Techniques & Services

Much more than physical therapy, personal training, massage therapy, and so forth, Dr. Marta Helliesen evaluates the "whole picture" to treat the problem, and not the symptom. So if you suffer from back, neck, hip, shoulder or other physical pain, we can work together to help you live pain-free!

Applied Functional Science

Movement is the cornerstone of Applied Functional Science (AFS). It integrates biology, mind/spirit and the physical environment in which we live. By looking at the whole picture, we work with you to treat the cause of the pain and not mask it. In simpler terms, we treat the problem and not the symptom.

In order to achieve maximum success, we work while you perform simple, guided, pain-free movements. With this process soft tissue tension is released while the bones of a joint are gently guided so that they can obtain the optimal sequence of movement. In addition, these movements allow us to recognize what compensations you might be employing while providing a guide for how to safely introduce changes.

By making small changes in how your body moves, we can improve function and reduce pain.

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Functional Manual Reaction

Functional Manual Reaction (FMR) serves three main functions; It is a movement assessment, a functional training, and a rehabilitation tool. The goal is to facilitate an optimal sequence of bone speed and motion, and to stimulate proprioceptors. It is a unique way to assess and guide you during a given movement. FRM takes place in an upright position, which is more effective as this is how we move in the world.

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Rehabilitation Outside the Box

After any kind of surgery, from shoulder surgery and hip replacement, to knee repair and more, many issues can occur including reduced range of motion, muscle atrophy and neuromuscular confusion. Rehabilitation is critical.

We employ a rehab process that has the elements of fun, variety and creativity. It includes novel moves, initiation of new neuromuscular pathways and functional progress.

We offer a unique three-dimensional movement program combined with manual therapy to activate the muscles, lubricate the joints and decrease the scar tissue. Quickly and efficiently you will be back to an active, pain free and fun life.

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Gait Analysis

The majority of us don’t think about the way we walk until something starts hurting, in which case walking becomes a big deal. Walking is not a simple act, but when it works it rocks!

By looking at the biomechanics of your foot as it hits the ground when you step forward, we can begin to assess where issues can occur. We then check how the foot relates to the knee and hip and further up to the trunk and thoracic spine. If something is not happening in an optimal sequence, we introduce small changes right there while you are moving. This new muscle action stimulates proprioceptors, which by sending new messages to the brain start to stir up old habits. The goal is not to create a totally new gait, but rather to tweak the walking that works for your body.

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Bodywork Modalities

Today’s world of bodywork and massage comes in numerous modalities with many names. They all bring something to the table, but what works for one person might not work for somebody else. One size does NOT fit all!

The key is to have a profound understanding of structural and functional anatomy of the human body, as that provides a foundation to assess and make appropriate choices for how to treat. We utilize several modalities, often in combination, in order to create the most efficient treatment process for each unique client.

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Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques

This technique is especially efficient in treating stubborn pain conditions and myoskeletal misalignment. It does so by mobilizing fixated joint capsules and ironing out muscle imbalances. Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques is a unique blend of myofascial release, osteopathic techniques, Golgi tendon work, articular stretching technique, and muscle energy techniques.

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Neuromuscular Therapy

Neuromuscular Therapy refers to specialized pressure applied to myofascial trigger points (TP) to relieve pain. Trigger points can be extremely painful to the touch, and frequently refer pain in a localized or peripheral manner. Besides inflicting pain, TPs can also prohibit movements, so therefore it is essential to manually release the TPs as part of the path to optimal function.

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Myofascial Release

Myofascial release involves deep and slow manual pressure and strokes, often combined with active or passive movement of the tissue being worked. This can transform a myofascia that is dehydrated, stiff and brittle into one that is hydrated, elastic and yielding. In addition, the manual work stimulates nerve endings in the myofascia, which via neuromuscular pathways can counteract stress induced tension and pain.

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Personal Training

Personal training should be simple, fun and true to functional biomechanics. Training is a tool to enhance quality of life, keep you injury free and create a resilient, movable body. The key is to train in three dimensions to prepare you for the demands of life and sports. Together, we honor your abilities and limits by tweaking each and every exercise in such a way that you can do it pain-free.

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The True Stretch

The “True Stretch” was developed by my renowned teacher; Dr. Gary Gray. Its unique design vastly expands the options for rehabilitation as well as for stretching in all planes of motion.
All muscles function three-dimensionally, meaning that the muscle fibers within a given muscle are oriented in multiple planes of motion. This allows the tissue to be stretched and loaded in the sagittal, frontal and transverse plane.

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