CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY: The craniosacral system is the closed system from the brain/cranium to include the spine to the base of the spine/sacrum. The cerebral spinal fluid flows within this closed system. With injury and compressive forces to the body this closed system is disrupted causing pressure and pain at various points through the system. This can lead to chronic headaches, back pain, and TMJ problems to name a few. Through a series of gentle techniques from the cranium to the sacrum with pressure no greater than a nickel/5 grams, normal alignment and fluid flow of the spine can be restored thus eliminating the pain and pressure.

MUSCLE ENERGY TECHNIQUES: This is a gentle technique that helps to improve joint mobilization and joint alignment by having the therapist place the patient in a precise position then performing a gentle muscle contraction to inhibit the tight muscles and improving joint range of motion.

SOFT TISSUE MOBILIZATION: soft tissue mobilization is a combination of a variety of techniques that help to loosen the muscles, tendons and joint capsules to allow improved mobility in the body.

MYOFASCIAL RELEASE: the fascial tissue is the connective tissue in the body that surrounds our muscles, blood vessels, tendons, organs, etc. Myofascial release is a gentle hands-on technique to decrease tightness and restriction to this connective tissue due to injury, surgery, or scar tissue. It improves the blood flow and promotes healing to the injured area.

VESTIBULAR REHAB: Specific exercises such as the Epley maneuver or Semont technique to change the position of crystals in the inner ear causing BPPV.

BALANCE REHAB: Exercises that challenge your nervous system to improve your balance reactions in a safe environment. The exercises initially are simple and then become more challenging to help reduce the risk of falls and improve stability with walking.

JOINT MOBILIZATION: This is graded oscillations to improve the mobility and range of motion of a joint. Gentle oscillations are used for pain management. Greater force oscillations are used for joints that are more fixated such as a frozen shoulder.

RESTORATIVE YOGA THERAPY: Restorative yoga uses props such as pillow, towels, blankets and chairs to assist a person in a yoga position. This is for people who cannot get into the full position of a yoga pose due injury, joint dysfunction, or muscular dysfunction. The therapist can utilize some of these positions to assist you in your healing process or help you maintain your current yoga practice.

STRAIN-COUNTERSTRAIN TECHNIQUES: This is a painfree method to release "knots" or trigger points in the muscles. We determine the muscle that has the trigger point, place it into its shortened position where it will then be painfree, hold it for 60-90 seconds, then release the position and the trigger point will be gone.

GRASTON TECHNIQUE: The Graston Technique is a form of manual therapy known as soft-tissue instrument-assisted mobilization. This technique reduces pain by breaking down the scar tissue and fascia restrictions that are usually associated with some form of trauma to the soft tissue (e.g., strained muscle or a pulled ligament, tendon, or fascia). It aides in reducing restrictions by stretching connective tissue in an attempt to rearrange the structure of the soft tissue being treated (e.g., muscle, fascia, tendons, ligaments) thus promoting a better healing environment for the injured soft tissue.




Vestibular / Balance Disorders
Plantar Fasciitis
Rotator Cuff Tears
Knee Ligament Tears
Carpal Tunnel
Temporal Mandibular Joint Dysfunctions
Back Pain
Neck Pain
Orthopedic & Sports Injuries
Post-Operative Rehabilitation
Injuries From Motor Vehicle Accidents

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North Smithfield, RI 02896
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