How Can Manual Therapy Help Relieve Your Pain?
If you’ve recently been injured or undergone a surgical procedure and are feeling pain and discomfort, you might be at a loss for what direction you should turn to for relief. Chances are that manual physiotherapy could really help you out! If you’re worried or unsure about the benefits of manual therapy, let us ease your mind a bit.
Many of our first-time physiotherapy patients come to their initial consultation thinking “This is going to be even more painful than my current condition.” That is not the case at all! Our physiotherapists have several tools and treatment techniques at the ready that are meant to reduce or even relieve your pain, while simultaneously improving your body’s function.
What can manual therapy do for me?
Manual therapy is just one of many forms of therapy a physiotherapist can tap into in order to mobilize soft tissues and joints. This particular form of treatment assists with reducing inflammation, decreasing restriction, and increasing your range of motion. Our physiotherapists at Amped Physiotherapy have all received extensive education and training in manual therapy techniques and are capable of creating a customized treatment fit for you and your specific needs.
Different kinds of manual therapy
Manual physiotherapy techniques may include, but are not limited to:
Soft Tissue Mobilization
Our physiotherapists use soft tissue treatments to break up scar tissue and adhesions caused by inflammation or injury. This is accomplished through rhythmic stretching and deep pressure, allowing them to seek out and mobilize restricted parts of your body that might be causing significant pain. These techniques also assist with improving blood flow and circulation to the affected muscles and soft tissues.
If you have a restricted joint as a result of receiving an injury, there is no question you have probably felt pain. Our physiotherapists are trained in mobilization techniques to restore restricted joints by applying force in very specific directions. These techniques are effective and safe. They allow for your range of motion to be increased, as well as the improvement of the restricted joint’s mobility, improving the nutrition of the cartilage and allowing the muscles surrounding it to work they way they are supposed to.
With manual traction techniques, our physiotherapists will use their hands or a strap to relieve pressure on certain areas or joints of the body in order to relieve tension from spasming or tight muscles, mobilize nerve structures, or give gentle stimulation to all the joint receptors that are responsible for creating tension to calm them down.
Is manual therapy safe?
Yes, manual therapy is safe and non-invasive. It does not require you to have expensive surgeries or take possibly addictive medications. Our physiotherapists will use many different manual therapy techniques to help move your joints, ligaments and tendons in ways that will promote healing and soothe pain. These procedures can also reduce scar tissue and minimize inflammation.
Our physiotherapists are extensively trained medical professionals who can recognize the limitations of your body, but also appreciate its capabilities. It is very common for patients to notice better function and improvements after just one manual therapy appointment.
Will manual therapy be a part of my care plan?
We take pride in identifying ourselves as a manual therapy and exercise-based clinic, who don’t stick electrodes and a machine on you and walk away. We are with you for your entire appointment time, and we are either using our hands or coaching you in your exercise program. So yes, you can expect some manual therapy to be included in your treatment plan.
Get started with manual therapy today…
Contact Amped Physiotherapy today to learn more about the benefits of manual therapy. Our dedicated team of physiotherapists are waiting with open doors and open arms to meet you and get you back to living the active lifestyle you deserve!