Physical Therapy

Traditionally (and typically), physical therapy is administered by region only.  In other words, if you have shoulder pain, it is due to dysfunction or pathology in your shoulder, and your shoulder is appropriately treated.

Consider however, that your hypothetical shoulder pain is due to some faulty interaction between your shoulder and the rest of yourself.  For example, if you have a rigid rib cage, your shoulder may be subject to excessive strain every time you raise your arm.  Think of a system of gears: if one gear is a little stuck, the rest of the gear system has to work harder to push through the stuck gear.  The rigid rib cage may be indirectly compromising your shoulder!

It is with this more global approach that Joanne practices physical therapy.

Each one-on-one hourly session will focus on the specific goals and needs of the individual, and will incorporate:

  • Manual therapy to help correct musculoskeletal imbalances and decrease or eliminate chronic pain. This may include:
    • Myofascial Release - This is a safe and effective technique that applies gentle, sustained pressure into the myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion.
    • Gentle Feldenkrais techniques
    • Soft tissue and joint mobilization
  • Exercise instruction to restore and/or maintain strength, flexibility and balance. Free weights and exercise bands may be used.
  • On-going posture and body awareness education.