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Functional Rehabilitation

Finding a key link is a result of a thorough analysis of the entire locomotor system. Karel Lewit says, “I don’t touch a patient until I have examined everything. I want to know what is the relevant chain. I begin with a general picture, not a single lesion. We begin our search with a complete history of the pain location, onset, aggravating and ameliorating factors, and lifestyle or occupational repetitive strains. Following this is an examination by palpation and inspection. Our goal with this examination is to identify both the anatomical sources of pain and the biomechanical deficits or impairments related to pain.

Palpation of soft tissue (skin, fascia, tendons and ligaments), muscle length, joint mobility, along with inspection of posture, gait, respiration, and stereotypical movement patterns leads to the emergence of a picture of the patient‚s major functional disturbance. Our goal is to look for a connection between the dysfunctions and the functional pathologies. Then depending on the history and examination a connection can be made. This clinical hypothesis must be checked with treatment and post-treatment evaluations

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Corporate Wellness Programs

At Serenity Health and Wellness we understand that through lifestyle improvements and balanced living companies can protect their human assets, contain healthcare costs and increase employee satisfaction. That is why we offer comrehensive corporate wellness programs.

In 2002, mid-size company healthcare costs increased up to 21% and averaged $4600 per employee, per year. Investing in a prevention program to minimize the risk of illness and disease. The Surgeon General’s office reported that 70% of all illnesses are due to lifestyle-related causes and at least 50% of medical costs are attributable to illnesses that can be prevented.

Serenity offers way for companies to provide fitness services and wellness education today. We also customize our programs to demands of your company. Together, we help your employees make the everyday work experience more productive and positive.

For more information, please CLICK HERE to download our Corporate Wellness Brochure.

 

Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release is a gentle blend of stretching and massage using traction and positioning of the body to coax muscles in spasm to relax, and break painful adhesions in the fascia. Therapists use the technique to ease pressure in the fibrous bands of connective tissue, or the fascia which encases muscles throughout the body. Sheaths of this dense and elastic connective tissue weave about blood vessels, bones, and nerves as well, forming an intricate, 3-D web that supports your organs and joints from head to toe and acts as the body’s shock absorber.

Scarring or injury to this network of connective tissue is a major cause of pain and impeded motion. The therapy’s easy stretches aim to alleviate these problems by breaking up, or “releasing,” constrictions or snags in the fascia. This therapy is used for many conditions as well in people of all ages.

 

Yoga

Yoga means many different things to people. The true definition of this ancient tradition encompasses the developmental union of the body, the mind and the spirit with ultimate reality and release from the limits of the individual ego. The physical vehicle of the asanas (poses) coupled with awareness of movement and self is a natural way of developing qualities such as fitness, discipline, confidence, awareness, intuitiveness and intelligence gradually leaving one contained, more stable and more contented.

Initially, the physical aspect of yoga was developed as a vehicle for meditation. The repertoire of yoga prepared the body, and particularly the nervous system, for stillness, creating the necessary physical strength and stamina that allowed the mind to remain calm. Classes can range from vigorous flow style (vinyasa) to gentle hatha yoga.

 

Motion Palpation

Throughout our education and continuing studies toward post-graduate degrees, we began to dedicate ourselves to our understanding of the locomotor system and its dysfunctions. Drs. Tohtz and Lotus correlate ideas from experts in complimentary fields of manual therapy and put it to use in the clinic. Both doctors have studied the concepts of Motion Palpation and Movement Systems.

“Brought to the United States in 1981, Motion palpation is a diagnostic technique used by the doctor of chiropractic to locate joint dysfunction within the spinal column and extremities. Motion palpation is now taught in chiropractic colleges throughout the world.”

For more information on Motion Palpation, please refer to the website:

www.motionpalpation.com

 

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is a hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body including muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints designed to alleviate discomfort associated with everyday occupational stresses, muscular overuse and many chronic pain syndromes. It can also greatly reduce the development of painful muscular patterning, if employed early enough after accidents involving trauma and injury.

Massage therapy has many different subtypes offered at Serenity Health & Wellness. Treatment can be tailored toward Craniosacral therapy, Reiki, Deep tissue, Sports massage or Swedish massage.

Benefits of massage include:

increased flexibility of muscles, ligaments, and other soft tissues
relieving muscle aches and stiffness
increased joint range of motion
enhancing general relaxation and stress reduction
improved circulation of blood and lymph
removal of metabolic waste products from muscles
improving immune system functioning

 

Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy

Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy/Spinal Manipulation or “adjustment” refers to gentle pressure or a high-velocity low-amplitude thrust to help restore function and motion to a joint that has become restricted. The manipulation also stimulates the nervous system to help reduce pain and relax local musculature. The noise that can be heard with an adjustment is that of release of nitrogen gas from a joint capsule. It has been researched and documented that motion is restored following an adjustment but no bones are moved for this to happen. There have been many studies that have proven its effectiveness, safety, and high levels of patient satisfaction. As a result, in 1994 the U.S. Agency for Health Care Policy and Research published this technique as a gold standard for low back pain. Since then more research has been done on neck pain, headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, infantile colic and rehabilitation, all supporting the role of Chiropractic and its manipulative procedures.

 

Graston Technique

This Technique is a patented instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables the clinician to break down scar tissue and soft tissue restrictions. This technique utilizes stainless steel instruments that are designed to specifically locate and effectively treat areas that exhibit soft tissue fibrosis and chronic inflammation.

The patient will witness a decreased amount of treatment time and experience faster rehabilitation and recovery of the complaint. Graston Technique also reduces the need for anti-inflammatory medications and resolves chronic conditions that in the past were thought to be permanent in nature. Given the ability to detect fascial adhesions and restrictions, Graston Technique has been clinically proven to achieve quicker and better outcomes in treating both acute and chronic conditions, such as:

Lumbar sprain/strain (Back Pain)
Cervical sprain/strain (Neck Pain)
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Wrist Pain)
Plantar Fascitis (Foot Pain)
Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
Medial Epicondylitis (Golfers Elbow)
Rotator Cuff Tendonitis (Frozen Shoulder/Shoulder Pain)
Patellofemoral Disorders (Knee Pain)
Achilles Tendonitis (Ankle Pain)
Fibromyalgia
Scar Tissue
Shin Splints
Trigger Finger

For more information on Graston Technique, please refer to the website: www.grastontechnique.com

 

Nutritional Counseling

Our nutritionist, Dr. Gina Sirchio of the LG Institute of Health, specializes in holistic healthcare, functional medicine, and clinical nutrition. She evaluates current eating habits and identifies areas of deficiency and supports health through dietary, herbal, and nutritional therapies. Areas of focus include but are not limited to the natural management and treatment of:

Premenstrual Irregularities
Menopause
Autoimmune Disorders
Infertility
Crohns
IBS
Chronic Infections
Fatigue
Weight loss
Arthritis
Sports Nutrition
Prenatal care
Musculoskeletal pain
Endometriosis
Cervical Dysplasia
PCOS
Digestive disorders
Diabetes

 

McKenzie Therapy

The McKenzie Method, also known as Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) is an approach that is trusted and used by practitioners and patients worldwide for common problems of the back and neck. Each distinct syndrome is addressed according to its unique nature with mechanical procedures utilizing movement and positions.

Unique to the McKenzie Method is a comprehensive and logical step-by-step process to evaluate the patient’s problem quickly.

Research has shown the initial McKenzie assessment procedures to be as reliable as costly diagnostic imaging (i.e., x-rays, MRIs) to determine the source of the problem and quickly identify responders and non-responders.

Patients gain an experiential education learning to self-treat their present problem. By implementing this self-care regime and modifying behaviors, patients can minimize the risk of recurrence as well as rapidly manage themselves when symptoms occur.

For more information on McKenzie Method, please refer to the website:

www.mckenziemdt.org

 

Hypnotherapy

Hypnosis (the Greek word for sleep) is widely accepted as an excellent method by which patients may access their inner potential by addressing their subconscious mind while in a relaxed state. This calming and powerful tool enlists the power of the client‚s own imagination and may utilise a wide range of techniques from story telling, metaphor, direct suggestion or symbolism toward a beneficial change. It is generally considered helpful if the client is personally motivated to change.

Hypnotherapy has been proven helpful with the following conditions:

irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
migraines
stress, anxiety, and panic
phobias
unwanted habits and addictions (smoking, overeating, alcoholism, drug abuse)
lack of confidence and low self-esteem
fear of examinations and public speaking
sporting and artistic performance enhancement

Although there remain many other areas of human suffering in which Hypnotherapy may bring relief, there are instances in which it may be contra-indicated. These could include some manifestations of depressive illness, epilepsy, psychosis (e.g. schizophrenia) and some breathing problems. Hypnotherapy can be an adjunct to but is not a replacement for counselling or the mental health care received with a psychologist or psychiatrist.