At Manual Physical Therapy Specialists, our manual therapy is focused on providing hands-on care to keep you moving, healthy and active. Our exceptional one-on-one approach provides our patients the opportunity to return to their lives quickly, effectively and safely. We employ gentle, hands-on techniques with exercise programs personalize for you that are based on your unique needs. Joint injuries, soft tissue imbalances, and other injuries are treated with scientific, research-based programs and techniques to restore function, decrease pain, and all aspects of your condition.
We work with you, side-by-side, to ensure proper care and treatment in order to restore you to your active lifestyle. The expertise of our board-certified, fellowship-trained manual physical therapist will be put to use determining areas that need to be addressed on a comprehensive rehabilitation program.
HOW CAN MANUAL THERAPY HELP ME?
If you are experiencing increased pain and stiffening in any of your joints and muscles, manual therapy is often helpful. Patients seek out this type of physical therapy for a variety of mobility issues.
For example, you may be finding it difficult to get up from a sitting or lying position, as well as bending over, without back pain and stiffness. You may also find that your neck or shoulders "freeze" and give you pain when you pursue everyday actions such as reaching for items, or driving. In fact, debilitating pain and stiffness in muscles and joints can happen virtually anywhere on your body.
WHAT KINDS OF MANUAL THERAPY EXIST?
Manual therapy is the hands-on component of physical therapy, but there are several different sub-categories within the practice of manual therapy. Each has its own benefits, depending on what the underlying problem is.
SOFT TISSUE MASSAGE
Soft tissue massage mobilization, or massage, focuses on muscles, ligaments and tendons. Often if a patient hasn't had a chance to use a set of muscles due to illness, or has been injured in that area, the tissues can become scarred, and robbed of the precious fluids that promote flexibility. Soft tissue massage focuses on limbering up these damaged areas, while promoting overall wellness.
A "restricted joint" issue often occurs after an injury, such as falling and twisting your back, or wrenching your shoulder. The injury to the joint leads to muscle spasms and restricted movement. A skilled physical therapist practices joint mobilization movement, such as a "glide and slide" of opposing bones, in order to get the joints working properly again.
As time, muscles work themselves into abnormal states, in which the muscle's stretch reflex has difficulty relaxing itself. To treat this, physical therapists use a technique known as "strain/counterstrain" that guides the problematic muscle into positions that are "opposite" the ones at which pain and tenderness starts. Staying in this position of slight tension helps relieve the spasms by gently pulling the muscles into the opposite direction of the reflex spasms.
WHERE CAN I GET MANUAL THERAPY FOR MY PAIN AND STIFFNESS?
Our expert physical therapists are highly qualified to practice manual therapy. A fellowship of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists program involves two and a half years of a post-professional clinical fellowship program, which is an accomplishment that is achieved by only a small percentage of physical therapists throughout the country. Call us today to schedule an appointment!