Manual therapy is an effective treatment option for a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions. It can be used to treat acute injuries, chronic pain, and even postural imbalances.
Its versatility is due to the fact that it can target specific areas of the body with targeted hands-on pressure and manipulation. Thus, manual therapy can be used to effectively treat a wide variety of muscle and joint pain, including: headaches, neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, elbow pain, hand pain, hip pain, and knee pain.
The various hands-on techniques that fall under the umbrella of manual therapy can help to improve circulation, range of motion, and flexibility while reducing pain and muscle tension.
Manual Therapy Techniques
Manual Therapy includes a broad range of hands-on techniques. Some (but not all) of these are: Massage, Joint Mobilization and Manipulation, Traction, Myofascial Release, and Trigger Point Therapy.
- Massage – Massage is the application of soft tissue techniques to the body. The purpose of massage is to improve circulation, range of motion, and flexibility while reducing pain and muscle tension.
- Joint Mobilization and Manipulation – Joint mobilization and manipulation are hands-on techniques used to move a joint through its full range of motion. These techniques can be used to reduce pain, improve range of motion, and restore function.
- Traction – Traction involves the application of a gentle tensioning force to the joint, which creates a sensation of decompression. This technique can be helpful in reducing joint pain and restoring range of motion.
- Myofascial Release – Myofascial release is a hands-on technique used to release tightness in the fascia, the connective tissue that surrounds and supports the muscles. This technique can be used to reduce pain, improve range of motion, and relax muscles.
- Trigger Point Therapy – Trigger point therapy is a hands-on technique used to release tension in tight muscles. This technique can be used to reduce pain and relax muscles.
These techniques are often used in conjunction with other modalities such as therapeutic exercise, stretching, and icing/heat to provide a comprehensive approach to treating various musculoskeletal conditions.
At Continuum Health Centre, some of the primary techniques used by our practitioners are mobilizations, manipulations, and traction—all of which are helpful in the treatment of conditions involving a joint. Our practitioners work with each and every patient to determine the most appropriate techniques for their condition.
When used in conjunction with a therapeutic exercise program and a graded return to activity, manual therapy can be an asset in the rehabilitation process and optimize functional recovery.
If you are experiencing pain or limited range of motion, manual therapy may be an effective treatment option for you.
If you would like to learn more about manual therapy, please call us at 1-778-433-7737 or click here to contact us.