Biofeedback, or surface EMG, is a tool that measures muscle strength or force. Small electrodes are applied to the pelvic floor muscles, making it easier to learn to contract, relax, and exercise them while watching a computer screen.
The craniosacral system is made up of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. This gentle hands-on approach affects deep structures and promotes the body’s natural healing processes. Craniosacral therapy is especially helpful for spinal conditions, headaches, and post-surgical conditions.
Manual therapy to the nerves addresses mobility and function. A nerve must be able to move freely within its surrounding structures for optimal function. Nerve manipulation identifies and releases local nerve restrictions while evaluating the effect these local fixations have on the rest of the body, which may resolve more comprehensive dysfunctional patterns. The modality of nerve manipulation facilitates nerve conductivity and intraneural blood supply for local and systemic responsiveness. For more information see the Barral Institute web site.
This gentle hands-on method works with the body’s organs, “viscera,” to release abnormal points of tension. Tension leads to chronic irritation and dysfunction. Visceral Manipulation (VM) encourages normal mobility, tone, and motion of the organs and their connective tissues to produce greater ranges of motion. This promotes more normal function of organs and joints. It is used frequently with the organs of the pelvis to help resolve symptoms of pelvic and vaginal pain, endometriosis, bladder or bowel conditions, fibroids and cysts, infertility issues of mechanical origin, and post-gynecological surgeries. See the Barral Institute website for more information.
Anodyne Therapy is a light therapy using monochromatic infrared energy. Pads with light diodes are applied to the skin for 30 minutes. Anodyne causes circulation to increase 200%, compared to 40% using heat packs. Combined with exercise it is more effective, as nitric oxide is released from the blood. It also reduces pain, promotes healing, and calms irritated nerve tissue. For the researcher and the curious, a wealth of information is available on the web at www.anodynetherapy.com.