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Are you experiencing pain due to an injury, recent surgery, or sickness? If so, manual therapy may be the perfect remedy for your issues. Consider manual therapy if you experience recurring pain after an injury or surgery. This form of treatment is designed to lessen discomfort and enhance mobility.

Our knowledgeable physiotherapists employ hands-on methods to examine, identify, and correct movement limitations. These methods are designed to care for your individual needs, boost performance, and restore movement and function.

You’ll experience fast relief with this cutting-edge hands-on technique at Strive Physiotherapy & Performance. To learn more, make an appointment with Strive Physiotherapy & Performance immediately.

Techniques Used in Manual Therapy

Manual Therapy is a highly skilled and specialized physical treatment technique that involves using hands-on techniques to improve neuro-musculoskeletal conditions. This method has been refined over many years of clinical reasoning, research, and evidence-based practice. In manual treatment, a wide range of techniques are employed. Some of the wide variety of techniques used by Strive Physiotherapy & Performance include:

Manual Joint Mobilization and Manipulation

These techniques improve blood circulation, and joint mobility, and lead to an enhanced pain-free range of motion. Joint mobilizations are expert passive movements used on a joint that can vary in amplitude and intensity. Joint manipulations involve applying a passive motion to a joint with a high velocity and low amplitude.

Myofascial Release

Myofascial release is a manual treatment technique that seeks to address adhesions and reestablish the underlying tissues' gliding properties. Myofascial Release mobilizes connective tissue, relaxes tight muscles, and improves blood and oxygen flow to the tissues by applying gentle, prolonged pressure.

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)

With sophisticated techniques and handheld tools, physiotherapists efficiently identify and address soft tissue dysfunction. IASTM is performed with tools designed specifically to locate and treat fascial restrictions such as scar tissue. Scar tissue has the potential to cause chronic pain and may lead to immobility. With IASTM, these adhesions are stimulated, and the inflammatory response is triggered. The inflammatory reaction helps the body heal.

Soft Tissue Massage

Gentle hands-on strokes are applied to a muscle or the connective tissues to reduce tension, increase mobility, and relieve localized discomfort.

Manual Therapy Objectives

Manual therapy procedures have their time and place. Physiotherapists may employ one or more manual therapy techniques depending on your symptoms and the desired goal. A physiotherapist will use these procedures to try to accomplish one or more of the following goals:

  • Reduce or control pain
  • Boost a joint’s range of motion
  • Encourage relaxation
  • Increase tissue extensibility
  • Lessen soft tissue inflammation
  • Mobilize a particular joint

Your physiotherapist will determine which strategies must be used after completing an initial examination to understand your unique situation.

Manual Therapy, Massage Therapy and Chiropractic Care

Many people mistake physiotherapy and manual therapy for chiropractic care and massage therapy because these are hands-on processes. But there are some essential differences between each method.

Chiropractors typically use chiropractic adjustments to address underlying medical issues and restore spinal alignment, whereas physiotherapists use manual therapy techniques to reestablish pain-free movement.

Manual therapy

Manual therapy treatments are helpful for sports injuries, headaches, back pain, neck pain, arm or leg pain, and other types of pain in these joints because it focuses on the musculoskeletal system. 

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is comparable to manual therapy because both involve the practitioner’s hands exerting controlled pressure on the patient’s body. Each technique targets different body areas, and the methods themselves vary.

Physiotherapists and massage therapists work with soft tissues and muscles. Physiotherapists are qualified to employ hands-on interventions to treat a medical condition or injury thanks to their rigorous education and practical training.

Make an Appointment with Strive Physiotherapy & Performance for Manual Therapy Today!

Manual therapy will assist you in returning to a joyful and fulfilling life. Our caring physiotherapists are always happy to see you and help you get back to doing what you love most. Contact us to schedule an appointment and get the pain relief you deserve.