What is manual therapy?
Manual therapy (also known as hands-on therapy) includes any technique involving the use of the hands for mobilizing and manipulating the body. Many of these techniques involve twisting, pushing and pulling the spine and joints.
There are different forms of manual therapy, including:
- Joint mobilization — This involves the use of cycles of sustained pressure on the affected joints to help reduce pain and improve mobility.
- Joint manipulation — This uses high velocity, low thrust movements on specific joints to help reduce pain, especially in joints you are unable to move on your own.
- Soft tissue manipulation — This involves gentle pressure on the muscles, ligaments and tendons in your body to help reduce pain, break down scar tissue and improve circulation.
What are the benefits of manual therapy?
There are several benefits in treating conditions with manual therapy, including:
- Less pain
- Improved range of motion
- Improved recovery from an injury or surgery
- Improved balance and coordination
- Less of a chance of needing surgery in the future
- Less need for medication
Who needs manual therapy?
Manual therapy treats conditions that affect all parts of the musculoskeletal system, including the spine, knees, hips, ankles and shoulders. Anyone suffering from a musculoskeletal system who wants to treat their pain with noninvasive methods can benefit from manual therapy.Your chiropractor can examine your condition to determine what kind of manual therapy methods are right for you.