What are Manipulative and Body-Based Practices?

Manipulative and body-based practices encompass a system of therapies that use either manual manipulation or movement of one or more parts of the body to address structural or systematic imbalances of the bones and joints, the soft tissues, and the circulatory and lymphatic systems. Practices include Chiropractic and Osteopathic manipulation, therapeutic massage, and a variety of other "bodywork" therapies.

Therapies provided by Raby Institute include:

What Conditions Can Manipulative and Body-Based Therapies Treat?

  • Accident and sports injury
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Arthritis / Joint pain
  • Asthma
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headache and TMJ
  • Infertility
  • Low back pain
  • Migraines
  • Neck pain/shoulder pain
  • Overuse or misuse of the body
  • Sinusitis
  • Visual problems

When Should I Avoid Manipulative and Body-Based Therapies?

Some types of manipulative and body-based therapies should be avoided if you have:
  • Acute raised intracranial pressure 
  • A recent cerebrovascular accident (stroke) 
  • A recent fracture of the skull or pelvis 

How Can I Find Out More?

To find out more about Manipulative and Body-Based therapy options offered at the Raby Institute for Integrative Medicine, or to schedule an appointment with one of our licensed practitioners, contact the Raby Institute at 312-276-1212 or info@rabyintegrativemedicine.com.

Manipulative and Body-Based Therapies

Trager® Bodywork

Trager® Bodywork is a movement-education approach to understanding and addressing the psychological and emotional roots of muscle tension. The practice involves gently rocking, cradling, and moving the patient's body to encourage the patient to understand that physically restrictive patterns can be changed. Trager Bodywork is meant to promote relaxation and increase mobility and mental clarity.
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Naprapathy is a natural, holistic treatment that utilizes gentle manipulation of the spine, joints, and connective tissues to address neuro-musculoskeletal conditions. Based on the concept that constricted ligaments, muscles, and tendons interfere with nerve, blood and lymph flow, naprapathy uses manipulation of connective tissue to open these channels and restore the body's natural function. Like many integrative modalities, naprapthy adheres to the belief that the body has inherent healing capabilities that can restore a person to optimal health and wellness, and that these innate powers should be supported in non-invasive ways that do not interfere with natural processes.
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