Peds FAQ

Pediatric Services – Frequently Asked Questions


What is John F. Barnes Myofascial Release?

Myofascial Release is appropriate for children of all ages. Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the connective tissue restrictions to reduce those restrictions, thereby eliminating pain and restoring balance, motion and function. The use of Myofascial Release allows us to look at each patient as a unique individual.


What is CFT?

Craniosacral Fascial Therapy (CFT) uses gentle techniques to address the strain patterns in the body and the effect of these strain patterns on the body’s systems. The purpose of CFT is to free restrictions to allow for optimal flow of CSF and for optimal healing and balance. Children will often release this strain through the body’s naturally driven movement/unwinding.


What is NDT?             

Neurodevelopmental treatment (NDT) is a holistic and interdisciplinary clinical practice model that emphasizes individualized therapeutic handling based on movement analysis for habilitation and rehabilitation of individuals with neurological pathophysiology. It is a hands-on, problem solving approach where the therapist uses his or her hands to provide guidance and optimize function.


What to expect?

As with all patients at Inner Circle, your child’s first visit will begin with a comprehensive hands on evaluation that will include a detailed medical history, postural evaluation and palpation of musculature to assess areas of fascial strain/restrictions.

Therapy needs can vary depending on the age of the child and how involved their physical needs may be. Every child’s strain level is unique, as is every treatment plan.  Recommendations about frequency and duration of treatment are made during the initial evaluation. Usually, treatment begins with several weekly sessions, and continues with periodic maintenance visits at varying frequency.


How can I best prepare my child for the session?

Plan meals and snacks (other than liquids or breastfeeding) before or after the session time, as eating solid foods during therapy presents a choking hazard.  Bring all children in comfortable, modest, non- restrictive clothing.  Babies and smaller children may benefit from the company of a favorite blanket, toy or item from home to help make new surroundings more comfortable.


Will my baby/ toddler cry during the session?

Children under 4 are more likely to cry during therapy. This may be due to frustration or confusion, as the techniques are far too mild and gentle to cause pain.

What should I do during my child’s session?

A parent or guardian must be present in the treatment room for the entire session for all minors.  Hands on parental involvement is encouraged in the form of nursing, holding, singing, playing, etc.


Our Approach

Our hands-on approach, utilizing manual therapy and exercise, has helped even the most difficult diagnoses (including fibromyalgia, herniated discs, arthritis, orthopedic injuries and other chronic pain syndromes) to change and heal.

Inner Circle’s hope for the future is to continue to grow, support and provide the optimal physical therapy service in our community.


Our Focus

At Inner Circle, our focus is on you and not your diagnosis. Our hands on approach is non-invasive and gentle, but effective. You are in control of your health, we are here to help! Fill out the form below or reach out to one of our locations today to schedule an appointment!

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