Manual therapy techniques include soft tissue and joint mobilization, manipulation, manual lymphatic drainage, manual traction and myofascial release. Manual therapy techniques are used to treat restricted motion of soft tissues in the extremities, neck and trunk. Specifically, Manual Therapy techniques are used to treat problems involving:
These conditions all have one important thing in common. They are often a result of overuse, poor posture and trauma. Below you’ll find a list of a few of the many conditions that can be improved with manual therapy techniques:
- Back Pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Shin Splints
- Shoulder Pain
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Knee Problems
- Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow
- IT Band Syndrome
How do overuse conditions occur?
Over-used muscles and other soft tissues change as a result of trauma. It’s important to note that there are two distinct types of trauma:
- Active Trauma – includes acute conditions like pulls, tears and collisions from sports, motor vehicle accidents and falls
- Passive Trauma – occurs from prolonged postures like sitting, sleeping and repetitive activities
Sitting is the leading cause of passive trauma in the workplace. Active and Passive stress leads to an accumulation of small tears which decreases blood flow and oxygen (Hypoxia) to the tissues. The result is tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons causes tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.
What is an Manual Therapy treatment like?
Manual therapy is a hands-on treatment used in an active or passive fashion to effect changes in the soft tissues, joints, neural or vascular structures. Manual therapy facilitates fluid exchange and restores movement in acutely swollen tissues by gently stretching muscles or shortened connective tissues. Every manual therapy treatment session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. Our manual therapists use their hands to palpate (touch) muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of these structures. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient lead movements performed to the patient’s tolerance.
Who performs Manual Therapist?
Manual therapy is performed by chiropractors, osteopaths, athletic trainers, occupational, physical and massage therapist the world over. Manual therapy is one-size fits all treatment approach. Individualized treatment protocols are used to address each patient’s unique situation.