Manual Therapy

manual therapy, physical therapy, dekalb, IL Strain-Counterstrain

Strain-Counterstrain is a gentle soft tissue manipulation technique that was developed by Dr Lawrence Jones D.O. This technique is effective in treating pain, limitations in mobility and assisting in addressing strength deficits.  Strain-counterstrain is a painless physical therapy technique that releases muscle spasms and connective tissue throughout the body.

Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release is a form of therapy that involves stretching and manipulating the connective tissue, or fascia, of the body. Using mild, sustained pressure, the therapist gently stretches restricted fascia. Fascia is unique in that it covers and connects all the muscles and bones throughout the body. Because of this relationship with the body, trauma, inflammation, scarring and repetitive stress can cause a tightening of the fascia and thereby increased pain. Myofascial Release works to release the tension and stress.

CranioSacral Therapy

CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tension held deep in the body to decrease pain and improve the body’s natural functions of movement.  It was developed by John Upledger, an osteopathic physician, through years of study at Michigan State University.  Using a soft touch of 5 gm (the weight of a nickel), the therapist is able to release soft tissue tensions that surround the central nervous system of the body. By normalizing the tissues around the brain and spinal cord and improving the body’s ability to self-correct, CST is able to improve and alleviate a variety of dysfunction from chronic pain, sports injuries and neurological issues.

Muscle Energy Techniques

Muscle Energy Techniques are based on a theory that muscles on one side of a joint will relax to accommodate the contraction of the muscles on the other side of that joint when indirect pressure is applied. Muscle energy techniques are used with patients to strengthen weakened ligaments, increase  muscle strength,  improve range of motion, and address shortened muscles related to muscle spasm.


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