Osteopathic Manual Therapy
Manual Osteopathy is a patient-centered therapy that is safe and effective for everyone. It is both a science and a philosophy founded in the late 1800's by an American doctor named Andrew Taylor Still. Still stressed the importance of global treatment and an in-depth knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics in order to understand pathology.
Manual Osteopathy is a gentle form of manipulative, hands-on therapy that is quite different from most forms of body work. All structures and systems in the body are considered when assessing and determining the root cause of tissue dysfunction. Manual Osteopathic therapy is effective in treating injury, maintaining health, and preventing further tissue dysfunction. Methods of treatment in manual Osteopathy include but are not limited to assessment and treatment of the biomechanical system, the craniosacral system, and the visceral system. All systems within the body are understood as being interrelated and the Osteopathic approach to treatment involves understanding and harmonizing all systems in the body to foster health and overall wellness in the patient.
Manual Osteopathic practitioners are rigorously trained over a period of 5 years after which a research thesis paper is mandatory to complete certification. Our treatment at Scroll Tree is primarily Osteopathic in nature, although therapeutic massage is sometimes integrated into some sessions when necessary.
Massage Therapy is the manual manipulation of muscles, tendons and ligaments to treat and prevent injury as well as soft tissue pain. Massage restores function to the muscles and joints of the body, increasing and restoring range of motion while at the same time easing aches and pains. Massage is very effective in treating repetitive strain injuries, chronic pain and underlying pathogenic disorders. Treatments can range from light relaxation-focused therapy to deep tissue therapy depending on the depth of pressure. Immediate benefits include increased circulation, a more restful sleep and a general promotion of well-being. Long term benefits include prevention of common injuries/pains, prevention of age-related restriction/pain, as well as a strengthened immune system. Massage is wonderful for all ages and is a great way to compliment any healthy lifestyle.
Nerve impingement syndromes (such as Carpel Tunnel)
Myofascial Release Therapy
Myofascial Release Therapy is a full-body treatment that focuses on treating myofascial restriction, which can cause pressure on and dysfunction of the circulatory, nervous, and lymphatic systems in the body. Fascia is the connective tissue within the body that wraps and envelopes every muscle, bone, and organ, forming a three-dimensional web that travels from head to toe. Fascia has great tensile strength, and it is what gives our tissue substance and support, however, repetitive strains and poor posture can cause a tightening of our fascia throughout over-used areas of the body which can in time cause pain and dysfunction of the tissue it is bearing down on. Myofascial release is a deeper form of bodywork that will deeply stretch hardened tissue and restore range of motion and function in the affected area. Like massage therapy, Myofascial Release is safe to use on anyone and can treat many of the same issues, however, this treatment often yields deeper and more permanent results than traditional massage. It is a particularly beneficial therapy for those suffering various forms of chronic pain and progressed postural dysfunction.