Whether you are suffering from chronic or acute pain, recovering post surgery, or simply want to get back to doing what you love, Functional Manual Therapy (FMT) helps you get back to "living fully". FMT is a three-dimensional approach to the body: realignment, core & muscle reeducation, and posture-movement mechanics.
The ultimate goal of FMT is to provide you with the mechanical ability to become self sufficient and more proficient in all areas of human performance. FMT is an evaluation and treatment system that promotes optimum human performance by enhancing total body mobility. The unique aspect of FMT is the integration of the mobility treatment with neuromuscular facilitation (the ability to initiate the right muscles at the right time with proper strength and endurance) and motor control (the ability to effectively produce coordinated postural and movement strategies). Simply, this means we get things aligned then teach you how to keep pain free in any activity.
One of the principles of FMT is the CoreFirstTM strategy. CoreFirst is when the brain AUTOMATICALLY engages your core prior to any movement or activity. This gives the big "mover" muscles of the body more strength and coordination. Everyone talks about using the core muscles, but a lot of that is done automatically through exercise. Once we get joints aligned and muscles flexible we teach our patients postural and movement strategies that allow their core to fire all day long. Our job is to make sure that your life is, in fact, in itself an exercise.
Functional Manual Therapists teach the right way to exercise to strengthen the crucial stabilizer muscles. Even if you are able to do a hundred sit-ups, your deep core muscles may not be firing. You may have done months of shoulder exercises and the muscles of your shoulder blade, necessary to stabilize and protect your shoulder, are still asleep and "muscle memory" needs to be restored. These integral muscles need direct facilitation in specific functional patterns to wake up and work for you. Utilizing very specific manual assessment and facilitation techniques, every primary muscle group in the body is evaluated and exercised in a personalized manner.
What would an FMT session be like? An hour would be set aside for an initial evaluation and each subsequent treatment. We would assess every tissue and movement pattern to discover the underlying source of your pain and the appropriate path to your full recovery, provide hands-on treatment, and exercises for a personalized home strategy.