Our Services

CranioSacral Therapy (CST)

What is it?

CranioSacral principles have ties back to Osteopaths physicians from as early as the 1800’s. The therapy known and practiced today is credited to Dr. John E. Upledger, an osteopathic physician. It was his time spent at Michigan State University as professor of biomechanics in 1975 that lead to the development of this profound therapy practiced around the world today.

When the central nervous system becomes compromised, due to some form of stress, (surgery, birth trauma, infections, etc.), pain or other health conditions can arise. CraniosSacral Therapy (CST) is a very light touch manual therapy that frees tension within the dural tube, which surrounds the brain, spinal column and sacrum. This allows for the body to heal or self-correct allowing for the body to achieve its greatest level of performance.

What happens in a CST session?

CranioSacral Therapy is performed on a massage table with the person fully clothed. The therapist uses a very light touch, working around the body, to release any pressure that is disrupting the central nervous system function. CST is very gentle and relaxing. Children to adults can benefit from its effects. A session can last from 15 minutes to hour sometimes longer and can be used with other bodywork therapies in the same session.

Contact Harrington Massage Therapy for more information or free consultation!

Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT)

What is it?

Neuromuscular therapies and its techniques have been around for over 80 years.  In Europe, the therapeutic practices of neuromuscular techniques emerged in the mid to late 1930’s and shortly afterwards in the United States.  Naturopaths, Osteopaths, Chiropractors, Massage Therapists and Anatomy instructors were the educators and contributors of the theories and techniques that are currently taught and practiced today.

Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) is a hands on approach of restoring an out of balance muscular and structural system of the human body and gently guiding it back to a pain free homeostatic state.  Every second of every day our brains are sending message through our nervous system telling our muscles what to do (pick up a cup), and how to react to any type of stimulation (pain from exercising).  At the same time our muscles are sending their messages back to our brains.  Many times in the complex system of communication, miscommunication can happen causing a malfunction in the way our bodies perform often resulting in pain and physical dysfunction.

What causes pain and dysfunction?

There are three primary factors that can cause pain and dysfunction in our bodies.

1.      Biomechanical

  • Fascial restriction: fascia is the tissue that covers and surrounds muscles, organs, nerves etc.
  • Nerve compression: nerve pressed on by the bone or cartilage.
  • Nerve entrapment: nerve pressed on by tendons, ligaments, or fascia.
  • Postural distortion: muscular tone is imbalanced and causes misaligned posture.
  • Biomechanical dysfunction-and imbalance in the musculoskeletal system causing faulty movement patterns.

2.      Biochemical

  • Ischemia: lack of blood flow to tissues.
  • Nutrition: lack of proper nutrients for all cellular activity.
  • Respiratory influences: not enough oxygen caused by distortion in posture, weak respiratory muscles (asthma, chronic cough etc.).
  • Endocrine imbalance: thyroid or growth hormone.
  • Inflammation: in joints and tissue.

3.      Psychosocial

  • Psychological factors: emotional state of being (are cells react differently to fear, grief, joy etc.).
  • Stress: everyday stress, mental, emotional and physical.
  • Cultural influences: types of clothes (too tight, improper shoes etc.), environment (office chairs, mattress, pollution etc.).

What happens in a NMT session?

Your therapist will take the time to assess your needs and use physiological laws and principles, to increase range of motion in joints and muscles, realign postural distortions, create healthy muscular tone and work to restore your body back to a balanced, relaxed, and pain free way of living.  Some techniques that could be used are: Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release, MET (muscle energy testing), Active and Passive stretching and more.

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Lymphatic Drainage Therapy (LDT)

The lymphatic system aids the body in maintaining a healthy immune system by filtering toxins, foreign debris, draining stagnant fluid, detoxifying and regenerating tissues. The lymphatic system can be overburdened due to stress, injury, trauma, burns, surgery, infections, poor nutrition and environmental pollutants. A LDT massage will aid in stimulating the circulation of the lymph so that it may drain effectively. The results of a LDT massage are therapeutic as well as relaxing.

Visceral Manipulation (VM)

“Mobility equals function.” (JPB) We know this to be true whether we are speaking about muscles, joints, bodily fluid or internal organs. Our viscera are surrounded by other organs, nerves, arteries and connective tissue all within a very limited space, our thoracic cavity. The lack of mobility or “stuck” tissues in pain or tension can be felt in the organ as well as the entire body. VM therapy aims to release adhesions and stimulate the intrinsic movement of an organ thus improving the function and vitality of the entire body.

 

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Philosophy:

Massage is not a luxury, It’s for your Health!

Location:

7335 W. 80th Street
Overland Park, KS 66204

Hours:

Monday: 9:00am - 3:00pm

Tuesday: 9:00 am - 3:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am - 3:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am - 3:00pm
Friday: 9:00am - 3:00pm

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