Joanne Duncanson, PT
Joanne, a graduate of Northeastern in Boston and originally from Connecticut has been practicing PT for over 20 years. She brings an eclectic approach with a specialty in manual therapy combined with traditional orthopedic and sports medicine physical therapy and neuromuscular re-education.
She treats a wide variety of diagnoses including back and neck disorders, post-operative conditions, and all joint injuries and is especially successful treating chronic conditions in which traditional treatments have failed. She is a Vero Beach resident and is an avid tennis player and runner. She has first-hand knowledge in playing and treating athletes of many sports including tennis, running, cycling, golfing, rowing, weightlifting, basketball and more.
Please contact Joanne directly at 203-228-6274 or email@example.com.
Treatment of: Orthopedic and Neurologic Conditions, Spinal Disorders – Neck and Back injuries, All Joint injuries/disorders, Pre and Post-operative, Sports Related Injuries, TMJ, Chronic Pain/Injuries, Gait and Balance abnormalities.
This assessment includes: Postural Assessment (with photos if desired), Functional Movement Screen specific for golf with a score card, Analysis of how deficits may be affecting golf game, Follow up recommendations.
Techniques trained in:
Muscle Energy Technique, Maitland Manipulative Therapy, Mulligan Manipulative Therapy, Jones Strain/Counterstrain, McKenzie Method, Soft Tissue Mobilization and Movement, Physioball Core Stabilization, Myofascial Release, Craniosacral Therapy.
What is Manual Therapy?
Manual Therapy is the utilization of mechanical and neurophysiologic mechanisms to restore joint function through manual means. Manual Therapy uses a variety of techniques to evaluate the body and/or body parts and determine the structure or structures causing the dysfunction.
Once the assessment is made, various manual techniques are used to correct structural alignment by releasing soft tissue and joints which are limiting motion and causing pain and dysfunction. Specific exercises and movement patterns can then be used and taught to optimize function and eliminate pain and the recurrence of pain.
Manual Therapy is an invaluable adjunct to any Physical Therapy treatment approach from pain and swelling to loss of mobility and strength due to injury, surgery, and postural/sport/job related stresses.
What is CranioSacral Therapy?
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance. It was pioneered and developed by Osteopathic Physician John E. Upledger after years of clinical testing and research at Michigan State University where he served as professor of biomechanics.
Using a soft touch which is generally no greater than 5 grams – about the weight of a nickel – practitioners release restrictions in the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system. CST can be effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.
Definition from www.Upledger.com
What is Muscle Energy Technique?
Muscle Energy Technique or MET is a gentle but highly effective treatment of musculoskeletal dysfunction. MET uses specific muscle contractions as a way of releasing restricted muscle to mobilize a specific joint and allow it to return to optimal alignment. It is especially effective in the spine, pelvis, sacroiliac joint and ribs.
What is Myofascial Release?
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.
What is fascia?
Fascia is a specialized system of the body that has an appearance similar to a spider’s web or a sweater. Fascia is very densely woven, covering and interpenetrating every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein, as well as, all of our internal organs including the heart, lungs, brain and spinal cord. The most interesting aspect of the fascial system is that it is not just a system of separate coverings. It is actually one continuous structure that exists from head to toe without interruption. In this way you can begin to see that each part of the entire body is connected to every other part by the fascia, like the yarn in a sweater.
Fascia plays an important role in the support and function of our bodies, since it surrounds and attaches to all structures. In the normal healthy state, the fascia is relaxed and wavy in configuration. It has the ability to stretch and move without restriction. When one experiences physical trauma, emotional trauma, scarring, or inflammation, however, the fascia loses its pliability. It becomes tight, restricted, and a source of tension to the rest of the body.
Traumas, such as a fall, car accident, whiplash, surgery or just habitual poor posture and repetitive stress injuries have cumulative effects on the body. The changes trauma causes in the fascial system influences comfort and function of our body. Fascial restrictions can exert excessive pressure causing many symptoms producing pain, headaches or restriction of motion. Fascial restrictions affect our flexibility and stability, and are a determining factor in our ability to withstand stress and perform daily activities.
Definition by John F. Barnes, PT – www.myofascialrelease.com
Orthopedic and Neurologic Conditions
Spinal Disorders – Neck and Back injuries
All Joint injuries/disorders
Pre and Post-operative
Sports Related Injuries
Gait and Balance abnormalities
Techniques Trained In:
Muscle Energy Technique
Maitland Manipulative Therapy
Mulligan Manipulative Therapy
Soft Tissue Mobilization and Movement
Physioball Core Stabilization