THE MANUAL TOUCH PT STORY
As a new PT over 20 years ago, I was drawn to deep tissue work, a direct manual physical therapy technique, by applying force as part of deep tissue therapy. An example of a direct manual force technique is a chiropractic adjustment. Patients would come to me in pain; I would find the tender areas & “fix” them with deep pressure & force. For the majority of my patients, the deep tissue therapy worked wonders, but for some patients the deep tissue work either didn’t help or more often than not, made them feel worse (negative treatment reaction). In 1997, I began studying Integrative Manual Therapy, (IMT), an indirect manual therapy using gentle touch to facilitate the body to heal itself. In other words, work with the restrictive tissues (tissues under tension due to dysfunction) by applying pressures in the direction of healthy tissue (tissue at ease—IMT therapy), not solely against the tissue by direct force (deep tissue therapy). After a couple years of studying IMT, I realized I no longer was using deep tissue therapy, but was using IMT, as well as other forms of manual physical therapy, instead & getting great results with all my patients, including the patients that didn’t respond to direct deep tissue therapy. I had become a facilitator of tissue and whole body healing, not just a fixer of dysfunctional tissue problems and associated body symptoms.
At The Manual Touch PT, manual physical therapy addresses dysfunctions found within the body structure to promote optimal body function and health. Functional rehab, as a therapeutic, individualized exercise program, is then used to familiarize patients with their newly enhanced body and neuromuscular capabilities to achieve optimal health & movement. Use of this unique blend of traditional/non-traditional forms of manual physical therapy and functional rehab guides The Manual Touch PT’s mission in promoting a Whole Body Approach to Health and resulting well being.
All conditions associated with chronic or acute pain (e.g., back or sciatic pain), in addition to other neurologic or muscular conditions or other types of dysfunction (see Common Dysfunctions Treated)
BCBS & Medicare in-network providers
Other insurances taken on an out-of-network basis