Manual Therapy

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Michael’s Background

Michael has been practicing bodywork since 1996. He taught anatomy and physiology, bodywork, and client assessment at the Baltimore School of Massage for many years and is currently a member of the faculty at the Community College of Baltimore County in their Massage Therapy Program. His curious nature combined with my skill and experience as a bodyworker led him to the development of Direct Muscle Release™, an assessment and treatment process that he teaches to other bodyworkers, as well as a unique treatment for surgical scars.

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Michael Houstle

Licensed Massage Therapist

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Call 410-960-4229

What to Expect During a Treatment with Michael

Michael’s goal is to give you relief from the pain or other symptoms that brought you in for treatment and to help you find greater physical balance and ease. His work is gentle and purposefully not painful. He prefers to work with your body and not against it.

Each session will include a visual and hands-on assessment, treatment, and simple suggestions for self-care. He will also help you ergonomically, that is, he will show you how to use your body more effectively in your daily life and in your work.

Michael Treats Many Conditions, Including:

  • Pain in your back, shoulders, neck, chest, hips, knees or feet
  • Sciatica
  • Rotator cuff issues
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Balance issues
  • Post surgical pain
  • Headaches including migraines
  • Muscle strains, pulls, or tightness
  • Stiffness or difficulty moving
  • Lymphatic congestion issues
  • Chronic or acute issues
  • Your “no one’s been able to help me with this” or the “I don’t know what I did” pain
  • Just feeling out of balance

The Techniques Michael Uses Include:

  • Craniosacral Therapy
  • Manual Lymph Drainage
  • Myofascial Release
  • Visceral Manipulation
  • Neural Manipulation
  • Direct Muscle Release™
  • and many others

These techniques do not require the use of oils or creams. This generally allows Michael to work through loose fitting clothing. Though the purpose of his work is for its therapeutic effects, you will most likely find it to be very relaxing.