structural alignment

  • Sports massage and rehabilitation therapy.

  • Structural alignment for treatment and pain relief.

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    Structural Alignment

    Integrated Restoration Technique

    Integrated Restoration Technique (IRT) is a comprehensive approach toward treatment of soft tissue pain, dysfunction and sport performance utilizing the following:

    1. Structural alignment
    Structural Alignment is a system by which the body is ‘remodeled’ to enhance the major segments along a vertical line. Through soft tissue osteopatic,myofascial and resistive stretching techniques,combined with education, this process begins. The goal is to achieve a well supported structure from top to bottom, side to side and front to back.

    Imagine the difference between the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Eiffel tower: One is well grounded and one requires extra support. In our bodies that support has to come from hypertonic and tense muscle groups which have the potential to create both physical and psycological maladies. Awareness is the beginning of change.

    2. Structural Assessment
    I assess clients’ structure by looking for postural abnormalities, relationships of important anatomical “landmarks,” and by palpating for tissue texture, tone and temperature.

    3. Myofascial Mobilization
    A gentle but highly-effective stretching of fascia (a 3-d web of connective tissue found throughout the body- often referred to as the organ of form).
    Two main approaches to facial release are: direct and indirect techniques.

    4. Muscle Energy Technique
    Developed over 40 years ago, MET’s are resisted stretches that employ no greater than 20% effort. Stretches are taken further until a greater range of motion is attained.
    Because of the ease of contraction, MET’s are safe and appropriate for the most sensitive of clients.

    5. Russian Medical Massage
    Effleurage (gliding), Petrissage (kneading), Friction (rubbing), Vibration, and Tapotement (cupping) are revisited with intention as the key.
    Use of these strokes will calm or to stimulate, to increase circulation and for the treatment of specific condition. The Russians have been doing scientific medical research on the effects of various massage techniques since 1881. Each stroke is designed with specific intentions in mind.