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Gibbons Physical Therapy, providing physical therapy using Fascial Counterstrain to residents of Happy Valley, Sunnyside, Milwaukie, West Linn and Oregon City in Portland, Oregon, customizes every treatment session to help you reach your individual goals. Our services include, but are not limited to, the following:


Soft Tissue Work

Fascial Counterstrain

This is a dynamic, gentle, head-to-toe approach using the Cranial Scan to evaluate and treat abnormal tension throughout the head and body.

You feel this tension in general ways such as muscle tightness that doesn’t change with stretching, joint stiffness, sore and tender areas, all over pain and fatigue. You can also feel the tension in specific ways including headaches, migraines, neck and/or back pain, and abdominal pain.

Fascial Counterstrain is effective not just for sprains and strains, but especially for issues that affect more than one body part and for conditions that change the body’s normal behavior including fibromyalgia and CRPS.

Graston Technique

The Graston Technique is a patented form of manual therapy. The specially-trained physical therapist uses stainless steel tools to perform muscle mobilizations that are essentially a deeper, more intense version of manual therapy.

We work to locate your muscle knots or restrictions by running the specialized tools over your skin to detect fibrous or scar tissue that may be the source of your pain or the reason your movement is restricted.

We then use the tools to break up that tissue and restore mobility and function.


Cupping therapy is a modernized therapy evolved from an ancient practice that involves the physical therapist placing special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction.

It is designed to eliminate pain and inflammation and enhance blood flow and relaxation.

Cupping targets soft tissue by applying local pressure to pain points and areas of swelling.

It works by expanding the capillaries and increasing the amount of fluid entering and leaving tissues. As the blood flow increases within vessels and capillaries, the tissues receive nutrients and oxygen.

It releases tissues deep inside the body, relaxes tense muscles and eases stiffness associated with chronic pain.

Functional Soft Tissue Mobilization

Functional Soft Tissue Mobilization is a hands-on technique used to diagnose and treat soft tissues and joint structures to decrease pain, increase range of motion, reduce or eliminate soft tissue inflammation, and improve contractile and non-contractile tissue repair.

Mobilization may affect a whole vertebral region or it may be localized to a single segment.

Functional Soft Tissue Mobilization combines active lengthening of the muscle tissue with manual work at the same time.

Joint Work

Osteopathic Muscle Energy Techniques

Osteopathic Muscle Energy Techniques, originally developed by Dr. Fred Mitchell, osteopathic physician and his son, Dr. Fred Mitchell Jr., are designed to utilize your muscle contractions and body positioning to normalize joint movement.

The theory behind OMET is that if you are not using one of your joints to its full range of motion, then it is likely that the range of motion will minimize and you will be at greater risk of strains and injuries.

Muscle energy is a direct and active technique meaning that you need to participate for the best results. You will be asked to contract a muscle in the affected area for about five seconds while overcoming a resistance to this contraction which is applied by the physical therapist.

The set of contractions helps to stretch and lengthen the contracted or spastic muscle.

Muscle energy techniques also help add strength to a muscle group in one area of your body, increase your range of motion and relieve pain.


Russian Kettlebell Training

Kettlebells, an iron ball made famous by Russian strongmen in the 1700s, is a powerful tool for functional strength development.

In recent times, Russian Kettlebell training is viewed as a well-rounded training program to build muscles, increase endurance and increase a person’s overall fitness.

It involves the use of a weight ball with a handle that comes in varying weights. It is not just one type of exercise, but rather is a balanced approach of movements.

Kettlebell exercise focus on multijoint, multiplanar movements and they force you to control momentum, recruiting muscle groups and small stabilizer muscles. The movements of kettlebell training allow you to build cardiovascular strength and muscular strength at the same time.

Bodyweight Strengthening

Bodyweight exercises are strength training exercises which do not need free weights or machines to do. Instead, the client’s own weight provides resistance against gravity.

The concept behind bodyweight strengthening is that enhances a range of biomotor abilities including strength, power, endurance, speed, flexibility, coordination and balance.

Today a wide range of different sports disciplines use bodyweight resistance braining as part of their fitness programs. Bodyweight training uses simple abilities such as pushing, pulling, squatting, bending, twisting and balancing. Push-ups, pull-ups, and sit-ups are common bodyweight exercises.

Bodyweight exercises can be made more difficult or simpler, depending on your abilities. That allows people of nearly level of fitness to participate.

Exercise Program Development

We provide our clients with customized stretching, strengthening and re-training programs for recreational or competitive goals.

Many of these exercises have components to match the things we must do in daily life, like getting up off the floor, lifting, and focusing on our hips.

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