Functional Manual Therapy® (FMT)
For Optimal Health

What is a Functional Manual Therapy® (FMT)?

Functional Manual Therapy® (FMT) is manual therapy that looks at the human body in a 3-dimensional manner.  It is a constant evaluation and treatment of the 3-pillars of the FMT paradigm: mechanical capacity, neuromuscular function, and motor control.  It looks beyond normative values but the innate human potential instead.  Breakthroughs in the development of FMT were made working with professional dancers, runners, and complex cases.  Because of this "out of the box" thinking, problems were solved brilliantly and in curious ways.  FMT is a full body approach to treating the body's tissues and neuromuscular system to promote functional efficiency.

Its mechanical treatment is end-feel directed rather than soley on position, motion, and symmetry.  FMT was developed under the principles of Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF).  So the treatment sessions literally feel like dancing and flowing to help make our patients better.

Mechanical capacity is evaluated and treated with our trained hands that make mobilizations laser-specific, rather than passive mobilizations of laying supine on the treatment table.  This is why we say that we're doing something WITH you rather than something happening TO you.  FMPs reveal the exact motion and position that was directly affecting the specific region in question.  Physical therapy diagnosis and treatment becomes fast, seamless, and creates immediate results.

The second pillar, neuromuscular function, uses our hands to activate very specific fibers of the core rather than requiring multiple physical therapy visits and 1-hour long home program with multiple repetitions and conscious mental effort to isolate specific fibers with weights and bands for weeks on end.  Because PNF is like dancing and integrating with the innate human system, its effectiveness is exceptional--thus faster--at diagnosing and treating initiation, strength, endurance, and elongation of the deep core, getting results quicker and safer.

Motor control is the final pillar of the FMT approach.  Our hands and observation skills continuously uses PNF principles to treat the movements that you care about.  We take specific movements that do not look and feel right, treat out the mechanical dysfunctions, restore the neuromuscular function with PNF and FMPs, and apply it back to the motor control system revealing effortless movement that just seems to magically flow with the rest of the human system.  This final pillar is where prescriptive exercise can become highly beneficial to help you get the results you need.

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Functional Manual Therapy® for Heart Rate Variability (HRV)

Many chronic conditions are adversely affected and also affect the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS).  It also affects the functional capacity of the joy in your life.

Did you know that Functional Manual Therapy®
(FMT) can successfully evaluate and treat your Heart Rate Variability (HRV)?  This is proven to improve inflammatory conditions in the digestive system and well as beneficial for chronic pain populations.  Get your effective results with FMT for your HRV.

Adhesions of the vagus nerve mobility is also shown to adversely affect efficient recovery from many musculoskeletal conditions, physical and emotional recovery, as well as create further improvements after tapering from existing HRV exercises and stretches.  FMT can evaluate and treat the mechanical capacity of the vagus nerve (CN X).

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Posture with Functional Manual Therapy®

You use your posture to communicate and to elongate from in order to walk, to work, and to do activities of daily living.

Improve the biomechanical verticality of your system and align your 3 Pressure System.  Get an Automatic Core Engagement™ (ACE) to protect your body.  Use a CoreFirst® Strategy (CFS) to position your self for sleep, sitting, standing, and walking.

Expand 3 dimensionally (3D) when breathing without holding patterns and continuous bracing.  Be nice to your digestive organs inside.  Teach your pelvic floor to function even in a relaxed state.  Project your voice.  Have more energy.  Get a natural shock absorbing system during your dynamic activities.


Get Functional Manual Therapy® (FMT) in order to evaluate and treat your posture.


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Functional Mobilization for Your Entire Body

We fully evaluate and treat the system that is your body.

This includes your cranium, viscera, soft tissue, and dural-neural systems of the body.  What is physical is emotional.  What is emotional is physical.  There is a great deal of influence between your function and your physical well-being.

You get to get rid of functional holding patterns, the somatic effects from past experiences, as well as healthier breathing patterns as part of this process.

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Functional Evaluation of your Airway Health and Sleep Health

We have taken the pledge to evaluate the airway health of our patients.

It's not just about snoring.  Your chronic condition and preventable disease are related to poor quality of their airway and sleep and vice versa.

Here are 2 quick ways to assess if you're getting enough sleep, as proposed by Dr. Matthew Walker PhD.

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Continuous Evaluation of Your Functional Movement System

You get regular recalibration therapy, which your visits are designed to make sure that your body and system is functioning properly.

Through the use of our hands with Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF), you get to tap into your innate human design, your hidden potential.


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Conditions We Successfully Treat & Manage
 

Chronic pain
Scoliosis
TMJD
CRPS I
CRPS II
Costochondritis
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel
Sciatica
Weakness in Hands or Feet
Cervical Fusion Recovery
Lumbar Fusion Recovery
Cervical / Lumbar Disc Replacement Recovery
Numbness and/or tingling
Adhesive Capsulitis
Functional Leg Length Discrepancy
Poor Posture
Mouth Breathing
High Level Stroke Impairments
Headaches
Migraines
Snoring
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS)

Neck pain
Low back pain
Hip pain
Knee pain
Ankle pain
Foot pain
Shoulder pain
Shoulder Impingement
Frozen Shoulder
Shoulder Tendinitis
Tennis Elbow
Golfer's Elbow
Wrist pain
Mobility problems from Cerebral Palsy
Femoral Acetabular Impingement (FAI)
Acromioclavicular Joint (AC Jt.) Arthritis
Patellofemoral Pain (PFP)
Osteoarthritis of knees
Shin Splints
Plantar Fasciitis
Achilles Tendinitis
Ankle Sprain
Hallucis Valgus (Bunions)
Chronic Cramping
Sinusitis
Difficulty Walking
Diastasis Recti
Constipation
Trigeminal Neuralgia
Pes Planus (Flat Feet)
Pudendal Neuralgia
Knee Weakness

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