Manual therapy means that we use our hands to identify and treat areas of tightness or restriction in your body.
There are many different manual therapy techniques used by practitioners to treat these problems.
We use techniques we learned over years of continuing education training with other Physical Therapists, Osteopaths and Chiropractors.
Some of the techniques we use are:
Muscle Energy – this is a method of moving or stretching a joint, usually a level in the spine or pelvis, using your muscular effort as the force to change the joint position. It is gentle and can be used on the most sensitive problems.
Myofascial Release – is a term used for any technique that changes the muscles and connective tissue in the body. Changes can be made by either directly stretching the areas in a multi-directional way. Changes can also be made by compressing muscles/connective tissue to get a release.
Craniosacral Therapy is a subtle technique that uses gentle touch to balance the movements and tissues in the skull and the sacrum. The theory is that these two areas are connected by a connective tissue called, the dura and that with movement, the skull and sacrum should move together. It is extremely helpful for headache, TMJ problems and head injuries.
All manual therapy techniques will promote better circulation, better nerve conduction and more ease of movement.
With our hands-on treatment, you will have less pain, less muscle strain and faster return to the activities that you love.
Manual therapy has been proven to be an important part of an overall conservative treatment plan for a variety of conditions including:
- Adhesive capsulitis
- Shoulder impingement
- Shoulder stiffness/limited range of motion
- Tennis elbow
- Golfers elbow
- Pinched nerves
- Limited joint range of motion
- Capsule tightness
- Postsurgical stiffness
- Much more.
Manual therapy is typically part of a complete treatment plan that is customized for your specific needs. Give us a call to learn how we can incorporate manual therapy into your rehabilitation program.