Dr. A. T Still
Founder of Osteopathy
1828-1917

Osteopathy     

     Osteopathy takes a holistic, whole-body approach to healthcare. It uses manual 'hands-on' techniques to improve circulation and correct altered biomechanics, without the use of drugs. An osteopath does not concentrate only on the problem area, but uses manual techniques to balance all the body systems, and to provide overall good health and well-being.


     Osteopathic medicine dates back more than 100 years. Its founder, Andrew Taylor Still, thought that correcting problems with the body's structure could help the body heal itself. Still, who practiced during the Civil War, believed that spine problems can send nerve signals out to all the organs and make you sick. He developed osteopathic manipulation treatments, the aim of which was to help restore the nerves to a healthy state and promote circulation so that the body could heal itself.

Trigger Point Therapy 

     Trigger Points, commonly referred to as "knots" in the muscles of the body, are essentially muscle fibers that have been overly stressed to the point where they cannot relax by themselves. Most people find that they have knots in their neck, upper back, lower back, and sometimes the legs and arms. These "unrelaxed" points can cause a host of painful conditions for a person, including chronic pain, sleep loss, excess strain on the spine and can radiate pain to other parts of the body. Trigger Point Therapy is used to release these knots, allowing for improved circulation and pain relief to affected areas. 

Dry Needling

     Dry Needling is a highly effective way of treating myofascial trigger points and orthopedic injuries. While dry needling employes acupuncture needles, it is completely different in its approach from acupuncture in that dry needling is used to directly treat muscles and tendons, and is completely based on traditional western anatomy. The reason that this technique of needling is considered "dry" is that it does not involve the injection of substances into the body, instead using only the mechanical effects of the needle itself to treat. Currently muscular therapists, neurologists, and physical therapists are among those employing dry needling worldwide to treat a variety of painful conditions which include headaches, pains and injuries. 

Benjamin System Muscular Therapy 

     The Benjamin System of Muscular Therapy is a unique combination of massage treatment, exercise, education, and communication with the client. It's movements involve undoing excess tension through flowing strokes, while also employing the benefits of client education that place it as one of the leading bodywork modalities available to the public. 

Self-Care 

     Self-care is one of the most important yet often overlooked parts of health care practices. Self-care encompasses as variety of at-home exercises and protocols given to the client on a regular basis, usually at the end of a treatment session. These self-care techniques normally include specific stretches, or strengthening exercises designed to correct postural imbalances. Using these self-care practices, the client is able to take control of his or her health and yield greater results in pain management.