At Bodywise we believe in the physical, emotional, psychological, and overall healing benefits of touch. As highly skilled Physical Therapists, our hands-on interventions are even more powerful. We rarely use machines i.e. ultrasound, as we believe we are more able to effect change, and promote healing with our hands-on manual interventions.
Manual therapy is often the necessary first step to help create a change in your system; lengthening soft tissues, re-aligning bones and joints, and decreasing your pain. Our goal is to give your body the opportunity to begin to shift into better alignment, and initiate improved movement patterns. This empowers our clients to then be successful with the home exercises, and self-care routines we devise for them.
Using a variety of hands-on techniques we are able to sense restrictions and limitations in your body. Some of the instruments we incorporate, such as cups and Graston tools, reverberate in our hands as we use them, giving us real time information about your body’s response throughout the treatment.
Your therapist will always educate you, throughout your sessions, about exactly what they are perceiving, the plan of care, the theory behind what they are doing, and the long term expected outcome.
We don’t just chase your pain. We FIND AND treat the root cause.
We might need to work on an area of your body different than the painful area you came to see us about. That’s because a restriction in one area is often the root cause of the pain and dysfunction in a completely different part of your body. We don’t just chase your pain. We find and treat the root cause, so you have long lasting results. By understanding your body, and the reason for your pain, you have the power to begin to take some control of your healing.
As you progress, become stronger, and more independent, we continue to fine tune our interventions incorporating hands-on techniques into movement, i.e. doing Graston techniques or cupping while performing patterning challenges on the Pilates reformer.
These are just some of the techniques we incorporate:
- Myofascial Release (MFR)
- Tactile Cuing
- Trigger point release
- Restorative Manual Stretching
- Joint Mobilization
- Soft Tissue Mobilization
- Manual Lymphatic Drainage
- Muscle Energy
Extensive research by the University of Miami’s Touch Research Institute has revealed that human touch has wide-ranging physical and emotional benefits for people of all age groups. In the Institute’s experiments, touch lessened pain, improved pulmonary function, increased growth in infants, lowered blood glucose and improved immune function. Human touch is important for all ages.