Many patients with acute or chronic pain and joint stiffness and muscle tension can benefit from manual therapy.
Manual therapy is a clinical approach based on skilled “hands on” therapy to decrease pain and improve the mobility of joints, soft tissues and nerves.
Manual therapy is used to assess, diagnose and treat a variety of symptoms and conditions.
Physiotherapists will usually combine manual therapy with exercise prescription and rehabilitation which will lead to a faster recovery of your function.Benefits of Manual Therapy
1. Manual joints mobilization or manipulation: Their aim is to increase joint mobility and a pain-free range of movement as well as better circulation within the joint.
Joint mobilizations are skilled passive movements of varied intensities and amplitudes applied to a joint.
Joint manipulations are passive movement with high velocity and low amplitude applied to a joint.
2. Manual soft tissues therapy Manual therapy of the soft tissues is the application of manual pressure to the skin, muscles and tendons, ligaments and fascia. The most common soft tissue manual techniques are: