“Relieve pain/improve function through the use of myofascial release, muscle energy work and joint manipulation”
Manual therapy is a specialised, hands-on form of physical therapy for people recovering from injury or seeking relief from chronic pain. It helps improve tissue extensibility, increase range of motion of the joint complex, and reduce soft tissue swelling, inflammation or movement restriction. Symptoms of arthritis, whiplash, TMJ, sciatica and sport injuries, among many other conditions, are commonly treated through manual therapy.
How it works?
Manual therapists use their hands to feel out different tissue consistencies, as well as employ a comprehensive understanding of the human anatomy to make diagnoses and administer treatment.
Soft tissue work, including massage, which applies pressure to the soft tissues of the body such as the muscles. This pressure can help relax muscles, increase circulation, break up scar tissue, and ease pain in the soft tissues.
Mobilization/manipulation, which uses measured movements of varying speed (slow to fast), force (gentle to forceful), and distances (called 'amplitude') to twist, pull, or push bones and joints into position. This can help loosen tight tissues around a joint, reduce pain in a joint and surrounding tissue, and help with flexibility and alignment.
The following is a list of some of the symptoms and conditions that can be treated with manual therapy: