Injury Assessment

For your Injury Assessment, a thorough history will be taken, including events leading to your current problem, as well as past experiences so we have the whole picture of your body’s story. We will be looking for as many contributing factors as possible. This information will guide the physical assessment, carefully evaluating your pattern of pain and/or dysfunction by checking posture, range of motion, movement, coordination, strength, balance, and gait. These tests will provide an assessment of both acute and/or chronic injuries/conditions. With all of this information, we will try to answer the question: “What do I do to get over this problem?!”

Once we gather the information needed for the most accurate assessment, we’ll discuss what’s next. Perhaps some therapy is warranted to get to a deeper level quickly in an effort to make corrections so you can move forward more quickly. Or, we may be able to create a home care program specific to the problem right away so you can get to work on your recovery on your own. Occasionally we may decide a referral for a deeper level of testing is necessary to obtain a definitive diagnosis. Or, there may be another form of therapeutic work which is more appropriate at the time. Trying to find out what’s wrong and what to do can be challenging. This “triage” work is Dynamic Therapies’ best service for someone trying to find the best road to recovery.

Advanced Manual Therapies

Strain/Counterstrain: A gentle, indirect technique to reduce muscle tension, restoring normal joint mechanics. Based on the work of J.T. Jones, D.O.

Muscle Energy Technique: Utilizing gentle, precise muscle contractions to work directly through dysfunctional neuro/mechanical patterns. Based on the work of F.L. Mitchell, Sr., D.O.

Functional Indirect Technique: A gentle process of unwinding through sequential releases of restrictive muscle tension barriers. Based on the work of G.A. Laughlin, D.O.

Cranio-sacral Technique: This approach gently restores the rhythm of the cranio-sacral system, an integral component to balancing the musculo-skeletal system and to re-establishing the synergy of all the systems in the body. Based on the works of E. Stiles, D.O. & J.E. Upledger, D.O.

Visceral Manipulation: Light, specific touch to encourage normal mobility, tone, and inherent tissue motion of the viscera. Based on the work of J-P Baral, D.O. and P. Mercier, D.O.

Exercise Therapies

Hands-on therapeutic exercises to increase flexibility, reduce muscle tension, and/or improve strength. Usually done to rehabilitate from an injury or illness.

Postural Restoration: a series of exercises to improve flexibility and strengthen core muscles to allow the body to restore proper postural alignment.

Proprioceptive Training: balance exercises, often progressing to plyometrics, to restore/improve proprioception, the brain’s ability to know the relationship of the body to its environment and to respond appropriately to changes. Very important component of injury/illness rehabillitation, but also a fun tool for athletic cross-training.

Home Program Instruction

We design a practical, individualized protocol, developing a repertoire of exercises and knowledge for self-care.

Nutritional Therapy

This process begins with an interview to collect a history and description of specific health concerns.

A nutritional assessment will reflect problematic dietary trends that could be contributing to the health concerns. A week-long food journal will have been completed beforehand.

A functional evaluation is then performed that includes assessment of physical indicators of nutritional deficiencies. This will help identify factors that are contributing to the health concerns.

Once priorities are nailed down, nutritional recommendations are offered to address the identified needs.

Referral to appropriate practitioner will be offered if it is recognized that further examination is necessary.

Eye Fitness

Learn techniques and strategies to improve and maintain your vision. A natural approach to vision education, The Bates Method, is an approach of vision training established by Dr. William H. Bates, an ophthalmologist in the early 20th century. The Bates Method aims to reduce strain and facilitate relaxation, identifying bad vision habits which are considered to be contribute to the underlying root causes of vision problems.

For more information: Bates Method International