Manual Medicine

CranioSacral Therapy & Strain-Counterstrain Techniques

Your central nervous system have great influence over your health.  In turn, your craniosacral system – the membrane, soft tissues and fluid that surrounds your brain and spinal cord (imagine a seran wrap) have great influence on your central nervous system.

Dr. Lo finds that these therapies are crucial in teaching our overwhelmed, overstrained nervous system how to return to its balance.  It is like teaching a person how to take long deep relaxation breaths again. 

Craniosacral therapy is a light touch manual therapy that seeks to locate and remove restriction throughout the body system.  It focused primarily on the concept of “primary respiration” and regulating the flow of cerebrospinal fluid by using therapeutic touch to manipulate the synarthrodial joints of the cranium.  It releases tensions that the body absorbs from daily strains, stress and trauma.  Then it allows the entire body to relax and self correct to relieve pain and dysfunction. Practitioners use light touch, time, energy and intention in this therapy.

It is especially effective in relieving:

  • Headaches
  • TMJ pain
  • Vertigo
  • Chronic sinus and ear infections
  • Symptoms related to Chronic Stress Response

Strain Counterstrain technique is a type of “passive positional release” created in the early 1960s by Dr. Lawrence Jones, D.O.for the treatment of neuromuscular and musculo-skeletal disorders.  It is a hands-on treatment that attempts to alleviate muscle and connective tissue tightness by the use of very specific treatment positions held for 90 seconds. During the procedure, the involved tissue is “slackened” causing a relaxation of the “spasm” which, in turn, allows local areas of inflammation, trapped within the painful tissue to dissipate. Following this “release” there is an immediate reduction of pain and tension in the involved tissue. This relaxation aims to restore normal joint mobility and release other structures in the region that may have been compressed.

 It is used for:

  • Release tension in tight areas of the body
  • Re-establish joint movement
  • Give strength in weakened regions
  • Improve restricted range of motion
  • Reduce neuralgic pain

What is Osteopathy?

Dr. Andrew Stills founded Osteopathy in mid 1800s based on the principles that:

  • Our body is a unit
  • Our body structure and functions are inter-related
  • Our body is a self regulating self correcting mechanism
  • Movement is health; Stasis is illness

Later, Dr. William Sutherland, D.O. began investigating the osteopathy of the cranial field in the 1930s, and Dr. John Upledger further developed the techniques using the dural tube as evaluation and treatments.  

Dr. Lo has received training in these osteopathic techniques from the Upledger Institute, the Jones Institute and from the Osteopathy of the Cranial field curriculum by Dr. Viola Frymann, D.O.