Jim Harwood

    Monroe, New York, United States

    • Osteopathic Manual Therapy/Physical Therapy/Cranial-sacral Therapy


    My primary focus with my clients is to understand that each person has their own unique story and issue(s) that affects their ability to be pain-free and fully functional.
    My approach is influenced by 20+ years' experience as a physical therapist and my advanced training in Osteopathic Manual Therapy. This experience and unique training allows for a holistic/full-body approach to clients of all ages - infants with such problems as eating issues or torticollis; to older clients with low back pain or headaches,, to name a few..
    The primary objective is to find the route causes of dysfunction and pain and treat them through a range of different approaches including myofascial release, soft-tissue mobilization, joint mobilization, cranial-sacral therapy, muscle-energy techniques, strain-counterstrain techniques, Chapman Reflex points as well as education on proper movement patterns and exercise.
    My gentle, and inviting style puts clients at ease and allows for maximal possible outcomes with the understanding that once treated and supported the person's own ability to heal themselves it at its best.


    Often, pain and disability occur when the stresses and strains incurred by the body exceed our capacity for healing.
    Osteopathic manual therapy techniques were developed to remove the blockages that are limiting the natural self-healing process and involve gentle, individualized treatments to restore normal function.
    Rather than concentrate only on the problem or painful area I use manual techniques to balance all of your related body systems, to provide the best opportunity for healing to occur.Treatments used include myofascial release, muscle-energy technique, strain-counterstrain, positional release, soft tissue massage and cranial osteopathy (craniosacral therapy).With my patient centered approach to health and well-being, I consider the symptoms in the context of the your full medical history as well as your lifestyle and personal goals.
    This holistic approach ensures that all treatment is tailored to the individual patient. I work in partnership with you toward the common goal of achieving optimal health.
    The forces of childbirth may have the potential to create subtle strains in newborns that may remain unresolved. I believe all newborns may benefit from a craniosacral therapy consultation to ensure that any strains are identified and resolved using gentle evaluation and treatment methods.
    Pediatric Osteopathic Manual Therapy combines a traditional understanding of the normal development of infants, babies and children with the powerful healing capabilities of Osteopathic Manual Therapy to offer parents a highly effective rehabilitative tool as well as a wellness and preventative alternative for their children’s present and future.
    The mission of Pediatric Osteopathic Manual Therapy at New York Physical Therapy is to help children from birth through their school years reach their full physical potential. This is accomplished by implementing my unique training in osteopathic manual therapy to assess the stresses in the infant/child’s body and cranium.
    By using very gentle, non-invasive manual techniques that include cranial-sacral therapy, myofascial release and soft tissue mobilization I release these stressors. As these stressors are mitigated, I may provide education and rehabilitative exercises for clients and their families to help achieve their rehab goals. The main goal is to enhance every child’s opportunity to grow and relate to the world in the most balanced and effective manner.
    For over 20 years I have been utilizing osteopathic manual therapy principles to assist children with a variety of issues including: sucking, latching and feeding problems, sleeping problems, walking difficulties, scoliosis, torticollis/posture issues and aches and pains associated with growing. In addition, I specialize in treating children in conjunction with their dentists for issues related to the teeth and jaw including palate expanders, braces and TMJ pain and dysfunction.


    APTA Canadian College of Osteopathy


    BS Physical Therapy Hunter College Canadian College of Osteopathy - Certificate

    Years In Practice

    24 Years

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