Patients are evaluated using a whole-body approach to discern the appropriate traditional and/or nontraditional techniques needed to facilitate healing.
Soft Tissue Mobilization
A soft tissue mobilization is a direct approach that works on the soft tissues of the body, superficial to deep, such as muscles, tendons, and ligaments to release dysfunction/restrictions that may be preventing movement and healing. Some of the more common disorders that soft tissue mobilization is used for: are shoulder/rotator cuff tendonitis, hamstring strain, low back pain, and intercostal pain (muscles between the ribs).
This is a direct technique to release restrictions in the joints, such as those in the foot, spine, or frozen shoulder.
Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF)
PNF integrates manual touch with movement patterns to the limbs or the trunk (body) to increase the range of motion (flexibility) and neuromuscular reeducation of the limbs and the trunk. Improved flexibility of the arms, legs, and trunk will lead to better coordination, strength, and function during activities.