be used to effectively address scar tissue adhesions or soft tissue restrictions.
Gua-Sha, one can argue, is the inexpensive predecessor to the highly marketed treatment products/techniques called Graston or ASTYM.
Sports taping is a treatment technique that has gained tremendous popularity, especially among athletes. Although the body of scientific evidence is scarce, one cannot deny the commercial success of sports taping. Popular products such as Kinesio or Rock tape theorize its efficacy based on the tape’s ability to increase muscular activation, decrease muscular tone, correct muscular movement dysfunctions, improve posture, reduce swelling, off load tension, increase circulation, as well as decrease pain sensitivity based on the application technique.
Pilates is a style of exercise developed by popular trainer and gymnast Joseph Pilates; Pilates focuses on strengthening of your core, extremities, as well as gaining flexibility to achieve a symmetrical, healthy body. HolistiCare is able to offer Pilates based Physical Therapy rehabilitation to achieve your goals!
TRX is a body-weight, suspension training technique invented by Navy-SEALs to develop strength, balance, flexibility, and core stability simultaneously. The TRX is effective in achieving total-body, functional workouts for people of all fitness levels.