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Manual Therapy

Manual therapy can assist you in dealing with chronic pain!

Do you want a highly effective way to relieve pain or improve your range of motion? Manual therapy could be a fantastic solution to your issues!

Manual therapy is used by physical therapists to relieve pain, restore range of motion, and aid in the restoration of mobility. To achieve the desired result, a physical therapist uses skilled hand movements to move joints and soft tissue passively.

Our therapists at Movement Physiotherapy & Performance in Uniontown, PA are highly skilled at identifying the source of your problems and providing safe, highly effective treatments to help you find relief and get back to doing what you love!

Schedule an appointment with Movement Physiotherapy & Performance today to learn more about how manual therapy can benefit you.

Is manual therapy painful?

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That is, unfortunately, a trick question. Touching injured areas of the body is not always comfortable, and even the lightest touch can aggravate pain. However, the pain-relieving benefits of manual therapy are well established and, when performed by our skilled physical therapists, are especially beneficial!

Manual therapy aims to relieve pain, and many people experience immediate relief!

To mobilize stiff joints and tight or tense soft tissues, physical therapists use safe, highly effective manual therapy techniques. Manual techniques can be used to effectively treat joint swelling, tissue edema, joint restrictions, and soft tissue tension and restrictions/adhesions.

Our highly trained therapists will explain exactly what to expect from our manual therapy techniques. Knowing what to expect is an effective way to manage increases in symptoms and reduces people’s fear of their condition worsening.

Some people experience soreness after a manual therapy session, but this is only temporary and should last no longer than 24-48 hours. As your therapist works with you, they will be able to adjust the pressure and techniques to reduce soreness and ensure overall pain relief.

A single manual therapy session is often enough to provide immediate pain relief and joint or soft tissue mobility improvements. Remember that the goal is never to cause more pain, so keeping in touch with your therapist is critical.

Our physical therapists are medical professionals who understand the functioning of the human body. After your first appointment with our physical therapist, you’ll feel better and more optimistic about the future of your treatment.

In fact, many patients report seeing results after only one session.

What types of manual therapy are available at our Uniontown, PA physical therapy clinic?

Movement Physiotherapy & Performance will relieve your pain using a variety of therapeutic techniques. Here are a few popular manual therapy treatments:

Soft tissue techniques (aka therapeutic massage)

Although it is common to refer to manual therapy techniques as “massage,” the distinctions between a therapeutic massage and a relaxing spa-style massage are commonly quite significant.

Deep pressure techniques and targeted stretching are frequently used in therapeutic massage to help loosen restrictions and mobilize joints and surrounding tissues.

Our physical therapists are experts at pinpointing restricted areas that are causing pain and dysfunction throughout your body. Therapeutic massage works to relax, loosen and mobilize any problematic areas, lowering your chances of injuring yourself and being out of the game for an extended period of time.

For your specific needs, your physical therapist may recommend the following types of therapeutic massage:

Myofascial release. This massage frees tissues from constriction caused by distortions or fascial adhesions.

Deep tissue massage. This type of massage loosens up your muscles and their connective tissues.

Trigger point release. A trigger point in a muscle can impair the mobility of your soft tissue and joints, leading to pain. This type of massage targets areas of tight muscle fibers that may or may not be sensitive to touch

Joint mobilization

Joint mobilizations are manual therapy techniques that are used to passively move a joint. Mobilizations are performed at varying speeds and amplitudes to restore optimal joint motion, function, and/or pain relief.

Joint manipulation

Manipulation (also known as adjustment) is a manual technique for passively moving joints through their normal motion limits. Joint manipulations aid in the relief of joint pressure, the reduction of inflammation, and the improvement of nerve function.

Spinal manipulation is an effective form of back pain treatment that involves bringing spinal joints to their comfortable limits and then applying a high-velocity thrust. A practitioner will use this technique on spinal joints to relieve pressure, relieve pain, and improve spinal mobility.

Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM)

Your physical therapists will use a device, typically made of plastic or metal, to do the work of the hands while performing this type of manual therapy. A skilled therapist will use the tool to scrape the skin in order to break up adhesions and improve circulation (healing) to the area.

An IASTM-trained physical therapist will use specialized devices to break down connective tissue restrictions and scar tissue during this procedure. Your therapists will use different speeds and pressures depending on your needs.

A minor inflammatory response is usually elicited as a result of the specific pressure applied to the affected soft tissues (i.e., muscles, tendons, or ligaments). This inflammatory response promotes the body’s natural healing mechanism, allowing you to recover and get back to living your best life faster!

Manual traction

Manual traction is a popular treatment for all joints in the body, but it is most commonly used on the neck or back. This technique relieves joint pressure (i.e., decompress the joints). It is a safe and effective method of relieving pain and increasing joint mobility in patients.

Are you ready to learn about the advantages of manual therapy? Contact Movement Physiotherapy & Performance today!

Are you sick of dealing with chronic pain? Is your limited range of motion keeping you from doing the things you enjoy? Contact our Uniontown, PA clinic right away if you want a hands-on approach to physical therapy!

Manual therapy is a tried-and-true method for helping people find long-term pain relief and get back to living their lives!

Make an appointment with Movement Physiotherapy & Performance right away to get the pain relief you deserve!

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