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  • Dr. Gayle Colthurst, PT


Updated: May 1, 2022



Life requires movement! You are able to move through life only because your organs, tissues, vessels, ligaments, muscles move continuously. When an internal structure is restricted it can affect any one of the thousand movements we make externally. Lack of movement in the body causes dysfunction.

When you breathe, your diaphragm moves 24,000 times per day. Breathing is not just limited to movement in your lungs or the chest area. The surrounding organs, the heart, liver, kidneys, spleen, stomach, and bowel are directly connected to breathing. But it doesn't end there, through connective tissue most other areas are also interconnected.

Now imagine, if there is a restriction that stops the liver from moving properly when the diaphragm moves then...

Your right lung cannot fully inflate...

Your rib cage cannot fully expand...

Your kidney, gallbladder, and bowel on the right side of the body is forced to move around the restricted area.

Leading to a toxicity buildup because the liver can't work properly.

Poor digestion because the restricted gallbladder can't break down fats.

Your body starts to compensate.

You feel pain in your ribs, your right shoulder becomes difficult and painful to move.

You can't get into your yoga poses, or play tennis, or even reach up into the cupboard like you use too without pain or difficulty.

You tried some exercises or physical therapy but it was just too painful and didn't give you relief.

You tried massage, acupuncture, and rest. They were helpful but only for a short time.

Now, your not really sure what to do next. Will you need surgery?

Healing pain and dysfunction comes from an whole body approach.

This is where I come in.

I specialize in a whole body approach, a technique known as visceral manipulation.

My 4 step process.

At the start of each session I do what is called general listening. I place one hand on my clients head while asking the body to give me “a clear message.” In that moment I trust that my hand, the body, and the client's inner wisdom will guide me to the pattern of tension in the body that needs support.

Then I assess by using a general movement screen, looking and feeling for altered motion, and restrictive movement patterns throughout your body. Next I listen locally and evaluate further to get more specific to the structure causing the restrictive pattern of tension. Structures may include an organ, ligament, muscle, bone, vessels, nerves, scar tissue, joints, or the craniosacral system.

Next, I use gentle techniques to mobilize, and release the structures that are holding the restrictive pattern. This allows your body to relax, self-correct, and free itself of pain, stress, and dysfunction. Healing and movement comes from releasing the tension, often patterns of tension need to be released layer by layer and supported with self-care practices.

At the end of the session we'll discuss a treatment plan and ways to nourish your body as you heal.

I look forward to supporting you on your healing journey.

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