Athena Wellness & Manual Therapy
Lesley Bludworth, PT
3819 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix AZ, 85018
Lesley Bludworth, PT
Visceral Manipulation & Manual Therapy
Move Better, Feel Better, Live Better
At Athena Manual Therapy & Wellness we are committed to assisting each client to heal quickly and safely; and to empower progress with knowledge, understanding, and inspiration to stay active and healthy. We are dedicated to ensuring every client has a positive, successful experience during their journey of recovery to optimal performance, health, and wellness.
Our bodies are highly intelligent and self healing. If the body cannot correct itself or find midline and balance then the body compensates. Compensations allow us to continue to function. Regardless if the compensations are obvious or subtle, they can result in dysfunction and pain. This can happen in the muscular system, such as with a rotator cuff injury. It can also happen in our nervous, vascular and digestive systems.
Our body, at times, can require a gentle reminder to let go. This can be letting go of past trauma, pain, or patterns of motion adopted at an early age. The body's tissues create patterns of activation that tell our nervous system how we feel, both emotionally and physically. Working in partnership with a skilled manual therapist can allow for somatic releases that effect us physically and emotionally. Integration can be greatly facilitated, allowing for optimization of health and healing.
If there is a single definition of healing, it is to enter with mercy & awareness those pains, mental & physical from which we have withdrawn in judgment and dismay
We practice visceral manipulation at Athena Manual Therapy and Wellness. Visceral Manipulation is a gentle, hands-on, therapy developed by Jean Pierre Barral, D.O. to assess and assist the dynamic function of internal organs and their associated fascia, nerves, and blood vessels. The goal is to restore harmony in the glide and mobility of tissues within your body. Visceral Manipulation works only to assist the forces already at work, benefiting the body rather than adding to further injury or disorganization.
These techniques are used to treat digestive disorders, acute trauma, women's and men's pelvic health issues, joint and spine pain, somatic-visceral interactions, scar tissue, and emotional issues such as anxiety, depression and PTSD.
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on, therapy. This full body approach uses light touch to stimulate the body and avoids the natural guarding created in the body and nervous system. The touch is designed to be respectful and negotiate with the body. It is a supportive technique that allows your autonomic nervous system to rebalance. Studies demonstrate Craniosacral Therapy can greatly benefit parasympathetic nervous system function and facilitate sensory integration. This therapy can be beneficial in treating TMJ, migraines, post- concussive disorder, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization or IASTM is used in conjunction with therapeutic taping to release fascial adhesions or scar tissue in any part of the body. The introduction of controlled microtrauma to affected soft tissue stimulates a local inflammatory response. Microtrauma initiates reabsorption of inappropriate fibrosis or scar tissue and facilitates a cascade of healing activities, assisting in remodeling of affected soft tissue. Adhesions within the soft tissue which may have developed as a result of surgery, immobilization, repeated strain, or other mechanisms, are broken down. This allows full functional restoration to occur. IASTM and taping, together, are demonstrated to improve lymphatic drainage and blood flow in treated tissue and improve proprioceptive input, allowing greater tissue awareness and control
Functional Dry Needling
Myofascial Trigger point dry needling is a technique used by acupuncturists, doctors, and physical therapists to treat myofascial pain, dysfunction of skeletal muscle and connective tissue, and improve or regulate dysfunction.
Muscles sometimes develop knotted areas called trigger points. These trigger points are highly sensitive and can be painful when touched. They are also often the cause of referred pain (or pain that affects another part of the body). Clinicians push thin solid needles through the skin into trigger points. The needles are used to stimulate the tissue, not to inject medication. Electrical stimulation can also be used with the needles for an enhanced effect.