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Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion.

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CranioSacral Therapy

If you have a damaged or decayed tooth, our dentists can help you choose the best solution.

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Sport and Spine Health

Our dentists make every effort to preserve your natural teeth. However, extractions are necessary when decay has made the tooth unsalvageable or when you have an advanced periodontal disease.

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Extractions

Our dentists make every effort to preserve your natural teeth. However, extractions are necessary when decay has made the tooth unsalvageable or when you have an advanced periodontal disease.

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Fillings

Used to prevent the spread of tooth decay or correct any cosmetic damage, a filling is one of the ways our dentists preserve your health.

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Implants

A dental implant mimics the form and function of a natural tooth, which consists of a root and a crown. The crown is the visible part of your tooth. It is used to chew food and is therefore the most susceptible to cavities.

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Invisible Alignment

There are various ways to correct crooked or crowded teeth without the use of traditional braces.

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Night and Snore Guards

Excessive jaw clenching and bruxism can accelerate tooth and jaw deterioration. Meanwhile, snoring can impact the quality of your own sleep and that of those around you.

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Periodontal Maintenance

Among the causes for periodontal (gum) disease are genetic susceptibility, smoking, and other illnesses like diabetes. Periodontal maintenance involves removing plaque and tartar from above and below the gumline.

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Whitening

Professional teeth whitening is faster, more effective, and longer lasting that treatments you find over the counter.

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What is Myofascial Release?

Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. This essential “time element” has to do with the viscous flow and the piezoelectric phenomenon: a low load (gentle pressure) applied slowly will allow a viscoelastic medium (fascia) to elongate.

Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions that can produce tensile pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures that do not show up in many of the standard tests (x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, electromyography, etc.)

The use of Myofascial Release allows us to look at each patient as a unique individual. Our one-on-one therapy sessions are hands-on treatments during which our therapists use a multitude of Myofascial Release techniques and movement therapy. We promote independence through education in proper body mechanics and movement, self treatment instruction, enhancement of strength, improved flexibility, and postural and movement awareness.


Hands-On Treatment

Each Myofascial Release Treatment session is performed directly on skin without oils, creams or machinery. This enables the therapist to accurately detect fascial restrictions and apply the appropriate amount of sustained pressure to facilitate release of the fascia.


What is Fascia?

The term Fascia stands for, a tough connective tissue which spreads throughout the body in a three-dimensional web from the head to your feet, without interruption. Fascia can begin to bind down if trauma or inflammation occurs on the nerves, muscles, blood vessels, osseous structures, and/or organs. X-rays, Myelograms, CAT Scans, Electromyography, and other standards tests, cannot detect fascial restrictions, consequently creating a high percentage of people experiencing pain, headaches, and/or lack of motion, to go undiagnosed.

Fascia within the body, mirrors the appearance of a spider’s web or a sweater; a densely woven covering. Fascia interpenetrates various structures within our body. Existing from the head to the feet, you will recognize that the entire body is connected to one another by the Fascia, comparable to yarn in a sweater.

The Fascia, in a healthy state, is normally wavy in configuration and relaxed, withholding the ability to stretch and move without restriction.  However, the Fascia may lose flexibility when trauma or inflammation occurs, resulting in tightness, and can act as a source of tension throughout the rest of the body. Trauma such as surgery, whip-lash, or habitual poor posture can have a cumulative effect thus exerting excessive pressure in which produces pain, headaches, and/or restriction of motion.

For more detailed information about Myofascial Release™, please visit www.myofascialrelease.com

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About CranioSacral Therapy

The CranioSacral System is comprised of membranes and spinal fluid that surround the spinal cord and brain. This therapy is a hands-on method that is used to evaluate and enhance the function of your body's physiological system.

With CranioSacral Therapy, practitioners use very soft touch (about 5 grams). The gentle touch releases restrictions in the system and improves the function of your Central Nervous System. It is used as preventative medicine as well as to treat a wide array of medical conditions.


Treating a wide variety of conditions

  • Migraines

  • Chronic pain in the neck and back

  • Motor coordination impairments

  • Colic

  • Autism

  • Central nervous system disorders

  • Orthopedic problems

  • Traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries

  • Scoliosis

  • Infantile disorders

  • Learning disabilities

  • Chronic fatigue

  • Emotional difficulties

  • Stress and tension-related problems

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Connective tissue disorders

  • Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)

  • Neurovascular and immune disorders

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Post-Surgical Dysfunction

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  About Spine Health

Offering full spine, joint and postural assessment and treatment including:

-Cervical (neck) motion

-Thoracic (midback) motion

-Lumbar (low back) motion

-McKenzie Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) repeated movement testing and treatment for spine and joints

-Spinal stabilization (core/trunk) strengthening

-Assessment of overall alignment including spine and pelvis and treatment if not even/symmetrical

-Muscle and myofascial tension

-Orthopedic post-surgery rehabilitation (rotator cuff repair, total joint replacements, arthroscopic surgeries, foot surgery, back surgery, etc.)

-Balance and vestibular rehabilitation

-Treatment for Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)

-General strengthening and conditioning after illness, sedentary living, recovery from general surgeries, etc.

-Creation of individualized home program for exercise and balance training

-Creation of individualized program at the YMCA, Club 24 or other local gym



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What is Lymphedema?

Lymphedema is chronic swelling of a body part - it usually occurs in the arms or legs, however it can also occur in the face, neck, abdomen, or genitals.  

Lymphedema is an abnormal accumulation of protein-rich fluid (lymph fluid) within the affected area.  It  may develop when the lymph vessels and/or nodes have been damaged or surgically removed.

As the lymphatic system is an important part of our immune system, lymphedema has important pathological and clinical consequences if left untreated.  The lymphedema causes a decrease in lymphatic flow which compromises the immune system and puts you at a higher risk for infections; it may also cause a progressive hardening of the skin.

Remarkably, even though it afflicts approximately 1% of the U.S. population (nearly 3 million Americans), there is a shortage of lymphedema information, and the problems it creates are poorly understood in the medical community.

 

 

What are the Symptoms of Lymphedema?

Lymphedema can occur in any body part.  Some common early symptoms include:

  • Tightness, swelling or thickening anywhere in the extremity.  Initially the swelling my fluctuate but over time it worsens.
  • A burning sensation or tingling sensation radiating down the extremity.
  • Complaints of heaviness or aching of the extremity.
  • Inability to wear rings, jewelry, watches or clothing secondary to edema
 

What Should I Expect from Therapy?

Therapy will consist of the following:

1)      Evaluation –

This will consist of questions/history taking to obtain information about your lifestyle, past medical history, pain, symptoms, past treatments, and any other pertinent information.

2)      Treatment –

As each patient and case is unique, treatments and interventions will vary depending on your needs.

Complete Decongestive Therapy  (CDT) is the main treatment for lymphedema, experts who treat lymphedema consider CDT the “gold standard” of treatment. CDT has been shown to be safe and effective.  

Treatments may include:  manual lymphatic drainage (a gentle lymphatic massage), myofascial release and stretching, therapeutic exercises, skin care and hygiene guidelines, compression bandaging and use of compression garments.  

3)      Education and Independence -

One goal of therapy is to educate you to a level where you can manage your lymphedema on your own. Since lymphedema is a life-long condition, patient education in self-management is very important. 

Lymphedema is a condition that is different from person to person.  Treatment programs and home programs will vary depending upon many factors.  We will take into consideration your own personal needs, family and work situations, and your responsibilities and medical needs.   We will work as a team to meet your physical, emotional and lymphedema needs.

 

 
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