Welcome to Healing Physical Therapy and Wellness located at 46 Wahuhu Ct. in Brevard, NC. Our goal is to provide personal one-on one help with an expert physical therapist to help you alleviate pain and return to an active lifestyle! We provide physical therapy services, John Barnes myofascial release, Barral visceral manipulation, and Upledger craniosacral therapy services to Brevard, NC and the surrounding area.
Our services include physical therapy for treatment of back pain, sciatica, neck pain, TMJ, shoulder pain, tendonitis, hip pain, knee pain, elbow pain, ankle sprains, plantar fasciitis, fibromyalgia, migraine headaches, vertigo. We also treat pelvic floor dysfunction and Women’s Health issues. We gently yet effectively treat post-surgical and post-fracture rehabilitation. Sometimes even depression and anxiety can be improved with three gentle craniosacral therapy techniques. We specialize in John F Barnes myofascial release, manual therapy techniques, Barral visceral manipulation, deep tissue massage, chronic pain management, Upledger craniosacral therapy, sports injury and golf injury prevention/rehabilitation. We can help reverse the effects of injuries caused by repetitive motion, over-use, poor posture, and poor lifting habits. At Healing Physical Therapy and Wellness we believe in promoting wellness through evaluation of the body as a whole, not just the symptoms. We provide individualized instruction in self-help exercises, group exercises, injury prevention, proper body mechanics and posture. We are a proponent that food is medicine. The food we consume affects the inflammation in the body and its ability to heal.
At Healing Physical Therapy and Wellness, you receive personalized treatment from a physical therapist who is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and has over 1000 hours of continuing education in therapeutic bodywork including John Barnes myofascial release, Upledger craniosacral therapy, Barral visceral manipulation, nerve gliding techniques and mobilization techniques. Many patients report that Sue Bransky, PT is the first practitioner that has been able to help them decrease their pain.
Unfortunately, many other physical therapy clinics are seeing multiple patients at once and the PT is evaluating and treating the patient only a few times while support staff treat patients in between.
Myofascial release works by stretching/loosening the fascia that is tight or adhered. It also stimulates the body's natural ability to heal itself. Tight fascia can exert up to 2000 pounds of pressure/square inch and compresses whatever is underneath. It may compress a nerve, blood vessel or muscle. A chiropractic adjustment or a traditional relaxation massage may only provide temporary relief, because it doesn't address the underlying collagenous layer of the fascia. So if there's an imbalance around the vertebrae, the vertebra may "slip back out" again.
One has to use a sustained pressure that's gentle and not "forceful" for at least 3-5 minutes and then the gel on the outside of the cell membrane heats up and the tissue starts to lengthen. Dr. Gerald Pollack from the University of Washington has discovered that there is a 4th stage of water. It's a gel that is on the outside of the cell membrane. Sometimes this gel can become firm and doesn't allow nutrition to pass through the cell membrane and the body can no longer heal itself. With a gentle, sustained pressure and the energy of the human hand, the gel heats up and physiologically changes to become more fluid-like and the body can start to work on healing again. The patient and therapist usually feel this heat. The therapist follows the tissue as it starts to lengthen.
Most of my patients notice a definite improvement in 1-3 sessions. I also instruct them how to incorporate relaxation, breathing, self-stretches, and how to use a foam roll for self-help treatment. I have found personally that once an area is injured, it tends to flare up periodically, and the fascia has a tendency to re-tighten along the original lines of injury. Doing self-treatment, strengthening and flexibility exercises help tremendously, but it may be an on-going process to keep oneself pain-free.
I utilize the John F. Barnes myofascial release approach. The following definition is taken from his website www.myofascialrelease.com.
“Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. This essential “time element” has to do with the viscous flow and the piezoelectric phenomenon: a low load (gentle pressure) applied slowly will allow a viscoelastic medium (fascia) to elongate.
Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions that can produce tensile pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures that do not show up in many of the standard tests (x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, electromyography, etc.)
The use of Myofascial Release allows us to look at each patient as a unique individual. Our one-on-one therapy sessions are hands-on treatments during which our therapists use a multitude of Myofascial Release techniques and movement therapy. We promote independence through education in proper body mechanics and movement, self treatment instruction, enhancement of strength, improved flexibility, and postural and movement awareness.”
Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, relaxing treatment that assesses and enhances the function of the craniosacral system which is composed of the brain, ventricles that pump cerebrospinal fluid through the spinal canal/cord, and the membranes that protect that system. It also enhances the digestive system, immune system and musculoskeletal system. It is beneficial for headaches, migraines, TMJ, tinnitus, neck and back pain, PTSD, anxiety, depression, neurological disorders, Alzheimer's.
I have also learned that chronic pain and trauma have subconscious components and I have received specialized training to support patients through this process if it comes up during a session.
Barral visceral manipulation assesses and corrects the inherent motility of the organs and improves the health of the organ. Fascial adhesions can occur around the organs, or the nerves to those organs which can cause pain and dysfunction. Many times adhesions connect to other areas of the body and the skilled practitioner can find these areas and perform gentle techniques so the body can correct itself and return to optimum function.
Sue Bransky is a Magna cum Laude graduate of the University of Iowa Master’s in Physical Therapy Program. She is a licensed physical therapist in the state of NC and IA. She is a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist since 1999.
Prior to starting her own physical therapy practice in Iowa, Advanced Physical Therapy and Massage, Sue had 17 years experience working in outpatient orthopedics, in-patient orthopedics, neurological rehabilitation, home health, SNF/ICF, and on-site worker’s compensation injuries and job-site analysis at various clinics and hospitals in the Iowa City area. Sue is new to the Brevard, NC area and moved here to enjoy the beautiful mountain biking, hiking, and watersports activities.
Since 2009 Sue has completed over 800 hrs. of continuing education with John F Barnes myofascial release and Upledger craniosacral therapy. She is an Expert Level John Barnes MFR practitioner. Sue has been honored to work in Sedona, AZ at John Barnes’ world-renown clinic (Therapy on the Rocks) as a fill-in therapist and was a teaching assistant for John Barnes MFR courses. Sue is also an advanced level Upledger craniosacral therapist and is a teaching assistant. She has also completed over 200 hours of continuing education in Barral visceral manipulation.
In her spare time Sue enjoys mountain biking, hiking, kayaking/SUP, skiing, camping, running, and music.
Stay tuned for upcoming events. We plan to have some group rides with free injury screenings.
Sue is a wonderful physical therapist. She has brought me more relief from my chronic back and neck pain than any other physical therapist I’ve worked with. She’s very knowledgeable, and has done some techniques that other therapists haven’t done before. I highly recommend her.
– Linda S.
Sue did a great job working with me after my shoulder surgery. She was gentle, but knew what she was doing. The shoulder massage and exercises helped me regain full range of motion and my strength is coming along well. I highly recommended her to my physician and friends.
– Craig S.
I don’t know how Sue did it, but my back pain was significantly better after one session. I had hurt my back at work, and Sue worked with me and showed me how to move properly so I wouldn’t re-injure it.
– Amanda H.
Thanks so much, Sue! I really enjoyed working with you after my total knee operation. Sue came out to my house when it was snowy and icy. I was very pleased with my progress, and Sue was very gentle. I was able to “graduate” from physical therapy in a short time with excellent motion in my knee.
– Helen C.
Thanks, Sue! You got me back out on the softball field sooner than I thought would be possible after my ankle injury. The Bosu was fun! I have much better balance now. My parents recommended you to other players.
– Casey M.
You are a miracle worker, Sue! Thanks so much! I’ve had hip pain off/on for two years. For the first time, I was able to sit in the car for several hours and get out and walk without pain! I was beginning to give up hope. Enjoy your plant!
– Trisha K.
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What should I wear for an appointment?
Loose fitting, comfortable clothes are fine.
Do you accept insurance?
I am in the process of becoming a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC provider and Medicare provider.
How does John Barnes approach to myofascial release feel and what should I expect?
This technique is not like what I learned in physical therapy school, which was a very firm pressure applied to a trigger point, or a firm transverse pressure across a tendon. It is best to experience the touch from a skilled practitioner, as it is difficult to describe. The pressure is gentle initially, and then may become deeper as the body softens layer by layer. Sometimes the patient experiences a warmth where the therapists hands are, or a warmth in another location. This is a good sign and signifies that the tissue is releasing its tightness. Sometimes a gentle compression and/or stretch are combined with the technique to further elongate the tissue. Other techniques are used to decrease the "guarding patterns” that occur after injury. The main difference between this technique and others is that the pressure is never forced, thus the body does not view it as a threat and guards (tightens) against it. Instead, the body softens and relaxes.
In order to enhance the body’s ability to heal, I encourage my patients to relax, clear their minds of thoughts, and turn an inward focus to their body. Where does it feel tight or painful? Visualize sending increased blood flow to that area. This activates the deeper parts of the brain that are involved in the body’s ability to heal itself. Research has shown that the outer part of the brain (neocortex) which is involved in reasoning and asks “why” is not involved in the healing process.
Sometimes the body does need specific mobilization techniques, soft tissue mobilization, and isolated muscle contraction/relaxation. I utilize these techniques as well. Modalities such as ultrasound and electric stimulation and ASTYM (like Graston with plastic tools) may also enhance healing by improving circulation, and I use them with acute injuries or tendonitis. Craniosacral therapy techniques may also be utilized. These techniques address balancing the craniosacral rhythm which is a rhythmic flow of the cerebrospinal fluid from the brain to the sacrum. The pressure is very gentle, and the technique is very relaxing. Barral visceral manipulation is very specific, yet gentle to correct abnormal lines of tension and adhesions around the organs and other areas.
Our bodies do have self-correcting and self-healing capacities. They crave balance to function optimally. Tightness in the fascia creates imbalances and leads to injury and pain. All of these techniques help decrease the tightness of the fascia and restores balance and enhances healing.
All physical therapy patients are also instructed in a customized exercise program to address muscle imbalances, improve core strength, and extremity strength, and flexibility. It is very important to continue these exercises in order to obtain long-term improvement and prevent the tissues from re-tightening.
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