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Corrective Muscle Therapy (CMT)

Related to the fields of orthopedics, rehabilitation, physical therapy, osteopathics, and rheumatology are a number of schools of therapeutic techniques aimed at returning motion and flexibility to patient with orthopedic challenges.   Stiffness and pain resulting from, or left behind long term by, a joint condition or musculoskeletal injury have never been easy to resolve. Few, if any, conventional medical techniques target this specific problem in which orthopedic structures may be tight and stiff. But corrective muscle therapy (CMT)–an approach that distills and combines various established manipulative techniques–is proving highly effective for many Lourdes patients with these challenges.

Through CMT, Lourdes supports a unifying approach to soft-tissue release
that offers break-through relief.

Frank Pileggi, PhD, RHP, Dean of the Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies, is a proponent and accomplished practitioner of CMT.   By offering this therapy, Dr. Pileggi and Lourdes have become a referral point of choice for many of the region’s major orthopedic centers, athletic trainers and primary physicians when patients need manipulative release of restricted musculoskeletal soft tissue.  CMT integrates aspects of myofascial release, Rolfing, trigger point and myotherapy, lymphatic massage, and Asian massage methods such as tui na and shiatsu into a unified approach to soft-tissue adjustment.

Frank Pileggi, PhD, RHP, provides CMT to a patient.

Frank Pileggi, PhD, RHP, provides CMT to a patient.

The CMT service treats a significant number of sports-medicine patients and can address problems both acute and chronic. Conditions commonly addressed through CMT include sprains, contusions, muscle spasms (caused by overuse or chronic tension), arthritis, rheumatic conditions, and postsurgical tightness or adhesions. For example, the therapy can serve to break up scar tissue at the site of a joint replacement.

Dr. Pileggi, who also receives international patients and works with professional athletes, uses his hands to manipulate connective and muscular structures. The intervention begins gently and may progress deeply. The therapist–who at the University of Vermont completed his master’s degree in holistic health sciences and earned his doctorate in holistic arts and practices (with a concentration on physiotherapy)–focuses the treatment session on a specific physical function or target area. The ability of CMT to effect changes in muscles, muscle groups, cartilaginous tissue and the nearby circulatory, lymphatic and nervous systems often means dramatic relief for patients from new or longstanding limitations that have reduced movement, strength or range of motion.

CMT may involve one visit or several visits spaced across weeks.
It successfully activates circulation, calms or stimulates weak or damaged nerves, helps restore tone and flexibility, relaxes strictures and improves bodily alignment and posture.

Dr. Pileggi offers CMT at the following locations:

  • Virtua Willingboro Hospital, Professional Building East – 1113 Hospital Drive, Suite 304, Willingboro, NJ 08046 on Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Virtua Health & Wellness – Cherry Hill – 1 Brace Rd, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034 on Wednesdays

For an appointment at either location, call 609-835-3690.

CMT can release musculoskeletal structures to new movement and new strength, and help to correct and heal injuries noninvasively.   See these testimonials:

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