14127 Capri Drive, Los Gatos, CA 781-883-0190
Release, Relax, Unwind
Allison Keneally, PT
Welcome to Keneally Physical Therapy!
At Keneally Physical Therapy our main goal is for our patients to reach their optimal health in a safe and nurturing environment.
We take into consideration not just the body, but mind and spirit, too. The body has the incredible ability to heal itself, but often needs expertise for the removal of structural obstacles (and sometimes emotional), that may interfere with the natural healing process.
We deliver a unique and specialized Total Body Approach, to treat soft tissue dysfunction using many manual therapy techniques, while always keeping our patient’s best interest first and foremost.
Keneally Physical Therapy integrates a wide range of manual techniques into this total body approach including Myofascial Release, Craniosacral Therapy, Visceral Manipulation, Lymphatic Drainage Therapy, Trigger Point Therapy, Joint Mobilization, and Muscle Energy Techniques.
"Healing Hands, Caring Heart"
- In Loving Memory of Cindy S. Rowe, PT
Myofascial Release is an approach that engages the fascial system of your body. The fascial system is a continuous, laminated connective tissue sheath that spreads uninterrupted throughout your entire body in a three dimensional web. The fascial system extends from front to back, side to side and superficial to deep. The fascia wraps around, invests with, and becomes an integral part of every anatomical structure in your body all the way down to the intracellular level. The fascial system is an integral part of organs, blood vessels, lymph vessels and nodes, muscles, bones, peripheral nerves as well as your central nervous system. It is this intricate and complex connective tissue system that plays such an important role in the function of your body. If the fascial system is not properly mobile and balanced, any number of mild to severe structural and/or physiological problems can develop.
Postural imbalances, asymmetries, gravitational pulls, micro or macro trauma (whether internally or externally induced), inflammation, surgery, and/or abnormal tensions and pressures are some of the causes of fascial restrictions or patterns of restrictions. Allison will identify and assess by palpation your areas of restrictions, and then apply specific gentle myofascial techniques to mobilize, release and balance these restricted areas that produce pain and have a negative impact on your ability to function in daily and/or recreational activities.
Myofascial Release is useful for almost all acute or chronic musculoskeletal problems that cause pain, weakness and dysfunction. It also is useful for some neurological problems such as stroke, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s. Typically, Myofascial Release is used in conjunction with the other manual techniques in which we specialize.
Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle hands-on technique that works with the core layer of the fascia (the dura mater), otherwise known as the craniosacral system. Craniosacral Therapy was developed by John Upledger, D.O. from the Upledger Institute in Florida.
The craniosacral system is a membranous semi-closed hydraulic system that surrounds and protects your central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord), and has the vital physiological function of pumping and circulating the cerebrospinal fluid. Its membranes attach to the bones of your skull, face, and mouth, and then extend along the spinal cord, as the dural tube, down to the sacrum and coccyx (at the base of the spine).
Restrictions and imbalances can develop within your core layer that can have an impact on the functioning of the central nervous system as well as your entire body. Craniosacral Therapy uses light touch with gentle pressures to stretch, release and rid of your craniosacral restrictions and imbalances. This technique assists and facilitates improved function both structurally and physiologically within your craniosacral system as well as beyond its anatomical borders.
Craniosacral Therapy can be applied to a number of problems including, but not limited to, a variety of pain and dysfunctions, headaches, TMJ dysfunction, ear infections, tinnitus and vertigo as well as certain neurological disorders. It complements your body’s own natural healing process and is also used as a preventive health measure as it boosts the function of your immune system. Many people recognize the therapeutic value of their overall general health and wellbeing and therefore seek treatment on a regular basis to promote this. It is usually integrated with the other integrative manual therapy techniques, but can be applied separately as well.
Visceral Manipulation gently addresses restrictions around your organs (viscera) and the surrounding connective/fascial tissues. Visceral Manipulation was developed by Jean-Pierre Barral, D.O., P.T. from France.
Organs should have the necessary mobility and freedom to move in order for your body to work most efficiently and harmoniously. Each organ has its own rhythm or motility around a specified axis of motion. Abnormal tone, tensions and adhesions cause asymmetry and lack of mobility and motility. When one organ is restricted and hypo- mobile, undo stress is placed on other structures thru the interconnectedness of your fascial system. This can potentially contribute to pain and dysfunction of your body as it relays thru the interconnectedness to other body parts (ie: back, a knee, a shoulder, neck or head).
Visceral Manipulation is applied after assessing the mobility and motility of your involved organ(s) and how this relates to the presenting signs and symptoms. Specific but very gentle forces are applied to release the abnormal tensions and restrictions in and around the targeted organ(s). This potentially allows for functional improvement in your organ itself, the system the organ is a part of, as well as the structural integrity of your total body.
Visceral Manipulation is helpful in a wide variety of cases that include, but are not limited to, orthopedic problems, headaches, pelvic pain, scar tissue, post-surgery, cystitis, functional digestive issues, non-cardiac chest pain, and dysmenorrhea. It is typically integrated with the other integrative manual therapy techniques.
Lymph Drainage Therapy is a gentle and relaxing technique that supports the function of your lymphatic system. It was developed by Bruno Chikly, M.D., D.O. from France and Phoenix, Arizona.
The lymphatic system is comprised of lymphatic vessels, lymphatic fluid, lymphatic nodes, and lymphatic organs. The lymph system has a vital function that your body relies on. It can be quite detrimental to the workings of all your body parts if its function is in any way compromised.
Lymph vessels are designed to remove the fluid that surrounds the cells in your body after the cells have completed their metabolic process that includes eliminating wastes and toxins. These by-products are removed by the lymph vessels and purified in the lymph nodes, and then ultimately drained into the heart to be absorbed into the bloodstream. This process can slow down as a result of muscle tension or spasm, trauma, inflammation, surgery, or other disease processes. If this system is not working efficiently and is not draining the surrounding fluid quickly enough, back up of fluid or congestion will result. The surrounding body tissues will become toxic and overloaded with resulting muscle spasm and tightness.
Allison, using a very light touch, will map the flow of your lymphatic fluid, reroute it as necessary, and then support this new route by carefully flushing the system to remove the congestion and stagnation. This technique is good for reducing swelling from various causes, reducing muscle spasm, facilitating tissue healing, detoxifying the body, and assisting in the healing process of pain syndromes. It is typically integrated with the other integrative manual therapy techniques.