KELLY HAIRE BODYWORK
Kelly Haire, CF-L1, LMT
WHAT I DO
Structural bodywork focuses to increase range of motion by creating space in the soft tissues of the client's muscles and fascia to bring the structures back to functional movement patterns. This type of therapy can promote healing in the tissues and reduction of many types of chronic pain.
ACTIVE ISOLATED STRETCHING
AIS is a technique that increases mobility by promoting fluid movement in tissues and joints. It works to unbind muscles and increase range of motion for more functional movement patterns.
MUSCLE ENERGY TECHNIQUES (MET)
Muscle energy is a direct and active technique; meaning it engages a restrictive barrier and requires the client’s participation for maximal effect. The therapist will take the client into a stretch, and the client will resist the therapist by isometrically contracting the muscle. Once the client relaxes, the joint allows the client to be moved into a stretch with a greater range of motion.
SOFT TISSUE RELEASE
Soft tissue release, or pin and stretch, targets a specific area of tension within a muscle. The therapist first applies manual pressure to a muscle to form a temporary false attachment point and then brings the muscle into a pain-free stretch in order to elongate, untangle, and rearrange specific muscle fibers for more efficient function.
INSTRUMENT ASSISTED SOFT TISSUE MOBILIZATION (IASTM)
Also known as the Graston Technique, IASTM uses instruments to detect and treat soft tissue dysfunction. The metal instruments are ergonomically designed to treat fascial restrictions and scar tissue that may be limiting range of motion or causing pain with movement. IASTM has shown to improve conditions such as plantar fasciitis, rotator cuff injuries, knee pain, upper and lower back pain, shin splints, and more.
Cupping helps tissues to decompress, gaining ability to move more freely. I like to use cups while incorporating movement for greater effect.