What Is Integrative Structural Massage Therapy?
At Paths in Healing, we practice Integrative Neurosomatic Therapy (INT), a structurally focused approach to treatment of pain. INT addresses the origin of pain, where traditional medical care too often only focuses on masking the symptom. Pain is manifested because of an underlying cause; merely treating the symptom leaves the cause unresolved.
With INT, we find simple solutions to health issues that often puzzle other health care practitioners. We look at the whole body and “listen” to the pain to determine its underlying cause. By treating the root of the pain, correcting issues that have caused it, we eliminate pain and prevent it from returning. Our procedures are non-surgical, non-invasive, and non-chiropractic.
To address clients’ improper structural and biomechanical patterns, Paul St. John pioneered a technique to measure and chart our observations about the body. Your therapist will analyze your postural and movement patterns, and design a comprehensive program designed to guide you through the five stages of rehabilitation:
- Elimination of muscle spasms
- Improvement of flexibility
- Restoration of proper biomechanics
- Development of muscular strength
- Increasing of muscular endurance
What Happens In The First Session?
In our approach, we view the body as a whole unit. Pain can be caused by dysfunctional muscles, organs, or connective tissue as a result of injuries or faulty postural or movement patterns. Any accident, trauma or surgery can have long-term effects, producing pain and dysfunction in the body.
A first session is 90 minutes and consists of a thorough posture and gait evaluation. Any misalignments in your body will be carefully measured and recorded. This evaluation process, employing the principles of INT, allows your therapist to determine the origin of your symptoms. Once the evaluation is complete, your therapist will explain the findings and what you can expect from the course of treatment. Treatment will begin immediately to begin restoring balance to the body.
What Conditions Can Be Treated?
Using our whole body approach, we can successfully treat:
- Migraine and Headaches
- Jaw pain from TMJ Dysfunction
- Neck pain and whiplash injuries
- Frozen shoulders
- Arm pain or numbness from Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
- Tennis or Golfer’s Elbow
- Wrist pain due to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Disc Herniation and other back pain
- Scapular winging
- Hip and knee pain
- Plantar Fasciitis and other foot pain
- Breathing difficulties
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
What Is Integrative Structural Treatment Like?
Treatment in the first session and subsequent hour-long appointments may include a variety of manual therapy techniques that will lead to maximum reduction of pain and increase in mobility. The foundational technique we use is massage to release tension in hypertonic (tight) muscles; we may also employ Myofascial Release (softening connective tissue), Craniosacral work (manipulation of the cerebrospinal fluid) or Trigger Point Therapy (deactivating hyperirritable points in muscles). We may also employ stretching and the use of sound and vibration.
The end of your session, you will be given a personalized regimen of stretching and exercises to be done between treatment sessions. Our goal is not only to eliminate pain, but to educate our clients on ways to prevent recurrence of symptoms. Every client is unique and responds differently to treatment, but most notice immediate effects, with improvement or even resolution of symptoms within four sessions.