Donna Childs OTR
Hands On Occupational Therapy
What is facsia?
Fascia is a three-dimensional, continuous system of connective tissue, This system is uninterrupted from head to toe. Everything in the body is embedded within this web tissue. Fascia covers the muscles, bones, tendons, spinal cord, and brain. It holds the internal organs in place, and makes the spaces for nerves and blood vessels to pass through. In its optimal state; fascia is a loose, moist tissue. When there is continual free movement and balance in the body, the fascia stays flexible and mobile, facilitating smooth motion between different parts of the body.
Current research (being done by Tom Myers and other structural bodyworkers) is investigating how planes of fascia also called myofascial meridians connect and relate within the human structure. An example of this research is the Spiral Fascial Line. This myofascial meridian or line explains how a right hip injury can place a direct drag or pull (producing symptoms) on the left shoulder. Awareness of this anatomy makes finding and releasing fascial restrictions more efficient.
What causes injury to the fascial system?
Recent, past, or repeated trauma. Habitual patterns of poor posture and movement. Structural imbalance of the body. Pain, resulting in reflexive spasm and movement avoidance (muscle tension or guarding). Inflammation Environmental factors, such as job related repetitive motion, poor workstation set up, and athletic injuries to name a few.
What happens when fascia is injured?
Injury causes fascia to bind down, become rigid, and lose its fluid nature. Layers of fascia begin to glue to one another, causing the knots you may have experienced in your back or neck. Fascial restrictions can create pressure on joints, nerves, and muscles, restricting mobility, causing excessive muscle effort, poor posture, movement dysfunction, and pain.
How do you treat fascial restrictions?
Reconditioning the body after it has become rigid and lost fluidity requires not only releasing rigidity form the myofascial tissue, but also bringing awareness to and changing the patterns that cause tissue rigidity in the first place. Hands-On Therapys approach has three components-myofascial release, movement education, and integrative dialogue. All three components are important parts that produce long lasting changes.
We bill most insurance companies directly. Therapy is a covered benefit under most insurance plans when referred by a physician.
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EVALUATIONSare done on your initial visit by Donna Childs OTR. She will go over your detailed health history & reason(s) for referral. She will then create a treatment plan specific to you that includes both exercise and manual therapy. In some instances craniosacral and ergonomic assessments may be recommended.
EXERCISE THERAPY & STRETCHING PROGRAMS are taught to promote progress between sessions. Each program will be customized to your specific needs, and will be modified as you progress. It is our goal to have you independent with a home exercise program upon discharge of treatment.
MANUAL THERAPY & MYOFASCIAL RELEASE is a large part of our treatment. Myofascial Release applies hands-on pressure and stretching to the fascial tissue. The good news about fascia is that it can increase in fluidity, flexibility, and change its shape through the introduction of heat and energy of the hands-on techniques. Myofascial release liquefies the tissue, ungluing fascial layers, thus removing pressure on pain sensitive structure, improving individual muscle movement and function, as well as balancing the bodies shape and alignment.
MASSAGE THERAPY is available as a self pay service. The therapist will customize your session according to you body's specific needs, they may use one or more of the modalities listed below.
TRIGGER POINT/ NEUROMUSCULAR THERAPY
CRANIOSACRAL is a technique that works on the deepest fascial layers surrounding the brain and spinal cord. This treatment is extremely effective in treating headaches, whiplash, and acute back pain. This is done by Shannon Davis.
ERGONOMIC EVALUATION Donna Childs can be scheduled to do an on site ergonomic evaluation and training.