Manual Therapy

Manual therapy is a clinical approach that uses hands-on techniques, including manipulation and mobilization, to diagnose and treat soft tissues and joint structures. This helps regulate pain, increase range of motion, reduce or eliminate soft tissue inflammation, improve tissue repair and to increase relaxation, movement and function. Manual therapy involves restoring mobility to stiff joints and reducing muscle tension in order to return patients to a more natural motion without pain.

To continue the healing process and prevent recurring pain, patients are encouraged to engage in other appropriate treatments, including an exercise program, during and after treatment. The goal is to maintain the right type and level of activity to prevent the pain from re-occurring and avoid the need for frequent return visits to therapy.

Manual therapy benefits the following diagnoses/conditions:

  • Low-back pain
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Neck pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Multiple joint dysfunction

Goals of manual therapy include:

  • Reducing pain
  • Improving restricted mobility and range of motion
  • Improving soft-tissue (skin, muscle, ligaments) mobility
  • Improving asymmetry of musculoskeletal parts

We provide you with excellent treatment and benefits, such as:

Soft tissue mobilization and trigger point therapy benefits include:

  • Relief of spasm
  • Increased lymphatic drainage and venous flow
  • Increased cutaneous (skin) circulation
  • Increased cell metabolism
  • Increased extensibility of connective tissues
  • Increased pliability of scar tissue
  • Decreased neuromuscular excitability

Myofascial (connective tissue) release benefits include:

  • Relief of spasm
  • Decrease in gamma pain/relaxation of hypersensitivity to stretch
  • Relaxation of tight fascia

 Joint mobilization benefits include:

  • Restoration of correct joint function
  • Stimulation of joint receptors
  • Increased large diameter afferent fiber input

 Muscle energy benefits include:

  • Increased stretching of tight muscles/fascia
  • Strengthening of weakened muscles
  • Mobilization of restricted joints

 Strain-counterstrain benefits include:

  • Reducing/arresting inappropriate proprioceptive (the sense of one's body) activity

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 989-583-6386.