Manual Therapy By Emmanuelle

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Tuesday - Thursday,
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10:30 am - 6 pm

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Hands-On Therapies

Emmanuelle will customize her manual therapy approach based on your unique needs for each session.

The following gentle, hands-on therapies may be used during a manual therapy session. It is based on the initial and ongoing assessments throughout the session that one therapy will be chosen instead of another.

What is craniosacral therapy and what does it do?

Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a healing modality for the Mind, Body, and Spirit.

It is an effective form of treatment for a wide range of illnesses helping to create the optimal conditions for health, encouraging vitality and facilitating a sense of well-being. It is suitable for people of all ages including babies, children and the elderly, and can be effective in acute or chronic cases.

• Relieves Pain, Chronic Fatigue, Depression
• Brings your body into a deep balancing and wellbeing
• Reduces emotional stress, and releases old patterns and traumas
• Helps with various diseases affecting the nervous, immune or endocrine systems

By complementing the body's natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction, including:

• Migraine Headaches
• Chronic Neck and Back Pain
• Motor-Coordination Impairments
• Colic
• Central Nervous System Disorders
• Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries
• Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia
• Spinal Cord Injuries

• Scoliosis
• Learning Disabilities
• Chronic Fatigue
• Emotional Difficulties
• Stress and Tension-Related Problems
• Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders
• Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)


CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system - comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.

Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.

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What is visceral manipulation and what does it do?

Ken Frey from the Barral Institute Explains Visceral Manipulation

Visceral manipulation (VM) assists functional and structural imbalances throughout the body, including musculoskeletal, vascular, nervous, urogenital, respiratory, digestive, and lymphatic dysfunctions.

VM evaluates and treats the dynamics of motion and suspension in relation to organs, membranes, fascia, and ligaments. VM increases proprioceptive communication within the body, thereby revitalizing a person and relieving symptoms of pain, dysfunction, and poor posture.

French osteopath Jean-Pierre Barral developed VM. Comparative studies found VM beneficial for various disorders such as:

Acute Disorders
• Whiplash
• Seatbelt Injuries
• Chest & Abdominal Sports Injuries
• Concussions

Women's & Men's Health Issues
• Chronic Pelvic Pain
• Endometriosis
• Fibroids & Cysts
• Dysmenorrhea
• Bladder Incontinence
• Prostate Dysfunction
• Referred Testicular Pain
• Effects of Menopause

Digestive Disorders
• Bloating & Constipation
• Nausea & Acid Reflux

Dysfunctions Musculoskeletal Disorders
• Headaches & Migraines
• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
• Peripheral Joint Pain
• Sciatica
• Neck Pain
Emotional Issues
• Anxiety & Depression
• Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Pain Related To
• Post-Operative Scar Tissue
• Post-Infection Scar Tissue
VM Therapy

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What is neural manipulation and what does it do?

Neural manipulation (NM) examines mechanical relationships between the cranium-spine hard frame and the dura and neural elements. It provides assessment and treatment approaches to address restrictions of the dural and neural components not commonly focused on musculoskeletal symptoms. NM identifies and releases local nerve restrictions, while at the same time it examines the effect these local fixations have on the rest of the body. By accessing this relationship, NM resolves the more comprehensive (global) dysfunctional patterns.

French osteopath Alain Croibier collaborated with Jean-Pierre Barral to develop NM. Comparative studies found NM beneficial for various disorders such as:

• Lower Back Pain & Sciatica
• Headaches & Migraines
• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
• Joint Pain
• Digestive Disorders
• Post-Operative Scar Tissue Pain
• Swallowing Dysfunctions

• Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
• Whiplash Injuries
• Birth Injuries
• Neuralgia & Neuritis
• Tendinitis
• Sprains & Traumatic Lesions
• Concussion & Traumatic Brain Injuries & More

Neural Manipulation Therapy

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What is vascular manipulation and what does it do?

Visceral vascular manipulation (VVM) examines mechanical relationships between components of the vascular system. It also examines the vascular system's relationship to organs with regards to enhancing their functionality while increasing visceral vascular circulation to them. VVM regards the vascular system as a whole, including the vascularization of the heart, lungs, and organs.

French osteopath Alain Croibier collaborated with Jean-Pierre Barral to develop VVM. Comparative studies found VVM beneficial for various disorders such as:

• High Blood Pressure
• Night Apnea
• Dysrhythmia
• Thyroid Dysfunction
• Cervical Trauma
• Migraines
• Sequel of Gastric Ulcer
• Digestive Issues
Visceral Vascular Manipulation Therapy

What is myofascial therapy and how does it work?

The gentle touch of MFR aims to lengthen the shortened myofascial tracks within the musculoskeletal structure, thus releasing joints and allowing for better flexibility in the entire musculoskeletal structure. When our posture is misaligned, other structures such as nerves, arteries, or even organs cannot perform their tasks correctly due to restricted space within the body for them to move freely and function. Once space is re-established throughout the body, these structures can move freely, and as a consequence, the pain signal stops firing.

Should the restrictions come from a deeper plane within the body, craniosacral therapy and visceral manipulation are more suitable and is recommended for better results.

Myofascial Therapy

What to Expect From a Session

How long will it take to see improvement?

Since every client is unique, every session will be different. It is not uncommon for some clients to acknowledge the improvement in just two visits, while others, although rare, may need months of therapy before seeing improvements. Usually, some improvement is seen within 4-6 visits. Improvement rates also depend on the severity of your condition and how long you have been suffering. The longer you’ve had your problem and the more severe it is will increase the time needed for treatment before you see improvements.

How often do I need to come for treatment?

Usually, once a week is a good frequency. However, you can benefit from less often. In cases of acute pain or injury, it might be useful to come twice a week until pain or symptoms are more manageable. Emmanuelle will work with you to determine the best frequency for you.

Do any of these therapies hurt?

All therapies used by Emmanuelle are gentle. While Emmanuelle will be in contact with your body and manipulating the soft tissues where restrictions are located, at no time will any of these techniques hurt you. On the contrary. Each technique performed by Emmanuelle is meant to be gentle enough so as not to create pain yet it will have a profound effect on your healing.No pain no gain does not apply here for a successful outcome.

I didn't feel much during my session. Why not?

Experiences vary from individual to individual and from session to session. Because of the gentle touch approach, you may not feel much. This does not mean that the changes aren’t profound. Oftentimes, after a few days of processing, you will start to feel a difference in your pain level or symptoms.

How should I prepare?

You will need to wear (or bring) light, loose clothing as you will remain dressed for the entire session. Do not bring a thick or tight sport bra or jeans as they are too thick for a proper feel of the tissues mobilized. Other than making sure you are dressed accordingly, nothing is required from you prior to your sessions. You will be given an intake form during your first visit to complete and review with Emmanuelle as part of your initial assessment.

How long does a session last?

Each session will last between 40 and 60 minutes depending on how much the body will be able to handle.

Why does the session time vary?

We always work with the body’s own pace. This gentle therapy works best when we listen to the body’s needs vs. pushing our own agendas. We want to create a partnership with the body. It is best done by listening to what it needs.