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Holistic Manual Therapy

Rick Holzschuh Sator B.Sc.P.T.
20 Parkwood Place - Kingston,ON -K7M 2C8 - Phone+Fax (613) 541-3939

Questions Can also be answered VIA e-mail: spirit2earth@yahoo.com

Indications for which manual therapy may be applicable and beneficial

Head: Headaches, Migraines, Head injury, Concussion, Tinnitus, Epilepsy, Autism, Fascial Palsy, Photophobia, Temporal Mandibular Joint Dysfunction.

  • Visceral: Post-pneumonia, Difficulty breathing, Asthma, Abdominal bloating, Urinary incontinence, PMS, Heartburn, Hiatus hernia, Chronic constipation, All surgical scars.

    Musculoskeletal: All musculoskeletal conditions that have not responded to other therapies, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Neck and back vertebral/disc problems, Whiplash, Torticolis, Neuritis, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Sciatica, Scheuerman's disease, Frozen shoulder, Shoulder capsulitis, Shoulder Bursitis, Chronic rotator cuff tears, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Tennis elbow, De Quervain's Disease, Hip bursitis or OA hip, Piriformis Syndrome, Chronic adductor tears, Iliotibial band Syndrome, Knee patella-femoral Syndrome, Baker's Cyst, Sacro-iliitis, Knee bursitis, Shin Splints, Stress fractures, Ankle sprains, Fractures and ORIF post immobilization, Chronic oedema, Metatarsal Pain, Plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis.

    If you have a condition not listed above, please call to see if manual therapy could be applicable.


    Manual Therapy is a safe complementary health therapy that uses gentle traction or pressure to release deep tensions at precise anatomical structures. The release in tension restores the natural blood flow allowing the body to heal itself more efficiently. Restored blood flow provides more abundant nutrients to the cells and flushes out build-up toxins and metabolic waste products. Released tension allows all body fluids to circulate more effectively and help restore the body's natural ability to heal itself. The different fluids of the body include the blood, the lymphatics and the cerebrospinal fluid.
    Manual Therapy as a Holistic Therapy

    Holistic Manual therapy is unlike other therapies because it treats the whole body. It treats the body on four different levels:

  • 1. the myofascial level - muscle tensions
  • 2. the joint level - tensions in the spinal joints and other joints
  • 3. the organ level - tensions in organs and between organs. These tensions interfere with breathing, digestion, menstruation or continence
  • 4. the central nervous level - tensions in the nerves of the central and peripheral nervous systems. These tensions can cause a multitude of symptoms but most commonly headache and/or feeling stressed and unable to relax and/or sleep well as well as a lack of energy. Hormone production is controlled by the nervous system. This affects breathing, digestion, menstruation, the immune system and the body's ability to produce endorphins to relax and combat stress.
    How is manual therapy different from other therapies?

    Other therapies may treat at one or two of the above levels. Physiotherapy and massage treat at the myofascial level. Chiropractic treats at the joint level. These therapies tend to be repetitive and do not re-evaluate the whole body before each treatment. Acupuncture, reiki and shiatsu do not treat at the joint level. Only holistic manual therapy systematically treats tensions in all four levels of the body. At each holistic manual therapy session the whole body is reassessed to determine at what level and where treatment should start and continue. No session is the same as the previous. There are over 1,250 manual techniques to treat tensions throughout the whole body.


    What causes tensions? The body is a whole and all of its parts are connected. All injuries and illnesses cause tensions in the body. The body compensates for these tensions. There is a limit, however, to how much the body can compensate for tensions. When this limit is exceeded, pain, dysfunction and dis-ease result. Holistic manual therapy identifies the tensions and releases the compensations. Physical injuries are constantly occurring as we live in gravity. Serious head injuries and motor vehicle accidents leave a traumatic imprint of tension on the tissues that can cause many symptoms. Even simple injuries can cause pain and dysfunction elsewhere in the body. An old ankle injury resulting in ankle tension may prevent the ankle from moving as it should. During walking a distorted force is transmitted up the leg. Over time, knee pain may develop as the knee tries to compensate for the ankle. If the knee is injured, the force may be transmitted to the pelvis and lower back pain may result. It is important in the assessment of the lower back pain to realize the tension in the ankle as the primary cause of the pain and dysfunction. Holistic manual therapy identifies the primary tensions and releases the compensations. Infectious diseases cause an inflammatory reaction which produce secretions that can become viscous and produce tensions between organs and their surrounding tissues, affecting their normal biomechanical movements. Pneumonia, for example, can create tensions in the lungs. Lung tensions can cause problems in the upper back (thoracic spine) and as lungs are connected to the base of the neck, they can also result in neck tension and headaches. Lung tensions may also lead to lung sensitivities. They may also cause heartburn because of their connection to the oesophagus.
    What is the next step?

    Call: (613)541-3939 and arrange for a free assessment (limited time offer)

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