Therapy offers a
unique combination of traditional physical therapy and integrative pain
management techniques to help individuals enjoy the best health possible.
For Complete Recovery,
Address Underlying Cause of Pain
As a physical therapist, you know that pain is usually caused or perpetuated
by poor posture and movement impairments. When muscle recruitment patterns
are faulty, the precision of joint movement is lost. The result is repetitive
stress. When we correct movement impairments, we correct the underlying
cause of pain. From a physical perspective, that person should recover.
Why then do some patients not heal?
How to Improve the Outcomes of Treatment
As a physical therapist you know that stress can exacerbate pain. Mental
and emotional factors can sabotage even the best treatment program. But
did you know that you can help your patients reduce stress by integrating
relaxation techniques into the modalities and procedures you are currently
using? Specific techniques to reduce stress can improve the outcomes of
You can achieve a deeper level of health with physical
therapy by integrating relaxation and breathing techniques into your treatment
plan. The patient recovers faster, with more lasting relief. And they
have a home program that will benefit them for life.
When You Calm the Body, You Calm the Mind
A regular program of relaxation and mindfulness meditation creates a
space for your patients to clarify their values and re-establish their
priorities. It invites them to look at emotional responses that
longer serve them. As active participants in their therapy, they commit to
performing their home program regularly. And they are much more careful to
avoid those movements and postures that cause pain. By empowering patients
to change habits at the physical and mental/emotional levels, you treat
the whole person.
will find ways to use integrative techniques in your clinical practice
when you click
here to read my article, "Therapeutic Techniques
from the Tradition of Yoga," (pdf)
revision of an article published in the April 2002 issue of Orthopaedic
Physical Therapy Practice -- a magazine of the American Physical Therapy
Courses for Physical Therapists
An Integrative Approach
to Physical Therapy
a course participant, you will learn how to combine traditional physical
therapy evaluation and treatment protocols with techniques that relax
the body, focus the mind, and reduce stress. In addition, you'll improve
your ability to communicate your diagnosis and treatment plan to doctors
and patients in a way that they can easily understand.
courses offer many options depending on your patient population, areas
of interest, and background in integrative approaches. They offer the
flexibility to choose between an emphasis on correcting movement impairments
or an emphasis on new directions in health and healing using mind/body
are some of the courses currently being offered:
1: An Introduction to Integrative Physical
Introduction to Integrative Physical Therapy
Therapy - Lower Quarter
4: Integrative Physical
Therapy - Upper Quarter
Compassionate Clinical Communication
Communication takes on a whole new perspective as you experience a range
of techniques to deepen the connection to yourself, to patients,
co-workers, and friends.
YOU WANT TO HOST A COURSE?
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Janisse is a very outstanding therapist with many strengths in the
area of pain management and postural correction. I have seen her system
work with all types of patients: low back pain, shoulder impingement
, cervical headaches, fibromyalgia, etc. I have referred some of my
most difficult patients to Marie and seen them exit my clinic pain-free."
John Voyles., Physical
is the most skilled therapist I have ever worked with. I have had
a number of patients who did not respond to other treatments, yet
significantly improved after working with her."