WHAT IS PHYSIOTHERAPY?
Physical Therapists are experts in the science and study of human movement. We explore and analyze not only how and why we move, but then how we can successfully regain movement if we temporarily lose it.
We promote movement fluidity and efficiency. When one area of the body is out of sorts, it frequently causes a chain reaction of compensation patterns up and down the body, whether we are aware of it or not.
It is the job of a good Physical Therapist to discover the underlying cause of dysfunction and pain, and then prescribe the right exercises and techniques for healing in the most efficient way possible.
WHO IS THIS PRACTICE FOR?
• Individuals with scoliosis and postural dysfunction.
• Individuals with back or neck pain and spinal disorders
• Individuals with orthopedic issues (frozen shoulder, plantar fasciitis, sciatica, piriformis syndrome, IT band and patello-femoral issues, etc) who have either had limited success in other clinics, or are seeking a private one on one approach that will get them better faster.
• Women in need of specialized and expert care specific to the needs of female health across the lifespan including pre and post natal muscle resilience and core strength, pelvic floor health, post lumpectomy or mastectomy needs, axial web syndrome (cording), stress incontinence, osteoporosis health, and more.
• Athletes for injury prevention and to establish musculoskeletal balance to keep them safe, strong, and injury-free.
• Athletes who have had limited success at other clinics with “traditional” physical therapy – they come for the benefits of the LightCure Lightforce Laser for faster healing as well as often wanting to learn how pilates and yoga can enhance their sport performance.
• Distance runners who want to learn how to keep their posture tall, open, and efficient, and not become victim to the “runner’s round” - that excessive rounding of the upper back, seen with a forward head, from years of logging hundreds of miles.
• Individuals who are either new or experienced yoga or pilates practitioners and want a safer and deeper understanding of practice; many of my clients come for a few sessions to learn how to design a practice that is right for their body, lifestyle, and emotional needs.
• Individuals who are yoga or pilates practitioners who are either experiencing an injury that is slow to heal and need a boost, or are recovering from an injury and want to learn how to safely return to their practice.
• Individuals who want to get better the right way, the first time. No more wasted time going from therapist to therapist trying different approaches. We usually know within 3-4 visits if we are on track. In fact, I have a personal philosophy that I do not charge a session to someone if I cannot help them. That is why I only take on the cases with which I know I can significantly improve.
• Individuals who want to learn how to integrate meditation in their busy life in a way that is both accessible and meaningful.
WHAT IS THE SCHROTH METHOD?
The Schroth Method is a conservative exercise approach to the treatment of scoliosis and postural dysfunction. The Schroth Method teaches 3-D correction of the spine, and is part of a class of exercises referred to as PSSE (Physiotherapy Scoliosis Specific Exercises).
The Schroth Method is one part of a multidisciplinary, collaborative approach to the conservative management of scoliosis.
The exercises within the Schroth Method are performed in a variety of positions, each highlighting how muscles work against gravity in that specific position to open trunk concavities and promote de-rotation and deflection of the scoliosis. Every person is unique and exercises are determined based on individual curve patterns, physical ability, age, and other factors.
Originally developed by Katharina Schroth in the 1920s for her own scoliosis condition, the Schroth Method later became the standard non-surgical treatment for scoliosis. It is currently supported across Europe and is gaining a strong reputation in the United States for its effective and positive outcomes.
The Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School (BSPTS) was founded by Dr. Manuel Rigo in 2009, and is based on the original work of Katharina, and her daughter Christa Lehnert-Schroth. BSPTS teaches the original principles of Schroth, with advanced concepts learned during years of clinical experience and research.
Dr. Rigo is the son-in-law of Elena Salvá, who was a Spanish PT and studied extensively with Katharina and Christa Schroth. Elena Salvá pioneered the Barcelona Institute in 1968. Since then, her daughter, Gloria Quera-Salvá, together with Manuel Rigo (both medical doctors), have elevated and deepened the world’s knowledge, understanding of, and conservative treatment of scoliosis.
WHAT IS YOGA THERAPY?
Yoga Therapy bridges the world of Physical Therapy and Yoga. Yoga Therapy combines physical exercise, breathing practices, meditation and applied yoga philosophy to help address the root of issues that manifest as physical and emotional imbalance in our daily life. While our goals focus on the therapeutic aspects of yoga, we are essentially lifestyle management experts.
Yoga Therapy sessions, like Physical Therapy, start with a thorough history and physical evaluation, as well as discussion of your goals for your practice and life.
Clients learn tools and techniques to address physical, energetic, mental, and emotional concerns. We promote physical and emotional freedom from a foundation of stability first and foremost.
Using the principles of Ayurveda we consider each individual's unique constitution (their doshas), as well as investigating patterns of diet, sleep and lifestyle habits that may promote or disrupt balance across all body systems.
WHAT IS PILATES THERAPY?
Pilates Therapy bridges the movements and principles of Pilates as fluid, whole body movement with the medical and therapeutic requirements for individual diagnostic needs. Starting from a place of optimal alignment, breath awareness (yes, the breath is key!), and properly engaging the deep core stabilizers, who knew that therapy could actually be fun and feel so good.
Pilates Therapy promotes exceptional neutral spine core stability with healthy muscle flexibility all in one. The spring based exercises are an ideal way to provide bone stimulation and, when combined with principles as taught in The Schroth Method, are a profound way to significantly improve posture, strength, balance and muscle resilience.
WHAT IS WOMEN'S HEALTH PHYSIOTHERAPY?
Physiotherapists may choose to specialize in the study and treatment of medical and health issues specific to women throughout their lifespan. This area of specialization requires years of extensive training and clinical practice given both the breadth and specific nature of the variety of diagnoses in order to deliver not only the highest quality of care, but also the most advanced treatment options available.
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