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 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 in Ottawa have several tools and treatment techniques at the ready that are meant to reduce or even relieve your pain.

What Can Manual Therapy Do For You?

How it helps you

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 personalized treatment plan fit for you and your specific needs.

Different Kinds Of Manual Therapy

Manual physiotherapy includes a variety of techniques. These 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.

Joint Mobilization

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 joint manipulation 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 the way they are supposed to.

Manual traction

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 the severe pain. These procedures can also reduce scar tissue and minimize inflammation.

Some Common Conditions That Manual Therapy Skills Can Help With Include:

✔ Muscle tightness

✔ Poor blood flow

✔ Stiff joints

✔ Connective tissue problems

✔ Soft tissue injuries

✔ Poor joint function

✔ Disturbed balance and mobility

✔ Restricted motion of muscles

✔ Stress-related patterns of muscle pain

✔ Neck pain

✔ Treatment for injuries

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 Plan of Care?

We take pride in identifying ourselves as a manual therapy treatment and exercise-based clinic; one that doesn't stick electrodes and a machine on you and walks away. We are with you for your entire appointment time, and we are either using our skilled 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 is waiting with open doors and open arms to meet you and get you back to living the active lifestyle you deserve! Contact Amped Physiotherapy today.

FAQs on Manual Therapy

What Does a Manual Therapist Do?

A manual therapist is a healthcare professional who specializes in the use of hands-on treatments to treat musculoskeletal conditions. Manual therapy techniques can include joint mobilization techniques, soft tissue massage, and stretching. After an initial assessment manual therapists can also provide you with education on proper body mechanics and posture to help prevent future injuries.

Is Manual Therapy Effective?

Yes, manual therapy is an effective treatment for a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions. This specialized form of treatment helps reduce chronic pain, improve range of motion, and restore normal function. Studies have shown that manual therapy can be more effective than other forms of treatment such as medications or injections in some cases.

Is Manual Therapy the Same As Physiotherapy?

No, manual therapy is not the same as physiotherapy. Physiotherapy is a broad term that encompasses many different types of treatments and therapies. Manual therapy is just one type of treatment that physiotherapists may use to help their patients.

What Is the Difference Between a Manual Therapy and a Massage Therapy?

The main difference between a manual therapist and a massage therapist is the scope of their practice. A manual therapist is a healthcare professional who uses a hands-on approach to treat musculoskeletal conditions. Massage therapists, on the other hand, specialize in providing relaxation and stress relief through massage techniques.

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