805 Madison Street, Suite 2-D
Huntsville, Alabama 35801
Phone: (256) 924-0881
Caroline Choppa, MSPT
Meredith Johnson, MPT
Nicholas Choppa, LMT / LAc
Navigating Toward Health

Manual Therapy

manual therapy photoOur Physical Therapists use skilled, therapeutic touch to facilitate your body’s healing process. Manually touching the patient provides information from the client’s body systems including: fascial restrictions, muscle tensions, cranial system rhythms, visceral patterns, lymphatic congestions, joint restrictions, postural holding patterns, inflammatory processes, and respiratory patterns. These techniques give insight into the root cause of displayed symptoms, and show the tolerance for treatment intensity/pace allowing the most beneficial outcome for each individual.

Cranial-Sacral Therapy

cranial sacral therapyA gentle, hands-on approach that integrates understanding of anatomy, embryologic growth development and body system movements. This manual technique provides a means of assessing and treating the body system related to the cerebrospinal circulation and the delicate membranes of the brain and spinal cord. It also evaluates and addresses subtle movements of the bones of the head, spinal column, and sacrum. These techniques assist whole body alignment releasing restrictions from the sacrum to the cranium and enhancing the function of the central nervous system. By supporting the body’s innate ability to heal itself, this therapy is effective for a wide range of medical problems. It works on all ages of clients from pediatrics to geriatrics.

Type of diagnoses: Post-concussion problems, Headaches/migraines, Acute injury, Chronic Neck/Back pain, Pelvic floor pain/dysfunction, Postpartum care, Tailbone/Coccyx pain, Spinal Stenosis, Central Nervous System disorders, Brachial-Plexus injuries, Joint/orthopedic problems, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Sinusitis,TMJ, post-surgical issues, birth trauma, PTSD, and stress.

Visceral Manipulation

visceral manipuation therapyThis manual technique integrates understanding of internal organ anatomy, physiology and their inherent movement patterns. This practice evaluates and treats improper movement patterns and fascial restrictions of and around internal organs. Visceral organ issues can cause pain, constipation, urinary issues, difficult menses, bloating, poor digestion and other problems. This hands on approach encourages return of pain free normal movement and function of internal organs. Abdominal restrictions and adhesions may develop following abdominal surgery, illness, car-accidents and whiplash, prolonged postural misalignment, radiation, chemotherapy, pregnancy, or illness. The goal of Visceral manipulation is to improve organ health and vitality  improving function and reducing pain.

Type of diagnoses: Pelvic pain, Endometriosis, Abdominal pain/bloating, Post-partum/pregnancy, Heartburn, GERD/Acid Reflux, digestive complaints, Neck pain, Shortness of breath, Chest Pain, Knee pain, and more.

Lymphatic Drainage Technique (LDT)

lymphatic drainage therapyLDT is a gentle hands-on approach used to assist your Lymphatic system. Your lymphatic system is found throughout the entire body to include organs and nervous system, and it is our  natural filtration system. Lymph cleanses waste and debris (including germs, toxins, chemicals, proteins and other foreign substances) from our body fluids. Lymphatic vessels follow the circulatory system, but the network begins basically just under the skin moving deeper towards larger nodes and eventually draining into the heart, kidney and bowel. LDT works through gently  stretching skin then pumping nodes and organs. Lymphatic vessels respond by increasing the movement of water, waste and debris systemically. Lymphatic fluid movement can also be enhanced through deep exhalation exercises.

Type of diagnoses: post injury, post-surgical, post-radiation, post ‘plastic-surgery’, Chronic Fatigue, Chemical Sensitivity, post concussion, general malaise and other illnesses.

Cupping and Myofascial Release

cupping therapy huntsville al‘Cupping’ is a hands-on technique that works within the myofascial and soft tissue layers of your body. Cupping has a unique way of working by creating a vacuum which decompresses your soft tissue, and it is profoundly healing. Cupping has become very popular recently among athletes. Why? Because it works! It is actually a centuries old form of treatment used in ancient Chinese medicine, and used in both ancient Egypt and Greece. Now we ‘modern’ peoples are finally catching on to the benefits of cupping!

How does Cupping work? Your practitioner uses soft, flexible cups that are applied to the skin that create suction. The cups can be applied anywhere on your body, wherever your problems have developed. To achieve myofascial release across a larger area, the cups can be moved across your skin. By gliding the suctioned cups across your body, the tissue is subtly pulled up allowing space between tissue layers, and this is where the healing begins! When an area has been overused, strained, injured, or ill, the surrounding tissue can become stagnant and tight, creating tension, knots, limited mobility and pain. Cupping directly addresses these issues.

The decompression from cupping brings numerous benefits including:
  • Increased blood flow to remove debris and bring healing nutrients
  • Releases adhesions and scar tissue allowing improved motion
  • Improved lymphatic flow
  • Softening over tight muscles
  • Improved flexibility

Cupping helps tremendously with many diagnoses including:
  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Post Surgical pain and scarring
  • Muscular tightness
  • Fibromyalgia
  • TMJ
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Chronic Pain

If you are interested or curious if cupping could help you, please contact us by phone or email! We’ll be happy to assist.
Would you like to schedule an appointment?
 (256) 924-0881   
805 Madison Street, Suite 2-D
Huntsville, AL 35801
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