Orthopedic manual therapy and medical massage.

Orthopedic manual therapy and medical massage.

Manual therapy is utilizing skilled, hands-on techniques, including but not limited to manipulation mobilization, used by the physical therapist to diagnose and treat soft tissue and joints to reduce pain, increase range of motion, decrease myofascial restrictions to improve muscle length, decrease swelling or inflammation, assist the body in muscle or soft tissue repair, extensibility and/or stability, and facilitate movement to improve function

Manual physical therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy delivered with the hands as opposed to a device or machine. In manual therapy, we use their hands to put pressure on muscle tissue and manipulate joints in an attempt to decrease back pain caused by muscle spasm, muscle tension, and joint dysfunction.

That’s a whole lot of words, but manual therapy is really a large umbrella under which many specific hands-on techniques reside. Here’s a list of the manual therapy techniques we could come up with (we still may have missed a few):

Soft tissue techniques

  • Massage

  • Manual lymph drainage
  • Soft tissue mobilization
  • Functional mobilization
  • Scar mobilization
  • Myofascial release
  • Strain counterstrain
  • Craniosacral therapy
  • Active Release Technique (ART)
  • Feldenkrais
  • Graston

Joint techniques

  • Joint mobilization
  • Joint manipulation/thrust
  • Muscle energy techniques
  • Mulligan techniques
  • Traction

For what type of injuries or problems is manual therapy helpful?  Here's a partial list:

  • Neck Pain: disc pathology, muscle spasm, rib hypomobility, post-surgical neck pain
  • Low Back Pain: disc pathology, facet joint impingement/hypomobility, spinal stenosis, post-surgical back pain
  • Thoracic spine/Mid-back Pain
  • Headaches: tension headaches, migraines
  • TMJ Dysfunction
  • Hip Pain: hip impingement, myofascial hip pain in the buttock or lateral hip, hip bursitis, post-surgical hip replacements
  • Knee Pain: patellofemoral dysfunction, IT band tendonitis, post-surgical knees including total knee replacements
  • Ankle Pain: ankle sprains, chronic ankle pain, ankle arthritis, post-surgical ankle pain
  • Shoulder Pain: impingement syndrome, scapular dyskinesia, frozen shoulder/adhesive capsulitis, post-surgical shoulder
  • Fibromyalgia.

We do things quite a bit differently here, combining the best of hands-on, One on One Treatment,  manual therapy techniques with functional strength and stability critical for not only reducing pain, but restoring your body to healthy and efficient movement patterns. We are skilled and knowledgeable in this approach to physical therapy, and every patient receives best in class care by people who really care. Experience the difference that a hands-on approach to physical therapy can make at iMOVE physical therapy and rehabilitation.

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