Maitland Approach (Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist)
The Maitland Approach is considered the cornerstone of Orthopedic Manual Therapy for the treatment of both Spinal and Peripheral joint conditions. This uses primarily the assessment and treatment of the patient's signs and symptoms to develop an effective treatment plan. This approach is validated by decades of clinical research and continues to be validated by ground-breaking new research in highly prestigious peer-reviewed journals. This hands-on technique is used to treat the orthopedic patient to alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, restore movement, and maximize function.
A Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist is one who takes many specialized courses in this technique and successfully completes a rigorous 3-day examination process that tests the candidate's knowledge and hands-on skills.
Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA)
The SFMA is a movement based diagnostic system, designed to clinically assess seven fundamental movement patterns in those with known musculoskeletal pain. The assessment provides an efficient method to find the cause of symptoms, not just the source, by breaking down dysfunctional patterns and diagnosing their root cause as either a mobility problem or a stability/motor control problem.
This allows to us find movement problems at distant regions of the body responsible for your pain that would otherwise go undetected. Using this information, we formulate a treatment plan involving a series of mobility and strengthening exercises to restore optimal movement and function.
Active Release Technique (ART)
ART is a state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.
Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) cause painful scar tissue due to:
1. Acute injuries such as pulls, tears, collisions
2. Accumulation of small tears seen in many athletes
3. Prolonged poor posture and repetitive work activities
Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements. There is consistently a 90% success rate with this technique.