With twenty-eight years experience as a physical therapist, sixteen years as a chiropractic doctor and sixteen years using Myofascial soft-tissue techniques, Dr. McIntosh offers a multi-disciplinary approach to healing.
Gale graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in physical therapy (1979). She also holds a degree in chiropractic medicine from the Palmer College of Chiropractic West (1991). She studied osteopathic myofascial techniques at the Upledger Institute and also extensively with French osteopaths, Drs. Alan Gehin and Jean Pierre Barral. Prior to starting her own clinic, Gale held positions at physical therapy rehabilitative clinics in Madison, Wisconsin, and Fremont and Redwood City, California. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the American Chiropractic Association.
Continuing education studies include:
Diagnosis and Treatment of Movements Systems Impairment Syndromes – taught by S. Sahrmann
Orthopedic and sports medicine - evaluation and treatment of neck, shoulder, arms, hands, back, hip, knee, and foot bio-mechanics.
Pilates for physical therapy - personalized exercise programs using mats, gym balls, and foam rollers.
Dynamic core stabilization - as taught by the Canadian, Australian and American approaches, using gym balls, mats, and foam rollers
Using Gait for Pain Relief – by Sherry Brourman
Hand therapy - specializing in repetitive strain, carpal tunnel, and nerve entrapment symptoms.
Myofascial trigger-point therapy - as a more complete approach to myofascial pain syndromes.
Joint mobilization therapy- Australian , Scandinavian and Canadian methods.
Muscle energy techniques – using position and muscle contraction to directly move bones and joints back into correct alignment.
Craniosacral therapy - a light hands-on technique that improves the flow of cerebrospinal fluid, relaxing and normalizing membranes and their attachments that can cause chronic pain.
Strain-counterstrain - a positional release therapy which gently places the body into a pain-free position to allow the tender-point region to relax and unwind internally.
Mechanical link - gently balances the tensions in the body’s fascial soft-tissue system.
Visceral manipulation - works with the interconnected synchronicity of motion between organs and their myofascial links.
Expertise in Motion Palpation Institute course work - measures and locates mechanical problems in the spine and rib cage.
Gentle, low-force sacral-occipital techniques (SOT) for releasing the myofascial tension in the dural membranes of the cranium and spinal column.
Many standard Diversified Chiropractic adjustment courses as continuing education every year.
Holistic Physical Therapy: Integrating Physical Therapy , Chiropractic and Myofascial Massage Techniques Gale McIntosh PT, DC 650.563.4076 (Se Habla Español) 300 Main St. Suite 5, HMB, Ca. 94019