Manual therapy is a non-invasive treatment approach that involves the use of hands-on techniques to manipulate and mobilize joints, muscles, and soft tissues. This type of therapy is commonly used by chiropractors, physical therapists, and other healthcare professionals to alleviate pain, restore function, and promote healing.
The goal of manual therapy is to improve range of motion, reduce muscle tension, increase circulation, and enhance the overall function of the body. It can be used to treat a variety of conditions, including back pain, neck pain, headaches, sports injuries, and musculoskeletal disorders.
Manual therapy techniques may include joint mobilization, soft tissue massage, stretching, and manipulation. Joint mobilization involves gentle movements of a joint to improve its range of motion, while soft tissue massage focuses on releasing tension in muscles and connective tissues.
The goal of manual therapy is to improve range of motion, reduce muscle tension, increase circulation, and enhance the overall function of the body.
Stretching can help to improve flexibility and reduce muscle tension, while manipulation involves the application of force to a joint to realign it and improve its function. Manual therapy may also include other techniques such as trigger point therapy, myofascial release, and deep tissue massage.
During a manual therapy session, the therapist will use their hands to evaluate the patient's condition and determine the most appropriate techniques to use. They will then apply these techniques using various pressures, movements, and stretches to achieve the desired outcomes.