Myofascial, Craniosacral, Visceral Manipulation and Treatment

Saunders physical therapists specialize in manual therapy, which is a hands-on approach using traditional physical therapy techniques of joint mobilization, muscle energy, and soft tissue mobilization.

Myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, and visceral manipulation involve specialized manual therapy techniques that require additional training. The goal of all forms of manual therapy is to optimize tissue and joint mobility to facilitate an optimal healing environment for the body.

Two of our physical therapists, Amy Molzen-Stuke and Marie Holecek, have dedicated their practice to advanced training in the specialized techniques of myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, and visceral manipulation.

With their combined experience of nearly 50 years in the field, they have helped thousands of patients with their expertise. Their training is via John Barnes, Upledger Institute, Barral Institute, additional related coursework, and is ongoing.

Myofascial Therapy Technique

“I have a chronic illness and have been to many physical therapists, and Marie is one of the very best I’ve encountered. She is straightforward, compassionate, easygoing and employs a sophisticated mix of techniques to deal with my ever changing physical issues. I would highly recommend her to anyone, but particularly those struggling with chronic health issues!” – RAPHAEL

Visceral Manipulation

Visceral manipulation is a technique focusing on gentle mobilization of internal organs and their fascial connections to promote synchronized movement between the organs and structures.

Craniosacral Therapy (CST)

Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a hands-on approach of evaluating and treating cerebrospinal fluid restrictions. Our craniosacral physical therapists have years of training and experience.

Myofascial Release (MFR)

Myofascial release (MFR) is a hands-on approach of evaluating and treating fascial restrictions. Our myofascial physical therapists have years of training and experience, including multiple certifications from John Barnes, the Upledger Institute, and the Barral Institute.

Our Treatment Philosophy

All patients receive a thorough musculoskeletal evaluation that includes assessment of your posture, muscle imbalances, biomechanics, and joint mobility to identify areas contributing to your symptoms.

In addition to the specialized techniques you will receive, an individualized therapeutic exercise program will be prescribed to address muscular imbalances of strength, stability, and/or flexibility. Education in posture and body mechanics and home self treatment techniques will also assist in pain management.