Manual Therapy – A Hands-On Approach to Pain Relief
Get Started on the Right Path Toward Natural, Safe, and Effective Pain Relief
Are you suffering from pain as a result of injury, illness, or surgical procedure? If so, it is likely that you would benefit from manual physical therapy at Total Function Physical Therapy. If you are apprehensive, let us ease your mind a bit:
We receive many first-time physical therapy patients who come in thinking their treatments will be painful, uncomfortable, or even agonizing due to the condition they are in. However, that is not the case at all! Our physical therapists use manual therapy techniques that are meant to relieve your pain, while simultaneously improving your body’s function.
How can manual therapy benefit me?
Our therapists are highly trained in diagnosing and treating movement disorders. Many physicians will also prescribe physical therapy treatments for injuries, accidents, or illnesses. These disorders often occur following surgery, especially if you have undergone total joint replacement or surgery after an accident – essentially, anything that makes you limited in your mobility and feel weak and unable to function normally.
Your treatment plan will likely include several different therapies. Manual therapy is a crucial part of any treatment plan, as it helps to reduce pain and swelling, minimize inflammation, and increase range of motion. It helps the tissue like muscles, skin, joints, nerves and fascia get back to its normal length and pliability. This is all aimed at helping a specific function of your body. Some exercises may focus on improving your balance and strength, while others may focus on coordination and others on activities of daily living.
How safe is manual therapy?
In a word – very! One of the greatest aspects of manual therapy is that it is non-invasive. It also doesn’t require any harmful medications. Instead, our physical therapists use a variety of techniques that help move your muscles, skin, tendons, ligaments, fascia layers and joints in ways that relieve pain, promote healing and increase mobility. They also help in reducing scar tissue and minimizing swelling.
Our physical therapists are highly trained medical professionals who understand the limitations of your body, as well as its capabilities. In fact, many patients notice significant pain relief and improvement in mobility after just one session of manual therapy!
Manual therapy – what is it?
Manual therapy is just one tool in a physical therapist’s kit that allows them to mobilize stiff joints and soft tissue. This specialized form of treatment helps in reducing swelling, decreasing restriction, mobilizing joints, and increasing your range of motion. Our physical therapists have received extensive training in specialized manual therapy techniques from a wide variety of schools and instructors.
The many different types of physical therapy
Manual therapy techniques may include, but are not limited to:
When you experience severe pain after sustaining an injury, it is usually the result of a restricted joint. Our physical therapists are specially trained to mobilize restricted joints by applying pressure at a low velocity. Mobilization techniques are safe, effective, and painless, allowing for an increase in your range of motion, and the improvement of the restricted joint’s mobility. With the improved movement the joint doesn’t jam anymore and is more free to move and it takes less effort of the muscles to move the area.
Soft Tissue Mobilization
Physical therapy mobilization treatments are a little different than a massage you may get at a spa. They are more therapeutic in nature, and with a medical intention. Our physical therapists use soft tissue mobilization treatments as a way to manipulate the soft tissues, working to break up scar tissue and adhesions caused by inflammation or injury. This is done through deep pressure and rhythmic stretching, allowing them to find and mobilize areas of your body that are heavily restricted. These techniques also help to improve blood flow and circulation of the affected muscles and soft tissues.
When our physical therapists perform manual traction, they will apply gentle force to a certain area of the body, in order to gently stretch the soft tissues and restore normal, natural movement. While the neck is the most common area for manual traction, it can also be performed on other parts of the body, including the arms, legs, and back.
Get started today!
If you are interested in gaining the many benefits of manual therapy, request an appointment with Total Function Physical Therapy today! Our dedicated physical therapists will be happy to meet with you and get you moving once again.