Manual Therapy

Manual Therapy – Physical Therapy for Pain Relief

Manual therapy, or often called manipulative therapy, is a physical treatment that includes kneading and muscles manipulation, joint manipulation and mobilization. In fact, manual therapy is kind of art and science and hands-on a therapist and patient interaction. This therapy is primarily based on orthopaedic, neurological, biomechanical, radiological examination, magnetic resonance imaging, electromyography, etc. The therapists use research-based therapy programs and techniques to find out and cure joint injuries and tissue imbalances.

When is manual therapy effective?

Manual therapy normally is chosen to cure motion disorders. Motion impairments cause pain and decrease motion range. If motion impairment is caused by normal joint motion loss (a reversible joint hypomobility) specific techniques are used. Professionals choose manual therapy when the motion impairment cause is excessive joint mobility.

The main benefits of manual therapy are:

  • pain decrease;
  • increased motion range;
  • reduction or elimination of soft-tissue inflammation
  • contractile improvement and non-contractile tissue repair, stability and extensibility;
  • stimulate relaxation;
  • relieve movement and ameliorate function.

Joint manipulative therapies

The main manual therapy goal is the use of a therapist’s hands while relaxing and stretching joints and muscles. Joint mobilization is a subtype of joint manipulative therapy.  This technique allows professional to move the joints towards specific directions and depth with or without the patient’s help in order to stretch the joint and its surrounding tissues.

Spinal Manipulation and Spinal Mobilization

This is the most often used chiropractic technique. Spinal manipulation is the traditional high-velocity low-amplitude (HVLA) thrust. The result of manipulation usually is in an audible “pop,”. If you have osteoporosis, pathology or have other preferences spinal mobilization can be used.