The Three Techniques of Hendrickson Method
Hendrickson Method uses a unique combination of three techniques to bring about optimum results in treating orthopedic conditions: Wave Mobilization®, Joint Mobilization, and Muscle Energy Technique (MET).
Wave Mobilization Therapy: The Central Feature of Hendrickson Method
Dr. Hendrickson has devoted his career to creating and refining a new method for treating orthopedic conditions that offers superb clinical results combined with deep relaxation. At the heart of his unique system of treatment is a new technique for mobilizing soft tissue modeled on ocean waves and grounded in essential Tai Chi principles of energy healing. Dr. Hendrickson calls it Wave Mobilization. Wave Mobilization therapy features strokes that are rounded, scooping movements performed perpendicular to soft tissue in repeated rhythmic cycles. They are applied at a frequency of approximately 60 cycles per minute, which matches the ideal resting heart rate. Wave Mobilization therapy is extremely relaxing and profoundly healing.
Wave Mobilization therapy is simple, but it is not easy to learn; it requires patience and a great deal of practice. The reward, however, is the ability to achieve outstanding clinical results, as well as deep relaxation for the client and the therapist. By using “internal energy”, or “chi”, our students learn to become relaxed and supple. They learn to allow energy to move through them, rather than relying on muscular effort, which can lead to repetitive strain and injuries. Wave Mobilization is akin to a “moving meditation” and leads to a process of “letting go” and an energetic opening for the therapist, as well as for the client. Our students report profound, positive changes in their daily lives from learning how to stay present and open and allowing more energy to move through them.
Joint Mobilization: Treating the Source of Chronic Pain
The joints and their surrounding soft tissue are typically the primary source of pain in a body. Acute injuries often result in swelling, loss of joint motion, and the inhibition of normal muscle function by neurological reflexes. Chronic joint problems, whether due to degeneration or dysfunction, are almost always the result of misaligned and restricted joints, which prevent normal movement. Hendrickson Method includes specific protocols for treating acute and chronic joint problems that are efficient and effective in reducing pain and restoring normal movement.
Muscle Energy Technique: Rehabilitation of the Nervous System
The third modality used by Hendrickson Method Practitioners is Muscle Energy Technique (MET), which addresses the nervous system. By having clients actively resist gentle, strategic applications of pressure, practitioners promote the rehabilitation of malfunctioning nerves. MET also helps strengthen weak muscles, eliminates trigger points, relaxes chronically tight muscles, and improves the range of motion of joints.