Jim Cryderman - RMT - Mission Statement
Jim is trained in relaxation and deep tissue therapeutic massage using a variety of different techniques, learned over the last 25 years of practice, that he have found to be the most effective. He also incorporate the following forms of rehabilitation training:
- T'ai Chi;
- goal balancing;
- Range of Motion;
- sports massage;
- dietary counseling;
- breathing techniques;
- postural retraining for health;
- stress release & management; and
- kinesthetic training to enhance health & sports performance
- It is my belief that everyone should have the tools and knowledge to
- heal their bodies and maintain their health.
Therapies he provides...
Developed as a result of an intensive study of the interactions between the nervous and musculoskeletal systems, Neuromuscular Therapy brings the relationship between these systems into balance. Without that balance, the body experiences pain (a.k.a. dysfunction). This therapy encourages the body to heal itself - once the healing has begun, techniques are used to stimulate soft-tissue repairs in the affected areas.
Therapists are trained to first examine the patient's medical history and then the patient him-/herself to be sure to accurately discern all the factors that are both creating and prolonging the pain in the patient. Once all the areas have been identified, differing levels of concentrated pressure are applied on the areas of the muscle spasm(s) using the therapist's fingers, knuckles or elbow.
This therapy works by addressing the following 6 physiological factors which can contribute to and intensify various pain patterns:
- Stress - plays havoc with the functioning of the nervous and musculoskeletal systems.
- Nutrition - the lack thereof to the body's cells leads to an overall weakening of the entire system.
- Ischemia - where the blood supply to various cells and tissues is reduced and, as a result, under-nourished.
- Trigger Points - highly irritable points in the nervous system
- Postural Distortions - resulting in the underdevelopment of various supporting muscles, thereby leading to their weakening.
- Nerve Entrapment/Compression - where a nerve is pressed constantly between surrounding structures leading to acute chronic pain.
Visceral Manipulation (VM):
VM is a gentle form of manual therapy that works with your body's ability to balance and self-heal to address the organ systems in your body.
With every aspect (organs, muscles, nerves, etc...) being interconnected and relying upon interdependent movements, an adhesion between two or more of these tissues/organs causes a lack of free movement which results in a decrease of functionality due to an alteration in the actual structure. For example, just one adhesion between two tissues in your chest will affect all other movements that occur in this area of your body (approx. 120,000 movements) and will then be further complicated by thousands of repetitions (think of breathing for repetitions - 1 breath = 1 repetition).
Remember, adhesions are caused by many different factors, including, but not limited to, the following:
- inflammations; and/or
- dehydration of specific (or all) tissues
Muscle Energy Therapy (MET):
The purpose of MET is to treat limited mobility in joints, as well as stretch hypertonic (shortened) muscles and fasciae. It may also help to stimulate blood circulation in the affected area and to use neuromuscular mechanisms to change the muscle tone. All of these can help to both tone and strengthen muscles and joints and help alleviate pain. During a treatment, the therapist asks a patient to tense a muscle from a controlled position against the accurate resistance of the therapist. This is often a very gentle but effective method for patients with very limited mobility.
Touch for Health (TfH):
TfH is a system of balancing posture, attitude and life energy to relieve pain and stress and to help the patient to feel and function better. A goal of TfH is to help the patient to be more effective, clarify and achieve their goals and just enjoy life.
During a session, the therapist uses muscle testing for biofeedback allowing him/her to identify imbalances in the body's energy system. Using the body's natural ability to heal, a therapist helps to re-balance the body's energies so that the body can better heal itself.