The Hands-on Approach—Manual Therapy

Physical therapy is more than the use of machines or modalities.  It is much more.  A crucial component of physical therapy is the use of manual therapy techniques.

Manual therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy delivered with the hands as opposed to a device or machine. In manual therapy, practitioners use their hands to put pressure on muscle tissue and manipulate joints in an attempt to decrease back pain caused by muscle spasm, muscle tension, and joint dysfunction.

One in particular type of manual therapy that has shown positive results for our patients is myofascial release.

What is it?    

Myofascial release techniques blend massage and gentle stretching to release restrictionsmyofascial-release in the fascia.

What does it do?

Myofascial release relieves pain and restricted movement caused by constricted fascia due to injury or holding patterns in the body.  It also helps to increase circulation, increase venous and lymphatic drainage, strengthen the immune system, and improve nerve function.

Who can benefit?

We use myofascial release to treat a wide variety of conditions.  These include but are not limited to:

  • Low back, thoracic, and cervical pain
  • Sprains and strains
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Headache
  • TMJ dysfunction
  • Repetitive stress injuries (RSI) and injury to joints
  • Arthritis

What can you expect from treatment?

A patient may begin to feel better after a single session.  It generally takes three or more sessions before seeing relief of specific symptoms.  Most patients are surprised by how gentle myofascial release is, and they find it to be a very relaxing form of treatment.



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