Manual therapy is a pillar of physical therapy because it allows the therapist to target the affected areas and apply the correct amount of pressure to alleviate pain and increase mobility.
What Is Manual Therapy?
Manual therapy, also known as manipulative therapy, refers to techniques that require the physical therapist to use hands-on application. The techniques often involve massage-like movements and gentle pressure on the affected areas. The goal of manual therapy is to decrease pain and improve the area’s overall function by focusing on joint mobility and soft tissue concerns.
Manual therapy can be utilized to assist with many different injuries and medical conditions that cause pain and reduced range of motion, including:
- Muscle strain or spasms.
- Soft tissue injuries.
- Back, neck and shoulder pain.
- Repetitive strain injuries.
- Joint pain.
The benefits of manual therapy include:
- Decreased pain.
- Reduced inflammation.
- Increased range of motion.
- Improved joint flexibility.
- Increased blood flow.
4 Types of Manual Therapy
Here are four common manual therapy techniques:
Soft tissue mobilization
Forever Fit Will Determine Which Manual Therapy Technique Is Right for You
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