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Manual Therapy

When many patients think of manual therapy, they most likely picture a day spa with soothing music. What many don't realize is they can reap all of the pain relief and structural benefits with our clinical approach of manual therapy.

What is Manual Therapy?
Manual therapy is a treatment for joints and soft tissues by hand, as opposed to a machine or device. Manual therapies can strengthen joint movement where a range of motion was previously restricted and reduce painful muscle spasms. There are different kinds of manual therapy, approved by practitioners for mobilizing stiff joints and soft tissues. Physiotherapists often recommend manual therapy techniques in conjunction with strengthening exercises to relieve musculoskeletal disorders to prevent pain from recurring.

Manual Therapy for Pain Relief

Manual therapies as a treatment are generally designed to relieve pain and restore the normal range of movement in patients with a variety of conditions such as chronic pain, chronic fatigue, and muscle inflammation. It is one of the most effective methods for treating a variety of common health problems and can help you achieve pain relief and recovery. 

Manual therapy techniques are common means used by about 80% of physiotherapists to relieve pain in diseases ranging from osteoarthritis to traumatic injuries. It can also improve health and function and is often used to alleviate pain caused by various diseases and conditions such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and many others. 

Conditions Manual Therapy Can Help With

The benefits of manual therapy go far beyond the patient's ability to heal themselves. Manual therapies can help patients heal in various ways and are therefore a useful tool in treating a variety of conditions, including chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and chronic fatigue syndromes. Below are some common conditions that manual therapies can treat:

  • Musculoskeletal Pain

  • Neck Pain

  • Low Back Pain

  • Mid-back Pain

  • Hip Pain

  • Knee Pain

  • Ankle Pain

  • Shoulder Pain

  • Frozen shoulder

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Spine and Jaw Pain

  • TMJ Dysfunction

  • Spinal stenosis

  • Thoracic spine

  • Headaches

  • Tension headaches

  • Migraines

Manual Therapy Benefits

People can develop tight muscles that cause pain if they sit in front of the computer all day long for work. They can take advantage of manual therapy by preventing muscle stiffness and muscle pain through loosening them. Other conditions such as back pain, headaches, foot pain, hip pain, strain injuries, and more can benefit from manual therapy and trigger point therapy. The results and benefits of trigger point therapy include releasing constricted areas in the muscles and thus alleviate pain. You can even experience a significant decrease in pain after just one treatment. 

What to Expect

It is important to realize that not all manual techniques and therapists are the same. By receiving treatment at a chiropractic office, a patient knows they are in the hands of professionals trained in muscle, spine, and back pain management.

Physiotherapists and manual therapists use manual therapies to help patients improve mobility, motor control, reduce pain, and improve movement efficiency. Therapists use specific, qualified manual therapies and techniques combined with progressive exercises to improve patient movement and overall function.

A practitioner can examine your condition and determine which manual therapy methods are the safest and most helpful for you. If a specific type of physical therapy is required to address muscle spasms, a physiotherapist may determine which technique best suits your needs. 

Manual therapists can use manual techniques to relieve symptoms and treat the disease, including prescribed exercises in the clinic. It can also include physical therapy, acupuncture, other chiropractic treatments, or even yoga.

Manual therapists know why joints and muscles do not function properly. It is the job of your doctor to respond to your specific needs and suggest the right treatment. Whether you need manual therapy for pain management or treatment for muscle spasms and other ailments, they examine your condition and determine which manual therapy method is safest and most helpful for you. They evaluate your driving style and why the muscles are not working properly. They help eliminate fatigue, stress, pain, muscle spasms, and more.

Common Manual Therapy Techniques, Practices, and Benefits

Manual therapy is one of the safest and most effective chiropractic treatments, and there are many different types of manual therapy techniques available. Various techniques involved in manual therapy help relieve pain and restore muscle and joint function while reducing pain and restoring mobility. If manual therapy is used more extensively in the later stages of rehabilitation, it can prove to be a method that not only reduces pain but also increases the range of movement despite the injured tissue.

Once you understand the extent of your pain, gentle manual therapy uses techniques to change the pain pattern and help you move pain-free again. By applying specialized manual therapies and procedures, including deep pressure, you can help reduce pain and restore the right range of movement. There are a variety of different techniques that are used in manual therapies, and each has its own benefits. Read on to learn more about each technique and how each can help you on your way to recovery.

Soft Tissue Techniques

Soft tissue mobilization involves various manual therapies and modalities through hands-on techniques on muscles, tendons, and ligaments to improve muscle mobility and muscle function.

Functional Manual Therapy

Functional manual therapies are unique -using a variety of functional movement techniques to alleviate a wide range of diseases and conditions. Some types of functional manual therapy include targeted techniques that help relieve musculoskeletal pain and symptoms of dysfunction. 

Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release is the most common manual technique used at Natural Care Chiropractic and it has many facets to the entire technique. It involves an expert working gently with sustained pressure without any machines, oils, or other modalities. You will benefit from this technique if you have any muscle knots on the shoulders, neck, and back. It can reduce muscle pain and swelling by combining chiropractic spinal adjustment and similar treatments. Most patients can feel a difference after just the first treatment.  

Lymphatic Drainage

The lymph nodes are designed to purify and filter the lymph. These lymph nodes create different kinds of lymphocytes. The lymphocytes eliminate any harmful substances inside the body, making them a crucial component of the immune system. 40% of the liquid in the lymph is again reabsorbed by lymph nodes making the lymph thicker. The filtering process and this thickening increase the resistance to the flow of lymph in the body. Researchers have found that lymph nodes, in fact, result in 15 times more resistance to the flow than the vessel itself. Improving lymphatic drainage can reduce resistance and improve flow.

If a manual therapist performs the lymphatic drainage massage in the right way, you open the first lymphatic. This increases lymph flow volume by 20 times.


Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger points consist of a tight area inside the tissue of the muscle that can hurt a lot. The body is made up of a huge network of intertwined joints, tendons, and muscles. Trigger point therapy helps by tapping into the network in order to provide relief from common injury-related and chronic pains that are caused by stress and tension.

Functional Isokinetic Techniques

At the Natural Care Chiropractic, our experts guide patients in exercise techniques. We also treat patients with many stretching protocols that are designed to increase the functionality of the musculoskeletal system, promote wellbeing, and eliminate pain.

Pregnancy Relief

You can benefit from therapists that are trained in pregnancy cases at the clinic. We all know the immense strain on the body during pregnancy, especially in the third trimester. It causes intense discomfort and pain. The manual therapist needs to be properly qualified because there are different pressure points and a fetus to deal with too. Certified and trained therapists can ensure relief from chronic pain as well as increase movement in uncomfortable areas. 

Joint Techniques

Manual therapy is an effective method to mobilize stiff joints and soft tissues such as tendons, ligaments, and muscles without the need for surgery. It is a powerful tool to enable the chiropractic assistants to manipulate joints and soft tissues with nothing but their hands. A physiotherapist trained in manual therapy techniques can use their hands to isolate the specific tissues and joints that cause the patient's symptoms. 

In many cases, physical therapy involves manual therapy and chiropractic care as part of a personalized treatment routine, but this depends on the cause and severity of the pain. The options at this office include a combination of techniques such as acupuncture and manual therapy, isokinetic movement techniques including manual muscle, and joint manipulation in order to relieve pain and symptoms. A combination of these treatments aims to relieve discomfort and help stiff joints and muscles move freely again.

If you have questions about manual therapy or if you think that one of the above methods would be suitable for you, schedule an appointment at Natural Chiropractic Care or contact us to learn more about our services. You can find more information on our services or schedule an appointment, by contacting us directly.