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Hands on treatment to address the underlying causes of pain, returning you to an active life

Are you looking for a therapist with expert manual skills and extensive experience treating both neurological and orthopedic conditions? 

At Quantum Leap Physical Therapy, the focus is on you as an individual and your therapy is personalized to address the underlying causes of your pain and dysfunction. 

Pain and fatigue can result from fascial tightness. Breathing habits and organ function are important factors that often contribute to pain and/or fatigue.  

At Quantum Leap Physical Therapy, the environment is compassionate, collaborative and supportive. 

Ready to take the leap to improve your health and wellness?  Schedule an appointment today!

About Fascia

Fascia is a type of connective tissue in the body. It surrounds, protects, and supports the structure of the body. Fascia surround every muscle, muscle fiber, blood vessel and nerve down to the cellular level. New research also is confirming the role of connective tissue and the extra-cellular matrix in the immune system and as a whole body communication system!   Fascia is composed of elastin (which is elastic), collagen (which is strong), and ground substance (a gel like fluid that fills the spaces between the elastin and collagen). This composition makes fascia flexible and very strong.

 

Injury, trauma, surgeries, cancer treatments, childbirth, sustained postures and repetitive motions can cause fascia to thicken, shorten, adhere and dehydrate.

When this happens, there can be pressure on the muscles, joints, nerves, blood vessels, lymph vessels and even restrictions of the organs.

Fascial tightening and adhering  often causes pain, decreased range of motion, structural misalignment and dysfunction of the body systems including the immune system, gastrointestinal system, respiratory system, circulatory system and genito-urinary system.   Restrictions even disrupt  the vital whole body communication!

 

Fascial restrictions respond very well to manual therapy.  Fascia responds best when when loaded or tensioned  with the correct amount of force in order to engage the tissue and create communication between the brain and body.  This requires therapist skill and finesse for assessment and treatment of the fascia.  Similar to  a telephone call: too little sound and no connection is made, too much sound and no one can listen.... It is the right amount of engagement that creates mind-body connection and fascial change.

 

I am skilled at multiple techniques to address the fascial system and these include myofascial release, visceral manipulation, craniosacral therapy and joint mobilization.  Knowing multiple manual interventions gives me the skills to provide optimal treatments for my clients. 

Organs and Pain

Some people require a broader approach than traditional physical therapy. These people experience chronic or complex pain,  gastrointestinal difficulties, pelvic pain, incontinence, neck and jaw pain, and sleep disturbances. 

 

Did you know there are direct fascial connections from the organs to the musculoskeletal system?  Stomach and liver restrictions can cause shoulder and neck pain!  Organs must move freely within their fascial web and are very often neglected in traditional physical therapy. Visceral manipulation techniques that increase organ mobility often result in resolution of pain that has been recalcitrant.

 

Breathing, Facial posture and Pain

Did you know that your unrelenting headaches, neck or jaw pain could be due to sleep apnea or poor posture, including the posture of your tongue?!  Methods exist to help with tongue and facial posture as well as to alleviate mild-moderate sleep apnea.  Myofascial and visceral techniques are helpful and often work best if they are integrated with orofacial myofunctional therapy and breathing reeducation.

COMPREHENSIVE PHYSICAL THERAPY

 

Physical therapists (PT) have training in differential diagnosis, advanced manual skills, movement analysis, and neuromuscular reeducation.  You can expect your therapist to:

 

*Perform comprehensive musculoskeletal and fascial evaluation to determine the cause of and best treatment for acute or chronic pain

*Assess and treat balance deficits and difficulty with walking or moving around

*Perform manual therapy to relieve pain, regain fascial mobility and promote healing

 

*Prepare the body before surgery and rehabilitation after surgery

 

*Help Individuals with strength and flexibility training as well as neuromuscular reeducation

 

*Help with foot pain and recommendations about orthotics

*Educate regarding ergonomics, body mechanics, injury and re-injruy prevention, and strategies to keep moving and stay healthy 

* Work colloboratively with other allied, complementary and allopathic  practictioners

 

 

What to expect when I take a Quantum Leap ?

Decreased pain

Improved posture

Better sleep

Increased strength

Greater flexibility

Better balance

Better gait

Improved athletic performance

Increased resiliency

More energy

Feelings of well being

© 2014 by Heather McWilliams MSPT

To Schedule An Appointment

Call 360.990.6627