“I had been suffering for days from what appeared to be a painful ankle sprain. Margaret was offering her services during a local tennis tournament so I decided to visit with her to see if she could help relieve some of the pain so I could participate in the tournament. Smart decision on my part. During the 10 or 15 minutes I spent with her she worked her magic on my ankle in a very gentle (no pain) and soothing manner. After this brief session my ankle was 90% better and almost pain free immediately. I was not only pleased and wowed by the results I was equally impressed by her knowledge and experience. I was able to not only participate in the tournament but win it. True story.”
Margaret Balhoff has over 30 years of experience as a physical therapist, and 20 years specializing in craniosacral therapy (CST). Margaret is a registered craniosacral therapist (RCST) with the Craniosacral Therapy Association of North America (CSTNA). RCST credentials require successful completion of a two-year training. In addition, Margaret has taken advanced coursework in biodynamic craniosacral, as well as several CST seminars through the Upledger Institute. She has successfully applied CST to a variety of conditions, including headaches, back & neck pain, and head injuries. Margaret has worked with all ages, from babies to elderly, as CST is extremely gentle work.
Margaret utilizes other manual therapy skills, including Muscle Energy Technique (MET), Strain-Counterstrain (SCS), and Visceral Manipulation (VM). These are all osteopathic methods which address dysfunction or strain in joints, muscles or organs. These methods help improve function and reduce pain through improving motion and/or balance in these tissues.
Along with concussions, working with babies and families is a special interest. Margaret has completed a two-year training which incorporates CST to address issues related to birth, perinatal, and attachment. CST can have a profound influence on the health and development of babies and children, including cognitive & motor development, feeding/digestion, sleep and bonding with parents/caregivers.
Margaret has a holistic approach, and believes in the body’s inherent ability to heal. Integrating mind, body and spirit is essential to overall health and well-being. During her career as a physical therapist, Margaret has observed the effects of stress and other emotional factors on physical and mental health. Therefore, she has made a study of psychology, trauma, relaxation training and methods for addressing emotional issues, such as depression and anxiety.