Manual Medicine refers to the application of hands-on techniques designed to assess and treat pain and dysfunction. Because the end result of healthy movement involves the integrated functioning of the nerves, muscles, joints and bones, approaches that can address all these systems are often necessary and of greatest benefit. Manual medicine is highly effective in treating:
- Back and Neck Pain
- Stress and Tension Related Problems
- Hip, Knee, and Shoulder Problems
- Migraines and Headaches
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Central Nervous System Disorders
- Some Sleep Disturbances
Joyce has extensive training in and decades of experience using the following manual techniques with her clients.
Developed in the 1940s by Dr. Lawrence Jones, this osteopathic approach uses a passive positional procedure that places the body in a position of greatest comfort, thereby relieving pain and dysfunction by stopping inappropriate proprioceptive (sensory nerve) activity that maintains somatic (physical) dysfunction. Very effective for all sorts of somatic pain, results are generally experienced in the first session.
Myofascial release, uses advanced palpation skills and an understanding of three dimensional anatomy to discover and release restrictions in the muscles and connective tissue of the body called fascia.
Craniosacral Therapy is performed on a person fully clothed. Using a light touch, generally no more than the weight of a nickel, the practitioner monitors the rhythm of the craniosacral system to detect potential restrictions and imbalances. The therapist then uses delicate manual techniques to release those problem areas and relieve undue pressure on the brain, spinal cord and spinal nerves.