John F. Barnes' Myofascial Release Approach® https://www.myofascialrelease.com
Neurovascular Integration https://neurovasculartherapy.com
Muscle Energy Techniques
Self Care Activities/Home Program
It would be possible to spend pages and pages, even whole books explaining these techniques. You are welcome to do your own research, or just take in the short explanations below, or better yet, come experience them by feel...by far the best way to understand!
John F Barnes Myofascial Release: This gentle, yet deep treatment will be the primary offering of Boundless LLC, but other physical therapy techniques will be smoothly incorporated into the work as appropriate. John Barnes Myofascial Release consists of long gentle holds against barriers identified in the fascia, allowing these areas to release restrictions. Fascia is the connective tissue that is found throughout our body, surrounding all muscles and organs in our body, creating a strong, yet mobile structural framework, while also have other important roles in tissue health and whole body sensory awareness and communication. Fascia tends to have a "memory" for past traumas, and can create a binding effect, as if putting part of your body in a straight-jacket. Due to the interconnected nature of fascia, restrictions in one part of the body may cause pain in completely different parts of the body, often resulting in failure to resolve pain with traditional approaches.
Neurovascular Integration: This very gentle technique uses light touch to help re-set the nervous system to to a more balanced state. The autonomic (think "automatic") nervous system is the subconscious monitoring system for all things happening inside and outside of the body. When danger is identified, the body's emergency response system is activated to deal with the threat. This is called the sympathetic nervous system, and creates the "fight, flight or freeze" response. After the threat resolves, our body should settle back into a more calm state thanks to the parasympathetic nervous system, which creates a "rest, digest and recover" response. Though both ends of the nervous system spectrum are important, in cases of trauma or chronic stress, some of us get caught in a chronic "fight,flight or freeze" state, which can cause health problems. This technique helps re-introduce your body to the calming part of the nervous system and restores the ability to flow more readily through states of stress and back to calm.
Neuromuscular Re-education: This technique uses various hands-on techniques for facilitation, such as quick stretch, tapping, or vibration to help a muscle to fire with better timing or strength. This technique may be utilized during your session to help your body incorporate and maintain changes achieved with other treatment techniques.
Muscle Energy Technique: This technique uses your own muscles against therapist-provided resistance to help your own body mobilize joints that are not moving well.
Self Care Activities/Home Program: The goal of any good physical therapist is always to help their clients get to a point where they are more independent in maintaining their health status. Your treatment sessions may end with some suggestions and education on what can be done at home to help maintain what has been accomplished during the session. This may be as simple as a phrase or visualization to remind you to release tension in problem areas, training on how to position for comfort, techniques to help release particular fascial restrictions on your own, or it can be a few simple exercises. Less is often more! A few fine-tuned exercises aimed at the weakest link are more valuable than doing a whole list of low quality exercise, or doing exercises that are too hard and force other muscles to compensate for the weak ones.
The above list is not all inclusive. If there are other physical therapy technique you have interest in, feel free to inquire.