Due to Covid-19 Howland Muscular Therapy has closed its doors and opened ONLINE!!
Remote sessions last 20-45 minutes and include a brief interview about health history, especially that which pertains to the injury/area of complaint. Ashleigh does several different movement assessments depending on what area of the body is the focus; and guides clients in self-palpation along bony landmarks and muscles to specify which muscles indicate dysfunction through unusual tone/tenderness. The major assessments Ashleigh uses are toe touch and overhead reach; single leg stance and 1/2 kneeling; shoulder and scapular mobility; and, perhaps most importantly, assessing the breath cycle of a client.
She can also use muscle testing via movement to determined overworking vs underworking muscles. For example, if rotating the thoracic spine/torso to the left has less range of motion than rotating to the right, we can assume there is an imbalance and seek further information through involving different muscles and movements. This is a variation on the Neurokinetic Therapy manual muscle testing protocol, which looks to correct pain/muscle compensation through the motor control center in the brain, as well as in the soft tissues.
In lieu of using hands-on correction, Ashleigh often assigns breathing-based exercises to re-establish core stability. Issues that occur on both sides of the body can likely be traced to an issue with inter-abdominal pressure; and many extremity issues can also be traced to poor load-share or force-transfer from the gut to the hip/knee/ankle/shoulder. When we start with breathing and rebuilding gut pressure, we follow the evolution that a baby takes as it learns to roll over, quadruped, crawl, squat, stand, and walk. So many of our exercises replicate these movements but lack the proper support and stability before rushing into mobility and power. By going back to the basics and retraining the body to do what it naturally understands (but has forgotten!), Ashleigh can address current injuries, underlying patterns, and help clients to progress their workouts without pain.
Due to the newness of this approach, and to be respectful of clients who may not be working as usual, Ashleigh is using a sliding scale payment system that starts at $20 per session, and can be adjusted at the discretion of each client.