Manual Therapy Techniques
When most people think of physical therapy, they expect exercise programs, ultrasounds and hot/cold packs. Although these modalities are useful, manual therapy can be more helpful for more musculoskeletal conditions. Manual therapy is a hands-on approach to physical therapy with the goal to relieve pain, increase range of motion (ROM), increase strength and improve circulation. Without the use of machines, physical therapists use the latest techniques to stretch, massage, strengthen and mobilize soft tissue and joints. At Therapydia, manual therapy is the backbone of our customized treatment plans.
Joint pain and stiffness are caused by a joint, muscle, tendon or ligament injury. Sometimes your joints get stuck in an open or closed position much like a door and require manual techniques to unlock these joints to restore ROM. Precise movements are used to push joints and bones into it’s ideal position and loosen tight tissues around the joint to improve alignment.
Soft Tissue Mobilization/Massage (STM)
Pain, weakness, reduced ROM and misalignment of the skeletal system can occur when your muscle is abnormally tense. STM helps to relax muscles, break up inelastic muscles such as scar tissue, and stretch your tendons and connective tissues.