About Structural Medicine
Structural Medicine is a customized evaluation, treatment
and collaborative team approach to an individual’s unique health issues.
Distinctive to the field of structural integration, Structural Medicine directly
addresses specific pathologies, painful complaints, and movement
dysfunctions. It bridges well-established and proven evaluation tools
found in mainstream medicine (strength, range-of-motion and
neurological testing, postural assessment) with the latest scientific
developments in alternative treatment therapies (manual therapy,
myofascial release, movement education and neuromuscular re-education.)
Myofascial Length Testing
Unique to Structural Medicine, myofascial length testing (MFLT) is a
sophisticated diagnostic procedure. MFLT is essential for treatment of
complex inter-related traumas. The objective findings empower the
practitioner to formulate a customized plan for treatment of individual pathologies.
It also provides a language to communicate intelligently and objectively with other
medical professionals, provides physical measurements - pre- and post-treatment -
to monitor or modify the treatment program as needed.
Structural Medicine involves extensive evaluation of postural alignment and movement, in order to balance the myofascial tone, length, and strength across all the major joints of the body. Through myofascial reorganization, the Structural Medicine process moves the body closer to a more efficient organization and function in gravity. Practitioners may utilize MFLT, MMT (manual muscle testing) and basic neurological testing to help determine the root of the problem.
The hands on treatment of Structural Medicine draws from the pioneering work of
Ida Rolf (Rolfing) and Joseph Heller (Hellerwork). MFLT leads the practitioner to targeted myofascial release. We use the Anatomy Trains Myofascial Meridians as
a lens to view the fascial interconnectedness of the body and to guide our work. Structural Medicine Specialists are also trained in basic orthopedic medicine
principles and we use these concepts to enhance our understanding of the body and to choose treatments wisely.