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Lymphatic System & Fascial Treatments

The lymphatic system takes care of our immune system and dead cell removal; if there is injury, or tissue damage, even from surgery (a controlled trauma) there will be an extra accumulation of proteins, such as the GAGs (glycosoaminoglycans) that may be handled improperly by the tissue. The lymphatic system will participate in taking care of it. Even manipulation will produce body waste and the lymphatic system will take it away. The lymphatic system follows the fascial system. The fascia requires movement and the PhysioTouch offers a dimension I was not normally incorporating into my treatments. Chiropractors, PT’s, massage therapists and acupuncturists spend the majority of treatment pushing into the body. The device pulls tissue away from the body (fascial traction).

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Low back & pelvis core strength & stability

The basic message I want to get across to my patient’s with low back pain is about your personal responsibility to support the muscle system of the spine. Have you heard of Core Stability? If you are into Pilates, yoga or strength training you have experienced core strength training and stability training.

If you are my patient you have heard me talk about the fascia and the joints. In particular for the low back, I talk about the fascia, muscles, and joints around the  sacro-iliac joints. These are part of your low back stability system. Contrary to what old rheumatologists will tell you, the sacro-iliac joints – which connect the fused section of the lower spine (the sacrum) to the pelvic/hip bones on either side – do need to move during normal daily activities such as walking and running. These bones were meant to move. On the other hand the lower lumbar vertebra were not meant to move very much. These lower lumbars usually need stability training to get them to “hold” in place better.

You will feel me touching and testing the motion of these joints and the surrounding fascia. It is both necessary and desirable that the sacro-iliac joints move, because they need to act as shock absorbers between the lower limbs and spine, and also as a way of providing proprioceptive (body positioning awareness) feedback for co-ordinated movement and control between the trunk and lower limbs.

As the SIJ is capable of movement, that movement needs to be properly controlled, as with any of the body’s joints. Some control comes through the natural architecture of the low back and pelvis, but more is possible by using the surrounding muscle, ligament and connective tissue system (fascia) to provide compression on the joints. This is important because we can influence the effectiveness of the compression through exercise and re-training after injury.

I will give you exercises to support the muscles and fascia  that help to stabilise the pelvic girdle:

  • For the back side I like arch ups;
  • For the front side I like abdominal curls or planks: 
  • For the sides I like the side bridge.

If you practice just these three core exercises and train every day for three weeks it will help you improve the fascia system of support.  These are just the beginner poses. I will progress you to the intermediate and advanced exercises.


What I Do…

I often hear my clients say “I don’t know what to call you: a Physical Therapist, a Chiropractor, a nutritionist?” because I don’t just perform traditional Chiropractic manipulation. I also often get asked “What is my approach called?” First and foremost I see myself as a teacher. I teach procedures and methods to help my clients get out of pain, I teach corrective exercise plans, and nutrition and diet plans. I love using my skills in manual therapy, rehabilitation exercise, and nutrition to focus on solving my clients health issues and concerns. I see the full value in mixing all of the traditional health approaches and alternative health approaches into intelligent health methods.

My approach to each client is not a cookbook. I focus on finding the source of each client’s pain – evaluating posture, the joints, the muscles, the fascia, and diet. My evaluation is individualized and personalized, but not a cookbook. I systematically examine my clients for 1) muscle trigger points (tender points within muscles that can cause pain); 2) joints that have too little motion and joints that have too much motion and 3) nutritional deficiencies. This takes time and patience on my part and my client’s part. My first office examination takes about one hour and follow up visits are 30 minutes. I need to test what we are finding, and treat the key under- or overactive muscle. One visit we may concentrate on your breathing to see how well your diaphragm is moving; another visit may find us concentrating on an upper neck dysfunction; another session may find us teaching you how to activate a core muscle deficit; or another session we may learn exercises for a low back instability.

Most importantly, you will learn to participate in your own recovery. This is the basis of my rehabilitation approach! I will be checking your soft tissues and probably using the Deep Muscle Stimulator (DMS) or warm laser as part of my treatments; I will check your core; your feet; and even your TMJ (jaw).

I have had some amazing mentors and teachers and I will blend what I have learned over being in practice for 27 years to guide our treatment. This is what separates me from what most others do. I don’t just focus on the site of symptoms, I look at the whole body.

When you are ready I can teach you how to use the foam roll on your dense and tight muscles; strength training with kettlebells, & flexibility and stretching exercises. If you need weight loss, I am happy to help you reach your goals. Please feel free to send this information to your friends.