Specializing in: Chronic Pain, TMJ, and Abdominal Adhesion

Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy helps to decrease pain, improve movement, restore function and fitness level or prevent future dysfunction. A physical therapist will evaluate the patient’s condition and develop a plan to reach goals usually focused on decreasing pain, restoring or increasing strength, flexibility, endurance and balance. Treatment may include manual therapy, therapeutic exercises for flexibility, strength and endurance, balance training, neuromuscular reeducation and self-treatment. Myofascial release is a type of manual therapy. Treatment includes patient education to develop a thorough understanding of what the problems and goals are and what can be done for self-treatment at home.

Full payment is required at the time of treatment.

Physical therapy is offered in the State of Ohio without a physician’s prescription and is available with or without a referral. Appointments can be made without first seeing your physician. Full payment is required by patient at time of treatment (sorry, insurance payments are not accepted and we do not bill insurance companies).

Physical therapy is offered at Essential Therapies for a multitude of ailments including but not limited to:

  • Back/hip/neck Pain
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Sciatica
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Sports Injuries
  • Joint Pain
  • Post Surgical Pain
  • Unexplained dysfunction and pain after negative diagnostic tests
  • Myofascial Pain Syndrome
  • Difficulty Walking
  • Whiplash
  • Chronic Pain
  • Disc Problems
  • Poor Balance
  • Poor Strength
  • Poor Flexibility
  • Abdominal Adhesions
  • Neurological Dysfunction
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Scoliosis
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Jaw Pain (TMJ)
  • Painful Scars
  • Infants/Children
  • Women’s Health

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Chronic Pain

While acute pain is a normal sensation triggered in the nervous system to alert you to possible injury and the need to take care of yourself, chronic pain is different. Chronic pain persists often after multiple treatments have failed. Pain signals keep firing in the nervous system for weeks, months, even years. There may have been an initial mishap such as an injury, serious infection, surgery or trauma. There may be also an ongoing cause of pain such as arthritis, postural abnormalities, compression of internal structures from myofascial restrictions/adhesions. Some people suffer chronic pain in the absence of any past injury or evidence of body damage. Many chronic pain conditions affect older adults. Common chronic pain complaints include headache, low back pain, arthritis pain, neurogenic pain (pain resulting from damage to the peripheral nerves or to the central nervous system itself), psychogenic pain (pain not due to past disease or injury or any visible sign of damage inside or outside the nervous system).  Multiple conditions may contribute to chronic pain such as previous surgeries, several previous injuries, chronic fatigue syndrome, endometriosis, fibromyalgia, headaches, TMJ dysfunction, and pelvic pain.

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TMJ is a problem with your Temporomandibular Joint. The temporomandibular joint is a hinge that connects your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull, which are in front of each ear. It lets you move your jaw up and down and side to side, so you can talk, chew, and yawn. Problems with your jaw and the muscles in your face that control it are known as temporomandibular disorders (TMD). But you may hear it called TMJ, after the joint.

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Abdominal adhesions

Abdominal adhesions respond well to the therapy we provide. Abdominal adhesions are important because they are a common cause of not only abdominal pain, but also back and hip pain. The term adhesions refers to the formation of scar tissue after injury, trauma, inflammation, infection or surgery. They can form between bowel loops (small or large intestine) and the inner lining of the abdominal wall (peritoneal lining) or with other organs within the abdominal cavity (liver, gallbladder, uterus and its attached Fallopian tubes and ovaries, and urinary bladder). Seeking treatment through physical therapy using myofascial release is often a successful option relieving pain and restoring function.

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Women’s Health Issues

  • Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Incontinence
  • Urinary Frequency/urgency
  • Pre- & Postpartum pain
  • Painful intercourse
  • Endometriosis
  • Fertility Problems
  • Episiotomy Scars
  • Vulvodynia
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Mastectomy/Radiation Pain
  • Breast Implant/Reduction Pain
  • Menstrual Pain
  • Coccydynia/Tailbone Pain

Women’s health is an area of expertise at Essential Therapies and includes any problem specific to women ranging from pelvic pain to breast pain including pain related to childbearing. Pelvic floor dysfunction refers to a wide range of problems that occur when the muscles of the pelvic floor are weak, tight, or there is an impairment of the sacroiliac joint, low back, coccyx and/or hip joint. The tissues surrounding the pelvic organs may have increased or decreased sensitivity and/or irritation resulting in pelvic pain. Many times, the underlying cause of pelvic pain is difficult to determine. Myofascial restrictions and adhesions are a major cause of pain that affect women of all ages and respond very well to myofascial release.

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Massage Therapy

Essential Therapies also offers The John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release Approach® by licensed massage therapists who have taken a minimum of 3 JFB MFR courses. Myofascial release treats the cause of the symptoms by addressing the crushing pressure of the fascial system on vital structures. Massage Therapy works well in conjunction with Physical Therapy because they are similar but, have different approaches.

If you have a prescription from your physician for massage therapy, you do not pay sales tax

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Essential Oils Therapy

Essential oils can help alter our physical, mental and emotional well-being by triggering and strengthening our bodies’ own natural processes. We provide ongoing classes to educate the public on the benefits of essential oils and offer one-on-one oil application sessions called Raindrop Therapy. Essential oils may also be used during physical and massage therapy treatments.

Click here to go to the essential oils page.

Learn more about Young Living Oils.

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Wellness Therapy

Oftentimes even if we know what we should do for our best wellness interest, it’s hard to make it happen. A wellness therapist serves as a supportive mentor to help you create and reach your wellness goals including areas of nutrition, personal fitness, stress management and general wellness while acknowledging mind-body-spirit. Our Wellness Therapy incorporates Personal Fitness Training, Nutrition Coaching and Stress Management. Our focus is to help you incorporate change within your existing lifestyle rather than trying to direct you to make changes that are difficult to maintain.

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Yoga Therapy

Yoga is beneficial for optimal health in ways that modern science is just beginning to understand.  Even though it has been applied with therapeutic intention for thousands of years, Yoga Therapy is only just now emerging as a discipline in itself. People who have never tried yoga before are starting to consider including Yoga in their treatment plan.

At Essential Therapies we can incorporate the therapeutic aspects of yoga with the healing qualities of myofascial release and provide a unique experience to decrease restrictions throughout the body, increase body awareness, improve movement and decrease stress.

For those experienced yoga practitioners, we can combine myofascial release techniques and yoga postures to help you achieve new levels in your personal yoga practice.

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Hypnotherapy is used to help clients achieve the results they desire regarding weight loss/weight management, smoking cessation, improving sports performance, and stress reduction. The state of hypnosis is one where the conscious and subconscious minds are functioning on the same level. In this state of mind, the conscious and subconscious work together to achieve the desired goal. Hypnosis is completely safe and at no time does a client lose control of him/her self.

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Applied Kinesiology

Applied Kinesiology addresses physical discomfort in the body in a unique way. Based on the ancient art of acupuncture, applied kinesiology adjusts energy flows within the body, balancing the meridian system. The result is better function in the body, providing a renewed sense of well-being. Rather than using needles to adjust the meridian flows, applied kinesiology uses acupressure points to make the necessary adjustments in the meridian flows. Applied kinesiology is useful in chronic pain situations, coordination problems, dyslexia issues, ADHD in children and adults, and in improving sports performance.

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Behavioral Kinesiology

Behavioral Kinesiology is used to help relieve emotional stresses that cause unwanted or inappropriate behaviors or thoughts. By using the muscles of the body as biofeedback tools, emotional stresses are revealed and then a reframing process is used to help the subconscious mind see the stressful event in a different way; one that does not cause the unwanted thoughts or behaviors.
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