Soft-Tissue Technique This technique is commonly applied to the musculature surrounding the spine and consists of a rhythmic stretching, deep pressure and traction. Its purpose is to move tissue fluids (edema) and to relax hypertonic muscles and myofascial (fibrous tissue) layers associated with somatic dysfunction.

Myofascial Release  This procedure is designed to treat primarily the myofascial structures. In the use of direct myofascial release treatment (MRT) a restrictive barrier is engaged for the myofascial tissues; the tissue is loaded with a constant force until release occurs. In treating with indirect MRT the dysfunctional tissues are guided along a path of least resistance until free movement is achieved.

Lymphatic Technique  This manual procedure is designed to promote circulation of the lymphatic fluids and can be used to relieve upper and lower respiratory infections. One technique is pressure applied with the physicians hands to the prone patients upper anterior chest wall. When force applied to the chest reaches its maximum on expiration, the physicians hands are removed suddenly. This increases negative pressure of the chest to assist the body’s respiratory mechanism to move lymphatic fluids.

Thrust Technique   In this form of manipulation, the physician applies a high velocity /low – amplitude thrust to restore specific joint motion. With such a technique, the joint regains its normal range of motion and re-sets neural reflexes. The procedure reduces and/or completely nullifies the physical signs of somatic dysfunction; tissue changes, asymmetry, restriction of motion and tenderness.

Muscle Energy Technique   In this manual technique the patient is directed to use his or her muscles from a precise position and in a specific direction against a counterforce applied by the physician. The purpose is to restore motion, decrease muscle/tissue changes and modify asymmetry of somatic dysfunction.

Counter-strain   The counter-strain technique is a manual procedure in which the patient is moved passively away from the restricted motion barrier, towards the position of greatest comfort. At this point, passive, asymptomatic strain is induced. This technique is used for relief of somatic dysfunctions that are too acute or too delicate to treat with other procedures.

What Is Dry-Needling?

In short, Dry-needling harnesses the use of filiform needles (the same needles used in acupuncture) to penetrate and de-activate myofascial trigger points (myofascial pain syndrome) that cause widespread pain and biomechanical dysfunction. The response of patients to this form of therapy is on most occasions extremely positive, reducing and most often eliminating pain and restoring them to optimal musculoskeletal function. Even patients with chronic pain conditions such as those with fibromyalgia, often report a considerable and positive change in their pain reporting. Dry Needling provides an excellent alternative to other manual therapies when correct indications and contraindications are accounted for.

Orthotics and lower back pain.

There are many causes of lower back pain, one of which is poor posture. Postural pain can present itself as a dull ache generally radiating across the lower back. The ache seems to get worse as the day goes on and increases if we have been standing around for long periods. Commonly bad posture can be contributed to excessive pronation in the feet which causes mechanical changes in the body.

Excessive pronation is a condition whereby are feet tend to roll outwards, this causes are feet to flatten and reduces the amount of support to our foots arch. When this happens our feet, ankles, legs, hips and back have to compensate for this pronation, causing muscle strain, joint irritation, fatigue and pain. Orthotics can help to restore the body’s natural structures and alignment by correcting excess pronation.  Please ask if ICB orthotics could help you.Type your paragraph here.

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