Yvonne Brannigan PT, LMT
Yvonne Brannigan PT, LMT has always been in awe of the intricacies of human movement, mind-body wisdom and the body's innate ability to heal itself. As a Physical Therapist with over 20 years experience, Yvonne has worked in acute care, rehab hospitals and out-patient clinics. She is also a licensed Massage Therapist. While skilled in several manual therapy and massage techniques, Yvonne specializes in Myofascial Release (MFR), a type of gentle, manual therapy developed by John F. Barnes PT, LMT. Yvonne is currently listed as an Intermediate Practitioner, one class short of achieving an Advanced MFR Practitioner ranking.
Myofascial Release (MFR) is a manual therapy approach that addresses the patient as a whole, not the just the problematic part of the body. MFR is a safe and gentle technique. The amount of pressure applied is performed within the patient's tolerance. Since the purpose of the therapy is to stretch and release fascial restrictions, pressures and stretches are sustained for several minutes at a time. MFR is effective in treating a wide variety of diagnoses, including: decreased joint range of motion in knees, shoulders, hips and spine; headaches, neck and back pain; pelvic floor dysfunction including pain, bladder or bowel incontinence, difficulty voiding or evacuating, painful intercourse; tissue adhesions from surgery or inflammation, and many more. Myofascial Release is effective before or after surgery.
Trauma, injury, surgery, overuse and poor posture all create myofascial restrictions. These restrictions often put excessive pressures on sensitive structures, like blood vessels, nerves, muscles and organs. Unfortunately, x-rays, MRI's, CT scans, etc. do not show fascial restrictions. Many patients who are dealing with pain, headaches and/or loss of joint motion are often misdiagnosed, given medication or told to live with it.
Myofascial Release is gentle, corrective work. Each treatment builds upon the previous session. Once myofascial restrictions are released, they stay open. Progress is both cumulative and measurable and the patient's functional mobility and quality of life are both improved. This is what drives Yvonne's passion for this work. Teaching and supporting patients to regain an improved awareness of their body, learning to manage their pain and self-correct their asymmetries, are her primary goals for everyone she sees. Yvonne's educational and professional background, combined with her personal experiences as a college athlete, runner and past pain sufferer, allow her to be a compassionate and knowledgeable advocate for her patients.
My personal story
After working in acute care and rehab hospitals for several years, I acknowledged the physical toll exacted by my profession. This realization prompted me to attend massage therapy school in 2004. A couple years after establishing my part time private practice in Dallas, an old neck injury reoccurred. Debilitating pain and spasms in my neck, shoulder and arm, and numbness in my left hand made everyday tasks uncomfortable and treating patients painfully difficult. An MRI and an appointment with a neurosurgeon confirmed I had bulging discs at two cervical levels. Relieved that surgery was not imminent, I began looking for a Physical Therapist that could address my spine and soft tissue in the manner I believed it needed. A fellow PT suggested I go to Hands On Physical Therapy (HOPT) in Round Rock, TX, a clinic specializing in MFR. After a series of treatments from these gifted therapists, my pain was greatly reduced, my neck and shoulder range of motion were close to normal, and I could lie on my left side for the first time in months. It was a life changing experience for me. I was so impressed with the effectiveness of the MFR treatments that I wanted to learn and share this work with my patients, too. Prior to taking the MFR courses, my patients did well but I was often frustrated that the progress gained in my treatment room did not always last. I began taking MFR classes under John F. Barnes PT, LMT. It wasn't long until I saw a marked difference in patient improvement and progress when I began including myofascial release in my treatments.
In 2010, I was invited to join the therapy team at HOPT in Round Rock, TX. I was excited to have the opportunity to practice MFR full time and moved from Dallas to Austin. During my years in Austin, I continued taking MFR classes. Spending almost 5 years with the talented therapists at HOPT was a privilege and honor. During this time, I gained valuable experience in treating a wide variety of diagnoses with MFR, including those dealing with pelvic floor dysfunction, for both women and men. In January 2015, I returned to Dallas to reestablish my private PT/MT practice and share the gift of healing through MFR.
Patients with diagnoses that would benefit from internal pelvic floor therapy or joint manipulation will need to provide a doctor's prescription for Physical Therapy. All other diagnoses requiring external work may be seen under Massage Therapy and do not require a doctor's prescription.
New Evaluation and treatment: (90 min) $200
Follow up treatment (60 min) $140
(60 min) $125 and (90 min) $175
Discounted Massage Therapy packages are available:
Five - One hour sessions: $575 ($115/hour)
Ten - One hour sessions: $1000 ($100/hour)
Purchased sessions are valid for 1 year after date of purchase. Purchased sessions may be gifted to a family member or friend. Gift certificates are available upon request.