As a physical therapist, Shiao-Lan does not see separate issues relating to only one body part without relation to the rest of the body. Although a specific portion of the body may be the most obviously injured or restricted in its motion, other aspects of the body’s functioning are also immediately impacted, causing the formation of a specific compensatory pattern. The compensating pattern can result in limited recovery in the original area as well as possible future injury in the supporting area. Physical therapy achieves the highest success when treatment is focused on the restoration of the strength/muscle tone balance between the muscle groups, the coordination of the movement, and the elimination of compensatory patterns.
Shiao-Lan usually uses all possible tools such as manual therapy, scraping, Yoga, traditional martial arts, and etc. according to patient’s individual situation to maximize the benefits of the therapy.