My practice was founded with the goal of providing top of the line conservative-care for common neuromusculoskeletal injuries. With a heavy emphasis on therapeutic exercise and soft tissue therapy, I have been able help many athletes overcome injury and perform their best!
-Movement & Mobility Assessment
-Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy (CMT)
-Active Release Techniques/Functional Range Release
-Myofascial Decompression (Cup Therapy)
-Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation (IASTM/graston/guasha)
-Fascial Movement Taping (Rocktape/Kinesiotape)
See below for detailed descriptions…
Functional rehabilitation (aka corrective exercise) is different than what you are probably thinking “rehab” is. Functional rehab consists of exercises that get your body to move in ways in which it was designed to move.
-It is used to reinforce proper movement patterns.
-It is used to improve blood flow into muscles that have been deprived of oxygen, so your body can heal faster.
-It is used to help negate the harm we do to ourselves on a daily basis, like sitting for countless hours per day driving to work, at the computer, driving home from work, in front of the TV, which set up a upper and lower crossed syndromes.
Natasha makes functional rehabilitation one of the centerpieces of her treatment approach. In order for you to really get better, it’s important that you reinforce treatment with rehab on your own. This will help you get better faster and have to see her less and save money on endless visits.
MOVEMENT SCREENS & MOBILITY ASSESSMENT
Just like there are screens to assess risk of heart disease (cholesterol, blood pressure, etc.) there should be a way to screen for injury based on how people are moving.
Natasha uses several state of the art movement screens to assess risk of injury and to help diagnose and treat chronic conditions.These are powerful tools to help prevent injury and fix those chronic problems that just don’t seem to go away.
CHIROPRACTIC MANIPULATIVE THERAPY (CMT)
CMT is what most people consider chiropractic to be, the adjustment (also called a “manipulation” of a joint). An adjustment has multiple effects on the joints and surrounding areas.
For example, one of the most powerful effects of an adjustment is its ability to decrease pain. When something hurts, the pain receptors in our nervous system can become “hyped up” and more sensitive than usual.
An adjustment has been show to decrease the hypersensitivity of pain receptors, meaning it can block pain.
An adjustment can also improve joint motion. Over time, if we don’t use the full range of motion of our joints, we develop movement compensations and tightness of the tissues around a joint, causing poor joint motion. An adjustment improves the range of motion of the joint and causes relaxation of the muscles around the joint that can be in a painful muscle spasm, which also decreases joint compression.
A large number of chiropractors only adjust the joints of the spine. Natasha is highly trained to not only adjust the spinal joints, but also the joints of the extremities (ankle, knee, foot, hip, wrist, elbow, shoulder). She uses a number of different CMT techniques, but is heavily influenced by the diversified adjusting technique, motion palpation institute, and drop table techniques.
ACTIVE RELEASE TECHNIQUE
ART is a movement based soft tissue treatment technique that contains over 500 treatment protocols and requires extensive training to be able to do. It is aimed at treating movement dysfunctions between muscles, nerves, ligaments, and fascia.
Many conditions, such as headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, IT band syndrome, plantar fasciitis, shoulder impingement syndrome, golfer’s and tennis elbow, back pain, hip pain, and many other complaints are caused by overuse and misuse of these structures. ART restores blood flow to injured areas, breaking down scar tissue adhesions, and reestablishes proper movement of soft tissue structures to relieve these common maladies.
INSTRUMENT ASSISTED SOFT TISSUE MANIPULATION (IASTM)
IASTM is a soft tissue treatment technique. The doctor or therapist uses either a plastic, metal, or composite tool to treat soft tissue fibrosis, scar tissue, and restrictions.
The treatment may be uncomfortable, but it should not be painful. The technique is designed at improve blood flow to tissues that are hypoxic, meaning they have decreased oxygen delivery, usually due to being entrapped in scar tissue. IASTM also causes a small inflammatory reaction in the area treated, which helps bring cells to the area that can clean up debris and facilitate the healing process.
When scar tissue is laid down after either an acute or chronic injury, it lays down haphazardly, instead of in the direction that motion usually occurs in that tissue. This causes stiffness, hypoxia, and limited range of motion. IASTM is a very effective tool to correct these issues.
Kinesiology taping is that bright tape you saw on the olympic beach volleyball players. It is becoming an increasingly popular tool in the sports world, but it can be beneficial in everyone, not just pro athletes.
Kinesiology tape is a stretchy tape that does not limit motion the way white athletic tape does. There are many different thoughts on why kinesiology tape is effective.
It is one of those things you have to try to really understand, but here are a few of the mechanisms that are believed to be why it is so effective:
The elasticity of the tape lifts the skin: Because of the stretch that can be placed on the tape, it creates a slight lifting of the skin, which improves the movement of lymphatic fluid (swelling) to be drained out of irritated tissues.
This helps with post-injury bruising and edema.
Skin sensory receptors: There are almost an infinite number of sensory receptors in the skin. When we place the elastic tape on the skin, the skin sensory receptors send signals to the brain and spinal cord that then reflexively cause the muscles underneath to relax.
Flexible support: Placing kinesiology tape on top of an over-stressed area, an achilles tendon for example, can help to disperse the tensile forces over a wider area in order to decrease the amount of tension on the stressed area.
MYOFASCIAL DECOMPRESSION (CUPPING)
Natasha combines the ancient technique of cupping therapy with modern day science. Myofascial Decompression (MFD) is a form of myofascial release that has been used for thousands of years. Plastic, glass, or silicone cups are placed on the skin and create a decompressive effect on the tissues below. They pull the muscles and connective tissue into the cup to release adhesions below. Cupping also allows for lymphatic fluid (swelling) to drain out of muscles and allows them to recover more quickly. Some rumors have it that the Chinese olympic team uses cupping daily as part of their recovery routine.