When you come in for your first appointment with your physical therapist, he/she will examine your muscles and your joints. One of the techniques that they may choose is manual therapy. Manual therapy does not use any devices or machines. Your physical therapist will use their hands to assess soft tissue and joints in an attempt to decrease your tension, dysfunction as well as a spasm. Your physical therapist may use manual techniques such as joint mobilizations, muscle stretching. During the assessment, based on your movement restrictions and compensations, your physical therapist will come up with an effective treatment. Manual therapy used in conjunction with exercises and education can give you a faster recovery from your ailments.
Manual therapy can treat acute and chronic conditions throughout the body. With an injury, you are bound to have joint restrictions as well as soft tissue mobility restrictions. Manual therapy can really help you reduce your pain, improving overall function and mobility.
At Healing Star Physical Therapy, we have Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapists under Maitland (COMT). We use a variety of manual therapy techniques, including:
- Soft Tissue Mobilization
- Deep Tissue Mobilization
- Myofascial Release
- Joint Mobilizations
- Trigger Point Release