Cindy Schneider, OTR/L (Occupational Therapist)

Cindy Schneider is a manual therapist specializing in pain management for conditions such as back pain, neck pain, headaches, arm and leg pain. She provides “hands on” services including myofascial release, muscle energy, trigger point release, craniosacral therapy, soft tissue mobilization and techniques to balance the body. She also provides therapeutic exercise and home programs. 

Her experience has been both with infants/children and adults. She feels that all people benefit from a combination of these techniques to optimize health. By using a variety of “hands on” (also called manual techniques) and teaching skills that can be done at home, the patient begins to notice changes within a few visits.

Cindy Schneider, OTR/L - Chiropractor at Essence of Wellness, Eaton, Oh

What is Occupational Therapy?

It is the only profession that uses therapeutic activities to help people of all ages to do the things they want to do. Occupational Therapists promote health and wellness, help prevent illness, injury or disability.

OT’s provide services including instruction and treatment for:

Cindy specializes in treatment of:

  • Muscle pain
  • Joint Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Back Pain
  • Extremity Pain
  • Headaches
  • Arthritis
  • Decreased Range of Motion
  • Coordination Problems
  • Balance Problems
  • Decreased Strength
  • Reduced Flexibility

OT is covered by most insurance companies. The below activities are covered under insurance plans as either manual therapy or therapeutic exercise. 

MYOFASCIAL RELEASE   Myofascial release is a manipulative treatment that attempts to release tension in the fascia due to trauma, posture, or inflammation. Connective tissues called fascia surround the muscles, bones, nerves, and organs of the body.

 The use of Myofascial Release allows us to look at each patient as a unique individual. Our one-on-one therapy sessions are hands-on treatments during which our therapists use a multitude of Myofascial Release techniques and movement therapy. We promote independence through education in proper body mechanics and movement, self treatment instruction, enhancement of strength, improved flexibility, and postural and movement awareness

 MUSCLE ENERGY    Muscle Energy Technique (MET) uses muscle’s own energy in the form of  gentle isometric contractions to relax the muscles via autogenic or reciprocal inhibition, and lengthen the muscle. As compared to static stretching which is a passive technique in which the therapist does all the work, MET is an active technique in which the patient is also an active participant.

TRIGGER POINT RELEASE    Trigger point is a sensitive area in the muscle or connective tissue (fascia) that becomes painful when compressed. Pressing on a trigger point can cause referred pain and can help identify the external area in the body generating the pain. On the other hand, trigger points can also be a point from which pain radiates throughout the muscle and fascia causing myofascial pain syndromes. Trigger point myotherapy targets these sensitive sites of the body to apply concentrated amounts of pressure to relieve muscle spasm

CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY    The Craniosacral Therapy practitioner essentially encourages the body to release restrictions that it has been unable to overcome on its own. Rather than deciding how these changes should be made, the therapist follows the body’s response as to how to proceed. Following this gentle approach helps ensure the method is safe and effective.

SOFT TISSUE MOBILIZATION    Soft tissue mobilization is a specific assessment, evaluation and treatment of soft tissues (ligaments, muscles, tendons, and fascia) for the purpose of creating beneficial effects on the nervous, musculoskeletal, lymph, and circulatory systems.

CUPPING    Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.

She also instructs in Yoga, and Tai Chi as home programs. 

YOGA     Yoga is a type of exercise in which you move your body into various positions in order to become more fit or flexible, to improve your breathing, and to relax your mind

TAI CHI    Tai chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that, today, is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing.

Below are the services Cindy also provides that are NOT covered under insurance but are highly effective in healing the body, mind and spirit. 

REIKI    Reiki can be defined as a non-physical healing energy made up of life force energy that is guided by the Higher Intelligence, or spiritually guided life force energy. This is a functional definition as it closely parallels the experience of those who practice Reiki in that Reiki energy seems to have an intelligence of its own flowing where it is needed in the client and creating the healing conditions necessary for the individuals needs. It cannot be guided by the mind, therefore it is not limited by the experience or ability of the practitioner. Nether can it be misused as it always creates a healing effect. REIKI IS NOT A RELIGION.

BODY TALK    The BodyTalk System seeks to address the “whole person”. This means that no aspect of the human psyche can be overlooked, be it emotional, physical or environmental. It promotes overall wellbeing.  Instead of focusing on the symptom, BodyTalk finds the underlying causes of illness by addressing the whole-person and their whole-story.  The BodyTalk techniques provide insights to the areas of your body that need attention. What might seem like an obvious problem to you is not necessarily the one your body wants to address first. This is the beauty of BodyTalk. It respects the body’s own needs and determines your body’s priorities for healing. Then with the use of a variety of non-invasive techniques, BodyTalkers refocus your body’s natural healing response to establish better communication within the body. It is not influenced by the practitioner or the client.