Our Physical Therapist has expertise in assessing and treating individuals with a variety of deficits. She can help improve or restore the mobility you need to move forward with your life. Following an examination, she will develop a plan of care using a variety of treatment techniques that help you move better, restore function, and prevent disability associated with a variety of neurological conditions.
Contributing orthopedic problems
Pain (chronic and acute)
Darcy uses a variety of techniques and treatment to treat pain, including craniosacral and visceral therapy. See descriptions below.
Osteopathic approach to trauma
Taking an osteopathic approach to an injury means to look closely not only at the injured sight, but to also look at what else might have been affected. Lots of times in an accident, our body has a “shock wave” effect that can cause other parts of our body to become painful. These secondary injuries, which if not addressed could prolong the healing process. Utilizing an osteopathic approach, manual therapy techniques such as muscle energy technique, nerve mobilization, visceral mobilization, and cranial sacral techniques are used along with therapeutic exercises and myofascial mobilizations.
Cranial sacral therapy
The cranial sacral approach looks at how the skull, spine, and sacrum have been affected and if the movement is a normal movement or not. There may be areas that are “stuck” and need to be mobilized to improve mobility. It also assesses the cerebral spinal fluid and how it is moving as this is very important in the healing process. It is successfully used for headaches, neck pain, low back pain, and a variety of other musculoskeletal pain. It is just one of many manual tools used to treat both acute and chronic pain.
Visceral mobilization is looking at the tissue surrounding our organs (fascia) as sometimes there can be restrictions there and can be causing pain. Our internal organs share nerve innervations with our musculoskeletal tissues and this can explain why when we work on a muscle and it gets better, but then a day or so after treatment it becomes sore again, it could be due to restrictions in the tissues around our organs.
Nerve mobilization addresses issues in which the nerve might be “hung up” and not gliding smoothly and therefore causing decreased motion, increased pain and at times loss of strength.
Osteopathic exams and corrections
Using muscle energy techniques: This is checking for dysfunctions in the spines/joints and then using a very specific contract relax technique to correct it.
Our physical therapist has also been trained in Graston technique for myofascial technique
Muscle Energy Technique
Muscle energy techniques are used to find “disfunctions” in our spine or other joints that might be stuck and need to have improved motion and uses muscle contraction relax to correct the dysfunctions.
LSVT BIG for individuals with Parkinson’s or like Parkinson’s disease- See our Treatment tab and Specialized Treatment for more information.