Delivering results to help more patients return to and maintain optimal health.
As an expert practitioner and international instructor (Barral Institute) of Visceral Manipulation and Neuromeningeal / Neural Manipulation (VM and NM BI-D), a licensed Physical Therapist (PT) and a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT200), Peter Coppola provides his clients with the highest level of professional care and an individually-tailored therapeutic approach in a one-on-one setting, to help them achieve the results they need.
From chronic pain and fibromyalgia to nerve pain, migraines/headaches, digestive issues, neck or joint pain, and just about any symptoms not responding to conventional treatment or medication, Peter’s unique and specialized skill set can address his patients’ needs effectively.
Specific modalities include:
Osteopathic Manual Techniques
- Advanced Visceral Manipulation
- Neural Manipulation (cranial and peripheral)
- Global Joint Treatment
- CranioSacral Therapy
- Advanced Lymphatic Drainage Therapy
Traditional Physical Therapy Techniques
- Pediatric Developmentally-Based Therapy
- Muscle Energy Techniques
- Joint Mobilization
- Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT)
- Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF)
- Sports Exercise Enhancement
What is Visceral Manipulation?
Visceral Manipulation therapy is a gentle hands-on approach that helps your body restore motion to areas of pain and compensation. It targets your body’s own healing abilities instead of forcing changes that could cause your body more irritation. As these restrictions begin to improve, areas of your body begin to relax, and health begins to return to your tissues. Truly effective treatment requires an approach that integrates all the tissues of the body, and approaches the body as a “whole organism” because of its many interconnected systems. Visceral Manipulation is at the cutting edge of a manual, whole body approach to healing.
Visceral Manipulation is a type of manual therapy based on the work of Jean Pierre Barral, DO, an osteopath and physical therapist in France. Through research and clinical study, he has developed a method of addressing adhesions and lack of motion inside the body that create pain, symptoms and disease.
The term “disease” shows us that when the body is not healthy there is “dis-ease” or lack of freedom for the body and it’s tissues to move and function in harmony. Manual therapy to help change these areas of tension have been part of health care for thousands of years. Dr. Barral has brought an exceptional anatomical knowledge together with extensive clinical experience to develop a better and more precise form of manual therapy now called “Visceral Manipulation”. Complex motions such as playing sports down to the simple motions of breathing requires the internal part of your body to move freely without damaging structures or limiting the essential life sustaining functions such as blood flow.
As tensions increase in number or over a period of time, your body becomes less able to remain healthy without increased effort or restriction to motion, diminishing your health prematurely. Think about how pain causes you to move a body part less. These changes are all too familiar to most of us, in ourselves or friends and family members. With time, such symptoms / pain begin to further manifest or intensify if not addressed.
Visceral Manipulation will help address the root cause of your pain. For example, if you suffer from back pain, Visceral Manipulation therapy will allow your nervous system to stop telling your muscles to tighten and protect the spine, which will in turn allow your trunk to move more easily — which will then help your digestion and ease of breathing. With improved breathing and blood flow throughout your body, a better level of health overall with less effort and discomfort can be achieved.
What is Physical Therapy?
Traditional therapy to help clients with functional limitations showing a medical necessity for intervention that a patient could not independently improve without direct intervention by a licensed Physical Therapist. A combination of manual and exercise techniques to help people return to function and then progress independently with a Home Exercise Program.Peter has competed in many sports at the state and national levels, including achieving All American swimmer status, and brings an athlete’s perspective to your therapy sessions.
A combination of Visceral Manipulation and Physical Therapy principles combined with movement through yoga principles, provides a superior skill set to help amateur through professional athletes. Peter’s manual therapy allows him to help high level athletes return from injuries faster and often achieve a higher level of performance than before their injury.
Unlike most therapists, his work with clients is not limited to the clinic. Peter will get out into the field with you to ensure you gain the most from your therapy sessions and not return to older bad habits.
Peter has a wide experience base including, but not limited to, working at the driving range with golfers, training on trails with mountain bike riders, running across the Grand Canyon with distance hikers and getting into the water with swimmers.
He has also helped people start learning new sports and work out programs by targeting their technique helping prevent injury and achieve of training goals more quickly.